Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation for the iPhone is spectacular.  It works so well it constantly amazes me.  Even when I dictated my wife’s name – Jenn – it suggested “Jenn” as a possible alternative for “Jen.”  It frequently gets what I say right the first time, and often catches the wrong words in the tap-to-correct mode when it makes a mistake.

So I decided to sing into it and give it a run for its money.  I was singing Trey Anastasio’s “Host Across the Potomac,” whose chorus is “The time has come for desks and chairs to be elevated.”  I sang the line several times, annunciating a bit more with each line, and here are the results:

  • The time has come for desk send JS to be a little David
  • The time has come by best chance to be added day babe
  • The time has come for dad send chance to be added day again
  • The time has come for desk and chairs to be inundated

Gotta love it; four times sung, four totally different results.

The moral of the story is: Dragon is great for dictation, but not so much for transcribing singing.