Transcription — £1 p/min

We transcribe interviews, lectures, seminars, meetings and podcasts, on subjects that include everything from finance, to medicine, to social history. We worked with the National Coal Mining Museum for England for many years, transcribing interviews with ex-miners for the museum’s oral history library; and currently have an ongoing contract with Climber magazine.

Your Recordings

We are able to work from any of the main audio formats, and can accept mp3 files via Dropbox or similar. Confidentiality is absolutely assured and we are happy to sign NDAs.

The Transcripts

Most commonly, we provide verbatim, ‘intelligent verbatim’, and/or edited transcripts. An overview of these is provided here.

Verbatim: all the structure and (verbal) content of the dialogue is maintained — i.e. ums, ahs and you knows, repetition, changes of mind, etc., are all maintained. Verbatim transcripts report the precise language used by speakers, and so are particularly useful for certain kinds of academic work and research. For example:

A:  Erm, yes, so I set off at the- about 8am and didn’t-

B:  Did you see him before- before you left?

A:  -see him until later. No, I didn’t see him, no.

B:  M-hm.

A:  I saw him later.

B:  All right.

Intelligent verbatim: the filler content is removed (e.g. um, ahs, you knows, repetition) but the structure is maintained entirely (changes of mind, interruptions). Intelligent verbatim transcripts give a clear impression of the general manner in which things were said, whilst prioritising clarity of content. These are often useful for academic research, as well as focus group discussions and legal interviews.

A:  Yes, so I set off at about 8am and didn’t-

B:  Did you see him before you left?

A:  -see him until later. No, I didn’t see him. I saw him later.

B:  All right.

Edited: all filler content is removed, and grammar and syntax are corrected. Edited transcripts are concerned primarily with the content of the discussion, with the features of ‘spoken language’ often stripped out altogether. These are often requested for magazine interviews.

I set off at about 8am and did not see him until later.

Did you see him before you left?

No, I did not see him. I saw him later.

All right.

Cost

The transcription service is provided at a flat rate of £1 per audio minute, regardless of the discussion format and number of speakers.

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