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.