Transcription — £1 p/min


We transcribe interviews, lectures, seminars, meetings and podcasts.

The subjects of previous assignments have included 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.

Later, we had an ongoing contract with Climber magazine, transcribing interviews with climbers.

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 agreements to this effect.

Transcripts

We provide verbatim, ‘intelligent verbatim’ and/or ‘edited’ transcripts. An overview of these is provided here:

Verbatim: Verbatim transcripts report the precise language used by speakers, and so are particularly useful for certain kinds of academic work and research.

In a verbatim transcript, all of the structure and (verbal) content of the dialogue is maintained — including ums, ahs and you knows, repetition and false starts. 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:  Hmm.

A:  I saw him later.

B:  All right.

Intelligent verbatim: With intelligent verbatim, the filler content is removed (e.g. um, ahs, you knows, repetition) but the structure is maintained (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: In an edited transcript, all of the filler content is removed and the grammar and syntax are corrected. Edited transcripts are concerned primarily with the content of the discussion, thus the ‘spoken language’ features are stripped out.

These are often requested for magazine interviews.

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

B: Did you see him before you left?

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

B: All right.

Cost

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