From our experience as a noted transcription company, we will be able to assist you in avoiding the common mistakes in a recorded interview. The overall quality of the content is directly proportional to the quality of the recording produced.
If your intention is to record an interview and have it transcribed later, then you can help the transcription process as perfect as possible by planning in advance to avoid any sort of interruptions or problems before they transpire.
Here are some common mistakes that could be avoided to ensure a quality interview recording and a superior transcription service.
Irrelevant and outdated equipments:
While recording interviews, especially when it is to be transcribed later, investing on good quality and dependable equipments are advisable. Try avoiding inferior quality and imperfect microphones for the recording process. It is a better idea to invest on good quality microphone sets and professional recording system.
Try avoiding non-digital recording equipments like cassettes, VHS tapes etc… Digital equipments are more worth though expensive. From our huge and detailed experience in this field, we assure you that the sound quality in high digital recorders is far better compared to non-digital recorders. This provides you with the quality output that is most required for a quality transcribe.
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Missing out the right type of microphone that fulfills your needs the most:
‘Omni directional microphone’ will be a smart choice while recording an interview process . Going by its name this microphone picks up sound equally and uniformly from all the directions. So a quality ‘Omni-directional microphone’ positioned in centre can capture voices evenly from all over the room, thereby resulting in a focused and high quality recorded output.
Oversight that affects the process:
Prior to the interview, make sure your equipments are in good working condition. Check for extra batteries in case you use cassettes to record and other necessary equipments that might help in times when needed the most. This can be tested and made perfect before the interview commences.
Placing microphones at long distance from the sound source:
You can get a better reach to your sound source if the microphone is placed at a distance of 15-20 cm. The position should be fixed in such a way that no information is spilled out of the conversation.
Inappropriate volume levels:
Make sure your recording device has its volume set to capture the sounds of all speakers inside the room. This we say because the recording may sound louder than what is heard over the transcription machine. At times what happens is the, voice of the interviewer would be clear where as the interviewees’ would not be that clear. You can have the volume set to a higher level without getting distorted.
Predominant Background noise:
Have a control on all the sound elements or all the elements that could probably produce sounds other than the conversation inside the interview room. At times back ground noise becomes more noticeable than the necessary conversation. Closed doors are advisable. Many other sounds could also turn out be a hindrance for a good quality audio output, we have mentioned few,
Many a times your recorded interview fails to distinguish the speakers. The names of the speakers aren’t available. At the beginning of the interview, ask all the people involved to state their names along with its spelling. This helps the transcriber in identifying the right speaker. If there are several male or female persons all the people in the recording sound the same. In a quality transcription, the name of the speaker should match with the voice, it is necessary for the speakers to identify them every time they speak.
We understand the difficulties that occur in a recording process. There may be times where background noises are unavoidable and people talking over one another during the conversation. As a renowned transcription company, we can provide you with the best transcription service even with your poorest audio quality but there are times even when miracles don’t work. Always a good and high quality recording can extract the best transcription service out of us to your utmost satisfaction and fulfillment.
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