Did you know? Original audio: Yanny vs Laurel – here’s what our AI engines think

We ran the Yanny vs Laurel audio file through Sonix AI engine and here is the resulting transcription. Laurel it is.

Redditor RolandCamry was the one who originally posted the clip last Saturday. The recording comes from vocabulary.com. If you click the audio button next to the word you’ll hear the truth. It’s Laurel.

Our machines engines can’t be wrong can they? 🙂


Did you know? What makes the Sonix SEO-friendly media player different from other media players?

Search engines like Google don’t index audio & video nearly as well as they do text. Using Sonix’s automated transcription engine + the Sonix SEO-friendly media player allows your audio & video content to get found much easier.

Benefit Sonix SEO-friendly media player Other media players
Play, pause, share, adjust speed, download
Full transcript of your audio & video content
Easily embed on any website for SEO benefit
Integrated automated transcription platform
Real-time editing & publishing
Add show notes to your media for better search discovery
User play-along feature for accessibility
User auto-scrolling transcript
Users can click on word and play from that location
Users can search content by word or phrase
Analytics: Track where in transcript people drop off Coming soon!
Analytics: Track most listened sections & hotspots Coming soon!
Analytics: Track where audio or video is shared Coming soon!

 

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Announcements Want more traffic to your podcast? Introducing the Sonix SEO-friendly podcast player

We just released the Sonix SEO-friendly podcast player!

If you are like most people that create awesome podcasts, you want that podcast to get found easily. You want more visitors plain and simple.

Why did we build it?
For anyone that works with spoken-word audio, it’s a huge miss not using the transcript as a tool to drive better SEO. Search engines like Google can’t crawl audio nearly as well as text. Having a transcript of your audio makes your content far more discoverable.

How it works
The Sonix SEO-friendly media player not only allows listeners to follow along with the transcript, your audio can now get fully indexed by search engines. That’s right, when search engines like Google crawl your audio in the Sonix media player, they will pick up every single word. You can also create show note that will automatically appear in the player. These are also indexed by Google!

You can see it in action below:

Pete Combs Recording Tips

Intro of capturing great audio

My name is Pete Combs and I'm a reporter for K O M O KOMO radio in Seattle. I've been doing this for about 40 years and my life has basically revolved around gathering audio and putting it on the air.

The gathering audio part is what I want to talk to about because there's a lot you can do to make your audio presentations sound great and to improve the quality of audio for the purpose of transcription. For instance when you're doing phone audio you want to record that on a landline if possible.

Levels and cadence of speech

Speak slowly and make sure that there are no glitches in that landline connection. If there are, do them over again. It doesn't hurt and it could make the transcription a lot more clear.

If you're doing it in person, the one thing I tell you, is make sure your levels aren't too high. In the digital world you can certainly boost levels all day long but when you try to deal with levels that have gone too high and they distort, there's nothing much you can do. The audio will just remain terrible. So if you have any doubt about the volume of your recording go low and you can adjust later.

Volume of recording and exact leveling

I usually do my recordings at 4,400 hertz or 44.1, and I use 64 bit audio when I do an MP3. For radio use I usually record MP3s at 44.1 kilohertz and I use a bit depth of 64 kilobytes per second. That's pretty clear. And again the volume is the key here. You don't want to get too loud.

Summary of capturing great audio

Try those as you're making recordings for transcript and if you have any problems remember this: Slow down. The slower you go the easier it is for the computer to figure out what you're saying. I'm Pete Combs. Good luck and happy recording.

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It’s super easy to use. Inside Sonix, you just click the “EMBED” button in the top right corner of the transcript and copy & paste the embed code to your website.

New to Sonix? Click here for 30 free transcription minutes.

Did you know? Fully-automated, highly secure transcription (no human touch)

If you have highly sensitive information within your audio or videos that need transcription, you’ll undoubtedly be concerned about security of those files.

While Sonix uses all the latest security protocols to ensure your data is safe & secure, we are unlike traditional transcription services since we transcribe your files entirely with machines. No human ever sees the transcript so you can rest assured that your content is private.

We’re committed to the security of your files and provide multiple layers of protection for the data you entrust to Sonix. We build privacy into everything we do. It’s not an afterthought. It’s how we choose to treat, and respect, our customers on a daily basis.

Learn more here: https://sonix.ai/security

 

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Education How to add captions & subtitles to your Facebook videos

More and more people are watching videos without sound. Having the subtitles that play along with the video keeps people that don’t have the volume turned up more engaged. Subtitles and captions also makes them more accessible for those that are hearing-impaired. It’s really easy to add captions and subtitles to your Facebook videos once you have the automated transcript from Sonix.

Step-by-step guide on how to add subtitles to your Facebook videos:

In Sonix follow these steps:

1. Upload a file (if you aren’t already subscribed, click here to try Sonix for free with 30 free transcription minutes)
2. Upload the video you are going to post to Facebook.
3. You’ll get an email when the video is transcribed.
4. Click EXPORT and select SubRip subtitle file (*.srt)

In Facebook follow these steps:

1. Click Photo/Video in your timeline or News Feed.
2. Click Upload Photos/Video and choose a video from your computer, then click Post.
3. Facebook will notify you when your video is ready to view. Click the notification or the gray date and time at the top of the post on your News Feed or timeline.
4. Hover over the video, click Options at the bottom and select Edit this video.
5. Click Choose File below Upload SRT files and select the .srt file you exported from Sonix (Note: you need to rename the file to filename.en_US.srt).
6. Click Save.

That’s it!

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Announcements Sonix has built the world’s first SEO-friendly media player

If you like almost every other content producer, you’re always looking for ways to drive more traffic to the amazing content you created. That’s why we built the world’s first SEO-friendly media player.

