Helpful Tips

The quality of a transcript depends highly on the quality of the recording used.  In professional settings, a sound proof room and the right equipment ensure that recordings are always crystal clear.  In regular every day setting, however, producing a clear recording can be challenging. Below are some tips to take into consideration when recording.


Use a high quality recording mic to improve sound quality for automated free transcriptions

How To Improve Sound Quality​

  • Have good recording equipment (and backup).
  • Conduct your interview in a quiet location.
  • Test your equipment to make sure it works and that participants are recorded clearly.
  • Inform participants that the interview will be transcribed and that they should speak clear and slow.

Good Audio versus Bad Audio

Happy green emoji signifies good audio to use for automated transcription
  • One to two speakers
  • Speakers are close to recording device and enunciate clearly
  • Clear to no accents
  • Little to no background noise or audio distortions
Sad red emoji signifies bad audio not to use on FreeTranscriptions.com
  • Multiple speakers talking at the same time
  • Speakers are far from the recording device
  • Heavy accents
  • Loud background noise or audio distortion