Why won’t MacSpeech Dictate detect the microphone on my headset?

Jackie F December 24, 2011
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My MacSpeech Dictate program doesn’t detect the microphone on my headset. Everything seems to work alright with the program but the microphone isn’t being detected. I’ve tried multiple headsets and reinstalling the program. Can you help me? Is it possible to use my internal microphone already built into my Mac now instead of the plantronics USB adaptor? Is that likely the problem? Is it possible to fix my platronics piece instead of buy another?

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  1. James Bruce
    December 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Use of a headset is always recommended, as the internal mic is very bad quality. 

    Before messing aroudn with macspeech dictate settings, go into sound section of preferences and check the microphone is (a) correctly detected by your mac at all, and (b) currently selected as the default input device. 

    Then report back!

  2. Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Use MacSpeech Dictate with Built-In Mic you will need the following:
    SoundFlower:
    http://code.google.com/p/soundflower/downloads/list
    1) after download and install reboot MAC.
    2) Then launch SOundFlower
    3) On th icon Flower click Audio Setup
    4) bring MacSpeech Dictate, from the Microphone drop down menu choose sundlower 2chanels
    5)Click create to create profile, maybe you will see a message This is unsupported microphone, thats OKAY click on okay button to create the profile.
    6) Wait untill another menu popup, now if you click on enable the microphone, it will not work, thats why you nedd another soft.
    Line In:
    http://www.rogueamoeba.com/freebies/download/LineIn.zip
    7) Download then launch it by drag and drop to your application folder
    8) From the menu choose output Sunflower 2channels. click passthrough
    9)Enable Microphone.