The quality of audio records counts a lot when it comes to achieving accuracy in transcription. If the audio recording is poor, there are limitations to what even if a skilled and experienced transcriptionist can achieve. Good transcripts can be generated only when the recording is clear and audible.
The quality of voice recordings is affected by background noise, echo and low volume. These factors make the recorded speech hard to understand and this in turn, makes it difficult to document. In fact, when the audio is poor, the transcriptionist would need to replay the recording multiple times to capture the gist. This would affect turnaround time and productivity. Here are some things you should know about to ensure audio quality:
- A digital recorder and camera with an in-built microphone are ideal for a single-speaker audio in a noise-free setting, such as a single speaker podcast.
- When recording multiple speakers (in a focus group, for instance) or recording at outdoor locations, use an external microphone as the speaker would not be close enough to the in-built microphone. Remember that, apart from the speaker’s voice, the in-built option picks up even the faintest sounds in the environment.
- Use unidirectional microphones if possible and instruct speakers to talk clearly into the correct side.
- If in a studio, use a pop shield.
- Choose a quiet location to conduct one-to-one interviews.
- In the case of group discussions, make sure that only one person speaks at a time and that every person speaks clearly.
- Make sure the digital recorder fulfills your requirements and has adequate memory capacity, and diverse recording quality settings and file formats.
For quality business transcription, choose an experienced service provider. Help them ensure accuracy in your documentation by providing the terminology and jargon used in the discussions or interviews, as well as the questions asked and the names of the participants.