All You Need to Know about Audio Transcription Services

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Audio transcription services bring a bounty of benefits across all fields, such as legal, business, entertainment, etc. Have a look at this article from Thao & Co. to learn everything about audio transcription services and how they can help you succeed.

When is audio transcription required?

Audio transcription is the act of compiling and converting audio information into written text. It is widely applied in many fields for various purposes, such as:

  1. Legal transcription: In cross-examination or testimony sessions, conversations are recorded for comparison or investigation purposes. Moreover, court hearings are also recorded in audio format and then transcribed for easy storage and accessibility.
  2. Business transcription: The use of business audio transcription services is an effective way to accurately compile information from audio recordings of meetings, conferences, and interviews
  3. Market research transcription: Conducting market research through quick customer interviews is becoming more common nowadays. This method offers the advantage of gathering honest feedback from customers rapidly.
  4. Podcast transcription: Podcast transcription can significantly expand your audience reach, especially for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, or those who prefer reading over listening in certain environments.
  5. Interview transcription: Transcribing interviews makes the process of reviewing and evaluating information gathered during interviews much simpler and less time-consuming.

Benefits of audio transcription services

Audio transcription is an incredibly helpful tool for extracting and receiving information. Instead of spending countless hours listening to long audio files, reading from written transcripts is much more efficient.

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Other benefits that audio transcription offers include:

  1. Optimize SEO elements: Adding audio transcripts to your uploaded songs or podcasts can greatly boost your online presence. By doing so, you can increase your discoverability, improve your search engine ranking, and connect with more audiences.
  2. Enhance information retention: Transcribing interviews and meetings helps you capture all important information. This makes it easier to consolidate the information for market research or meeting minutes and prevents key details from being missed.
  3. Streamlined information management and storage: Text files are not only smaller compared to audio files, but they are also more convenient to work with. Transcribing audio files into text files provides a much more efficient way of managing, revising, storing, and sharing your content.

Outsource audio transcription service costs

To determine the price for audio transcription, service providers will consider the factors below:

  1. The length of the audio: The price for audio transcription is calculated based on the length of the audio duration. Typically, the longer your audio is, the higher the price is, as the service provider must spend more time working on the project.
  2. Audio quality: In cases where the audio quality is not satisfactory due to background noises or low volume, the service provider may need to take steps to process your audio files to ensure their quality before transcription. This means they may require an extra pay for audio quality enhancement services.
  3. The source language type: Audio transcription rates are typically higher for complex languages with a limited number of qualified professionals compared to more commonly spoken languages.
  4. Type of transcription: The cost of transcription services also varies depending on the type of transcription you require. Transcription with timestamp is generally more expensive than other types of transcription.
  5. The content of your audio: Transcribing highly specialized audio laden with complex terminologies demands more knowledge and effort. Therefore, the transcription rates for such files tend to be significantly higher.
  6. Urgency: It is important to keep in mind that the transcription price for projects with expedited turnaround time may be higher than usual. This is because the service provider may need to make an extra effort in order to meet your deadline while ensuring high quality.
  7. Additional requests: Customized requests such as certified transcription, text formatting, or translation will come with an extra cost on top of the standard transcription price.
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Where to find the best audio transcription services?

When it comes to looking for audio transcription services nowadays, the options are countless. You can request professional transcription at transcription agencies or translation companies.

Or if you prefer to work with a freelance transcriptionist, browsing online communities and recruiting websites may help you find a suitable candidate.

However, to select a reliable service provider, it is important to consider the following factors:

  1. Testimonials of previous clients: Websites and social media allow easy access to evaluations and feedback from previous clients. Pay attention to what clients have to say about their experiences to decide for yourself whether or not to partner with that service provider.
  2. Working procedures: Before deciding on an audio transcription agency, remember to thoroughly study their working procedures. In particular, all matters regarding information confidentiality must be clarified and strictly adhered to.
  3. Prices: In order to select a suitable service provider for your needs and budget, it is advised to compare prices and assess different options. However, don’t be swayed solely by a low price tag. Striking a balance between quality and affordability is the key to making an informed decision.

FAQs about Thao & Co.’s Digital and Audio Transcription Services

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Thao & Co.’s transcription services.

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How can your transcription services benefit my business?

We provide accurate transcripts of your video or audio content that can be used for reference or storage purposes. From transcribing meeting minutes to creating multimedia subtitles, we manage all the meticulous details.

How do you ensure the accuracy of your transcriptions?

Our transcription services follow rigorous processes, from audio quality enhancement to proofreading to provide impeccable audio transcripts to our clients.

In addition, our certified audio transcription services ensure that our transcriptionists conduct background research on the topics of the audio to provide context-accurate transcripts. We also provide a complementary Thao & Co. certification statement upon your request.

What languages do you provide audio transcription for?

At Thao & Co., we provide transcription services for over 50 languages like English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and many more.

With a team of experienced linguists, regardless of the language involved, we always guarantee accurate and complete transcripts.

How does your audio transcription process go?

At Thao & Co., our transcription services always follow a transparent and detailed 5-step process:

  1. 1. Consultation and Quoting: Upon receiving your requests, we will give detailed consultations and then provide a transparent quote that reflects your project’s specific needs and the turnaround time.
  2. 2. Transcription: After understanding your requirements, our expert will take extra steps to process audio files if necessary, before beginning the transcription process.
  3. 3. Quality control: After transcription is finished, meticulous proofreading and quality control checks are performed by our expert linguists to ensure consistency and accuracy.
  4. 4. Certification: If certifications are required, we can provide you with a free Thao & Co. Certification of Accuracy along with the final work.
  5. 5. Delivery: After completing all editing steps, we will hand over the final transcripts using your preferred delivery method.
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How long does it take to complete a transcription?

At Thao & Co., we always estimate the project’s workload and set clear timelines with our clients before proceeding with any commission.

However, some factors such as content, length, or additional requests might hinder the transcription progress. We will formulate a specific timeline factoring all pertinent aspects and commit to timely delivery.

How do you handle sensitive and confidential information?

We take utmost care in handling sensitive and confidential information in the best interest of our clients. Our team follows strict security protocols, including secure file transfer and encryption.

In addition, every expert working on your project will sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to safeguard all of your information.

Are you ready to partner with us for your transcription and translation project? Leave your information on the Get a Quote page to receive a free consultation within 24 hours!

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