How to dictate

SpeechLive offers a wide range of options to record or process your dictations:


Simply dictate with your smartphone, all you need is the free SpeechLive Mobile App. The SpeechLive Mobile App section covers the set up and usage of the app.

Dedicated recorder

You can use a mobile voice recorder together with SpeechLive. Check out our current mobile product range.

Browse through our current microphone product range that is optimized for recording directly into your laptop or PC.

Turn your voice into text

Recording your voice is only the start, the following services enable you to create documents out of your dictations:

SpeechLive Desktop App

The SpeechLive Desktop App converts your voice to text in real-time: Use a microphone, place the cursor in any text field or document and start dictating.

See the SpeechLive Desktop App section for more details.

In-house transcriptionist

Assign your own transcriptionist. Follow the steps in the Use SpeechLive via web browser section to set up your account and the account of your transcriptionist. The Transcriptionist section covers all necessary steps for transcriptionists to transcribe your dictations.

To get the transcription:

  1. After your transcriptionist finished the transcription, the status of the dictation changes to Transcription finished.

  2. Select the dictation in the dictation list.

  3. Click on the Download icon Download_icon.png in the toolbar and choose:

    • Download dictation: To download only the audio file of your dictation.

    • Download attachments: Only download attachments, this includes documents the transcriptionist added as well as picture attachments.

    • Download all: Includes all attachments as well as the audio file of your dictation.

Real-time speech recognition

Turn your voice into text instantly by using a desktop dictation microphone or the built in microphone in your laptop. See the Speech recognition section for more details.

  1. Navigate to the Dictations tab and click on Start speech recognitionstart_stt_icon.png in the toolbar.

  2. Choose the language csm_lang-select_icon_98f48666de.png before you start.

  3. Use a desktop dictation microphone to get the best speech recognition results:

  4. Click on Record/PauseRecord_DD_hover_icon.png to start.

    • When you start speech recognition for the first time, you will be asked by your browser to allow access to your microphone:

      Click on Allow to continue.

    • You can also use different voice commands, click on Available commandscsm_voice-commands_icon_82b5e93108.png to display all commands.

    • Click on Settingscsm_Cogwheel_icon_03ea8d6b63.png to add your own vocabulary (this increases the probability of using the defined spelling).

  5. Finish the speech recognition session by clicking on FinishFinish-dictation_icon.png in the toolbar.

  6. To download your transcribed text, select the dictation in the dictation list.

  7. Click on DownloadDownload_icon.png in the toolbar and select Download attachments.

Speech recognition

Click on Send to speech recognitionSend-to-SR_icon.png in the toolbar to send your dictation to speech recognition. The Speech recognition section covers this process in more details.

Transcription service

Click on Send to transcription serviceSend-to-TS_icon.png in the toolbar. Your dictation will be transcribed by (human) transcriptionists. The Transcription service section covers this in more details.