Monday, April 21, 2014
How to avoid poor quality audio
Better quality recordings: just follow these steps
We receive hundreds of files every week at SmartDocs Transcription Services – some are crystal clear and some are very poor quality. Clear recordings are obviously faster and easier to transcribe, and result in the most accurate transcripts.
Here are some tips:
- Make sure your recorder settings are correct, then do a test run. Use your recorder under the actual conditions then play back – don’t simply speak a few words into the recorder at close range.
- Use an external microphone for multiple voices – they can make a huge difference in audio quality and all speakers can be heard clearly.
- Small rooms are better than large ones. Background noise such as street traffic, paper shuffling or a radio or TV can really impact on recording quality.
- If speakers have strong accents, ask them to speak slowly and clearly. Repeat their answers if they are indistinct.
- Feel free to send us your first audio file and ask our opinion about the quality. More tips are here: Tips for recording.