Supported Microphones

A high quality microphone designed for speech recognition is a critical component for optimal results with the Fusion Narrate application.

The Fusion Narrate client supports various categories of microphones: Handheld, Headsets, Tabletop, Built-in, and Mobile

In summary, the handheld microphones are the top-recommended microphones since they deliver great speech recognition accuracy and allow for configurable buttons that integrate with the Fusion Narrate client.

A headset microphone with a long boom can also deliver great speech recognition results and is optimal for a hands-free environment. This category of microphones can deliver great accuracy since they are at the optimal distance from the user's mouth and as the user turns their head the microphone goes with. Additionally, headset microphones can do a better job at filtering out background noise. Unfortunately, not all headset microphones are created equal and many are not designed specifically for speech recognition. In general, Bluetooth technology delivers the lowest sound quality. DECT wireless technology is typically better followed by proprietary technologies designed specifically for optimal lossless speech quality.

Tabletop or gooseneck microphones are also a popular choice for a hands-free environment. These microphones will not deliver as accurate results as a handheld or headset microphone and they require a quiet environment such that background noise does not interfere. Microphone placement is important for good results. This style of microphone may be desired for a user who wants hands-free and does not want to wear a headset.

In a hands-free environment, voice commands can be used to control the Fusion Narrate application. However, for ease of use and to reduce the number of verbal commands, the combination of a foot pedal, hand control, or programmable mouse is recommended.

The following sections list the microphones specifically tested and supported for the Fusion Narrate client. Additionally, recommended microphones are noted for each category. There are easily over 1000 different types of microphones on the market, and though many microphones not listed will work with the Fusion Narrate application, accuracy may be degraded and technical support may not be able to assist with troubleshooting issues.

Handheld Microphones

These types of microphones are connected to the workstation via USB cable. They provide buttons to control the recording state in addition to other operations within the Fusion Narrate client. The action that each button performs can be assigned within the Fusion Narrate Microphone Button Settings configuration. NOTE: The SayIt from Dolbey client supports the SpeechMike microphones, but buttons are not configurable. The nVoq.Voice client does not natively support any handheld microphone buttons and thus these microphones are not recommended for it.

It is not necessary to install any drivers or button mapping utilities from the microphone vendor for these microphones to work, since all necessary functionality is built into the client applications.

Pushbutton microphones are recommended over slide switch models because they are typically easier to use for most users, and they allow for 2 methods of dictating: hold down record and toggle record.

SpeechMike Premium Touch 3700 (Pushbutton) (SMP3700)

SpeechMike Premium Touch 3700
*** RECOMMENDED CHOICE ***

NOTES

- This model is newer than the 3500 model and has a touchpad instead of a trackball for mouse control.
- The SMP3800 is the same as this model, except with a built-in barcode scanner.

SpeechMike Premium Touch 3710 (Slideswitch) (SMP3710)

SpeechMike Premium Touch 3710

NOTES

- This model is newer than the 3510 and has a touchpad instead of a trackball for mouse control.
- The SMP3810 is the same as this model, except with a built-in barcode scanner.

SpeechMike Premium 3500 (Pushbutton) (LFH3500)

SpeechMike Premium 3500

NOTES

- This model is older than the 3700/3800 series and has a trackball instead of a touchpad for mouse control.
- The LFH3600 is the same as this model, except with a built-in barcode scanner, but is no longer manufactured.

SpeechMike Premium 3510 (Slideswitch) (LFH3510)

SpeechMike Premium 3510

NOTES

- This model is older than the 3700/3800 series and has a trackball instead of a touchpad for mouse control.
- The LFH3610 is the same as this model except with a built-in barcode scanner, but is no longer manufactured.

ECS Gooseneck Mic Stand for Philips SpeechMikes

ECS Gooseneck Mic Stand For Philips SpeechMikes

NOTES

- This is not a microphone. It is a 3rd party flexible add-on stand for holding a SpeechMike.
- SpeechMikes deliver the best results when held approximately 4 inches from the speaker's mouth. To use the SpeechMike for dictation and commands while on the stand, the stand must be placed close to the speaker.

Older SpeechMike models may work with the Fusion Narrate application, but are not officially supported.

