Acoustic Magic Launches USB Version of its Voice Tracker Array Microphone

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SUDBURY, Mass., July 11 /PRNewswire/ — Acoustic Magic, Inc. this week launched the USB version of its Voice Tracker™ desktop array microphone, designed to bring unprecedented levels of clarity to users of speech recognition word processing/voice control software and digital dictation SW as well as to participants in teleconferences.

The USB version allows direct connection of the Voice Tracker™ to the computer, bypassing the sound card and providing more consistent performance.

Enclosed in a sleek charcoal gray casing, the Voice Tracker™ fits unobtrusively under a computer monitor or on a conferencing stand and employs a “listening beam” that electronically follows talkers located in different positions around the room. The beam acts as an acoustic searchlight, picking up voices but spatially filtering out background noise. Because the device is freestanding, users are liberated from headsets and handheld dictating machines — allowing them to move around while dictating (speech recognition) or talking (digital dictation, teleconferencing).

The Voice Tracker™ is the only array microphone on the market that can scan a full 180 degrees; it can steer from one talker to the next in a few milliseconds. Its eight microphone elements and digital noise reduction algorithms greatly enhance sound quality.

The Voice Tracker™ is certified by ScanSoft® for use with its Dragon NaturallySpeaking® software and IBM for use with ViaVoice software. “This product will revolutionize the dictation process for customers who want to dictate to their computers but don’t want to wear a headset,” said Anke Conzelmann, Product Marketing Manager at ScanSoft.

According to Acoustic Magic President and CEO Bob Feingold, the Voice Tracker™ is also proving useful in VoIP and conventional teleconferencing because of its long range, wide field of view, noise reduction, and echo elimination features. The Voice Tracker™ is a dual function microphone: users can talk to their computer (speech recognition) and through their computer (VoIP teleconferencing).

The USB version of the Voice Tracker™ retails for $279 at the company’s on-line store (//www.Acoustic and is available directly from the website or through leading Value Added Resellers.

About Acoustic Magic, Inc. Acoustic Magic, located in the Boston suburbs, is a privately held company founded in 2000. The array technology used in the Voice Tracker™ was developed at Brown University and is exclusively licensed by Acoustic Magic. For additional information, visit www.Acoustic or Contact Us Here.