Recording interviews for transcription for the first time

Tips and tricks for first time users to master the art of recording interviews for transcription

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Newbees rejoice!  We understand your pain.  Recording interviews for transcription has always been a tricky task.  Let’s face it, the quality of interviews you record is directly going to affect the outcome.  Clearer sound = accurate transcript.  Legit interview recording skills = better overall outcome of your project.  Wait!  Before you go buying high end audio recording equipment, that picture above is just for dramatic effect.  You don’t need all that jazz (tsk, tsk) to record simple interviews.  All you need is a decent recording app for your smartphone.

Smartphone apps to record interviews for transcription

“But which operating system?” or “But I have an iPhone” should naturally be your next questions.  Well, you can always browse the app store of your respective phone, judge an app by its reviews.  Furthermore, you can check out these previous posts on the same topic on our blog:

Best recording apps for iPhone and iPad

Top 5 audio recording apps for Android phones and tablets

Best recording apps for Windows Phone and Tablets

Digital Recorders to record interviews for transcription

A smartphone app will be more than good enough if you’re just recording a bunch of interviews once or twice.  But if you’re going to be recording interviews for transcription on a regular basis, it’d be a good idea to get a professional digital recorder.  You know, the kinda stuff that trendy journalists use.  They actually serve a purpose.  It may look something like this:

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You see those two chunky microphones at the top?  Those are there to pick up voice clearly, even from a longer distance.  Just keep it as close to the main speaker as you politely can, without accidentally shoving it into their face.  Nobody likes that.  Stop doing that.  Audio clarity helps a ton in transcription, because it saves time and money.  It makes it easier for the first line of transcribers to ascertain terms better and faster, which makes it a breeze for the quality analyst to proofread it and email it to you.

Pick a quiet interview space

It goes without saying that recording interviews in a crowded place or in traffic is going to make it that much more difficult for the transcription service to create a sensible and accurate transcript for you.  One of our earlier posts goes into more detail into what you can do to record great interviews.

Tips for recording research interviews for Academic Transcription

Ask the interviewee to enunciate

Encourage the person you’re interviewing to speak louder and slower if they can.  No point in recording an interview if the speaker is just going to mumble their way through it.

We hope this post has helped you in nailing that first interview recording.  If you have any clarifying questions, please do not hesitate to leave comments or email us.  Find more information about our transcription services below:

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