Olympus® RecMic II RM-4010P (Pushbutton)

Olympus® RecMic II RM-4010P

Olympus® RecMic II RM-4110S (Slideswitch)

Olympus® RecMic II RM-4110S

Olympus® RecMic II RM-4000P (Pushbutton)

Olympus® RecMic II RM-4000P

NOTES

- This model is similar to the RM-4010P. Instead of a mouse trackball, it has additional configurable buttons. Generally, users do not use the built-in mouse control on handheld microphones, so this is a good option for those who want optimal configurability.

Olympus® RecMic II RM-4015P (Pushbutton)

Olympus® RecMic II RM-4015P

NOTES

- This model is the same as the RM-4010P, except it has a built-in flash drive for 8 GB of storage.

Nuance PowerMic 4 (0POWM4)

Nuance PowerMic 4

NOTES

** This microphone is new and not yet supported by the Fusion Narrate client. **

Nuance PowerMic III (0POWM3)

Nuance PowerMic III

Nuance PowerMic II (0POWM2N)

Nuance PowerMic II

NOTES

- This is an older version of the PowerMic series.
- There is also a version (0POWM2S-005) of this microphone with a built-in barcode scanner.

Wireless Handhelds: Unless wireless is really needed, a USB cable connected handheld is recommended for optimal audio quality and to avoid any issues with battery or out of range issues.

SpeechMike Premium Air 4000 (Pushbutton) (SMP4000)

SpeechMike Premium Air 4000

NOTES

- Pictured with required base station.
- Uses patented lossless audio transmission technology.
- Can also be paired with a second computer via the add-on AirBridge Wireless Adapter ACC4100.

SpeechMike Premium Air 4010 (Slideswitch) (SMP4010)

SpeechMike Premium Air 4010

NOTES

- Pictured with required base station.
- Uses patented lossless audio transmission technology.
- Can also be paired with a second computer via the add-on AirBridge Wireless Adapter ACC4100.

Headsets

These types of microphones pair with a workstation, laptop, or tablet via Bluetooth or via some other wireless technology. There are many brands and models in the marketplace. It is important to find one that specifically states that it is designed for use with speech recognition. While wired headsets are likely to work, this list primarily covers wireless models.

For complete hands-free it is recommended to pair these microphones with a foot pedal for optimal control.

Philips SpeechOne Wireless Dictation Headset (Slideswitch) (PSM6300)

Philips SpeechOne Wireless Dictation Headset

*** RECOMMENDED CHOICE ***

NOTES

- Proprietary wireless technology with great sound quality.
- Has a remote LED light but it is not used by the Fusion Narrate application.
- Has an add-on "remote" handheld SpeechMike-like device for configurable button control.
- Can also be paired with a second computer via the add-on AirBridge Wireless Adapter ACC4100.
- Talk time 12 hours.

Sennheiser XS Wireless 1 Headset System

Sennheiser XS Wireless 1 Headset System

NOTES

- Proprietary wireless technology that delivers very high quality audio.
- Allows for exceptional range from the computer.
- Requires an add-on USB male to XLR female cable for connecting to the computer.
- The wireless transmitter takes 2 AA batteries which last about 10 hours of talk time, thus it is recommended to rotate out rechargeable AA batteries.
- The headset could be replaced with a Sennheiser Pro Audio ME 2-II lavaliere/lapel style microphone that could be attached to clothing or near the user.

SpeechWare FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid DEC

SpeechWare FlexyMike Dual Ear Cardioid DEC

NOTES

- This is essentially a light-weight wired headset.
- The SpeechWare USB MultiAdaptor add-on is required!

TruVoice VoicePro 10/20/30/40 Premium Office Headset

TruVoice VoicePro 10/20/30/40 Premium Office Headset

NOTES

- This is a wired microphone

EPOS | Sennheiser IMPACT DW Pro 1 or Pro 2

EPOS | Sennheiser IMPACT DW Pro 1 or Pro 2

NOTES

- DECT wireless technology
- Talk time 8 hours

EPOS | Sennheiser IMPACT SD Pro 1 ML

EPOS | Sennheiser IMPACT SD Pro 1 ML

NOTES

- DECT wireless technology
- Single sided headset
- The IMPACT SD Pro 2 ML is a double-sided version of this headset and is also supported
- Talk time 8 hours

EPOS | Sennheiser IMPACT SDW 5000 series (5013, 5014, 5015, 5016)

