hawkmonitor
The Macbook Pro has 3 USB-C ports.
Any recommendations for an external mike which can connect with it.  Travel Mike won't work, for several reasons.
Am assuming the the internal mike with not be sufficient for use with Dragon for Mac. Would appreciate comments.
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WayneMorrison
Most, if not all, USB microphones currently use USB-A or USB-B connectors, not USB-C.  While we haven't specifically tested this configuration, you might want to consider using a USB-C to USB-A adapter.  Searching for "USB-C to USB-A adapter" should provide you with multiple options.

Right now Apple has a special on their version of the adapter for $9 with free shipping.  You can find this at http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJ1M2AM/A/usb-c-to-usb-adapter.

If you decide to use a USB-C to USB-A adapter, we'd appreciate any feedback on how well this works.

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hawkmonitor
sorry. partial message transmitted.  Here's the rest

Would the $89 tabletmike pugged into the microphone jack work as a handheld mike?
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jonwahrenberger

If used with an audio extension cable and plugged into an audio jack, you might be able to use the TabletMic as a hand-held microphone.  Since we don't own one, we don't know if the new MacBook Pros have an audio jack.  If so, it's likely a jack that deals with both sound in and sound out. The TabletMike includes an adapter that splits this integrated jack into separate sound-in and sound-out jacks.   In general, though, use of analog microphones with a Mac are problematic, since they are built to expect a "line-in" product and not "mic-in", so we're not sure if this would work.  

A safer alternative would be to use the "TravelMike", along with a USB extension cable and the previously mentioned USB-C to USB-A adapter from Apple.  The TravelMike consists of a an extremely high quality external USB sound adapter and includes the exact microphone element that comes with the TabletMike.  This scenario would involve this sequence of connection:

Computer USB-C port > Apple USB-C to USB adapter > USB Extension Cable > USB MultiAdapter > TabletMike 

The TravelMike includes the MultiAdapter and TabletMike element.  You can see these items on our site at these links:

  • TravelMike:  https://store.speechrecsolutions.com/speechware-travelmike-p144.aspx
  • USB Extension Cable:  https://store.speechrecsolutions.com/half-meter-usb-extension-cable-p344.aspx
  • Apple USB-C to USB adapter:  http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJ1M2AM/A/usb-c-to-usb-adapter
Let us know if you have additional questions.

BTW, you mentioned in your original post that the TravelMike won't work for several reasons.  Do you have one and have you tried this?  If so, I'm curious to know what your experience was.  Or was it just a matter of it not being compatible with the USB-C port?

Jon
Jon W. Wahrenberger, MD
Speech Recognition Solutions
http://www.SpeechRecSolutions.com
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hawkmonitor

Dear Jon:

I received the Speechware   Speech Mike yesterday.  Today I connected it to my MacBook Pro with your suggested configuration and put it through its paces.

I’m extremely happy with its performance and ease of use.  The degree of accuracy when used on my MacBook Pro with Dragon for Mac is absolutely astonishing.

The small Adapter and mike fit easily in my hand and the cord, with three component parts, although looking like a Rube Goldberg device, worked very comfortably.  It permits me to hold the microphone close to my mouth and fits comfortably in my hand, being virtually weightless, unlike the Phillips products.

Due to my personal idiosyncrasies, a fantastic extra bonus is the fact that I can use the microphone when my wife comes into my office and interrupts me!

 
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jonwahrenberger
Thanks for reporting your findings.  We are delighted to hear that that the TravelMike integrates smoothly with your new MacBook Pro using the Apple USB-C to USB adapter.  This opens up lots of possibilities for Mac users. 

I, too, enjoy using the TravelMike in a handheld manner.   Beyond being lightweight, it is so small that it can easily fit in a breast pocket.

For other readers, we now carry the Apple adapter and it can be found at this link:  

https://store.speechrecsolutions.com/apple-usb-c-to-usb-adapter-p377.aspx

Thanks again for sharing your experience.

Jon
Jon W. Wahrenberger, MD
Speech Recognition Solutions
http://www.SpeechRecSolutions.com
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