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SoapBox Labs powers best-in-class voice-enabled experiences for kids. Learn more about SoapBox
SoapBox Labs builds speech recognition technology for kids. It offers low-code and proprietary speech recognition (ASR) technology that delivers high accuracy for kids ages 2 to 12 of all accents and dialects. The SoapBox voice engine has been built using a privacy-by-design approach to protect kids’ fundamental right to voice data privacy. SoapBox licenses its technology to third-party education and entertainment companies and offers two core solution suites: SoapBox Educate and SoapBox Play Learn more about SoapBox

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  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Sonix automatically transcribes, translates your audio and video files in over 40 languages. Fast, accurate, and affordable. Learn more about Sonix
Sonix automatically transcribes, translates, and helps you organize your audio and video files in over 40 languages. Fast, accurate, and affordable. Millions of users from all over the world. Upload a file to Sonix, and you'll have an online transcript in less than 5 minutes. Search transcripts, share transcripts, dozens of export options, integrations, subtitles, captions, and full API. Learn more about Sonix

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  • Audio Capture
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  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Speech to text dictation application for Windows. Experience the freedom of typing with your voice. Learn more about LilySpeech
Free speech to text dictation application for windows. Allows you to type hands-free with your voice. Learn more about LilySpeech

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Rev.ai's suite of speech-to-text APIs allows businesses to build powerful downstream applications. Learn more about Rev.ai
We train our speech models on 50,000+ hours of human-transcribed audio content to produce the most accurate API-driven, automatic speech recognition (ASR) engine on the market With over 50,000 active freelancers working to train the world’s most accurate English ASR for the last decade, Rev is a leader in the speech-to-text world. - Use only one provider for all your speech to text needs pre-recorded or live - Scale to meet a global audience with 31 languages - Reduce time to market with setup Learn more about Rev.ai

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  • Voice Recognition
CallHippo is an Easy to Use Phone System while providing world-class support. It can be setup Instant and provide advanced reporting.
CallHippo is a modern business phone system that helps you connect with your customers. CallHippo is easy-to-use while offering robust functionality with advanced features like Power Dailer and Automatic call distribution. Our Extensive reporting and seamless integrations empower sales and service teams to have effective conversations with customers. Providing World-Class support 24*7 and Accessible by desktop and mobile-app, CallHippo is trusted by over 5000 companies worldwide. Learn more about CallHippo

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  • Audio Capture
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  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Drive documentation productivity - all by voice!
Put your voice to work to create reports, emails, forms and more with Dragon Professional Individual, v15. With a next-generation speech engine leveraging Deep Learning technology, dictate and transcribe faster and more accurately than ever before, and spend less time on documentation and more time on activities that boost the bottom line. Learn more about Dragon Professional Individual

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Technical computing system that provides tools for image processing, geometry, visualization, machine learning, data mining, and more.
Technical computing system that provides tools for image processing, geometry, visualization, machine learning, data mining, and more. Learn more about Wolfram Mathematica

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  • Audio Capture
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  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
World-class English Speech Recognition API with 95%+ accuracy and adaptability to 100+ accents.
Backed by Google, ELSA provides a proprietary Speech Recognition and A.I-enabled technology to help learners speak English more fluently and effectively. ELSA can detect pronunciation mistakes on scripted and unscripted speech input and give instant feedback on pronunciation, fluency, grammar & vocabulary - even predicting scores for IELTS/ TOEFL tests. Technology with 95%+ accuracy, adapted to 100+ global accents (India, Japanese, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, etc) from 25M+ users. Learn more about ELSA Speak

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  • Audio Capture
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  • Voice Recognition
Descript is an all-in-one audio and video software that makes editing as simple as editing a word doc. Edit video by editing text.
Descript is an all-in-one audio and video editor that makes editing as easy as a word doc. Upload media or record directly in Descript to instantly transcribe your file into text, then tweak the text to directly edit your media clips. Edit out filler words and silent gaps with a single click. Record your screen and webcam for presentations and video messages and edit out mistakes before publishing. Export your project to other pro apps. Learn more about Descript

