Speech to Text on a Mac Laptop Using the Internal Mic

MacSpeech Dictate 1.5
First, get Macspeech Dictate. It’s available for sale at www.macspeech.com, and you can save 10% on MacSpeech Dictate with Microphone by using coupon MACSPEECH during checkout. Once its loaded up it will ask you to create a profile by selecting a microphone. The stock Dictate application will not let you select your internal mic to be used as an audio input source. To get around this, we have to download two applications, the latest version of Soundflower from http://code.google.com/p/soundflower/downloads/list and LineIn from http://rogueamoeba.com/freebies/.

Install Soundflower and launch both applications along with Macspeech Dictate. If we go back to Dictate we can select “Soundflower 16ch” as depicted below.

Dictate Settings

Now go to LineIn and route the internal mic to Sounflower we select “Default System Input” and Output ” Soundflower (16ch)” then click “Pass Thru”.

LineIn Settings

Keep all these applications open and go back to Dictate and create your profile. Follow the rest of the steps in Dictate and this should allow you turn speech to text using your Mac Laptop’s internal Mic.

  • John

    Thanks for the tip; it works great!

  • Do I need to keep linein and soundflower open all the time while I am using Dictate?

    • Andy


  • Adrian

    Hey, you have to keep both applications on while you use it every time you use it.

  • Scott

    Works perfect Thanks very much!

  • just a note, if you want to avoid having these programs added to your dock, then all you need to do is go to your account screen, choose your account, click on logon items, and add each one of these programs to your startup whenever you start your computer. This should alleviate any concerns or need to open the program every time you logon. ( I wrote this on dictate)

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  • autodidakto

    Thank you.

  • Plastic Man

    Why don't you lazy ignorant sloths just learn how to type????

    • Sandrasandyquintero

      did you ever think some people don't have hands?

  • Guest

    it was ok at the microphone setup, everything worked well, until the voice training, i can't even say a word?