You may be wondering what does it take to transcribe? What do you need so you can be effective at general transcription of an audio recording?
Transcription is taking on a whole new level of technology as things advance. Just think how our lifestyles have changed or when writing a personal letter by hand is no longer the way to write a friend just to say Happy Birthday. Or think about this – as most of us have purchased a Hallmark card by selecting the perfect saying, with the perfect song for the perfect person. So when they receive your card and open it – you make them laugh. Recently, their newest feature is record-your-own message cards. Now you just have to focus on the look and then you can record-your-own message, pretty cool!
This new technology wave is very similar to how business professionals are able to get info-products created, healthcare records documented, and interviews transcribed for easy reference. After the conversation is recorded, it is then sent on to have it transcribed.
Transcribing an audio can be easy if the quality is perfect. When the audio has a difficult section – you can try to change your volume, use desktop speakers or a headset, or even change the speed of the audio.
After trying all different methods described above – if you are still unsure then I would document that section that you are uncertain of and move on to the remaining.
I want to let you know what I use and would recommend if you were to ask me directly. I highly recommend Express Scribe software, you can instantly download software here, a foot pedal, desktop speakers and a headset. I transcribe directly into Microsoft Word.