Have you tried making a voice recording on a Mac in a noisy environment? Have you tried to use voice recognition software on an iPad or iPhone?
In my work as a speech language pathologist, I often use apps to help people work on their goals. For example, Reading Assistant provides 1:1 coaching while a student is reading aloud. This outstanding software can provide feedback on mispronunciations and force the student to rehearse the correct sounds or words.
Unfortunately, all voice recognition programs make mistakes when there is too much background noise. What can you do if you want to use the software in a typical noisy classroom?
The solution is to use a headset instead of the device’s internal microphone. The microphone will be close to the student’s mouth. The student’s voice will be the main signal and the background noise will fade away.
You can plug a USB headset into a computer and have instant success. You will be able to make recordings, listen to yourself and learn from the feedback the software is providing. When my clients are using speech recognition software on a computer, I recommend the Logitech H540 headset. It is inexpensive, durable and works well.
It is much harder to solve the problem of background noise when you are using an app on an iPad. It is even more difficult to find a solution for children. Take a look at my explanation on this video.
The heaphone jack on Mac computers, iPhones and iPads accepts input from a microphone in addition to providing the audio output. You can plug your ear buds into your device and make voice recordings.
You have probably seen the ear buds that come with an iPhone. Look closely at the metal tip that you insert into the jack of an iPhone. You will notice that it has three rings, for a mike plus stereo audio.
When you are wearing the ear buds, the mike can be found on the cable, near your mouth.
By the way, the iPod cable also has 3 rings. It is made for video plus audio.
In contrast, standard stereo headphones have only two rings on the metal tip. The two rings represent the left and right audio signals. There is no microphone.
Here are the solutions that I demonstrated in the video. If you haven’t watched it yet, make sure you do. The differences in the sound quality will convince you to try one of these solutions if you are trying to do recordings on an iPad in a noisy environment.
I hope one of these solutions works for you! If you find other solutions that work well with an iPad, please let me know.
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