Chapter 3. Using Simon: Typical user

The following sections will describe how to use Simon.

First run wizard

On the first start of Simon, this assistant will guide you through the initial configuration of Simon.

The configuration consists of five easy steps which are outlined below. You can skip each step and even the whole wizard if you want to - in that case, the system will be set up with default values.

However, please note that without any configuration, there won't be any recognition.

Scenarios

In this step you can add or download scenarios.

To download scenarios from the online repository, select OpenDownload to open the download dialog pictured below.

Especially for new users it is recommended to try some scenarios first to see how the system works before diving into configuring it exactly for your use case.

After completing the assistant, you can change the scenario configuration with the use of the scenario management dialog.

If you are planning to use a base model, make sure that you download matching scenarios.

Base models

In this step you can set up Simon to use base models.

Again, you can download base models from an online repository through Open modelDownload.

To use a user-generated model, select Do not use a base model.

After completing or aborting the first run wizard you can change configuration options defined here in the Simon configuration.

Server

Internally, Simon is a server / client application. If you want to take advantage of a network based installation, you can provide the server address here.

The default configuration is sufficient for a normal installation and will assume that you use a local Simond server that will be started automatically and stopped with Simon.

After completing or aborting the first run wizard you can change configuration options defined here in the server configuration.

Sound configuration

Because Simon recognizes sound from one or more microphones, you have to tell Simon which devices you want to use for recognition and training.

Simon can use one or more input- and output devices for different tasks. You can find more information about Simon's multiple device capabilities in the Simon sound configuration section.

If you don't have at least one working input device for recognition, you will not be able to activate Simon.

After completing or aborting the first run wizard you can change configuration options defined here in the sound configuration.

Volume calibration

For Simon to work correctly, you need to configure your microphones volume to a sensible level.

For more details on this, please see the general section about Volume Calibration.