SpeechWare TravelMike User Guide Contents Introduction

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SpeechWare TravelMike User Guide
Introduction ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1
Windows Set-up ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Set-up -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3
Mac Set-up: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 4
Dragon Dictate for Mac Set-up------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 4
Operating Instructions ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4
Troubleshooting and Common Questions --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6
Warranty Information ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7
Congratulations on your purchase of a SpeechWare TravelMike.
Your microphone has been manufactured to the highest standards
and can be expected to provide years of high-quality performance
with speech recognition software, internet telephony, and other
audio applications. This product is based upon the functionality of
the larger SpeechWare TableMike series, but enjoys several
additional advantages.
Unique to this product are the following features:
An extremely accurate and sensitive microphone element
The use of speech equalizer “auto-gain” technology to
allow automatic mic input volume adjustment as you vary
distance from the microphone element (and practical use
from distances of 10-20 inches)
Advanced digital signal processing to exclude the influence
of contaminating external noise
An extremely small form factor making it ideal notebook
computer users
Your microphone, as purchased, included the following
1. SpeechWare USB MultiAdapter (USB sound card with
speech equalizer and auto gain control)
2. Detachable mini-boom
3. Fixed 90 degree USB adapter
4. Short USB extension cable
5. Windscreen (2)
6. Carrying case
Windows Set-up
1. Assemble the TravelMike by inserting the mini boom into the microphone jack on the
MultiAdapter and the MultiAdapter into the 90 degree USB adapter
2. Optionally cover the microphone element with the windscreen provided to avoid unwanted
speech degradation, and to offer it an additional layer of protection from dust and saliva.
3. Insert the entire assembly into an appropriate USB port on the notebook computer. Connect the
cable to a DEDICATED USB port on the computer. DO NOT USE any other USB cable or a
multiple USB Splitter or USB Hub device to connect to the computer. The power light (LED) of
the MultiAdapter unit will light up in Red. If the unit does not initialize - check that the USB
connectors are properly inserted at both ends.
4. Wait a few seconds for Windows® to automatically install the corresponding USB sound drivers:
5. After completion of the installation, Windows® will select the 'SpeechMatic USB
MultiAdapter' (“USB TableMike” in the images above) as the Recording and the Playback
Device, and will make it the default for all microphone-in and sound-out functions.
a. If you do not have a speaker or ear set plugged into the sound out jack of the
MultiAdapter you will not hear any playback through your notebook
speakers or speakers plugged into you notebook sound out jack. To change
this setting, with Windows® 8, right-click the Speaker Icon in the lower right hand
corner of the Windows® System Tray and choose 'Playback devices'. Click the
'Mixer' link to open the 'Volume Mixer'. Select 'Speakers' and choose another
available Device to be used (normally the built-in PC Speaker). The procedure is similar
under Windows® 7, Vista®, XP® and 2000.
b. If you plan to listen to sound by means of an ear-set or speakers plugged into the
MultiAdapter sound out jack, you need do nothing further.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Set-up
If using a new TravelMike with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, you have several options in terms of how to
integrate your microphone with Dragon:
c. Simply substituting the TravelMike for your old mic and running the audio set-up wizard
d. Adding the TravelMike as a new “source” to an existing profile
e. Creating an entirely new user profile based on the TravelMike
Of these options, we consider the middle option the best, both because it allows you to save all
the personalized words and commands in your current profile, and yet still afford you the
opportunity (based on the version of Dragon you are using) to do some limited reading and
training with the new microphone.
Here is the basic process:
Dragon 11 or 12
1. Select Dragon > Open User ..
2. On the far right of the Open User
dialog, click on “Source” and then
3. Select the new source (TravelMike)
from those listed and follow
subsequent instructions
Dragon 13
1. Select Manage Dictation Sources from the
“Profile” menu.
2. Click “Add new dictation source”
3. Follow all subsequent instructions
Mac Set-up:
Preliminary Setting Tweak: Although the TravelMike is essentially a “plug-and-play” device, the
following brief adjustment is recommended when preparing to use a TravelMike with your Mac:
1. Go to the Utilities folder in your Applications folder, and launch 'Audio MIDI Setup'. Select
'SpeechMatic USB MultiAdapter' from the list of devices.
2. Click on the 'Input' tab, then choose '44000.0 Hz' and '1ch-16bit' from the Format menu.
3. Quit the Setup
Dragon Dictate for Mac Set-up
Because of the unique "auto-gain" technology on the TravelMike, it is recommended that you follow the
procedure listed here when doing the initial microphone set-up when using it with Dragon Dictate®. This
is necessary in order to give the TableMike time to achieve maximum sensitivity before initiating the
volume setting procedure.