EPOS | Sennheiser IMPACT SDW 5000 series

NOTES

- DECT wireless technology
- Talk time 8 hours

VXi VoxStar UC Bluetooth Headset System (VXi BT2 v1.0)

VXi VoxStar UC Bluetooth Headset System

NOTES

- Bluetooth wireless technology
- May no longer be available

Nuance Dragon Bluetooth Headset

Nuance Dragon Bluetooth Headset

NOTES

- Bluetooth wireless technology
- 10 hours talk time
- May no longer be available

Additional Important Information Regarding Wireless Headsets

Additional models from Plantronics, Jabra, and Sennheiser have been tested. However, due to audio quality, low input levels, or audio clipping, these have not been included as supported microphones.
Since Windows® OS identifies microphones connected via Bluetooth by the name of the USB adapter, this is the name shown within the Fusion Narrate client. For example, when you connect the Sennheiser XS Wireless 1 Headset, the Fusion Narrate Microphone Setup and Tuning dialog will show the name 'USB Audio Device.'
Keep-Alive Sound: For some of the above-listed wireless microphones, the Fusion Narrate client attempts to keep the microphone in a ready state by playing a continual low 'white noise' to keep the microphone from powering down, and thus keep it more responsive when activating record mode. This may also be referred to as a 'keep-alive' sound.
USB wireless microphones tend to power down (i.e., hibernate) when not in use to conserve battery consumption. The microphone can take a couple of seconds to power up after going into record mode. Therefore, users may need to wait a couple of seconds before beginning to speak to prevent being cut off.
Low battery for most wireless microphones will negatively impact range and audio quality. It is always recommended to keep the microphones as fully charged as possible.

Tabletop and Other Microphones

Other USB microphones that do not have buttons can also be used with the Fusion Narrate client. Recording and shortcuts are initiated with voice commands, function keys, or foot pedals.

For complete hands-free it is recommended to pair these microphones with a foot pedal for optimal control.

An automatic recording gain boost has been added to the Fusion Narrate application for some models to improve the speed of tuning within the Microphone Setup and Tuning and to achieve good recognition results. Based on the operating system and the type of microphone, an additional recording gain boost may be configured in Windows® Control Panel - Sounds (if available).

SpeechWare 6-in-1 TableMike

SpeechWare 6-in-1 TableMike

*** RECOMMENDED CHOICE ***

NOTES

- There is also a 3-in-1 version that has a shorter and less flexible microphone gooseneck.
- There is also an option for an attached foot pedal, but this does not provide any benefit for use with the Fusion Narrate application.
- This tabletop microphone provides improved sound quality over the Sound Tech tabletop microphones and does not have to be as close to the speaker's mouth.

Sound Tech GN-USB-2 or GN-USB Gooseneck

Sound Tech GN-USB-2

NOTES

- These microphones deliver good sound quality, but the microphone must be placed close to the speaker's mouth.

SpeechWare USB TravelMike

SpeechWare USB TravelMike

NOTES

- The second generation pictured to the left has a USB base/stand. The first generation only includes a 90 degree USB adaptor designed for connecting to a laptop USB port.
- This microphone has good range and is a good candidate for attaching to a monitor or other device such as a microscope using a USB-A extension cable and some Velcro or tape.

MAONO AU-410 USB Lavalier

MAONO AU-410 USB Lavalier

NOTES

- This is a wired microphone with a 6 to 7 foot USB cable.
- This is a lapel microphone, but is also ideal for attaching / clipping to a location near the dictator. It needs to be within 18 inches for good recognition, but the close the better.

Built-in Device Microphones

Some devices such as tablets, laptops, and webcams have integrated microphones. Generally, these types of microphones do not have effective noise cancelation features to meet the demands of speech recognition. The Fusion Narrate client can be used with these types of microphones, but results may vary.

While other microphones may work with the Fusion Narrate client, accuracy may be impacted and they are not officially supported.

Mobile Microphone (iOS and Android application)

This is an app that runs on iOS and Android devices called the Wireless Microphone. This app is specifically designed to integrate with the Fusion Narrate client and the SayIt from Dolbey client. It allows one to use this device as a microphone instead of purchasing and connecting a dedicated microphone device. The mobile microphones will not recognize text as quickly as the other microphone types. The Wireless Microphone requires iOS 13 and higher or Android 7.1.1 and higher.