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  • Audio Capture
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  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Innovative, reliable, easy-to-use, and quick-to-deploy all-in-one cloud contact center solution on the market.
wolkvox is the most innovative, reliable, easy-to-use, and fast to implement all-in-one cloud contact center solution on the market, delivering its service in the SaaS model. Its omnichannel predictive dialer, speech analytics, intelligent routing, and a graphic interface (Diagram Studio) to develop voice routing, interaction, and chat stand out. Its variable expense model adjusted to operational fluctuations and constant innovation. Learn more about wolkvox

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  • Audio Capture
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  • Voice Recognition
Convert audio to text Automatically transcribe your meetings, interviews, lectures, and other conver
Convert audio to text Automatically transcribe your meetings, interviews, lectures, and other conver Learn more about Transkriptor

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
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The speech-to-text software for medical professionals. Processes up to five times the average typing speed. Works everywhere.
Talkatoo is a speech-to-text software. Talkatoo has been built specifically for veterinarians and has a built-in vet vocabulary. Talkatoo is a subscription-based software and starts at $95/month. There is no commitment and no additional fees or hardware. Talkatoo understands accents and does not require a lengthy training period. Complete your medical records in half the time. Talkatoo works in any field, dictate in all practice management software, MS Word, Google Docs, email, etc. Learn more about Talkatoo

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Amberscript software automatically transforms audio and video into text and subtitles. Human transcribers bring the text to 100%.
Amberscript is building SaaS solutions that enable users to automatically transform audio and video into text and subtitles using speech recognition. We use the data our users generate to train the best speech recognition engines in European languages. Our online text editor and human transcribers bring the text to 100% accuracy. Learn more about Amberscript

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
State of the art A.I. working side by side with the best professional transcriptionists. Sign up now to get a free trial!
Happy Scribe lets you choose between automatically transcribing your files or using our professional transcription service.The automatic transcription service uses speech recognition software to convert audio to text and has an accuracy of up to 85% and will get your files transcribed in minutes. On the other hand, our professional transcription service puts in your service a team of the best human transcriptionists to transcribe your file. Sign Up now for a free trial! Learn more about Happy Scribe

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Multi-language speech recognition software with the ability to dictate in any third party software or to fill forms on websites.
Multi-language speech recognition software with the ability to dictate in any third party software or to fill forms on websites. Apart from dictation, Braina also provides voice command features that allows you to search the web, open file, programs & websites, find information, set reminders, take notes and much more. You can use your voice to dictate text to your Windows computer, automate processes and improve your personal and business productivity. Learn more about Braina

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Snowfly Speech Analytics, Automated Quality Monitoring, Automated Scorecards, Analytics and Discovery, and Employee Engagement
Snowfly provides industry leading Engagement programs that leverage Gamification, Incentives, and Speech Analytics for any industry. Snowfly Offers month-to-month contracts because our programs WORK - and our average customer tenure of over 6 years and industry leading engagement numbers prove it. Our solutions will help you achieve and improve your custom business objectives including: improved culture, better performance, employee satisfaction, process automation or all of the above! Learn more about Snowfly

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Trint goes beyond transcription to provide the most innovative platform for searching, editing & getting the most out of your content.
Trint uses artificial intelligence to power its web-based automated transcription platform. Audio and video files are uploaded to Trints online software and then transcribed using automated speech recognition. The Trint Editor is the marriage of a text editor to an audio/video player: the transcribed text is stitched to the audio or video file, making it simple to search, verify and edit the machine-generated transcripts. Learn more about Trint

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
A speech recognition and conversion solution with multi-language speech recognizer, documents & emails transcriber, and more.
A speech recognition and conversion solution with multi-language speech recognizer, documents & emails transcriber, and more. Learn more about SpeechTexter

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Gain a better understanding of how agents perform with automated speech recognition, call scoring, and call categorization technology.
CallFinder is a leading provider of SaaS speech analytics software, automated call scoring, and speech-to-text transcription technology with conversational insights, such as sentiment analysis. CallFinder's solution searches your call recordings for keywords and phrases to help address business objectives and overcome common challenges, such as script compliance and low CSAT scores. Our solution also provides agent-customer interaction analytics on every incoming call and intelligent coaching. Learn more about CallFinder

