How To Record Good Quality Audio To Ensure Accurate Transcripts

RodeRec_main_640Nobody wants the words ‘inaudible’ interspersing the final transcribed script. Unfortunately, you will get a lot of it if the audio quality is not good enough. The good news is, this is easily preventable if you can ensure a good quality audio file. How? That’s pretty simple too! The first step is to have the desired result in mind and work towards it. The rest will follow. Here are some quick tips to help you on your way:

Face to face interview

While virtual calls are fast routing out this system from the good old world, by no chance is a face to face recording extinct. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind the next time you go for it:

Take care of the background noise: Yes, complete soundproofing is not possible. However, keep the background noise to the minimum. This includes anything from a noisy air conditioner to a creaky chair. Even your location matters. For instance, is there a school or a playground just beside your recording room? In short, you need to take a complete stock of the situation before you begin.

Prepare the participants: One of the best ideas is to let the participants know what is expected. Tell them to speak slowly but clearly. Ask them to refrain from shuffling papers or talking among themselves. If someone starts coughing, sneezing or laughing, ask the others to wait for it to pass. Introduce each participant at the beginning of the interview.

Look where you place the microphone: If your interview involves many people, place the microphone at equal distant from all of them. Moving it around is not a good idea as it will introduce a deafening sound, which will drown your words. Choose an external recorder over a built-in option for better sound quality. Using a limiter-equipped recorder is a good idea. It limits the level at which a sound is recorded. This means, any sudden outburst, such as laughter or a loud horn, won’t be recorded.

Virtual interview

Recording a conversation over the phone or a computer is all the rage now, and for obvious reasons. In order to make the most of the flexibility that this arrangement provides, you need to ensure that the quality of the recording is top-class. The basic things such as a quiet environment and clear voice are mandatory here as well. Here are the added ones:

Use your smartphone: A smartphone’s in-built recorder is generally of a good quality and works great. You can even count upon the various free and paid recording apps for the purpose. However, some apps work in specific geographical locations only. Make sure your area is covered by the app, before you plan to use it.

External Recorder: If recording is done through external recorder for a call through computer, then ensure the computer speakers are of best quality as well as the sensitivity of the recorder is good since recorder usually catches 2-3 notches lower than what we can actually hear during calls.

Use Skype: Opting for Skype is a good choice. Pair it up with a high-performing microphone and you will get a recording that’s almost as good as a studio.

Third party conference call: There are many third party con-call services that you can utilize to record the call. You can use Scribie’s teleconferencing option for a great quality audio file that will be automatically recorded and transcribed

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Educational Transcription Service

educational transcriptionWhen you think of transcription services, who typically comes to mind as using their services? Doctors, assistants, researchers, but what about students? As a student, you may need to have lectures, notes, academic or research interviews, meetings, speeches, dissertations and a list of other things that need to be transcribed.

Students who are working on dissertations spend hours gathering information, working on interviews, doing research and jotting down their own thoughts. That’s a lot of your time and effort put in over the course of the year and now it comes down to one dissertation.

Add in the varying ways and formats you may have your interviews and research and all of a sudden, the thought of putting it all into an understandable and useable format can be daunting. You’ve put hundreds of hours of work in and now you need to understand all of those interviews.

Imagine writing your dissertation and you remember something that an individual or yourself said that you want to put in your dissertation, but you can’t remember exactly what was said or where in all of your hours of notes it could be located. It could take a while just to find that information if you had to transcribe it all by yourself.

Why spend so much time trying to interpret your research and interview transcription when you could outsource it to a transcription service? Time you could be using studying, putting in finishing touches or even just taking a much needed and well deserved break!

By using a transcription service, you can have your dissertation notes and interviews in a format of your choosing with a quick turnaround. When you use Scribie’s transcription service, you get multiple and accented speakers included in our already low price. Plus, when you upload more than 20 hours, you get a 10% discount on your order. Perfect for students who are low on funds, but have a lot of data that needs to be sifted through.

