Belinda's Transcription Services

Recording Tips

It is very important to note that when recording an interview, lecture, meeting, focus group or any other event that the clarity and sound quality of the audio file recording is clear in order to make the transcription process as efficient and as accurate as possible.

It is genarally not advisable to record with a cell phone as the sound file will not be up to standard. Try and invest in a good quality recording device such as a Pulse/Smart Pen or a good quality digital dictaphone.

Background noise is the main deterrent of a good audio file.

By following a few tips whilst recording you can reduce transcription charges

  • Record your audio in a closed (if possible) soundproof room
  • Switch off cell phones
  • Make sure there are no ticking clocks, creaking chairs and noisy fans
  • Make sure air conditioners are switched off
  • If you are recording a focus group or more than two participants please inform them to speak one at a time and clearly to avoid unnecessary deciphering of the words spoken
  • Use quality voice recording equipment
  • Try and place microphone/s close to the speaker and participants

Common Background Noises

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Doors slamming and shutting
  • People making a noise in the background
  • Noise from other rooms when the door is left open whilst recording

Poor audio recording will reflect in your final document, remember a transcriber can only type what she hears and understands, if she cannot hear or understand it she cannot type it.

Please ensure that Audio Quality is satisfactory in order for me to transcribe by following recording tips and making sure that the audio file is at least 128 kB/s when mixed down to mp3 or wav format.

Remember that poor quality audio = poor transcription.

Please Note that an optional fee will be charged to enhance poor or badly recorded audio.

Please contact me for more info.