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Capté is an online web application that allows you to add subtitles instantly and automatically. Subtitling becomes easy and quick!
You think your video is ready to be posted? Are you sure you haven't forgotten anything? Subtitles? Captions? If you want to improve a video in a minute, add subtitles! But subtitling by hand is a long and tedious process. Fortunately, Capté exists! Capté is an online web application that lets you add subtitles instantly and automatically. Capté uses speech recognition to transcribe audio into subtitles. You can edit subtitles, customize them or even translate them. Try our tool, for free! Learn more about Capté

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  • Audio Capture
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  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
BigHand offers speech, workflow, document creation, process improvement, matter pricing and BI solutions for law firms of all sizes.
Through technology, insight and experience, BigHand delivers success for the future by helping its clients achieve professional productivity and operational excellence. The leading software technology company has developed a range of solutions from task delegation, document creation, matter pricing, digital dictation workflow, intuitive reporting and analytics, that help busy people achieve more in less time and organizations become more efficient and effective. Learn more about BigHand Workflow Management

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Zubtitle gets videos ready for social media in minutes. Automatically add captions & headlines effortlessly, plus resize your video.
Zubtitle is an online video editing tool that leverages A.I. and speech-to-text software to automatically add captions/subtitles to any video. Zubtitle also provides video editing tools tailored to social videos. Quickly resize videos for any social platform, add video headlines, custom styling, and more. Learn more about Zubtitle

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Cloud based transcription service powered by artificial intelligence. Automatically converts audio/video files into text
Go Transcribe provides the latest software invention to convert speech in to text which will save you time, money and effort. Simply upload your files onto our platform using any device and your file will be converted in a matter of minutes. The transcription can be viewed on our unique online editor. You can playback the original file and jump to specific parts of the audio and make amendments to the transcription where required. Your transcription can be downloaded to several popular formats. Learn more about Go Transcribe

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Mobile app that recognizes speech by sound or text and can translate from web pages, communications, and more.
Mobile app that recognizes speech by sound or text and can translate from web pages, communications, and more. Learn more about iSpeech Translator

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Speech recognition software for hospitals and medical practices. Allows to dictate notes straight into a Windows-based EMR.
Speech recognition software for hospitals and medical practices. Allows to dictate notes straight into a Windows-based EMR. Learn more about Frisbee

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Allows physicians to produce more accurate reports using dictation and speech recognition technology.
Allows physicians to produce more accurate reports using dictation and speech recognition technology. Learn more about M*Modal Fluency for Transcription

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  • Audio Capture
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  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
AI-powered service for automatic note taking and preparation of summaries for in-person business and scrum meetings
Reason8 is an AI-powered service for automatic note taking and preparation of summaries for in-person business and scrum meetings. We provide the best note taking quality on the market because we use multiple smartphones and AI patent pending approach to boost quality of speaker separation and drafting meeting summaries. We are actively working on advanced summarization, collaboration features for teamwork, and integrations with project management services and communication tools. Learn more about Reason8

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Mobile and Cloud-based solution for businesses that helps upload audio files through web, mobile, or cloud & document them to text.
Mobile and Cloud-based solution for businesses that helps upload audio files through web, mobile, or cloud & document them to text. Learn more about TranscribeMe

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Transcribe converts interviews, podcasts and other audio recordings into text automatically.
Transcribe converts interviews, podcasts and other audio recordings into text automatically. Learn more about Transcribe

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Voice recognition software for automatic dictation of medical reports.
INVOX Medical is a voice recognition software for automatic dictation of medical reports. Learn more about INVOX Medical

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Our AI captures patient encounters in real time and automate medical documentation, allowing physicians to focus on patient care.
DeepScribe uses proprietary AI to capture patient encounters in real time and automate medical documentation, allowing physicians to focus on patient care instead of note-taking. Why did we create this? Because we care about your well-being. Physicians around the country are facing an ever-increasing medical documentation load. This administrative burden detracts from the patient experience and 60% of physicians cite it as the primary contributor to workplace burnout (up from 55% in 2020). Learn more about DeepScribe

