Recording tips for audio transcription

“A quality transcript begins with a quality recording”

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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.

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Background noise?

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!

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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!

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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!