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Tired of carrying around numerous recording tools? Wouldn’t it be easier if you had something hand held, palm-sized, that had everything in it? No, we are not talking about a smart phone, although they have made life easier; we are talking about something better. Say...read more
A voice activated recorder is a neat device that starts and stops recording automatically depending on whether there is audible sound around it. How is that useful? In several ways: Better memory management Let's say you are in the middle of a classroom lecture and...read more
Transcribing an interview can be extremely time consuming if done wrong. By following some key steps and using the right tools, you can make the process easier and faster. 1. Analyze Before beginning to transcribe an interview, analyze the recording to understand the...read more
Transcription is the process of listening to an audio or video recording and typing the spoken words into text that matches the recording as closely as possible.read more
How can I easily transcribe audio to text? Which tools should I use? Is there transcription software available? This post is an attempt to answer these and similar questions.read more
Thinking of buying a lecture recorder? Here are 10 essential features you should look for - and 3 very popular lecture recorders that people love and recommend. 1. Good Sound Quality This is a no-brainer of course, but good sound quality is relative to how you use the...read more
If you are looking for a free sound recorder for dictations, and you own a machine that runs on Windows 10, your search ends here. Here's how you can use the simple Windows Voice Recorder to make excellent recordings right from your computer. 1....read more
The Zoom H1 is a small and light, stereo voice recorder great for recording research interviews, focus groups and oral histories. It can also produce excellent quality audio for podcasts and videos when combined with a shotgun or lavalier microphone. In this post we...read more
[Updated on January 20, 2017] There are tons of great voice recorders available in the market today but finding a voice recorder that is uniquely suitable for interviews or lectures can be a challenge. You really need to know what to look for so that you don't end up...read more
Webinar services are indispensable for those at the helm of digital businesses. These services provide a great platform for multiple business functions such as global conferences, training offshore employees, running workshop, conducting distributed events and much...read more
When it comes to recording conversation between a group of people - such as a focus group - you need a powerful microphone that can record every participant's voice clearly and not look too intimidating in the process. If setting up multiple lectern microphones is not...read more
Getting ready to send your audio/video files for transcription? Here’s a handy list file sharing options for your reference (we accept all digital formats and sizes): 1. Upload Files The easiest option is to signup and use the secure drop box on our site. It's free...read more
Microphones used for recording focus groups should have two key features (from an audio quality perspective) – the ability to capture speech clearly and to block out ambient sounds.
Unidirectional Lectern Microphones – also known as Podium or Gooseneck microphones – have both these features and more.
Here’s a look at the pros and cons of using them.read more
While it’s hard to control the way people talk in a focus group without interrupting the flow of ideas, we can take some steps to create better recordings. Here are four factors to considerread more
Total Recall is an app for Android phones that can be used to record both sides of the conversation during a phone interview. Reasonably priced at $10.00 (free demo available) it’s a very convenient way to record phone interviews. You should however check if it works with your particular Android device because it’s not compatible with all phones.read more
Planning to send out recorded material for transcription? Do some research and figure out what you need before you choose a transcription service. Use these three tips to get the best results.read more
Conducting a meaningful interview is a fine balance between leading the subject to share their experience and ensuring that you don’t influence their ideas.read more
“Isn’t there a simpler way of doing this?” Transcription is a notoriously tedious process and almost everyone who’s ever tried it has asked this question at some point.
Unfortunately voice recognition is still an evolving technology and there aren’t perfect solutions available yet.
However, there are some applications that can make the process easier.read more
Whether you are a research student or a PhD scholar scheduled for a research interview, finding quality interpreters is the key to your success at the interview. If your interview is scheduled at short notice and you do not have the time to wait for reputed or...read more
If you are preparing to record a video or an audio for your business, here are some tips to help you get the best results: 1. Interviews When recording an interview (for e.g., with an expert in your line of work), use a good digital voice recorder to get the best...read more
Quite simply it’s a service for people who record audio and video for business (or professional) use.read more
Getting ready to conduct a qualitative research Interview? Here are some tips to help you prepare the questions.read more
Have you ever stopped in the middle of a transcript and gone ‘Why don’t they just get to the point!’ or ‘Hey wait a minute, this isn’t what the guy said…’
A transcript can be annoyingly hard to read, intelligently edited, or very, very detailed depending on the transcription style used.
There are three basic styles of transcription:read more
There are several reasons why you may need to convert a file format - 1. To reduce the file size so that you can upload/email it easily 2. To make the file compatible with a particular player 3. To extract audio from a video file, etc. Here are 3 tools, ranging from...read more
Research is a critical part of transcription, i.e. research for correct spellings of names, places, technical terms etc. The accuracy of a transcript can vary greatly depending on the thoroughness of research done by the transcriptionist. For e.g., take a look at...read more
An oral history is a verbal record of a living person's experiences related to a specific period or event. It's generally a monologue, an interview or a conversation that's systematically recorded, verified, analyzed and stored by oral historians and researchers....read more
Conducting a qualitative interview outside a recording studio - for e.g. at a cafe, pub, or the interviewee's house - can be challenging. It therefore makes sense to spend some time thinking about the kind of setting you want to choose because it can affect the...read more
It’s easy to find a transcription service online.
A simple search for terms like ‘transcription service’ or ‘transcriptionist’ on Google, Twitter or Facebook will throw up several pages worth of information.
But how do you decide which is the right service for you? What questions should you ask? What instructions should you provide? How do you decide what you need?
Here are some things to consider.read more
While I’m a great fan of technology, transcribing IT-related recordings is not one of my favorite tasks. There are way too many acronyms and too few pausesread more
Transcription isn’t the same as typing – it’s listening, researching, understanding and then typing.
Needless to say, the process is quite time-consuming. A single hour of recording can take anywhere between 4-9 hours to transcribe.
Since a lot of transcription services charge by the hour, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of the factors that affect transcription turnaround time.read more