Every audio transcription is different. There are a number of factors that impact the cost of transcribing, and this post explains how each of those can affect the amount your transcription will cost.
The length of an audio recording does impact the cost of transcription. By that I mean a longer transcription will cost you more. On average, a transcriptionist typing at a rate of 80 words per minute will cover the audio content contained in the file in a time equal to between three and four times the audio length (based on 1-2 speakers).
Adding in difficulty factors, such as bad quality recording, technical content, background noise, multiple people speaking and accents adds to the time needed to transcribe effectively. More on these factors below.
Put simply the more speakers contained in a transcription, the longer the transcription time. Multi-speaker audio recording makes the job harder because the transcriptionist must identify two, or more, speakers correctly. Over-talking is also a factor in many multi-speaker audio recordings.
Consider how every person’s voice has different tones and inflexions and then multiply these differences by the numbers of speakers in your audio. This factor increases as each new speaker joins the conversation, or if there is background noise. Plus, if one of the speakers is striving to be heard above the others their speech tends to be faster and more intense.
Multi-speaker transcription is a specialty for The Transcription People, with each transcriptionist specifically trained to deal with multi-speaker audio recordings by familiarising themselves with the content and different voices before embarking on their transcription.
We’ve talked about what adds to the cost of your transcription, but here I’m going to share something that reduces that figure. By investing in the best audio recording devices, you will ensure the best quality audio file. A clear recording equals less time to transcribe and, therefore, lowers the transcription cost.
The transcription software we use – Express Scribe – can reduce some background noise, however that also alters the volume level of the speakers. It is better to make the investment in audio clarity at the outset.
In a nutshell, the harder the accent, the longer to transcribe. But, it’s not quite that simple – accents are relative. What makes it difficult for one transcriptionist to distinguish words where an accent is involved would not be for someone with a similar accent. However, like with multi-speaker audio discussed above, our transcriptionists are trained to deal with different accents and use playback tools within our software to ensure they can pick up the right word from the content around it (or can leave a time stamp is the word is intelligible).
If you need your transcription completed urgently, it will cost more. Transcription is the same as any other urgent service, and urgency comes at a price.
Now you know about the factors that impact transcription costs, contact The Transcription People at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to maximise the audio recordings you are planning.