One of the biggest problems in any transcription providing service is the bad sound quality of an audio recording. Sometimes the quality is so bad, it becomes impossible to provide the client with a high quality transcription, so here are some quick tips on how to produce a recording that has clear audio.
- Check your surroundings. The area in which the interview is being conducted is very important. The best conditions would be indoors, where there is minimum outside noise, preferably in a private room with people that are only important for the interview.
- Quality equipment. If you are serious about the interview, you should rent or invest in a high quality recorder or a microphone. For quick and satisfactory results, recorders under or just over 100$ are fully sufficient. That should provide you with a good quality audio file which will be easy to transcribe and will have minimal inaudible words.
- Proximity. If you’re having a one-on-one interview with someone, or recording multiple people at the same time, make sure to place your recording device somewhere between yourself and the interviewees. The microphone or the recorder should be placed in such a way, that it covers all speakers of the interview.
- Read the instructions. Before conducting the interview, it is important to get to know your equipment. Your recorder might have multiple microphones, or your external microphone might work best at a certain angle. The recorders usually have certain settings that work best in specific situations, so make sure you read the user guides and prepare for each situation specifically because that might impact the quality of the recording and ultimately, the quality of the transcription.
- Prepare your questions. The best preparation for an interview is when you have all your questions laid out and ready. In some cases when transcribing, the interviewer might sound as if he is thinking of the questions on the spot which results in pauses, stuttering and other speech errors that makes the transcribing work harder. Remember, preparation is key!
With all of the tips in mind, you should now be able to record a good quality interview which will be easy to transcribe and will save time both for you and for us.