Foot Pedal & Software
1. What do I need to perform transcription of digital dictation files?
You need to have a computer with a USB port or serial port connection. Most new computers come with at least one USB connection. (Click here to see a picture of a serial port connector and USB connector.) Almost every computer also comes with a serial port connection as a standard item. You would need to know that you have an unused one for the pedal to connect to. You also need an Internet connection and an e-mail account. Lastly, you need to have a software program to open and manipulate the digital files. To manipulate the digital files, you need a foot pedal that connects to your computer. WAVpedal and it's software fulfill these two last, but very important, requirements.
2. What does my client (physician) need?
Ideally, your client needs to have a computer and a digital voice recorder for dictation. If your client does not have a computer, s/he will need to send you the "memory stick" or "smart card" from their recorder with the completed dictation on it. (Some basic recorders do not have removable media - so be sure you know.) If the client sends the dictation to you this way, they will need additional memory sticks or cards for their digital voice recorder until you send back the one you are working on. Also, if your client sends you a memory stick or smart card, you will need a special reader to plug into a USB port, so you can access the memory card or memory stick. You can find memory sticks HERE. You can find memory stick adaptors HERE. You can find memory cards HERE. We sell a few top quality digital recorders which you may read about HERE.
3. How does digital dictation work?
You will need the WAVpedal software and pedal (sold together) and your physician client will need a digital voice recorder. When finished dictating, the doctor simply uploads the files from his/her digital voice recorder onto their computer, then e-mails them (encrypted, of course), as an attachment, to their transcriptionist. (Read answer No. 2, above, if your client does not have a computer.) The MT opens the attached digital voice files in the e-mail received from the client using the WAVpedal software. The MT at this point may convert the digital file to any number of many formats, but the most popular one that most MTs use or convert to is the "wav" format, as in "filename.wav" The MT then manipulates the digital voice file with the WAVpedal foot pedal that plugs into the computer's serial or USB port. From there, everything works just like it does on a regular tape transcriber. The foot pedal controls movements through the digital voice file just like moving through a conventional tape. The best part is that the voice quality is usually superior to tapes, and, most importantly, there are no tapes to pick up. After finishing transcribing the file, many MTs simply e-mail (encrypted, of course) the finished reports back to the physician's office for printing there.
4. What if my client has a Sony, Olympus, or other brand of recorder? Can I use the WAVpedal and its software to transcribe their dictation?
Yes, WAVpedal can play a very large choice of files. WAVpedal 7 plays any WAV-formatted file including: DSP Group TrueSpeech, Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3, Lernout & Hauspie, Microsoft IMA ADPCM, Microsoft ADPCM, Microsoft GSM 6.10, Microsoft CCITT G.711, Microsoft PCM, Microsoft Network, Voxware, Windows Media WAVpedal 7 also plays these files in their native formats (no converting needed): BCB/PC Dart, Digital Voice VoicePower (Files recorded in the Rhet24 or Rhet32 mode are supported. The Codec required to play these files is not installed with Windows, but is supplied on the WAVpedal CD.), MP3, Olympus DSS and Voice-It SRI.
5-A. I originally bought a pedal from Sony that is no longer working, can I get a replacement WAVpedal to work with the Sony software that came with it?
Yes. If you have Sony software but need a replacement foot pedal, you can order the IN-DB9 serial connection foot pedal or IN-USB connection foot pedal found HERE.
5-B. I bought a Sony WAVpedal and software. The pedal works okay, but I want the latest software.
You may be able to upgrade to WAVpedal software version 5. Send us an e-mail from this contact page and we will quote you on the WAVpedal software only. Please include the details of your Sony software, including version number, or we will not be able to give you an answer.
6. How does Sony's accessory ICD-WFT2 compare to WAVpedal?
ICD-WFT2 is the latest version of the Sony brand WAVpedal. It is the very same as the old WAVpedal version 4.0. The WAVpedal version Medword now sells is version 5.0 and has updated file conversion capabilities so you can convert and therefore transcribe from more digital file types than ever before. WAVpedal version 7.0 also offers the choice of using a serial port connection or USB connection.
7. What does the WAVpedal player software look like?
You can see some pictures of the "user interface," or what it looks like, HERE.
8. I'm just getting into PC-based transcription, and my client(s) don't have digital recorders. Do you have any deals since I need to buy both?
Yes, we do. Medword sells special combinations of recorders and the WAVpedal and software in our online store. You may read about the Internet Specials HERE.
9. Will any foot pedal work with any foot-pedal software?
No. The software you use for opening and converting and manipulating voice files must "recognize" the foot pedal you want to use. This is so you can control the foot pedal through special software commands. For instance, the WAVpedal software works only with the IN-DB9 or IN-USB foot pedals found on the Medword site. It also works with the Sony WAVpedal. This is why Medword sells the WAVpedal as a pedal and software bundle. One of the best features about the WAVpedal 7.0 software is that it allows the user to connect the WAVpedal foot pedal using a serial port connection or USB connection. You may choose which connection you want at the time you buy the WAVpedal software and foot pedal.