Recording tips for audio transcription
“A quality transcript begins with a quality recording”
Your recording device
Ensure it is fully functional and actually recording! Try a dry run. Testing, testing, 1-2-3!
Can everyone be heard?
Ensure all participants can be heard at roughly the same, acceptable volume level.
Try to keep background noise to an absolute minimum.
Speak clearly and one at a time
Try to avoid participants speaking over each other or interrupting too much!
Avoid rooms with significant echo
Echoey voices are the sworn enemy of the fastidious transcriber!
Limit the length of each audio file to between 45 and 60 minutes
Certainly not a mandatory requirement, but we transcriptionists prefer multiple audio files of shorter duration as opposed to one three-hour file. It's a psychological thing!
Any additional information, which may enhance the quality of the final transcript such as subject matter, participants’ names, place names etc, is always most welcome!