High-quality audio is one of the ways to ensure that the transcription you have ordered will be done quickly and will be more accurate. There are a few ways you can improve your recording for better transcription quality.
1. Use a High-Quality Microphone or Recording Device
If you often need transcription services for your recorded audio files, we recommend investing in a good quality microphone or recorder. The reason behind this is very simple: a good microphone or recorder is going to give you better audio quality. This doesn't mean that you cannot record a high-quality audio with your phone, but a good mic really makes it easier.
2. Limit background noise
When planning on recording the audio that you need to be transcribed, take time to consider where should this take place in order to guarantee as quiet environment as possible. This is especially important if you are using a phone If the interview or discussion will be held in a public place, choose one without background music, loud voices and preferably less people around. If you record in your office or home we recommend to reduce the noises you can control. You can unplug all of the machines (computers, printers, etc.) that are not needed at the moment of recording. You also can turn off air conditioners and ventilators, close windows and doors. If you do need a computer at the moment of recording, place your microphone away from it. It may be hard to hear, but a computer fan makes a lot of noise, especially when computer is in use. Typing and notification sounds can also interfere with the audio recording. Informing other people in your office or home that you are recording or putting a sign on the door will help with possible interruptions.
3. Place your microphone closer to the interviewee
If you are recording an interview, you probably already have your questions ready and written down. In order to guarantee that you catch every word of your interviewee, place the microphone closer to the person. Do not interrupt the person talking, if possible, as crosstalk is difficult to transcribe and many important details can be left unheard and untranscribed.
4. Test your recording device
Testing your equipment before the actual recording session can help to prevent possible issues with the device. This can also help to determine the quality of the sound and find the best spot for placing the microphone or device. You should also learn to start and stop the recorder easily and quickly. You should also know how to get files from the device after recording, in order not to lose or distort them.