Nuance Dragon Speech Recognition Alternative

Speech-to-Text for Developers

If you’re transcribing one or two people’s voices locally, Nuance’s Dragon might work. But if you have unique or complex audio streams, Deepgram’s the better choice. And it’s easy to get started.

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Features and Capabilities
Nuance Dragon
Number of users
only 1
Use cases
Dictation only
Real-time streaming
+1000 streams
1 stream
Batch processing
Tailored Speech Model
Deep Search (audio)
Diarization (separate per speaker)
N/A one person only
Custom Vocabulary
Profanity filtering


Transcribe All at Once, not One by One

Nuance’s Dragon Speech Recognition products are designed to take the input of a single person and convert it into text (you can try something similar out on our Console if you’re interested in comparing). With Deepgram, our enterprise-ready APIs and SDKs let you process multiple audio both in real time and from pre-recorded audio files.


Get the Model you Need for Your Business Case

Dragon offers a single, out-of-the-box solution. It might work well for simple use cases (a user dictating into a microphone), but can fail if there’s noisy audio or lots of jargon in the audio. With Deepgram, you have the choice of a base model, suitable for use cases with common words, or an enhanced model with greater accuracy on rare, long-tailed words. And if you need accuracy beyond what those two models provide, you can custom train a model based on the audio you want to transcribe, improving accuracy even further. Read about how NASA was able to use custom models to get accuracy that outpaces every other provider. In addition, Deepgram has prebuilt use case models that are trained specifically for conversational AI, earnings calls, meetings, phone calls, videos, and voicemail.

Built for scale

Deepgram Seamlessly Scales from One User to Thousands

Nuance’s Dragon Speech Recognition solutions are built for single users who are dictating directly into a computer. But for most enterprises, buying a copy of Nuance for every user won’t be cost effective nor scalable. But with Deepgram, scaling based on your audio needs is no problem. And if you have sensitive or private audio data, we offer both on-premises or virtual private cloud options to ensure your audio stays safe and secure for your business use.

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Meet innovators using Deepgram

Phenomenal Transcription Engine with Incredible Support and Robust API!”

Ryan Stomel, CEO, Call Criteria

We initially considered using a speech solution from a legacy, Big Tech company and realized that we would need to pay eight times the price for it, without getting a solution that was eight times better.”

Adam Settle, CTO, Sharpen

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