I only found 'dictator', but even as a non-native-speaker I guess that is overly associated with 'tyrant' or 'despot'.

In my case I need someone who speaks into a microphone for text recognition.

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Ah, but don't you want to have some fun? Just as someone who makes an allegation can be described as a allegator, can't you see the comedic opportunities in referring to this person as a dictator? :p

But seriously, as long as the context is clear, it's fine to call this person a dictator. It's common for words to have different meanings in different contexts.

  • Well said. :) Since we release our software almost exclusively to non-native-speakers, I thought that may could provoke some misunderstanding, but you convinced me to use it nevertheless.
    – Art1st
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 14:14

I would simply suggest

  • speaker

because dictionary.com says

  1. a person who speaks.

  2. a person who speaks formally before an audience; lecturer; orator.

  • Maybe my edit was bit too late, but I do not mean someone who speaks before an audience, but a person like a physicist speaking into a microphone for later transcription.
    – Art1st
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 12:28
  • @Art1st - There are two entries for speaker, numbered 1 and 2. Number 2 might not fit your situation, nut number 1 definitely does.
    – AndyT
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 14:24

A person who dictates or take notes of something someone says is called an amanuensis

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    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 9:44
  • It seems that an amanuensis always is an assistant, who writes down the speech of others. This wouldn't fit here. In this case it was asked for the person recording his own speech.
    – Art1st
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 14:11
  • The question is asking about (a more modern version of) the other person: the person who says the words the amanuensis writes down. Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 14:50

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