Here's our Hardware Tip for.. September 29, 2000
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Microphone Tips--Part 3 of 5
How noisy is your work environment? If you encounter more than minimal chatter and machine noise, it may affect the quality of your voice recording or recognition. Read your software's documentation on what to do (adjust audio settings, calibrate your microphone) to compensate for unusually high background noise.

Also, once you've made software adjustments, take note whenever there is a change in your environment. If your voice software is set to handle a high level of background noise, it might not function well in periods without any background noise. Above all, try to situate your computer in an area where the level of background noise is constant.