How to Have an Audio File Transcribed

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You may have a telephone conversation, a taped interview of someone special to you or you've dictated notes to yourself that you now want to have on paper. But in order to achieve the text to paper goal, you'll have to have the audio file transcribed.

Select the file you want transcribed. If the file is on a digital voice recorder, you can choose which format to have the computer uploaded onto your computer (wav, wma and mp3 are a few examples).

Download a transcription software program onto your computer. If you want to transcribe the audio file yourself, there are programs available such as "Express Scribe." The program is free to download, but you may need to purchase accessories like a foot pedal to aid in transcribing the audio.

Upload your audio file to your software. With Express Scribe, there are over 20 formats compatible with the software that automatically sync when uploaded. If your audio is on a compact disc, insert that into your computer to listen to it through your transcription software.

Begin transcribing your audio. Use the foot pedal to slow down or speed up the audio file to meet your typing speeds.

Complete the transcription. Listen to the audio file a second time to compare it to the final transcription to check for discrepancies or missed audio.


  • check To have an audio file transcribed easily with little to no effort on your part, contact a court reporter in your area. Court reporters transcribe proceedings for a living and the turnaround for the work product is much quicker than doing it yourself.


  • close If your audio file is on a cassette tape, and you don't have a transcriber, you'll have to transcribe the audio from a basic cassette player into a word processing program.

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