With Scribie, you can keep tracker of speakers and utilise our one-of-a-kind Integrated Editor, just to name a few. Scribie lets you choose your turnaround time, your price and with 98% accuracy guarantee, you know that all of your treasured and valuable data is in safe hands. Consider using Scribie’s transcription service for your dissertation needs or any of your student needs and spend the time where it really matters.

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Scribie: Interview Transcription for Philanthropic Purpose

Here is another interview with Dr Caldwell Esselstyn for the documentary about the brutality that animals face worldwide. Scribie is proud to associate itself with this noble cause.

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Interview Transcription for Documentary

Here is another interview with Jenny Brown for the documentary about the brutality that animals face worldwide. Scribie is proud to associate itself with this noble cause.

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Interview Transcription With A Greater Purpose

It is true that every word we transcribe here at Scribie has our heart and soul into it. However, it is not every day that we get to serve a greater cause through our work. But that did happen a few days back when we got to transcribe a documentary film for one of our clients that addressed a very important issue of our planet.

Blonde + Co., one of our clients, recently interviewed Will Tuttle, the American writer, speaker, musician, and co-founder of the Circle of Compassion and the Worldwide Prayer Circle For Animals. This interview was a part of a documentary film that the organisation is making to enlighten the world about the brutality that animals face worldwide. In his interview Will Tuttle highlighted the issue of ‘commodification’ of animals. He believes that we as a society live by the principle of commodification where animals are perceived as a thing that can be bought, sold, and killed. He also believes that while hurting animals we are also inflicting wounds on ourselves and our planet. These ‘wounds’ are on a far deeper level than just the ones on the body because the process is causing devastation slowly but surely.

Animal cruelty barely needs any introduction. Every year more than 70 million animals succumb to human greed. Although much has been spoken about the issue, the problem is still persistent and begs attention. So, when the opportunity of associating ourselves with such a noble cause showed up, we gladly accepted. We were very happy to provide free transcription service to Blonde +C for this purpose and look forward to associating ourselves with many such causes in the future. This is our way of making a difference and we are ready to go the extra mile.

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Interview Transcription

Interview TranscriptionPeople use transcription services for various reasons in their personal and business lives. For some of those people, they use them for their interviews. Whether you are a writer who is doing research for a book, a reporter or journalist working on a hot story, or a researcher gathering information for your study, the information gathered in your interviews are vital. That information is later used to write up your stories or reports and you want to ensure that you have all the necessary information.

One benefit of transcribing your interviews is sometimes it could be hard to hear what’s being said in the audio file, whether it’s you or someone else listening to the file. A transcription copy easily provides the necessary information needed. Another benefit is easy access to the information. With a digital copy of your interview, it’s easy to search for specific phrases or words discussed in your interview. A third benefit is saving time. Be honest, sometimes the simplest conversation transcript can take a long time to complete due to the accuracy being required.

Lastly, you may not have the tools at your disposal to accurately transcribe your interview. Depending on your location at the time, there could be background noise that needs to be filtered out in order to hear everything. Imagine your local Starbucks and all the coffeehouse noises that go on throughout the store. Another aspect is there could be more than one or two people speaking in the interview and you need to be able to accurately distinguish between the voices. Think of a focus group being interviewed and sometimes there may be people talking over each other trying to be heard. That’s where a professional transcription service can come in.

A good quality transcription of your interview can be hard to come by. You could do it yourself or have someone on your team do it, but having professionals take care of it for you not only saves you time, but provides you with satisfaction and peace of mind. You have the assurance that it’s been done right and that nothing has been missed.

Many companies out there offer you accuracy and are willing to transcribe audio with background noise and multiple speakers. The downside is that many of them charge extra for background noise and will charge you per speaker. With Scribie, you pay a flat rate for audio with background noise and multiple speakers. That’s right, Scribie won’t charge you more for an audio file that may be tougher than normal audio. Consider Scribie for all your interview transcription needs and have the peace of mind that you deserve. Start uploading your files now!