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
It is a speech-to-text solution that helps users process and transcribe audio inputs from multiple sources with punctuations.
It is a speech-to-text solution that helps users process and transcribe audio inputs from multiple sources with punctuations. Learn more about Amazon Transcribe

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Noota transcribes audio and video files automatically and generates minutes of meetings.
Noota transcribes audio and video files automatically and generates minutes of meetings. Learn more about Noota

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Great free speech recognition & instant voice translation web app that emphasizes on simplicity and natural speech by auto punctuating.
Great speech recognition & instant voice translation web app that emphasizes on simplicity and natural speech by auto punctuating. Features: AUTO-PUNCTUATION, marks and saves TIMESTAMPS, editable, AUTOMATICALLY SAVES, transcribes audio files, phone conversations and exports to captions. No user registration necessary. Use it for dictation, transcription, interviews, hard of hearing, real time interpreter and more. Speechlogger is powered by Google's ASR APIs to achieve best results. Learn more about Speechlogger

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
SmartAction provides omnichannel AI-powered Virtual Agent solutions for contact centers.
SmartAction provides cloud-based AI-powered Virtual Agent solutions for contact centers. SmartAction's solutions make it easy for enterprises to automate the repetitive conversations handled by live agents, with seamless integrations to existing contact center technology and data sources. SmartAction delivers its conversational AI solution as a service through a team of CX experts who guides brands through the transformation to automation. Learn more about SmartAction Speech IVR System

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Enthu is an AI enabled speech analytics and conversation intelligence software for calling teams.
Enthu is an AI enabled speech analytics and conversation intelligence software for calling teams. Learn more about Enthu

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Online service and android app for recording and transcribing speech. It edits your audio as you edit the text.
Online service and android app for recording and transcribing speech. It edits your audio as you edit the text. Learn more about Reportex

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Build better documentation through speech to text recognition engine designed for medical notes and charts.
Advanced medical dictation software is built for physicians and practitioners. Works on all EHR platforms and mobile. Learn more about VoiceboxMD

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Cloud-based solution that assists businesses with automating IT operations and customer service processes via AI technology.
Cloud-based solution that assists businesses with automating IT operations and customer service processes via AI technology. Learn more about Amelia

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
AI-powered QM and CX speech analytics solution for contact centres to automate call monitoring and make customer communication better.
NeoSound Intelligence is an AI-powered speech analytics QM and CX solution for contact centres that helps companies to turn customer interactions into actionable insights and make communication better. NeoSound tools fully automate calls monitoring process and provide companies with actionable insights by listening to ALL phone conversations and helps call centre companies optimise the quality of customer communications, decrease costs and boost the sales. Learn more about NeoSound

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Web-based application that allows providers universal access to their work, as well as e-signature and report management capabilities.
Web-based application that allows providers universal access to their work, as well as e-signature and report management capabilities. Learn more about Web Dictation Genie

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
An enterprise speech recognition solution that offers front-end (client-side) and back-end (server-side) voice-to-text recognition.
WSR is an enterprise speech recognition solution that offers front-end (client-side) and back-end (server-side) voice-to-text recognition. With WSR, speech recognized text can be accessed immediately by the author or automatically sent to support staff for review and editing (if needed) - enabling your key earners to focus their time on more revenue generating activities and less on administrative tasks. WSRs voice-to-text technology is easy to use, accurate and light on IT resources. Learn more about Winscribe Speech Recognition

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Global experts in deep learning and speech recognition
Speechmatics are global experts in deep learning and speech recognition, providing Autonomous Speech Recognition technology that understands every voice. Offering its speech recognition for solution and service providers to integrate into their stack regardless of their industry or use case. Businesses use Speechmatics around the world to accurately understand and transcribe human-level speech into text regardless of demographic, age, gender, accent, dialect or location. Learn more about Speechmatics

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Upload your audio/video and get back its transcript in minutes using AI. Edit, annotate, share, and export your transcripts.
Upload your audio/video and get back its transcript in minutes using AI. Edit, annotate, share, and export your transcripts. Learn more about Simon Says

