How to Improve Your Audio for Better Transcriptions

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There is nothing new about recording audio but the difference is today technology provides the tools to produce high quality audio that can be more easily used for a variety of purposes. Companies and individuals frequently use audio to produce podcasts, learning resources, presentations, and instructions. Recording audio is a fast and efficient way to record information, and it is then more versatile if it is transcribed into text.

Transcription is useful for taking the audio and making it visible on the page. It is an easy way to make information more accessible. It is much easier to get a better transcription, in a faster time, if you record good quality audio. This matters whether you are using a UK transcription services firm or you are transcribing the audio yourself. Here are some tips for using technology and common sense to get better audio.

Do a Demo

It is really useful to test your equipment before you start recording, whatever equipment you are using. There is nothing worse than recording what you think is a brilliant discussion only to realise the recorder was not picking up one speaker. Take a few test runs to check the quality of the recording before you start.

Cut Out Background Noise

One of the factors that will affect the cost of your transcription when you are using UK transcription services is whether there is a significant amount of background noise on the recording. This makes it more difficult for the transcriptionist to understand what is being said. As you run a test, check for external noises that can be eliminated such as the noise from a fan or a nearby road. Keep windows closed and try to record in a quiet place.

Keep the Microphone a Good Distance Away

It is not a great idea to have the microphone so close to the speaker’s mouth that you record unwanted sounds – being close also risks distortion. But place it too far away and you pick up too many of the background noises you want to keep to a minimum. Experiment with distance until you have the optimum results. It also helps when you use a good quality microphone. The microphone on a phone is OK, but to really make top-notch audio you will probably need an external microphone.

Keep Food Away

Stop people from ruining a good audio recording by eating crisps in the middle of the discussion, or drinking noisily in a meeting. If you can, remind people that you are recording for the purpose of transcription and tell people to save eating lunch until after the recording is made. It does help, however, if participants can sip water while speaking to avoid dry mouth and coughing.

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