Whether you’re looking to embark upon a new journey as an audio transcriptionist or if you’re just a business owner or podcaster looking to save a buck by transcribing your own audio, there are a few things you can do to get the job done faster and with better results.
Professional transcriptionists are well paid for their time, because the art of turning audio into text isn’t as easy as it “sounds.” Indeed, transcribing isn’t for the faint of heart… or fingers… or ears.
Try these three tips to help you audio transcribe like a pro:
- Start with quality audio files. If this is in your control, there’s really no excuse to not invest in the proper equipment. Having a quality digital recorder and a reliable headset for listening is the key to fast and accurate audio transcription. If you use poor quality audio, work in a noisy environment or don’t have the right headphones, you’ll waste time listening to the same segments over and over to figure out what’s going on.
- Have the right equipment. You’ll need to be able to play the audio files, edit them and change the speed, if necessary. Speech recognition software, scribe transcription aids and other gadgets like transcription headsets can all help make the work go easier. A handheld dictation device or an audio transcription foot pedal can also be invaluable. If you’re making a career of audio transcription, having the right tools can make all the difference in the world. Remember, the client doesn’t know what equipment you’re using, so have no shame in choosing the items that make the job the easiest for you.
- Combine digital products with your talents for the best product. Remember, typing is only have the battle. If possible, combine technology and talent for an unbeatable pairing. If you can, try using voice recognition software to digitally transcribe the audio, then go back through with your fine-tuned ear to correct or clarify areas that need fixing. That way, you’ll save time while (hopefully) ending up with a higher quality product.
I must note, however, that even with so-called “automatic” voice to text transcription services in 2016, you’ll likely have an awful lot of correcting to do—and I do mean “awful.” Recall how accurate Siri is at locating your favorite podcast when you’re shouting “Hey Siri” at the top of your lungs while driving?
Yeah, it’ll be a lot like that.
Use the three quick tips above to set up your transcribing game. Of course, if like most busy professionals you don’t have the time to waste away precious hours making your own audio transcriptions, let iScribed handle it!