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
3Play Media is a full-service video accessibility solution you can trust to deliver on quality, turnaround, and support.
3Play Media is an integrated video accessibility platform with patented solutions for closed captioning, transcription, live captioning, audio description, and subtitling. 3Play Media combines machine learning (ML) and automatic speech recognition (ASR) with human review to provide innovative, highly accurate services. We are trusted by over 10,000 customers, spanning multiple industries, including media & entertainment, corporate, ecommerce, fitness, higher education, government, and elearning. Learn more about 3Play Media

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Speech surveillance and metrics analysis software. This includes text transcription with alert generation and disposition mechanism, an
Speech surveillance and metrics analysis software. This includes text transcription with alert generation and disposition mechanism, and metrics analytics. Learn more about talvala

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  • Audio Capture
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  • Concatenated Speech
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Record and send dictation directly from your computer with Express Dictate Digital Dictation Software.
Express Dictate software is a voice recording program that works like a dictaphone. It lets you use your PC or Mac to send dictation to your typist by email, Internet or over the computer network. Professional dictation voice recorder. Works like a traditional dictaphone. Send dictation instantly via the Internet. HIPAA compliant secure encryption. Record to wav, mp3 or dct formats. An easy-to-use interface so you can be dictating in just minutes. Learn more about Express Dictate Digital Dictation Software

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Allows users to automatically transcribe, caption, subtitle, and voiceover their video and audio files in just minutes.
Allows users to automatically transcribe, caption, subtitle, and voiceover their video and audio files in just minutes. Learn more about Maestra

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
Transcription and editing tool that helps researchers transcribe audio online by combining a media-player and a text editor.
Transcription and editing tool that helps researchers transcribe audio online by combining a media-player and a text editor. Learn more about Audext

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Voice Recognition
OneVoice elegantly makes voice communications visual with high quality transcription, and provides optional language translation.
ONEVOICE: AUDIO TRANSCRIPTION + UNIFIED MESSAGING FOR OFFICE365 & GMAIL Unified Messaging was just the beginning. OneVoice’s Speech2Txt™ unified messaging makes voicemails readable. Audio is now visual for an easier, faster, more equitable experience. Perfect to support busy sales, customer service and other response-sensitive employees. Transcription provides an excellent option for ADA compliance. Optional language translation supported for over 100 languages and dialects. Learn more about OneVoice

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  • Audio Capture
  • Customizable Macros
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Speech Recognition Software Buyers Guide

Introduction

Speech recognition software, otherwise known as dictation software, or voice recognition software, allows computers and other devices to interpret human speech, transcribe it into text format, or translate text to speech. It is widely used within the field of note-taking and can be especially valuable to anyone who needs to take quick notes while carrying out other tasks. Some of the most important features expected to be found within a high-quality voice to text app of this kind include audio capture, automatic transcription, text editing, and speech-to-text analysis.

One of the most significant benefits associated with speech recognition software is its ability to free up the user's hands during use. This is accomplished because the text is created through speech transcription rather than typing. In many fields, this can make multitasking much easier, allowing notes to be taken at the same time the user carries out a complex activity with their hands. As a result, productivity can also be greatly improved.

Speech recognition software powers many modern virtual assistants and can play a key role in call routing for many businesses and their customer support departments. It is closely related to interactive voice response (IVR) software, speech analytics software, and medical transcription software. Indeed, IVR solutions use speech recognition to understand callers and route calls to the correct location, while medical transcription software can be described as a specialised type of speech recognition software, designed for those in medical professions.

During the process of identifying the best dictation software, there are many different considerations that need to be weighed up, including the budget available, the size of the business, and the precise needs of employees. Additionally, it is important to take a closer look at the features that are available and ensure that the chosen solution can achieve what it needs to. While speech recognition software options do differ substantially in terms of the supplementary features available, most solutions on the market will offer the following:

  • Capture direct speech audio from a microphone, or import an audio file containing speech
  • Transcribe captured speech or imported audio into text format
  • View transcribed speech in text format and make amendments so that errors can be fixed
  • Analyse transcribed text to identify trends or pick out specific words or phrases
  • Convert speech to text from multiple languages and dialects from around the world

What is speech recognition software?

