Dragon NaturallySpeaking: Use Interface Steinberg or Focusrite (USB)

I’ve noticed, that the voice writing program Dragon Nuance Naturally Speaking didn’t work with my Rode NT1A and Steinberg or Focusrite USB interface.

I was using the Dragon Naturally Speaking version 13 and it always told me to check my microphone although it worked perfectly fine in other recording softwares.


So one solution was to channel my microphone into my soundcard, so it channeled it back again to an virtual microphone “stereomix”, which then was accepted by Dragon Naturally Speaking, but had still some bugs (long loading times etc.).

The final solution then was, to find the Dragon Naturally Speaking version 12. Although it doesn’t have the same nice design as the new 13 version, it provides the option to use LINE-IN as input source, so you can use your interface without any problems. 

  1. how exactly did you channel your device into your soundcard? I am having the same problem…

  2. Hey everyone,

    I had been searching the Internet for days and reading everything that’s been out there on how to use Dragon 15.3 dictation software with an audio interface or line inputs (using an Audio Technica AT2035). I believe I finally found a solution that I wasn’t able to find anywhere else online, so I’m posting this on the forum in the hopes that someone who is also in the same position as me will now have a workable solution.

    As far as I can tell, I’m able to use Nuance Dragon Professional Individual 15.3 on Windows 10 along with my audio interface (scarlett focusrite 2i2) as long as you program a new profile into Dragon Nuance. (Note: I have not been successful in using this method for an existing profile, so export your vocabulary and import into the new profile you’re about to make). The scarlett device has to have either the headphone/monitor or the speaker line out into the computer line in port. This new dragon profile has to be started with a line in input. While Dragon Nuance does not typically allow line in devices, it is still possible to attach a line in device by first selecting a “dummy” microphone device such as the front jack of your computer. Then, as soon as Dragon allows you to advance forward, hit the back button to return to the list of devices that can be selected. If you now select your line in device, Dragon will allow you to advance forward. If you do not see any volume levels as you dictate the example screen, be mindful that Dragon may have inadvertently muted your microphone so go into your sound settings control on your computer.

    One issue that may arise with this is that Dragon often mutes either USB audio interfaces or line in devices. A workaround for this includes using auto hotkeys with a script that I now have on my computer (http://www.nullrefer.com/?https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=15509). The auto hotkey can be used to mute/unmute the mic so that you can pair the Dragon mute/unmute along with the Windows mute/unmute to solve the issue of Dragon intermittently muting the mic at inappropriate times (I have personally assigned my Dragon mute/unmute button to my scroll lock key and my auto hotkeys script to my pause break key. This allows a very smooth transition if you always hit scroll lock and the pause break key in quick succession every time you want to mute/unmute). To further streamline this, you can set the auto hotkeys script to initiate on start up of the computer so you never have to worry about how this works again.

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