Audio Transcription

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I can transcribe lectures, dictation, interviews, podcasts, and other spoken English-language audio. This service is geared toward scholars in the humanities, but if there’s something else you want me to transcribe, let me know!

Experience

I began transcribing professionally in June 2016, and since then, I have transcribed more than 300 hours of audio on a wide range of topics.

I can usually research topics and terminology I’m unfamiliar with (as long as the audio is decipherable and the relevant information can be found online), but my specialist areas include:

  • Music (history, theory, culture), especially classical music
  • American history and politics
  • Christianity (for sermons for church use, see Sermon Transcription)
  • Social media and contemporary fan culture

Style

In my default transcription style, I clean up false starts, speech disfluency (stuttering, “likes” and “ums,” etc.), self-correction, and obvious misspeaking, but I do not paraphrase or reorganize text. Inaudible or indecipherable words are marked with a timestamp so you can easily check them yourself.

If you have particular requirements (such as cleaned-up text ready for publication, a true verbatim transcript with all the “ums” intact, or strong preferences about where to put commas), let me know when you send me your file. Special requirements may affect the cost of the transcript.

Cost

Transcription fees are based on the length of the audio/video file and the number of speakers. Because each project is different (in terms of audio quality, speaking rate, subject matter, crosstalk, accents, etc.), there is a range for each category.

1 speaker (e.g., dictation, lecture): $1.60-$2.00 per audio minute
2 speakers (e.g., interview): $1.80-$2.40 per audio minute
3+ speakers (e.g., panel discussion): $2.00-$3.00 per audio minute

If you are an adjunct professor, independent scholar, or graduate student, or if the work would be an accommodation for a disability, contact me about discounted rates.

While it is easy to find lower rates for audio transcription, I offer a number of advantages over low-cost services:

  • Consistent high quality: With low-cost transcription services, you often don’t get to choose who transcribes your file, and it could be a different person each time, leading to inconsistent quality. I have over two years of transcription experience, a background in editing, and a strong command of English grammar and sentence structure.
  • Research skills: I apply my Internet research skills to ensure accuracy with names and terminology.
  • Personalization: I will work with you to create transcripts that suit your needs in terms of style and formatting.
  • Fairness: For any transcript, I can do one round of reasonable corrections for no additional charge. If you send me a file that I know I can’t transcribe accurately (because of poor audio quality, difficult/unfamiliar accents or terminology, etc.), I will let you know right away rather than taking your money for an inferior product.

Workflow

For me to determine if I can transcribe your audio and to set a fair pay rate, I first need you to send me the file or a representative sample. All common audio and video formats are acceptable.

Google Drive and Dropbox are good ways to share large files; if it’s already online somewhere, you can send me the link, but I need to be able to download the file to my computer so I can load it into Express Scribe, the transcription software I use. (This isn’t an automated transcription tool–it just helps me pause and rewind easily while typing!)

If you only want me to transcribe a portion of the file, or if you have any special instructions for style or formatting, let me know when you first send me the file. At this point, we can also discuss turnaround time, which depends on the length and complexity of the file(s), my schedule, and your requirements.

I will return the finished transcript to you as a Word document, along with an invoice. If you are unsatisfied with any aspect of it, I can do one round of reasonable corrections for no additional charge.

Following my confidentiality policy, I will delete your original material from my system 60 days after receiving payment, and I will retain my transcript for my own records unless you request otherwise.

Disclaimer

If you don’t have the rights to the original audio or video, it is your responsibility to use the transcript only within fair use guidelines.

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