Speech recognition software is a type of voice-activated software designed to allow computers and other devices to interpret human speech and then transcribe it to text. Although generally categorised as speech-to-text software, many solutions can also translate text into speech too. The software is commonly used in a wide range of industries and professions, from medical or scientific research, through to retail-based customer support.

It is often deployed for the purposes of note-taking, although it can also be used to analyse customer communication, obtain accurate quotations from speeches, or convert audio into text format for any other reason. Speech recognition software powers many virtual assistants, and the software can be used as part of an interactive voice response system, which may be used to route telephone calls to the right department or location. In many cases, it functions primarily as dictation software, allowing the user to speak aloud as they carry out additional tasks.

Any good voice to text app will offer the advantage of freeing up the user's hands, allowing them to simultaneously take notes on a computer and carry out complex, manual tasks with their hands. This also means the best speech to text app solutions will have an accessibility component, allowing for the creation of text documents by people who may have disabilities and other health conditions that may make this difficult or impossible using a conventional keyboard.

What are the benefits of speech recognition software?

The benefits of speech recognition software are generally based on its ability to take direct speech or speech from audio files and accurately convert that into a text-based format. This function is useful in a wide range of industries and professions and can also benefit personal use. In particular, the following are all examples of some of the key ways that speech to text software can be beneficial:

  • Hands-free text creation: the ability to create text without using a keyboard means the user has their hands free the whole time. This can be essential in certain fields, including scientific and medical research because it allows users to carry out complex tasks using their hands while speaking aloud to create notes as they work. Such functionality can be advantageous when it comes to increasing overall productivity because it allows users to multitask more efficiently. In addition, it allows note-taking to be more accurate because notes can be made in the moment, regardless of what other work is being carried out, rather than being typed up after that work is done.
  • More efficient documentation: when users do not necessarily have access to a computer with a high-quality keyboard, speech recognition software can help to make documentation a more efficient process. This is especially true when using mobile devices. In fact, a study published in the Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) journal found that, when using a mobile phone for creating text documents, speech recognition text input was almost three times faster than typing on a mobile keyboard when the language used was English, and a similar speed advantage was also true when the test was run using Mandarin.
  • Greater accuracy: in certain situations, speech recognition software can deliver superior accuracy than typing. A good example of this comes with transcribing audio or video. While humans may be able to transcribe audio and video fairly quickly, the trade-off for speed is often an increased chance of human error. By contrast, high-quality speech recognition software is now advanced enough to deliver a level of accuracy that may actually exceed the abilities of many people, and it can achieve this at rapid, almost instantaneous speeds, making it extremely beneficial for situations where quick and accurate transcriptions are the order of the day.
  • Automatic transcription: another major benefit associated with using speech recognition software is linked to the level of automation that is provided. When the software is able to receive audio input via a microphone or headset, or when it has access to an audio file, it can automatically transcribe the words that are said and then output them in a text format, without the need for any significant human intervention. Of course, most good solutions on the market will also include text editing as a feature, allowing amendments or corrections to be made.
  • Analysis of speeches: while it is relatively easy to analyse text because it can be re-read and because searches for specific words or phrases can be easily carried out, analysis of speeches is generally more difficult. Yet, with the assistance of a good voice to text software solution, this becomes much easier because the speech can be transcribed, and the features of the speech can be more easily understood. Many options on the market also include built-in speech to text analysis functionality, allowing much of this analysis to be automated.
  • Improved accessibility: there is a wide range of disabilities, learning difficulties, and other health conditions that can impact a user's ability to create text documents in a conventional way, using a keyboard. As an example, users who are blind or partially sighted may find it difficult or impossible to see what they are typing, while users with certain physical limitations may be unable to type. On top of this, people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties may be physically able to type but might find it difficult to accurately spell or understand grammar. A speech to text software package can be ideal for these scenarios because text documents can be created using the voice alone. With this in mind, voice recognition of any kind can help to improve overall accessibility.

