How to Transcribe a Recording to Text

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You finished interviewing your market research participants, and you need to listen back to the recordings. Listening to dozens of recordings takes time, except you don’t have time because the executive team needs the research report in a week. 

The answer is audio transcription, converting the recordings into text which allows for quicker qualitative analysis. You can either painstakingly transcribe every sentence or subscribe to a transcription service for a fee — both of which are not ideal. 

With Speak’s automatic transcription software, you can obtain accurate transcripts for free and it only takes several minutes. Read on to find out how!

How to transcribe a recording to text

Using Speak to transcribe an audio recording to text only involves two simple steps: upload and wait. However, you do need a Speak account which you can create for free by selecting the button below.

You will be redirected to our registration page where you can begin your 14-day free trial with no commitment required. Then, log in to your Speak account to get started with transcribing your audio recording immediately.

How to transcribe recordings to text automatically

Step 1: Upload the recordings

At Speak’s dashboard, select “New upload” and choose the audio files you’d like to transcribe. Speak transcribes all the recordings concurrently no matter how many audio files you upload. 

With Speak’s free trial, you can transcribe up to 60 minutes of sound recordings for free. If you’re working with larger files such as podcasts, you’ll need to subscribe to a paid plan OR customize a plan for a 50% discount.

Step 2: Download the transcripts when they're ready

Once you’ve uploaded the recordings, Speak’s software will get to work and deliver your transcripts within minutes. From there, you can edit the transcripts, and conduct text and sentiment analysis, before exporting the media player in different formats according to your needs. 

How it works:

Speak’s advanced speech recognition technology is able to understand your recording like a human would, and even label the sentences according to different speakers. 

As a result, Speak can produce transcripts with a high degree of precision — all with the help of AI and machine learning. Speak is also powered by natural language processing to further improve its accuracy and comprehension of the contents in an audio recording. 

Our automated dictation process is some of the most affordable and accurate in the market. It is important to note that all machine transcription, regardless of the service provider, is only up to 80% accurate. 

That accuracy rate is sufficient for most people in casual or business settings. But if you’re working in a line where the audio transcripts are involved in life-or-death situations, the recordings must be transcribed verbatim.

In that case, you’ll have to employ the help of professional transcription services

How to transcribe recordings to text using human transcription services

You’ll need a paid subscription plan to use Speak’s manual transcription services. Our plans start from $15.99 per month, or you can build a personalized plan and get up to 50% off. 

Simply fill out the form with your needs, and our success team will reply with a  tailor-made solution just for you.

Transcribe recordings with Speak Ai’s API

Speak’s API allows you to build a customized solution and transcribe recordings in two languages: English (United States) and French. For more information about Speak’s API or to learn more about the languages we’ll be adding in the future, head over to our API documentation page.

Step 1: Register a Speak account

Speak’s API key is only accessible to paid users. You can find more information about our plan features on our pricing page. If none of our plans fit your needs, you can also build a 100% personalized plan by filling out a short form on the pricing page.

Step 2: Access your API key in Speak's dashboard

Log in to your account and locate the Developers page at the sidebar on your left. Then, select “API Keys” as shown in the screenshot below, and you’ll be redirected to your API key.

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