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Tips for Providing Good Quality Audio

Good Recordings Result in Accurate Transcripts

In a nutshell, good recordings result in accurate transcripts. As much as we would like to, we cannot transcribe something that cannot be heard properly, whether that is due to low quality audio or background noise. Here are some tips to improve recording quality and get the most accurate transcripts possible:

• Avoid recording in cafes, shopping centres, outdoors or other public areas where there is likely to be a lot of background noise. Wherever possible, choose a quiet room to record in

• Other noise which can considerably interfere with recordings includes: air-conditioners and other machinery, rustling paper, traffic, others speaking in the background, coughing, sneezing, glasses clinking, rain, dogs barking, birds chirping, etc

• Familiarise yourself with the operation of your equipment and test it before use

• In group situations, ensure only one person is speaking at a time, with no background conversations going on

• In group situations, ensure that all parties introduce themselves at the beginning of the interview

• Ensure that all parties are sitting in close proximity to the recording device

• If the subject is softly spoken, ask them to speak up

• If your recording device has voice activation, turn it off as it can sometimes cut off the beginning of a sentence or start at the wrong time, especially with softly spoken respondents

• If a speaker has a particularly strong accent, if possible, obtaining an interpreter will always assist us to transcribe accurately. However, we realise that this is not always an option, so we ask that you please advise us prior to forwarding the audio that this is the case, and we will do our best to ensure that a suitable transcriptionist is assigned to that file

QWERTY Transcription Services

Noraville, New South Wales, Australia

• PHONE 0424 918 798 •

• e-Mail us to nicole@qwertyva.com

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