How to transform audio content into actionable text

Sep 7, 2023 | Digital Transcription



In today’s fast-paced world, where information is abundant and time is limited, it’s crucial to make the most of every resource available. One valuable resource that is often overlooked is audio content. Whether it’s a podcast, an interview, or a conference recording, audio can hold a treasure trove of knowledge and insights. 


However, extracting actionable text from audio can be a time-consuming task. But fear not! In this blog post, we’ll talk about 5 efficient techniques and tools to help you effortlessly transform audio content into actionable text.


Transcription services

Utilise professional transcription services or specialised software that can convert spoken words in audio files into text. These services often employ human transcribers or advanced speech recognition algorithms to ensure accuracy.


Automatic speech recognition (ASR)

ASR technology can convert spoken language into written text. Several ASR tools are available, both as standalone software and cloud-based APIs. Examples include Google Cloud Speech-to-Text, IBM Watson Speech-to-Text, and Microsoft Azure Speech-to-Text.


Dictation software

Make use of dictation software, which allows you to speak into a microphone while the software transcribes your speech into text. Popular dictation software options include Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Apple’s Dictation (for Mac), and Windows Speech Recognition (for Windows).


Voice assistants 

Virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri have voice recognition capabilities that can transcribe your voice commands or requests into text. While these assistants are primarily designed for voice interactions, you can often access the transcribed text through their companion apps or web interfaces.


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Digital transcription

If you have a small amount of audio content or need precise control over the transcription process, having someone transcribe the audio can be an option. 


Digital transcription is the digitally-typed text conversion of an audio file. This is where my transcription service can help you! With my help, you can transcribe any recorded message or audio file into a well-formatted digital text copy.


Digital transcription is often used as an alternative to minute-taking and is likely to be more successful for meetings or interviews with a smaller participation of 1-6 attendees.


Some of my busiest clients for this service are Employment Lawyers conducting employee grievance hearings and independent property valuation specialists for Valuation Reports.


Remember that the accuracy of transcription can vary depending on the quality of the audio, background noise, speaker accents, and the specific tool or service used.


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