Supercharge your content SEO

Sonix takes your audio, podcast, or video and automatically transcribes it. We stitch the audio to the text so it’s fast and simple to polish. Once you’re happy with the transcript just share it using the SEO-friendly media player and start reaping the benefits of better SEO. That’s it.

Full Transcript by Sonix: Taylor Swift interviewed by Barbara Walters

Introduction

Next is a young woman who moved from Nashville to New York this year and seems bent on global domination. Her parents named her after James Taylor and her fans are called Swifties. If you haven't guessed her name by now you are clearly living under a very large rock. One magazine headline says it best. Taylor Swift is the music industry.

You could say there was one song this year that you just couldn't shake off: Shake it off. Taylor Swift's giant hit single off her a giant hit album 1989. 1989 sold over a million copies its first week. Unheard of these days and was the only album to go platinum in 2014. The one time teen country singer became a pop powerhouse this year. A one woman exception to the rule that in the digital artists cannot make money selling records.

Are you worried about losing fans?

This is your first album of all pop songs. Are you at all worried that you will lose some of the country fans?

I am not worried about that. I'm really in touch with my fans and I know what they like. What my fans in general were afraid of was that I would start making pop music and I would stop writing smart lyrics. Or I would stop writing emotional lyrics. And when they heard the new music they realized that that wasn't the case at all.

Taylor's success is based on her close relationship with her fans. They are called Swifties. They see themselves in her and she sees herself in them.

Your fans feel so personal about you. I mean you're the only one I know who invites people back into your house. Do you still do that?

Yeah, I decided that I wanted to play this entire album for the fans long before it came out. I wanted it to be like this whole secret society gatherings and living rooms. And so I decided to have them in my houses.

We have 89 fans waiting in the living room. The entire 1989 record.

I want to come up with as many ways that we can spend time together and bond because it keeps me normal. It keeps my life feeling manageable.

Is your life normal?

Is your life at all normal?

No.

No.

Not at all. And that's why when I go online and I go on Instagram and I see a post from Emma who lives in Philadelphia and she's talking about how her day was at school that day. That helps me.

You still do that?

It's the only thing that keeps me not feeling overwhelmed by the abnormality of my life.

What's the most abnormal?

The most abnormal thing about my life is having sort of crowds form everywhere you go. And just everywhere. So that starts happening and then you have to take security everywhere you go. All of a sudden you realize that you have not been alone truly for five years.

Taylor has been a star writing and singing her own songs from the time she was 16 when her first country music album debuted.

My senior year.

Relationships

She's won just about every music award there is. Going on. before our eyes. Her autobiographical songs deal with the problems of growing up and having or not having relationships. But while her fans identify, critics have accused the two autobiographical.

If a guy shares his experience in writing, he's brave. If a woman shares her experience in writing, she's oversharing. And she's she's over emotional. Or she might be crazy or watch out shall write a song about you. Well that is joke is there is that joke is so old and it's it's coming from a place of such sexism.

Boyfriends

As she has become more famous so have the boyfriends. Her hits chronicle of high profile relationships that blossom with her die and then get turned into song lyrics. But Just as her music has changed, so has her attitude toward romance.

Love & heartbreak fading to the background

It seems like when I move to New York love and heartbreak and all the things that used to be my main factors in my music kind of faded to the background. Of course love is still very interesting to me as a writer but.

As a writer not as a beautiful young woman?

Now right now.

No?

I just like I just feel really happy and I'm really protective of that.

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Why is having a full transcript important to SEO?

Search engines like Google don’t index audio & video nearly as well as they do text. Words are fundamental to search. They are the building blocks. The entire science of search and SEO is based on keywords. Search engines like Google have millions and millions of databases that are centered around a particular word or phrase.

Evergreen content keeps attracting new visitors

One of the greatest things about SEO is that search engines never forget. If you’ve got indexable content on your site, search engines will continue to attract new traffic long after you’ve stopped promoting your content. Not only that, SEO is typically one of the highest return marketing investments you can make.

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Did you know? How to make your voice-over sessions easily searchable

Voice-over sessions are great because you can build a lot of content all at the same time. The production of the voice-overs is more efficient this way, there’s no doubt about that. But what is really challenging is locating those voice-overs after the fact. Searching through your audio can be time-consuming.

Wouldn’t it be easier if you could search your voice-overs by keyword or phrase?

Well you can do that using Sonix. Just upload your voice-over file to Sonix and you’ll get a transcript in a couple of minutes. Once you have that, you can easily import the transcript and it will automagically align with your voice-over audio. Now you can search by word to locate the snippet you want.

In this video Mike Russell goes through the mechanics of making voice-overs easily searchable.

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Education Show Notes for Podcasts: How to Make Podcast Show Notes in Seconds

Having show notes for your podcast is a must. It makes it so much easier for listeners to navigate your podcast quickly. Being able to jump to sections they are most interested in is a great user experience. It also provides a nice table of contents for your listeners. They can quickly see at a glance what the podcast is going to cover.

Mike Russell over at Music Radio Creative recorded this quick video to show podcasters how to create show notes for your podcasts in seconds. Check it out!

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Announcements Edit Video by Editing Text (automated transcripts and video editing)

Earlier this year we released the world’s first AudioText Editor™ which synchronized the text and the audio when you play back a recording. If you click on any part of the transcript, the audio will jump right to that place so you can quickly edit the transcript. And by editing the transcript, you are actually editing the audio. That was revolutionary for audio…but what about video?

Well it works for video too. You can now edit video by editing text!

Check out this quick video to see it in action:

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