FS2Crew Voice Control Setup & Help
If using a FS2CREW AIRLINE CREW SIMULATION, ensure your WINDOWS SPEECH RECOGNIZER is set to ENGLISH -US, UK, AU, IN or CA on the exact same panel shown below.
(If using PUSHBACK EXPRESS, you may also set your SPEECH RECOGNIZER to GERMAN, FRENCH and SPANISH.)
WINDOWS CONTROL PANEL -> EASE OF ACCESS-> SPEECH RECOGNITION -> ADVANCED SPEECH OPTIONS
If using a FS2CREW GROUND SERVICES program like PUSHBACK EXPRESS, non-English languages are also supported. You may also select GERMAN, FRENCH and SPANISH.
If your version of Windows is not English, you can try installing the ENGLISH-US language pack. However, note that the speech recognizer language must match your Windows display language.
Accordingly, you will likely need to set your Windows display language to English beforehand:
- Go to Language Settings in Windows
- Select Add a language to this device
- Download English (United States)
- Restart Windows
- When finished, select ENGLISH US as your Windows speech recognizer language
If you are unable to set your Windows speech recognizer to English, you can still use FS2Crew using a BUTTON / MENU based control mode.
Select TRAIN PROFILE and run the full voice training. If your voice recognition results deteriorate, delete your profile and train your profile again.
Ensure WINDOWS SPEECH RECOGNITION is OFF (that is no typo), otherwise your voice commands may start controlling Windows functions.
Also, ensure that RUN SPEECH RECOGNITION AT STARTUP is unchecked to prevent Windows Speech Recognition from running so your voice commands do not start triggering Windows functions.
COMMON SOLUTIONS FOR VOICE CONTROL ISSUES:
1. Uninstall / fully disable NAHMIC and ASUS SOUND STUDIO if they are running on your computer. Your motherboard software may have installed these programs without you knowing it.
MSFS versions of FS2Crew however should display an automatic warning if either of these two programs are detected.
2. Uninstall your current AUDIO DRIVER. Some 3rd party audio drivers can cause problems with 3rd party programs that use speech recognition. The solution is:
- Uninstall your current audio driver
- Restart Windows
- Windows will automatically re-install the generic Windows audio driver
3. For MSFS version of FS2Crew, ensure you are holding down the PUSH TO TALK KEY. When PTT is active, the PTT button will change color.
If you do not see the PTT button change color when holding down the assigned PTT key, it means:
- The MSFS window is not in focus (the Keyboard icon on the FS2Crew panel shows a red cross out).
- You are in Button Control or Auto Respond mode, not Voice Control mode.
- Something is conflicting with your key assignment. Try reassigning the PTT function on the Settings Panel to a new key.
- Use the mouse controlled PTT button: You can also press the mouse controlled PTT button located on the Main Panel with your mouse.
4. Ensure your microphone is working, plugged in and not muted.
5. Ensure you are using the expected phrases. Expected phrases are listed in the ASSIST panels and via the INFO CENTER.
6. Speak in a clear voice. Be mindful of background noise interference.
7. Use a good quality headset. We recommend the USB MICROSOFT LIFE CHAT LX-3000. It is inexpensive and it works well. You do not need a fancy headset with noise cancelling. We generally do not recommend Bluetooth headsets as the connection can be prone to dropping and they sometimes have poor microphone quality. Battery issues are another factor.
8. If using a laptop, you may need to disable your built-in microphone for your headset microphone to be detected.
9. If using a USB headset, ensure that USB SELECTIVE SUSPEND is disabled in your ADVANCED POWER OPTIONS MENU. If your USB port goes to sleep, your headset connection will drop.
Be careful of USB docks for the same reason.
The Advanced Power Options setting is available via CONTROL PANEL -> HARDWARE AND SOUND -> EDIT POWER PLAN -> CHANGE ADVANCED POWER SETTINGS.
10. Try using a USB port on the back of your machine, not the front.
11. If you hear no audio when speaking, ensure your audio device is not muted. Each audio device in Windows has its own separate sound slider. It is, for example, possible for the audio on your speakers to be unmuted, but for the audio on your headset to be muted, thus creating the impression that something is wrong with your headset.
12. Ensure the Windows speech recognition system is using the correct audio device if you have more than one audio input device. Click Advanced on the Speech Recognition tab to double check.