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Do I need a special microphone?

How Tali uses your microphone

Written by Sheri Patterson
Updated over a week ago

Tali uses the microphone on your device, so no special equipment is necessary.

Basic Setup

Tali requires your desktop, laptop or mobile device to have have access to a microphone. Luckily most devices come with an embedded microphone. Tali doesn't require you to use a specialist device -- the microphone you would use for a normal video conference will do.

If your setup doesn't have a microphone, you can always use the Mobile (iOS or Android) app as a microphone and Tali will sync all your notes with your computer.

When you install Tali, it will request access to your Microphone.

Telehealth Setup

When you press the TeleHealth button while in Ambient Scribe, Tali will request you share the webpage where you virtual meeting is running (Google Meet, Zoom, etc...)

By sharing the webpage, you are also sharing the audio feed that the virtual meeting is using. This is how Tali can hear both you and the patient at the same time.

Tali differentiates "The Clinician" as the person who started the virtual meeting, and "The Patient" as the person who is a participant in the meeting.

Noise Cancelling

Noise Cancelling is often handled by your microphone settings. If you're viewing a dictation, you may see additional words being picked up that you thought the microphone couldn't hear.

Although the transcription may contain these little extras, Tali's Ambient Scribe will generate a Summary that naturally filters out additional words it doesn't feel are relevant to the nature of the encounter.

Switching Microphones

If you are using an external headset instead of the computer's embedded microphone, you may wonder which microphone Tali is using? Tali will always use the default microphone on your desktop or Chrome browser.

However sometimes other software (e.g. video conferencing software) will change your computer's default microphone. If that happens, you'll have to know how to switch your microphone back to the one you want.

Below are some quick instructions to save you some time doing an Internet search.

Windows Desktop Microphone

  1. Open the Control Panel

  2. Select "Hardware & Sound"

Mac Desktop Microphone

  1. Open the Apple Menu

  2. Select System Settings

  3. Select Sound

Chrome Extension Microphone

  1. Open Chrome

  2. At the top right, click on the 3 dots or "More"

  3. Click "Settings" from the drop down menu

  4. Click "Privacy and security" in the left menu

  5. Click "Site settings" from the list

  6. Click "Microphone" from the list

  7. The default microphone is selected in the drop down at the top of the screen - changing this selection will change it for all your Chrome Extensions that you have allowed access to the microphone

Types of Microphones and their Uses

Condenser microphone

  • A sensitive microphone will pickup up clinicians from a distance, but it will also pick up background noise

Dynamic microphones

  • Will focus on the person speaking directly into the microphone and tunes out background noise.

Multi-purpose Condenser microphone

  • Allows you to tailor the microphone to the sound source

Microphone recommendations from current Tali users

  1. Boardroom Microphones

  2. Adjustable Volume USB Condenser Microphone, USB Microphone Noise Reduction Cardioid Pickup, Desktop Condenser Mic with RGB Light for PS5 PC

  3. CKOKC Dual Wireless Microphone for iPhone iPad, Professional Wireless Lavalier Microphone for Video Recording, Clip On Lapel Mic for YouTube/Interview/Vlog/Presentation/Facebook Live

  4. Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for Smartphones and Tablets

  5. Anker PowerConf Speakerphone, Zoom Certified Conference Speaker with 6 Mics, 360° Enhanced Voice Pickup, 24H Call Time, Bluetooth 5.3, USB C, Compatible with Leading Platforms for Personal Workspaces

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