Audio Transcription Services: A Boon for Academic Researchers

Audio Transcription Services: A Boon for Academic Researchers
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


For academic researchers, it is very important to keep track of all the available records and notes. Many researchers use an audio recorder so that they can have access to the subject's words more readily. Audio transcription services allow for an easier analysis for academic researchers because it helps them access and search for keywords, as well as review and analyze documents.

Why Are Transcription Services Important

The point of audio transcription is to make difficult tasks easier. It is important for academic researchers to find out what aspects of the transcribing process need assistance and then proceed from there. Audio transcription allows academic researchers to get familiar with the information, and allows for a fresh perspective after the recording has taken place. The tool is very useful for recapping what has been captured to formalize ideas from the data.

Methods of Audio Transcription

There are many different methods available for conducting audio transcription. Decide whether you need all of the text. If not, then you can outline what you need. Perhaps you could transcribe every word and eventually evaluate what you need. Some researchers may consider recording a series of shortened passages that would provide answers to the questions arising later during the study and analysis. If you have research data connected to specific themes, you can extract the content and then categorize it. Audio transcription is also good for capturing human expressions, like sarcasm and emotional expressions.

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How Long Does Audio Transcription Normally Take

Generally, the industry standard for transcribing one hour of audio is four hours. However, if the audio quality is not good, the transcriptionist will have to work longer to finish the job. 

The audio transcription process depends on how quickly people are talking in the recordings, as well as how fast are you able to type. However, it is always recommended to hire a professional transcription company for transcribing audio files.

Helpful Tips

Remember to copy popular words or phrases to the clipboard. Also, keep in mind that slowing down the audio during playback can help eliminate the need for frequent stopping and starting of the recording. Another helpful idea would be to integrate computer tasks into one or two software dedicated applications. This can save you from constantly jumping between applications. These applications are also helpful because they are designed exclusively for transcribing.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.