Humans Are Better Than Machines For Transcription

machine-vs-human-14312853 (1)Transcription services are known worldwide today. With an increase in awareness about the benefits it can reap, transcription is going global. Today companies, businesses want to reach every corner of the world and transcription services can definitely help them in doing so.

We know that technology today is making any thing possible. Many opine that with the advancement in technology, transcription can be completely automated and there is no human intervention required. In fact speech recognition softwares are used by many transcription service providers Continue reading “Humans Are Better Than Machines For Transcription”

Combined Conferencing And Transcription For Market Research Firms

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Transcription for researching is what people are searching!!

Many renowned companies get into deep down market research before launching any product or service. Market research has become the most efficient tool to launch a product that gives you good return on investment. Many research companies are working day and night to get insights for soon to be launched products. Every minutest detail about consumer preferences is jotted down to get the most accurate findings and results. These consumer insights give product its dimensions and name. Every activity which is done from making till promoting that product i.e surveys on product, finding the need of product, feedback, focus group interviews, group discussions, personal interview of experts of industry is an important part of market research. In this crucial scenario transcription becomes most reliable resource.

How to make your market research more efficient by using conferencing combined with transcription service

Interviewing: A market researcher conducts a series of steps like conducting interviews and then they write a report on the conclusions based on the responses from interviews. In this interview transcription one needs to filter the valid responses as well. Many times the interviewee gives responses which are coveted so one needs to find the meaning and relate it to the topic. So market researching firms finds transcription services to fulfil such requirements.

Accuracy and Quality: Research reports have to be accurate and of high quality as such reports are the basis for conducting various activities related to product or service. At Scribie, we guarantee 98% accuracy and quality as our entire transcription process gets quality checked at every step.

Turnaround Time: Some interviews might need a quick turnaround while others may not be urgent. So just in time transcription service becomes inevitable. Provider should have options like express delivery or 30 days option from which they might save money.

Customer Support: Customer support is the most important aspect of every service delivery, what if anything goes wrong or is not according to SLA then companies look for customer support. Transcription service may have some issues so service provider should have a strong customer support.

Confidentiality: Marketing research contains a lot of confidential data which cannot be shared with everyone so trust is very important to earn when a company provides transcription services.

Integration of teleconferencing and transcription: Market research involves conducting surveys on product, finding need of product, feedback, focus group interviews, group discussions, personal interview of experts of industry. The conference or phone call recording solution is a basic requirement for each of these activity. To get high quality for these conference calls transcripts, it also requires an active listener and a good interpreter. We provide teleconferencing and phone call recording combined with transcription service so you don’t have to worry about recording the call, downloading the file and uploading it to transcription service provider and then ordering the transcripts. With just one click, you can book a call, record it and the order for transcription will be done automatically once the call ends.

Most importantly, if you use our service, then you can focus on your core area which is research and let us do the mundane job.

At Scribie, you will experience our expertise in market research transcription as we guarantee utmost accuracy and timely delivery. We are skilled in handling assignments such as questionnaires, focus group discussion, surveys, interviews, and group discussions that are used to achieve success in competitive marketing research. The teleconferencing service ensures good quality recording since it is off the wire recording which in turn helps to get highly accurate transcripts. We have in house editor and hire highly skilled professional to do transcription of the files. For security the file is bifurcated and allotted to different transcribers to make sure the data remains safe and confidential. We have a fair and transparent payment system. At Scribie, we do, what we promise to you, we earn trust with our flawless services. At last our action speaks louder than words.

