What is the optimal way to record audio for transcription?

Higher-quality audio = Accurate transcripts

Jan 23, 2022

The greatest determinant of transcription accuracy is how audio was recorded.

  1. Use lapel or directional microphones.
  2. Speakers should not talk over each other.
  3. Minimize background noise.
  4. Inaudible recording are problematic, including if the recording volume is too low or there’s microphone interference.

Clear, high quality recordings are key to accurate transcriptions.
See the difference clear audio makes with the videos below. Turn on captions to see the unedited Simon Says subtitles for both versions (note also the gaps in the transcript due to background noise in the noisy sample).

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