How to get a more accurate transcript?

Improving accuracy for automated transcription

We often get asked why the accuracy of the automatically generated transcript varies. One of the most common reasons is the quality of the audio and is in direct correlation with how accurate the transcript will be. The better the quality of the audio file uploaded, the fewer the errors likely to be found in the transcript. Sounds simple when put like that doesn’t it? Below, are some few simple steps you can follow to ensure a high quality of your audio:

Avoid background noise

Ideally, it would be brilliant if you could record in complete silence but this is near enough impossible, so here’s a few little to tips to ensure it remains as quiet as possible during a recording:

Quality of the microphone and distance

Whilst its often true in the case of microphones that the more expensive, the better the audio quality. Having said this, you can ensure a good enough quality by placing a cheap microphone at an appropriate distance from the speaker. Too close and the audio quality will be reduced by the sounds of the person breathing and too far and the microphone won’t be able to pick up all the words clearly. Note: when conducting interviews in a public arena i.e. coffee shops, restaurants it would be ideal to invest in a good quality microphone to minimise the background noise.

Do not interrupt each other

Besides being considered plain rude to interrupt another person whilst they are talking, it is also not ideal for transcription software as it can lead to confusion. It is therefore pertinent to let one person finish their sentence before the next person can speak. This makes it easier for our software to distinguish between different people and allows for a trouble-free transcription process. It is also important to speak in a clear, concise manner and as free of accent as possible.

By following the above simple tips, the quality of your audio will improve greatly and we here at Go Transcribe can convert your audio recordings to text and hopefully leaving you with very few adjustments to make.

Nikul Patel Nikul Patel Posted on August 16, 2020