Now You Can Use Olympus Transcription Foot Pedals With Third Party Software

Want to use an Olympus USB transcription foot pedal with Express Scribe, Windows Media Player or any other audio or video playback software? Now you can with the free Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool for both Windows and Mac.

Olympus RS-28H RS-31H Transcription Pedal Express Scribe Windows Media Player

Olympus are well known for their innovation and equipment in the digital voice recording, dictation and transcription world and when it comes to transcription their ODMS (Olympus Dictation Management System) transcription module software for Windows and DSS Player Plus for Mac is the goto for many legal, medical and outsourced transcription providers. Marry the software with the Olympus RS-28H (three pedal) and Olympus RS-31H (four pedal) USB transcription foot controls, both built like a tank, to take a pounding from constant foot stomping you can see why their pedals are often craved but most typists.

Now using the free Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool from Olympus these two pedals can be set to either work with your Olympus software OR work with any other audio or video playback software. How? The tool allows you to map hotkeys used by the software to a foot pedal on the RS-28H or RS-31H.

Here is an example, Windows Media Player, the hot key or keyboard short cut to play at normal speed is Ctrl + Shift N : the keyboard shortcut can be applied to any pedal on the RS-28H or RS-31H, letting you now use a footpedal for playback.

Transcription Pedal with Windows Media Player


The Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool is available as a free download for both Windows and Mac from the Olympus Australia website. Download links below:

Download the Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool for Windows

Download the Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool for Mac

Note: On the Olympus web site for the Configuration Tool (click here) it states that compatibility upto Windows 8 and Mac OSX 10.8. We have used and tested the tool on Windows 10 and OSX 10.12 without any issue.


20 thoughts on “Now You Can Use Olympus Transcription Foot Pedals With Third Party Software”

  1. Hello,
    I have an d Olympus foot pedal as-900 but my boss sends dictation from home currently on MP3 file, is there anyway I can get the foot pedal to sync with my pc or iPhone 11 as otherwise I have to type, stop, click mouse to pause & start again & my usual typing speed has gone out of the window! Thanks for any help

  2. Hello Sarah

    AS-9000 is actually a kit. The kit contains a headset, software licence and USB foot pedal. The pedal is usually a model RS-31H.

    You need to use the software licence included in the kit to install ODMs R7 Transcription Module software. That will let you load and then control the audio playback of your mp3 files with your pedal.

    You can download the ODMS R7 installer files from

    Hope that helps.


  3. Hello Susan

    If your pedal is a H model RS-27 then yes, the model on the pedal will say RS-27H. You will need the Olympus Footswitch Tool (free download) to convert the pedal out of Olympus mode. Then you will be able to map each pedal to a corresponding hotkey in the audio/video playback app you are using on Windows 10.

    Hope that helps.


  4. Non H pedals are locked to just being used with the Olympus software. On Windows the current supported version is ODMS R7 Transcription Module. You can download and try the software for free for 60 days, details in our blog post (select Transcription at step 8) –

    Post trial if you would like a licence you would need Olympus part AS-9002 – ODMS R7 TM Licence –

    Hope that helps.


  5. Thank you Dave, that really does help thank you, I do have a licence in the pack, but as it’s for the cooperation I work for so it’s not my own license so would not feel happy about using that at home, thank you again, much appreciated

  6. Hello Sarah

    Good choice to not use the licence. Olympus licences are single install, if you use the licence on more than one install you will be locked out.

    Philips had a similar model but they recently changed for their transcription software, called SpeechExec Pro Transcribe. With Philips you can install on multiple devices but can only use one at a time, much better method especially with so many working from home.

    Hope that helps.


  7. Hi
    I have a similar issue as Sarah appears to, in that the foot pedal won’t “stick” to the audio, but affects the keyboard shortcuts of the document I’m transcribing.
    I have 28H pedal and using Adobe Audition or Windows Media Player to listen to audio, and typing into Word document (all Win 10). The foot pedal affects whatever program I’m currently in, so has proved useless that I still need to use mouse to switch between audio and document I’m working on.
    thanks for any advice.

