Audio Transcription / Audio Typing
When booking transcription services please note that the time required to transcribe one hour of audio recording ('tape') is:
One Speaker (manuscripts, notes, reports, speechs, lectures, etc)
Three to six hours—based on an in-depth transcript, and depending on the quality of the recording and the complexity of the subject matter.
Multiple Speakers (one-to-one interviews, focus groups, conferences, brainstorming sessions, etc)
Six to twelve hours—based on a verbatim transcript including every exclamation (oh, uh, ah, er, or umm), interruptions, etc.
Four to six hours—based on a rough transcript without the exclamations or interruptions.
If time coding, special formatting, or internet research is required or unfamiliar, industry-specific jargon is used, the time required to transcribe your dicatation (recording) will be affected.
REMEMBER: A high-quality recording using well-placed microphones will result in a more accurate transcript and your transcriptionist will be able to turn your work around more quickly.
Evaluating your recording:
- Are the voices distinct and audible, ie close to the microphone, any strong regional dialects, etc?
- Is the volume strong?
- Is there background noise, eg train terminal announcements, cafe noise, etc?
- Is there internal machine noise, eg hissing, buzzing, etc?
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It is helpful (for a precise transcription) to provide a list of words, abbreviations, and names spoken in the recording which may not be commonplace. For multi-speaker recordings a list of participants' names, their title/position, and organisation name should be provided where possible. If it is a one-speaker recording, it can useful to spell out industry-specific jargon or technical terms—where this does not interefere with the flow of thought!
Providing rules for spelling preferences (eg 'organize' or 'organise') and punctuation is useful when converting speech to written language. These 'style guides' also deal with common elements such as how to interpret false starts, breaks in thought, interruptions, non-verbal sounds, and unintelligible speech.
Please click here to download a PDF copy of our Transcription Style Guide sample. You will also find a PDF file listing our transcription fees on the same page.
Formats accepted: .dss, .wma, .aif, .wav, .mp3, .mov delivered via e-mail or on CD, DVD, or DAT.
If you can't use e-mail to send big files, we can provide you with access to our FTP server onto which you can upload your files.
Confidentiality is assured at all times.
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