While we were at Podcast Movement in July, we ran a contest for 50 free hours of transcription. We are happy to announce that Gabriel Murillo has won the prize!! Gabriel is the founder of Podcast Press. Podcast press makes your podcasts sound smooth and professional, all while saving you time and money.
If your audio or video recording has speakers on separate tracks, you are going to love our new multi-track feature! You can upload each track separately and then Sonix will combine those tracks into one transcript.
Why use multitrack?
Many podcasters and radio folks capture each speaker separately by using different microphones to isolate each person’s voice. The result is a multi-track recording which has multiple benefits when using Sonix:
You can name speakers before you upload to get automatic speaker labeling with near-perfect precision
You will get more accurate transcripts because voices on each track are isolated
You can export from Sonix and retain separate tracks
Sonix, an emerging leader in speech recognition, compared its speech recognition engine to the biggest players in this space including Google, Amazon, and IBM.
The results are mixed with Google & Sonix recognizing “Laurel”. Amazon recognizing “Year Old” which is closer to Yanny. And IBM recognizing both “Yeah role” and “Laurel” which is like a mix of Yanny and Laurel.
To conduct the test, Sonix used the Yanny vs. Laurel version that Cloe Feldman first posted on Twitter.
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!
: 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.
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.
: 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?
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: I just like I just feel really happy and I'm really protective of that.
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.
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!
If you work with spoken-word video and use Adobe Premiere, this is going to save you a lot of time.
What if you could get a transcript for your video in a few minutes and have those transcripts appear in Adobe Premiere? What if you could edit the video by editing the transcript?
Sonix has built the world’s first AudioText Editor™ to make this possible…
Upload a video to Sonix and you’ll get a full transcript in minutes. You can then edit your video by editing text. That’s right, you can edit video by editing text.
You can mark key parts in your transcript and have those corresponding clips (and the text) available in Adobe Premiere. And search also becomes faster and easier. Quickly search for parts of the video by searching for key words.
Here’s a video that shows how Sonix works with Adobe Premiere. Enjoy!
Getting fast, accurate transcription is critical, but it’s really just the starting point for Sonix.
Once you’ve got your transcript, what if you could edit your spoken-word audio by editing the transcript? What if your edited transcript with timestamps and speakers could flow seamlessly into Adobe Audition?
Well, now they do!! Watch the video and see for yourself…
Think of Sonix as your front-end editor. It’s great for podcast & radio producers, and audio editors who want to work on the storyline while editing, highlighting, and striking the text. Once that file is in Adobe Audition, it’s super easier to pinpoint key quotes through search. Navigating a podcast or radio show in Adobe Audition has never been faster and simpler.
To see the other great features of the AudioText Editor™, check out our features page.
Do you have multiple team members collaborating on an audio or video project? Do you work with a video or audio editor? Are you frustrated by all the back-and-forth?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are probably familiar with the tedious process required to get your content publish-ready. That process can include a combination of offline and online messaging through multiple channels like email, text, Slack, phone, or in-person. Your content is all over the place. You can’t find previous audio or footage. Simple tasks take way longer than they should. Yuck.
Look no further. We’ve made some huge improvements to Sonix for teams (Business Plan). Now you can invite users with different permissions to access, edit, or upload content.
One of the biggest challenges with audio & video content production is navigating the huge amounts of footage and audio. Before Sonix, there wasn’t a great way to store all this content and make it easily searchable. We fixed that. Now anyone on your team can easily search transcripts of video or audio to pinpoint key parts in seconds. Production teams will have every file at their fingertips. Not only that, marketing teams can easily find files / images that can be repurposed into blogs, podcasts, or other web content.
Sonix continues to push the boundaries of audio & video production and distribution. We will continue to re-imagine how people create and share media.
Getting fast, accurate transcription is critical, but it’s really just the starting point for Sonix. One of the greatest time-saving benefits occurs after you’ve received a transcript. We call it the AudioText™ editor.
Let me explain…
The word processor (eg. MS Word) is one of the most amazing software tools ever created. It takes a new user less than five seconds to figure out how to use it and provides enormous utility. It’s no wonder it is still one of the most popular software applications on the market today. Compare that with the most popular audio editing software apps. They are all quite complex. If you’ve ever edited audio, you’ve likely cursed about spending days editing waveforms. You wish you could simply just edit the text.
So what if you could edit voice audio by editing text instead of looking at a jumbled timeline of waveforms? What if you could actually edit words and have that affect the audio? And what if you could invite other users to collaborate on the same project?
Well now you can!
Unclick sound in the player below to see how it works:
To be clear, Sonix isn’t a replacement for software like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Audition, or Adobe Premiere. We see Sonix as your “pre-editor”. What we are solving is the tedious and time-consuming back-and-forth process between storyteller and audio engineer. We virtually eliminate the mundane work that is involved in every project. And if you play both roles (storyteller & audio engineer), you will find that when you edit text, you can truly focus on the storyline, not fine-tuning sound and levels. Sonix allows you to separate your thinking from storyteller to audio engineer.
The reason Sonix’s AudioText editor™ is possible today is because automated speech recognition has not only gotten so good, but it is also amazingly inexpensive (8 cents / min). Sonix leverages APIs from some of the largest tech companies on the planet and combine our own proprietary algorithms to deliver fast, accurate transcription. We have been independently reviewed to have the most accurate transcription among automated services.1
We hope you enjoy using Sonix as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it. As more AI-powered tools emerge, Sonix will continue to push the boundaries of audio & video production and distribution. We will continue to reimagine how people create and share media.