How to use automated transcription services or voice recognition systems

Here is a simple guide on how to use voice recognition to transcribe your recordings, whether they are dictation, one to one interviews, focus groups, discussions, conferences or meetings or disciplinary hearings.

  1. Purchase some software. This costs money.
  2. Alternatively, visit one of the new start up companies offering supposedly accurate automated transcription online at a very similar price to the transcription provided by human transcribers.
  3. Send off your recording to the company undertaking the automated transcription, pay upfront because none of them allow you to pay until after you have seen the work.
  4. Sit back and wait. If you are undertaking the work yourself using voice recognition software, put your recording through the software.
  5. Realise to your horror that in fact automated transcription software and automated transcription systems online do not provide any level of accuracy whatsoever, and discover that in fact you are going to have to spend considerable time going through your transcription correcting all the mistakes and missed words.
  6. Bang your head repeatedly on a wall as you might as well have typed the whole darned thing yourself in the first place. Throw your new software in the bin.
  7. Check your bank balance and discover that a Californian start up company has profited from your desire to get something at low cost, when in fact you have had to spend considerable time doing everything yourself anyway.
  8. Wish you had taken up the services of a good quality transcription business such as or who would have transcribed your work with 100% accuracy or until you are satisfied with the end result at very little extra cost, if anything.

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