What are the features of speech recognition software?

The features of speech recognition software are one of the main ways in which different products on the market can be separated. Generally, features can be broken down into core features, present in almost every package, common features, which would be expected in the best dictation app solutions, and optional features, which are less common and can help to make different packages distinct. With that being said, expect high-quality speech recognition software to contain most, if not all, of the following features:

  • Audio capture: record audio from an audio input device, or upload audio files for the software to transcribe. This ability to either directly input audio into the software, or import an audio file, provides a range of options for transcribing speech to text. Good software will be able to identify speech in an audio file, even if there are other sounds and background music included too.
  • Voice recognition: speak into a microphone and have the speech recognition software understand the words. Some of the optional features that fall under the voice recognition umbrella include the ability to detect various dialects and the ability to identify whether the voice is likely to be male or female. Some software solutions are also powered by machine learning capabilities, allowing the voice recognition functionality to get used to the user's voice, accent and patterns of speech, as well as improving accuracy over time. Additionally, voice recognition allows the transcribed text to separate different speakers for improved clarity.
  • Automatic transcription: automatically transcribe imported audio files, or audio input via a microphone, into text. The automation provided by high-quality speech recognition software allows speech to be converted to text quickly and with minimal intervention from the user. Additionally, advanced options on the market can automatically format the transcribed text, separating different speakers and recognising sentence structure.
  • Text editing: edit or amend the transcribed text through the use of an internal text editor. While high-quality speech recognition software will be able to transcribe speech into text with excellent accuracy, there may still be occasional mistakes or misunderstandings, and it is important that the chosen software allows this to be fixed. Moreover, there may need to be edits made to the transcribed text in order to create the required layout. While all options with a text editor will allow the text to be exported in a standard text format, top-of-the-range solutions will offer support for some of the most common word processor file formats, too, including Microsoft Word, Google Docs and Apple Pages.
  • Speech to text analysis: take transcriptions to the next level through the use of speech to text analysis tools. Such features can be used to identify key features within the transcribed text, such as the most common words used, the number of times words or phrases are used, and more. This then makes it much easier to analyse a speech, pick out key elements, identify significant trends, and interpret meaning. Speech to text analysis can be especially useful for customer support teams because it can identify the most common issues raised during phone calls and the similarities between different complaints. As a result, the team can report the information to business leaders, who can then address areas of weakness and improve customer satisfaction.
  • Call routing: direct phone calls to the right location automatically, based on what is being said. Aside from operating as dictation software, some speech recognition tools will also provide built-in call routing options. When this is deployed, a customer can call, answer some basic questions, and the speech recognition software can automatically understand the answers. It will then route the call to the right department or the most suitable employee. Ultimately, this means reduced waiting times and greater customer satisfaction.
  • Multi-language: transcribe speech in multiple languages. The most worthwhile products on the market will be able to understand and transcribe speech from a number of different languages and dialects. Additionally, top-of-the-range speech recognition software will include translation functionality, which will allow speeches made in one language to be transcribed into another language, resulting in automatic translations.

With the help of Capterra's speech recognition software directory, it is quick and easy to sort the available options based on the features they offer. As a result, it makes a search much easier by only displaying the software packages that actually contain the features, functions and qualities that are desired.

What should be considered when purchasing speech recognition software?

When purchasing speech recognition software, there are a number of things to keep in mind. One of the most important things to remember is that all speech recognition software is not created equally. Different products are aimed at different audiences, and the features they prioritise will reflect this. It is also important to remember to seek out the option that best suits the business-specific requirements rather than simply opting for the software that offers the greatest amount of features. After all, a software package could attract rave reviews and offer excellent options, yet lack an important feature that another solution on the market offers. Most buyers should also ask themselves the following questions when seeking out a speech recognition software solution:

