As a transcription business we strive to produce high quality transcripts, the most accurate transcript of a conversation possible. To enter [INAUDIBLE] into a transcript is something no transcription typist ever wants to do but if audio quality is poor, then it unfortunately cannot be avoided.
Recently the Australian Minister for Families, Jenny Macklin raised the profile of inaudible early into 2013 when new reforms reduced the welfare payments to some individuals. When pressed by a journalist if she could actually live on the welfare payments Miss Macklin apparently answered “I could“. This could have been a bonus for the journalist however thanks to a poor quality audio recording made using an iPhone, some of Jenny’s comments could not be clearly heard and were therefore transcribed by the Australian Governments transcription team as inaudible or left out completely from the transcript of the impromptu door stop interview. Have a look for yourself at just how many inaudibles (6) are in the transcript of the press conference.
iPhones are great for just about everything including recording voice but only in certain circumstances. In a quiet room with only a few people talking they are great. But with background noise and not pointing the mic directly at speakers then they tend to be a let down. A dedicated digital voice recorder which is designed to pick up superb audio quality in many situations is well worth a look, especially if you want quality transcripts of your conversations, meetings, interviews or press conferences. They are not expensive either, the WS series from Olympus covers just about every situation you would need and starts at around AU$159 for the middle of the range WS-812.
If you need accurate transcripts, invest in good quality, purposely designed equipment to record your voices. Our sister company Dictate Australia can help with digital voice recording equipment.