Audio Transcription .............................................................................................................................Audio transcription, as the name suggests, is the transcription of audio recordings into text files. These audio files may be in normal audio file formats like mp3,wav,au etc. Some companies also accept audio recordings in the form of cassettes. The field of audio transcription is a very wide one. University lectures, one on one interviews, focus group sessions, conference calls, depositions, podcasts, market research interviews , forums, seminars , TV shows, radio shows etc. are only some of the types of recordings that fall under audio transcription.
According to an independent standards body, audio transcription does not include medical transcription recordings, but only recordings from companies like media firms, law firms, institutes etc.
Transcription industry itself is not a new one. Companies have been known to seek the services of transcription companies through the 70s and the 80s. It’s just now that it has transformed from a mundane back office chore to a globalized entity, attracting multi-million dollar investments into the transcription business. Also, earlier companies did their own transcription or they used the services of a company that provided specialized services in their area. These specialized companies employed local workforce for transcription work and were strongly centralized, even if they had numerous branches in different locations. Today, the biggest transcription companies have two things in common, they are all general transcription companies and secondly they outsource their transcription work to low cost destinations like India. The idea of a centralized company has become obsolete now as the new mantra is to shift the epicenter of activity to a location that has the least operating costs. It is the internet that has made it possible for work to shift from one location to the other. Also, the diversification of transcription companies into different sectors gives the clients a one-stop location for their transcription needs.
Our company is very much a part of the audio transcription boom that is currently being witnessed in the outsourcing sector. Like all other companies, we also started with the medical transcription business. Our first mover advantage helped us to create a strong base in the transcription industry. Having tasted success, we identified that a company like ours should be diversifying into other transcriptioning paradigms as well. And thus, we entered into the business of audio transcription. Today, we can proudly say that audio transcription has been yet another success story for us. We are driven lesser by bottom lines but more by the challenge of constantly meeting the client’s expectations. Take for instance,
(1)The issue of outsourcing of our transcription operation- The issue was a sensitive one. But we chose to go ahead with outsourcing, again because of the concern we attach to client’s demands rather than emotional fallacies. Within few clicks of buttons, the client can upload his recordings into our server. The data safety of your file is guaranteed.The transcripts will be sent to the clients in form of a download link or through email.
Today, many of our clients who used to pay 5 times of our present rates to other services have come home to experience an unprecedented bonanza in cost cutting thanks to our rock bottom transcription costs.
(2)The need to re-emphasize quality for outsourced transcription- We went ahead and recruited the best among the Indian workforce. They were trained with the latest transcription technologies and made to undergo drills to improve their accuracy to optimal levels. Mechanisms to check and cross check the transcripts were put in place to remove the errors that would still sneak in. Today, one prime reason why we enjoy the unstinted support from our prestigious clientele is the quality of our transcripts.
(3)Speed of transcription: Clients hate getting their transcripts even a minute after the deadline. We understand this clearly and hence have stressed upon the necessity of delivering the transcript before the agreed time. For clients who need quicker transcription, we provide for the Rush TAT service. The transcripts are provided to the client within 12 to 24 hours of recording submission. Others can opt for our Standard TAT service and can still get their transcripts within 24 to 48 hours of recording submission, obviously at a lower price.
(4)The demand for stronger data security- When outsourced transcription services faced the music on security issues, we took the criticism positively. There were tough safeguards built to strengthen existing data security measures. The guidelines of HL7 EHR Security and Privacy Issues and JCAHO were referred to create a foolproof security system.
Our efforts at improvement of our services don’t stop here. We are still pouring in our resources to find solutions to customer’s problems and demands. And our results stand testimony to the grip that we have over audio transcription services domain. For all your audio transcription needs, we cannot suggest a better and more cost effective service than ours. We urge you to undergo a free trial of our transcription service by uploading an audio file to the link below:
Time Stamping/CodingTime Stamping is a critical requirement in transcription documentation needs. According to the customer specification, we satisfy different time stamping standards.
Audio time code style,
much it Costs? 10 USD to 12 Per Hour!
Price is very competitive at iSource. We charge 10 USD to 12 per hour depending on the Audio Classification category . We operate our exclusive delivery facility from India apart from our California office. Our pricing and Turn Around Time advantages are appreciated by all of our customers. Our pricing method is one of the best in the industry.How do we do the Audio Classification?
We classify the Audio source by following categories.
Category - A
One on One Interview/Speech Lectures/Oral History/Web Conferences
Broadcast ready recordings
No Background noise
No Time Stamping
Standard Formatting specifications
Category - B
Group Discussions, Focus Group Sessions, Telephone Recordings, Work Place Interviews, Open air Recordings, Court Depositions
Technical Subject Matter
Recordings with background noise
Recordings with improper mike attachment
Recorded with Armature Recording devices
Standard Time Stamping
ESL Speakers (English as Second Language)
Client Specific Formatting
Category - C
Multiple speakers with indiscernible voice overlapping
Constant Background noise or music
Tough Foreign Accent
Extraordinary Formatting specifications (MS Excel, web browser based applications)
is how Cost Estimate done!
We charge 10 USD to 12 per hour depending on the category of Audio. Our rates are calculated according to the effort involved for each category.
We offer significant cost savings up to 10 to 15% for bulk work. Customers with good volume and consistency can avail this offer.
Here is how Effort Estimation done!
In general Category - A should take 4 to 5 Hours of effort to transcribe, proofread and edit, besides final Quality Check.
Category - B should take 5 to 6 Hours of effort to transcribe, proofread and edit, besides final Quality Check.
you can get free Trail done?
Final pricing is arrived by a No Obligation Trial. You can upload trial audio at
How to outsource
Non Digital - Tapes, VHS, Micro Cassettes?
We handle variety of Standard Tapes, Micro cassettes, MiniDVs, and VHS. We are experts in converting all types of non digital source audio/video into digital. Converted digital files are then sent for transcription. Extra charges are applicable for non digital to digital conversion.
do we accept payment?
Paying for service has never been so easy. At iSource, We accept all the familiar and easy payment
You can pay at our website upon receiving Invoice from us. We accept all major credit cards.
If you use our service regularly, you can authorize us to process payment from your credit card. We will require your Card #, Name that the card is registered to, and Expiry date.
You can post pay checks to our California office. Scanned copy of the pay check should be emailed to us for our records.
We accept PayPal.
types we accept...
Preferable digital format is MP3.
We accept all the familiar audio and video types. It is always better to let us know what recording device and model is used to record. It will help us to use appropriate software to play and transcribe.
Our system can handle up to 1 GB at a time. But, it is advisable to limit between 100 to 150 MB per file. We recommend compressing using any zip applications and upload into our file server.
to record interview and other sessions? Here is a complete
Getting quality transcription document practically finding its roots from recording it with best possible methods. Here is a best recording guideline resource
Unless until specified, we follow the below standard notations and document rules:
- We transcribe verbatim. We type whatever heard including umms.. ahhs and pauses
- Doubtful words will be marked (?) in the beginning and end part of the doubtful sentence
- Times New Roman will be used as standard font
- One to one interviews transcribed as question and answer format without identifying names
- Indiscernible parts of audio are marked as (Indiscernible) in the transcript.
- Time coding/Stamping done only upon request.
- Nouns and Proper Nouns will be transcribed to the best of judgment, it is denoted by first letter in capital
- We follow standard US spelling and style.