  • What are the main features of the speech recognition software? Different solutions on the market will offer different features, and this can depend on what the software has been created for and who it is aimed at. Generally, most packages will contain similar core features, such as automatic transcription, audio capture, and text editing, but the supplementary features can vary substantially. The needs of a customer service team will be different from the needs of a medical researcher, so it is important to ask which features are actually needed and to then evaluate the available options with those needs firmly in mind.
  • What are the costs associated with speech recognition software? The costs associated with buying a product are always an important consideration, and it is crucial to adopt a holistic approach to evaluating this. Upfront costs are only one part of this equation, as it will also be necessary to consider the costs associated with implementing the software, training staff to use it, and accessing support when it is needed. Additionally, with Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, think about the ongoing costs associated with a subscription service, while with on-site deployment, think about setup, installation and storage costs.
  • What are the types of recognition software? Broadly speaking, speech recognition software solutions can be separated into two main types: speaker-dependent options and speaker-independent options. With speaker-dependent speech recognition, the software is designed to learn the speech patterns, dialect, and unique features of the user's voice. These options improve their speech recognition over time and are most commonly used for note-taking and other forms of dictation. By contrast, speaker-independent options are designed to recognise speech from multiple people, and these solutions are typically not designed to continuously improve by adapting to these speakers' voices. A speaker-independent solution might be used for call routing or customer support.
  • Is the software mobile-friendly or accessible remotely? A survey from 2020, carried out by Gartner, found that as many as 82 per cent of businesses intend to allow employees to work remotely, at least some of the time. On top of this, many professions require work to be carried out on the go—including while travelling—and this may require the use of a mobile app or mobile accessibility via the web. With this in mind, businesses that do offer remote working opportunities, and individuals who may require mobile access, will need to prioritise these things when exploring the available speech recognition software options and eventually making their decision.
  • Can speech recognition software be used with other tools? Compatibility is another major concern, and if the business has an established way of doing things, it can be difficult to implement a new software solution that is not compatible with current tools. With regards to speech recognition software, compatibility with devices and the current software setup are important. To provide an example, if documents are regularly created using Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or Google Docs, a solution that allows transcribed text to be either saved in these file formats or easily transferred to those applications will be best. Similarly, if planning to use the speech recognition software for call routing purposes, check that it is compatible with the current CRM software package and any other tools that call centre agents regularly use.
  • Is the speech recognition software regularly updated? Finally, it is important to give consideration to updates and how they work with the chosen software package. Is the software still receiving updates? How regular are these updates? Are there any known issues with updating software? Software that no longer receives updates may have current or future security vulnerabilities that cannot be plugged, so knowing what the future of the software is likely to be can be just as important as knowing about its current state.

The most relevant speech recognition software trends, along with any wider technology trends, also need to be factored into any decision-making. In particular, think about the way technology is progressing and how this is likely to impact daily tasks and business practices. Understanding the emerging and anticipated trends that are relevant to the software in consideration is also vital for future-proofing. Therefore, the following trends need to be considered when buying speech recognition software:

  • The relationship between speech recognition and smart devices: The rise of the internet of things (IoT) has led to increased use of smart devices for a wide range of different applications, and speech recognition technology often goes hand-in-hand with such devices. As IoT devices become even more widespread, and as users become more familiar with voice-activated software in general, there is likely to be increased demand for more integration. This means that, in many cases, the ideal speech recognition software will go beyond simple dictation software, or call routing software, and will instead function as part of a wider ecosystem.
  • The growth of cloud-based software solutions: Cloud-based software solutions are gaining in popularity all the time, as businesses and individual users come to understand the benefits associated with lower upfront costs, increased data security, improved scalability, and remote accessibility. With this in mind, it is worth giving consideration to whether or not a cloud-based speech recognition software solution may be the best long-term option. At the same time, the cloud-based model will not suit everyone, and ongoing costs associated with a SaaS subscription model could end up being significantly more expensive than using on-site solutions.
  • Voice data and associated privacy concerns: Voice-activated applications do bring with them some concerns about privacy, and this can be especially true for cloud-based models, where a third party is involved in the handling of data. Users want to know how the software works, when their voice is recorded, what protections are in place to prevent the accidental collection of voice data, and who has access to voice data. Not only is it important to look into the answers to some of these questions, but it is also essential to be as transparent with employees as possible about how data will be obtained, stored, and kept secure.