For more details on conferencing service, please check the link below.

https://scribie.com/conference/recording

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Advantages Of Recording The Phone Call Interviews Off The Wire

Phone Call RecordingThe ability to record phone calls is a useful feature for many people. The quality of the recording becomes especially important if you want to get it transcribed. Traditionally external recorders and speakers have been used to record the call, but if you want to get these calls transcribed, recording off the wire is the best way to ensure good quality. Following are the advantages of recording phone call interviews off the wire

  • Recording a phone call or a teleconference should be done directly, or off the wire, as we say. Using an external device, like a digital recorder, usually results in a sub standard recording.
  • The audio input levels of the recording are not the same. A recording is usually made by the interviewer for later review. In a case like this, the interviewer’s voice will be louder and clearer than that of the interviewee. Seeing that the aim of the interview is to determine what the interviewee has to say, it is very important that his or her input is clear. This is one reason why an off the wire recording is preferred to using an external recording device.
  • An external recording device is also more likely to capture ambient and background noise. Offices can be noisy. The recording may be unclear because of telephones ringing in the background. Even the keystrokes of the interviewer making notes during the interview can negatively influence an external recording.
  • There are also a few technical factors that one should consider when it comes to making recordings of a telephone call. Recorders generally use a sample rate of 44.1 KHz and a bit rate of 128 Kbps. Telephones on the other hand, generally sample at a rate of 8 KHz with a bit rate of 64 kilo bits per second. As you can see these values differ. This means that distortion is very definite possibility due to the extra encoding that takes place.
  • The size of an externally recorded digital file will also be much larger than an off the line recording.

If you are looking for a good quality phone call recording service and need the call to be transcribed, you can use Scribie’s recently launched phone call and teleconference call recording service integrated with its transcription service. The recording is done off the wire and it is free for its customers. The charges will be only for the transcriptions. Please check the link below for more details.

https://scribie.com/conference/recording

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Transcription Types

One of the most frequent questions we get is what type of audio files can we transcribe. Audio transcription is a vast field with many different specializations and categories. This post discusses some of types of transcription and our support for them.

Medical Transcription

Medical Transcription also known as MT, is a process where the reports or diagnosis dictated by Doctors/Physicians are converted into text by trained professionals. There is usually a single speaker. Most of the companies use ASR for the initial step i.e transcribing and then the trained professionals proofread them thus ensuring the desired quality. The output of MT usually is used in EMR (Electronic Medical Records), Medical Coding or as prescriptions. Companies who specialize in MT are expected to be HIPAA certified which puts to rest the concerns about patients privacy. Accuracy is also a very important factor in Medical Transcription.

We do not cover Medical Transcription at Scribie.com and we are not HIPAA compliant.

Business Transcription

Business transcription consists of transcribing conference calls which might be used to generate an executive summary or MoM or might just be recorded for future references. It usually has multiple speakers and the topic can be varied. The desired accuracy is around 98%. Earnings call also come under this category, which are mostly used by shareholders and financial analyst. The expected accuracy is more than 98% in this case and turnaround time to deliver the transcripts plays a very crucial role. Analysts call, Investors conferences, Product Launch conference all come under BT.

Scribie.com provides Business Transcription service.

Legal Transcription

Legat transcription is a specialized to transcribing depositions, court hearings and other law related proceedings. The desired accuracy is around 98-100%. Some courts require the transcripts to be certified for accuracy via an affidavit. Most of the times the transcripts have to be formatted in a specific manner as well. There many be a number of participants as well as the topic is varied. Knowledge of legal terminology is required for this type of transcription.

We provide the draft transcripts for legal transcription. The transcript can be checked for accuracy using our Integrated Editor and certified by a lawyer if required.

Interview Transcription

Interview Transcription, as the name suggests covers the general category and does not fall in any of the above mentioned ones. These are generally recordings made of interviews conducted face-to-face or over the phone. There may be two or more speakers one of whom is the interviewer. The others are interviewees who respond to the questions asked. The transcripts are an intermediate product and is used as an input for a larger product such as an article or a research study. There are several sub-categories of Interview Transcription, e.g. Podcast Transcription,  Focus Group Transcription, Academic Transcription.

We cover all kinds of Interview Transcription. We also categorize ourselves as a general transcription service.

Transcription Types at Scribie.com

To conclude, we provide services for Interview, Legal and Business Transcription. The only service we do not provide are Medical Transcription at this time. We follow a very strict formal process to prepare the transcripts which ensures that the accuracy is 98% or more. Try out our service today for yourself to check.