SpeechMatic MultiAdapter USB Soundcard Release / Review
We have always endorsed the use of external USB soundcards or USB microphones. Now, the only USB soundcard we will be recommending is the SpeechMatic MultiAdapter (due August 22, 2013). The MultiAdapter not only includes auto gain control but additionally includes auto EQ, to compensate for vocal tonal changes that occur when speaking at lower or higher volume levels or extending or shortening the microphone distance. Besides being the only USB soundcard to include auto volume/EQ, it also features global broadband noise filtering, a de-clicking algorithm (to block non-words such as clearing your throat) and NaturallySpeaking 11/12 algorithms, all impregnated onto an integrated circuit board. This new USB soundcard, which we have been testing for the past 6 months, is introducing 6 new technologies which you’ll find covered in our KnowBrainer USB Soundcard Face-Off. The bottom line is that we found the new SpeechMatic MultiAdapter increased our speech recognition accuracy by approximately 1% over other soundcards. 1% may not sound like much until you realize that raising your accuracy from 96% to 97% translates to more than 25% fewer misrecognitions. To demonstrate this new technology, we were able to place our headset approximately 12 inches away on our desktop, and continue dictating. Although our accuracy dropped a bit, we know of few other headset microphones that could be used from 12 inches away.