  8. Hello Lisa

    Yes it is an issue when using these generic audio playback tools and trying to force them into being transcription software. The pedal is merely replacing the function keys on a keyboard, I have heard that two screens can help but ultimately if you are transcribing then you are best to use transcription software, specifically designed to help you playback audio, in the background, with other features like programmable audio reverse (ie .5 second to 3 seconds back), speed adjustment so that you can speed up or slow down the audio. All features that the generic audio players don’t have.

    As you have an Olympus pedal it is highly likely that you have an Olympus Transcription Module licence to go with it, the pedals are generally sold in kits. If you can’t find it you can always buy a licence, the Olympus RS-28 and RS-31 pedals work with both Olympus ODMS R7 Transcription Module software or Philips SpeechExec Pro v11 Transcribe software.

    Of course you can also look at the cheap/free options like ExpressScribe from NCH as long as you don’t mind no support and attempts to install lots of freeware.

    Hope that helps.


  9. Thanks for the quick advice Dave,
    There was some confusion with our IT Dept, that didn’t buy the kit, just the pedal as they didn’t realise there was licence fee and thought the software was free (to download only).
    jI’ll request that they get the ODMS licence to go with the pedal to make it all work – I’m already using 2 screens, but as you point out I’m missing out on a lot of functionality.
    Thanks again, Lisa

  10. Hey Lisa

    I recommend that you install the Olympus ODMS R7 Transcription Module in trial mode. That will get you up and running with the Olympus software for 60 days for free. That way you can get some good use out of the software and configure it so that you are happy. The Olympus dealers, like us at Dictate Australia, are here to help with any advice.

    If/when you are happy just grab a licence and convert the software from a trial to a full perpetual licence. That way there is no $ outlay while you get things set up and tested.

    Details on the installing the trial are here -> just make sure you choose Transcription at Step 8. Make sure you tell your IT to install “As an Administrator”.

    Hope that helps.


  11. Hi Dave….I ordered an Olympus RS-27 foot pedal. The info with my order talks about the RS-27H and says “The Olympus RS-27H, also known as the Olympus RS-27”. Are they one and the same or not? I’m afraid I am going to be deciding to return this pedal before I have even received it. Using the switch would make it doable but if that isn’t an option…doing all that other stuff to make it work just doesn’t make more sense than simply purchasing a different pedal. Thank you for any input.

  12. Hello Anna

    The RS-27 & RS-27H are not sold in Australia, I believe it is a US model and maybe also Europe. But the RS-27 and RS-27H are supported in the latest version of ODMS R7 Transcription Module. The H is for the newer pedals and denotes that they can be modified using the Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool to take the pedal out of its default configuration (ie. works out of the box with ODMS R7 TM) to a mode that lets you map hot-keys for an application to an individual pedal. Note only the H model pedals can be used this way, non H model pedals will only work with Olympus’ transcription module software on Windows and DSS Player Plus v7 on macOS.

    Hope that helps.


  13. I am looking for a high quality foot pedal to use while gaming. The primary use will be as push to talk on discord. What i need is to be able to assign the pedal to keaboard hotkeys for example. Will one of these olympus pedals work for this purpose? I am not finding any high quality alternatives out there.

  14. Hello Ole-Jørgen

    Thank you for your comment. Yes for sure with the Olympus foot pedals RS-28H and RS-31H you can use the Olympus Footswitch Configuration Tool to map keyboard hotkeys to pedals. You must make sure that you use a “H” pedal, Olympus used to make older pedals just called RS-28 and RS-31, you can tell by looking at the bottom of the pedal. Official Olympus dealers will only be selling the RS-28H and RS-31H models.

    The only difference between the RS-28H and RS-31H is the number of configurable pedals, RS-28H has three and RS-31H has four.

    Click here to download the Olympus foot switch configuration tool for free for both macOS and Windows users.

    Hope that help. Interesting use case.


  15. Hi,
    I have installed the DSS player for Mac (we purchased an Olympus transcription kit AS-2400).
    All works fine however when i’m not “focused” on the DSS player the foot pedal (RS28H) starts controlling the screen i’m on, making “transcribing” rather difficult.
    I noticed a few other people with similar issues but figured we’d be ok since we bought the Kit.
    Ive put the foot switch configuration tool to “olympus mode” and then apply to foot switch. However when i go back onto it, it’s gone back to “keyboard mode”. – is this the issue?

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