Note: SpeechTexter is supported by Chrome (for desktop) browser and Android OS. Other browsers have not implemented speech recognition yet.
The speech transcript accuracy is highly dependent on the speaker, the style of speech and the environmental conditions.
Instructions for Chrome (browser for desktop) web app:
Step 1. Connect a high-quality microphone to your computer.
Step 2. Make sure your microphone is set as default recording device on your browser.
To go directly to microphone's settings paste the line below into Chrome's URL bar.
If you would like to capture speech from video/audio content on the web or from a file stored on your device you should select "Stereo Mix" as default audio input.
Step 3. On the right corner you can click the button to select the language you would like to speak.
Step 4. Click the "Start button". For the first time Chrome browser will request your permission to access the microphone. Choose "allow".
Now you are ready!
Common problems (Chrome app):
Make sure you are using Chrome browser.
Error: 'SpeechTexter cannot access your microphone'.
Please give permission to access your microphone.
Click on the "padlock" icon next to URL bar, find "microphone" option and choose "allow".
Error: 'No speech was detected. Please try again'.
If you get this error while you are speaking, make sure your microphone is set as default recording device on your browser [see step 2].
If you’re using a headset, make sure the mute switch on the cord is off.
Error: 'Network error'
The internet connection is poor. Please try again later.
The result won't transfer to the "editor".
The result confidence is not high enough or there is a background noise. An accumulation of long text in the buffer can also make the engine stop responding, please make some pauses in a speech.
The results are wrong.
Please speak loudly and clearly. Background noise from fans, air conditioners, refrigerators, etc. can drop the accuracy significantly. Try to turn them off if you can.
Can I upload an audio file and get the transcription?
No, this feature is not available.
How do I transcribe an audio (video) file on my pc or from the web?
Playback your file in any player and hit the 'Start' button on SpeechTexter website. For better results select "Stereo Mix" as the default recording device on your browser, if you are accessing SpeechTexter and the file from the same device. [see step 2]
I don't see "Stereo mix" option (Windows OS)
"Stereo Mix" might be hidden or it's not supported by your system. To find out, go to 'Control panel' -> Hardware and Sound -> Sound -> 'Recording' tab. In the pane, right-click on a blank area, and make sure both “View Disabled Devices” and “View Disconnected Devices” options are checked. If "Stereo Mix" appears, you can enable it by right clicking on it and choosing 'enable'. If "Stereo Mix" hasn't appeared, it means it's not supported by your system.
What is a 'Custom dictionary'?
Custom dictionary allows you to replace your custom commands with punctuation or some text.
On the first column you enter your command. On the second column you enter the text you would like to appear (punctuation, numbers, etc.).
I lost my dictated work after closing the browser.
SpeechTexter doesn't store any text you dictate. Please use "text autosave" option. This will try to store your work inside your browser's cache. It will stay there untill you swith the "text autosave" option off, clear the cache manually or if your browsers clears the cache on exit.
Can I prevent my custom dictionary data from disappearing after closing the browser?
SpeechTexter by default saves your dictionary inside your browser's cache. If your browsers clears the cache your data will be deleted.
Instructions for Android app:
Note: SpeechTexter android app requires Google app to run. You can download it here.
Step 1 After installing the app, tap the button with the language code on the top right corner to select your language.
Step 2 Tap the microphone button. The first time SpeechTexter app will ask you for permission to record audio, choose 'allow'. Without this permission the app won't be able to access your microphone to capture your speech.
You are ready to go!
Can I use SpeechTexter for android offline?
Yes, you can, but accuracy will be lower.
List of available languages packs for offline use (must be downloaded first): Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
To download a language pack go to your phone's settings. Type 'google voice' to go directly to the page with these options or follow the steps on the picture.
Common problems (Android app):
I get 'Speech recognition is not available'.
You need to download 'Google app' from Play store.
I can't find my saved notes.
SpeechTetxer for android saves all files inside 'SpeechTexter' folder at the root directory of your phone.