22 Nov Audio transcription services: How to deal with difficult audio files?
Audio Transcription is the process of converting speech into written text. Audio Transcription is no easy task as many factors directly affect and challenge the listening process. In today’s post, we will find out what difficult audio files are and how to deal with them.
1. When an audio file is considered difficult?
An audio file with characteristics that can make it harder for the transcribers to render exactly the content it carries is called a difficult audio file. The characteristics may include background noise, static on recordings, voice overlapping, faint audio recording, nonnative accents, very fast speech, etc. This also means that the transcription process will take double or more effort and time to render them.
2. How to handle an audio transcription project with challenging audio files?
First and foremost, make sure you are using a good quality headset or headphone as it gives you the better sound of what’s being said from the audio and helps to enhance the quality of the transcription process.
Next, try to change the speed of the audio recording like slow it down or speed it up to see if you can hear the words and catch the ideas better. However, as crazy as this might seem, slowing down the audio might, in fact, make it harder for you to hear the speaker as it may sound like that are slurring.
You can also rely on software to clear up the background noise of the source audio files. Express Scribe is the software that is often recommended for those who work as transcriptionists. You may need to do click on the background noise reduction option more than once but it does help.
Inaudible words – don’t guess
For the words that are brokenly pronounced or inaudible due to the poor recording, try to understand what is said based on the context but just don’t guess. Instead, mention (inaudible) or (several inaudible words) or sometimes (unintelligible) when you can hear the sound but can’t make them out.
Inform your client
If you try one way or another but still can’t understand the recording, just inform your client of the problem and make sure they understand that the quality of the audio has direct impacts on the quality of the transcript. Let them know you can attempt to improve the sound and try your best to transcribe but it will take more time and cost more and the final transcript may have a lot of gaps.