Choose Tools > Microphone Setup to calibrate the TravelMike™
Click on the red icon to enable the microphone
Wait 30 seconds in silence until the gain setting reaches the maximum level of
At this point, start reading the text to have Dragon Dictate® adjust the TravelMike's volume properly
After following the above procedures you can expect excellent results with any of the SpeechWare
Operating Instructions
Controls: The SpeechMatic USB MultiAdapter has several key components, including
1. Microphone input jack
2. Sound out jack
3. Push button
4. LED indicator (under the push button)
LED Indicator: The LED indicator will be either green, blue or red and indicate the following states:
Muted: Microphone off and no
sound passed to computer
Normal: Close range; ideal for
use with headset microphones
plugged into adapter
Distant: 10-20 inch range; ideal
for use with mini-boom on
Push Button Use:
A short depression of the push-button cycles between the active (on) state for the microphone
(either green or blue) and the muted state (red)
A long push of the push-button will cycle between the blue and red modes
(Note: you can cycle between the two modes only when the device is in either of the active
modes; you cannot change modes when the device is in the muted state)
Normal versus Distant Mode:
Normal Mode: When in the “normal” mode, the TravelMike does not employ the Equailizer (auto-gain)
technology and should be used with a distance of about one inch between the user’s mouth and
microphone element. In this mode you will have the most intense rejection of external noise, but the
least amount of freedom in terms of distance from the microphone
Distant Mode: In the distant mode, the TravelMike employs the full measure of auto-gain technology
and allows practical usage from distances between 10 and 20 inches. In this mode the TravelMike will
also employ the greatest amount of digital signal processing to reject external noise. As a result of this
intense processing you will also notice a somewhat hollow sound to your voice when played back.
Operating Range
Auto Gain
External Noise rejection
Playback Sound Quality
Ideal Usage Situation
Normal (Blue)
1 - 3 inches
Most Natural
Moderate or high noise
Best setting in moderate or
more noise
Distant (Green)
10-20 Inches
Most Intense
Artificial sounding
Low ambient noise
Best if low noise; most
convenient given distance
Troubleshooting and Common Questions
I’m using the TravelMike with a Mac and it doesn’t seem to be working well: This happens
occasionally and is usually because the user did not realize that special steps are needed to set up the
TableMike for use with a Mac. Please read the section above on “Mac Set-up”.
I recently switched from my usual microphone to the TravelMike. Although it works, it doesn’t seem
to be giving me the accuracy I expected. What’s wrong? This is a fairly common scenario when
switching mics and underscore the need to properly integrate your new microphone with your software.
If using the TravelMike with Dragon, we recommend that you add the microphone as a new “source” to
your existing profile.
Is it necessary to use a foam windscreen with the TravelMike? This is entirely optional. If using the
TableMike in the normal (close) range, the windscreen has the potential to prevent “popping sounds”
which result from air-flow from your breathing as you talk. It also provides a method of keeping
moisture and aerosolized particles in your breath from interacting with the microphone element. When
used in the green or distance mode, all of these benefits are probably much reduced, so we consider use
of the windscreen to be more optional when using the TravelMike in the distance mode.
When listening to playback of my voice it sounds very “tinny”. Why is this? When used in the green or
“distant” mode, the TravelMike uses advanced digital signal processing and this alters the quality of the
incoming sound. This is actually advantageous when
using the microphone with Dragon, since it is a
product of external noise rejection. You may not
want to have the quality of your voice changed for
non-Dragon applications, so in this scenario we
recommend changing to the blue or “Normal” mode.
Can I plug my favorite headset microphone into the
MultiAdapter rather than the mini-boom? Yes, in
fact the MultiAdapter is sold as a stand-alone product
for this very use. You have the option of diverting the
MultiAdapter component of your TravelMike to such
use at any time.
Are there accessories which can be used with the
TravelMike? Yes, the most useful accessory is the
optional base which allows use of the TravelMike
independent of a direct mounting/attachment to a notebook computer (pictured to the right.) To learn
more about this accessory please visit http://store.speechrecsolutions.com/speechware-c39.aspx
Warranty Information
All of the SpeechWare TableMikes come with a full, one-year warranty. Please contact Speech
Recognition Solutions directly if you have a warranty claim. In order to extend your warranty to 2-years,
please visit SpeechWare at the URL shown below and register for the extension.
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