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Did you know? How to record a perfect tape sync

A common viewpoint when conducting tape syncs is that you should focus on the sound quality of the interview, not the content. This is completely true. Leave the content to the person that hired you and make sure you are laser-focused on how to record the perfect tape sync.

Below are 8 things you should do to make sure your tape sync is perfect.

1. Chat with the person that hired you for the tape sync

  • Who are you going to be recording and is there anything you should know about them?
  • What file format do they want the recording? (Wav is standard, but there are several types, so make sure you confirm which it is).
  • Where is the interview (outside or inside?). This makes a difference for sound quality.
  • When do you start rolling?
  • How much are they paying? Most radio shows pay around $100-$150 for standard tape syncs.

2. Double check your equipment

  • Ensure you have a good quality external microphone and a recorder.
  • Don’t use the built-in mic on your recorder. It doesn’t sound as good.
  • Use a foam windscreen on your mic if you record inside.
  • Use a fluffy mic (think Don King hair) if you are recording outside.
  • Clear out the memory card in your recorder.
  • Make sure you have extra batteries.
  • Pack headphones.
  • Double check all your equipment to make sure it works.

3. Scout out the recording environment

  • Get there 15 minutes early to get set up and find the quietest place to record.
  • Make sure you avoid areas where you can hear sounds like an air conditioner or heater, traffic noise, barking dog, ticking clock.
  • If there is background noise, see if you can fix it (eg. unplug refrigerator).

4. Check your levels

  • Have your interviewee speak into the mic so you can get an idea of how loudly they speak. “What did you have for breakfast?” is a good question to ask.
  • Ideally you have their levels around -12 (give or take 6db).

5. Get close and personal

  • Your mic should be about 4-5 inches away from your interviewees mouth. You should also place it slightly off center so that the “p” pops aren’t captured.
  • Get in a comfortable position. If you are holding a mic, you’ll need to find a way to rest your arm like a table or a chair.
  • If you need to shuffle around to get comfortable, try to do it during the interview questions so you don’t disrupt your interviewees responses.

6. Dealing with background noise

  • If you hear background noise, you’ll need to interrupt and likely repeat whatever questions were affected.
  • Let the interview know before you start that you’ll likely have to interrupt and redo questions for background noise.

7. Record room tone

8. Don’t mess with the file; just send it

  • It might be tempting to fix a recording where you know there are issues (levels or “p” pops), but don’t do it.
  • Making small edits makes it harder for the producer to sync the interview. It’s better to just let them know where you know there may be issues.

That’s it. If you follow these 8 points, you’ll be well on your way to record a perfect tape sync. Remember it’s always great if you can get the file to the producer on the same day it’s recorded. There are many ways to transfer files. Good luck!

Did you know? Top 7 reasons you should transcribe your lectures

When you want to teach, you don’t do it for the money or for the basic need of having a job. Instead, you do it because you want to share your knowledge and passion for whatever it is that you teach. As a teacher, you need to ensure that each student connects with the material, understands it, and meets your expectations (and their own).

Research has shown that a traditional classroom setting has presented challenges for professors and students alike – no matter their size or the students inside of them. When your classroom has different kinds of learners, whether they are international students, have learning limitations, or need special types of instruction, there is often a need for additional support.

Technology can help with these classroom challenges. When used properly, it can improve your teaching style, ensure students get the most out of your lectures, and keep people engaged. One of the simplest ways to do this is by transcribing your lectures. By transcribing your lectures with software like Sonix, you will be able to support different learning styles.

Reason #1: Transcribing lectures is easy and affordable

Modern technology gives you unprecedented opportunities to reach your students both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether you use videos and podcasts to help visual learners and to break up class time or give virtual tours of important locations with Google Cardboard, sometimes showing rather than telling is much easier.

When compared to other pieces of technology that help in the classroom, transcribing lectures is one of the simplest, but most effective ways to have an impact on your students. No matter if you are teaching in a traditional classroom or you provide video lectures, transcription is something that you should consider.

Reason #2: Transcribed lectures are better than student note-taking

Many students learn when they can interact with the material in a different way. Transcriptions can help with note taking, studying for exams, and being more attentive in class. They will be able to highlight or underline important parts and add their own information. 

When they interact more closely with the material, students learn better. They are able to fill in knowledge gaps and have all of the information without missing something as they scramble to take their own notes. Even better, it will help make meetings with you and classroom discussions more effective.

Reason #3: Transcripts provide a full summary of the lecture

Attention spans are just different today, which is why we need to change how we teach. Most fully-grown adults can only focus on something for 20 minutes. Think about how long your class is – most are 50 minutes or 90 minutes, making it difficult for people to focus. Transcription can help to keep students more attentive.

In addition, it can help them to read over material that they may have missed when their minds wandered. This will help their grades and keep those questions that were already covered to a minimum. 

Reason #4: Increase student accessibility

Hard of hearing students are making up a larger portion of the post-secondary student body every year. Transcribing your lectures can help to keep higher education accessible for these students. It can also help those teachers who do not have a voice that projects easily or those who teach in larger classrooms.

Additionally, it can help with international students who may not speak English as their first language. Foreign language students can use the transcription to translate the lecture, take notes, and even improve their English understanding.

For more information on accessibility you can go here: https://www.ada.gov/

Reason #5: Create alternative learning options

For too long, we’ve been teaching to the middle and hoping that all of our students meet us in the middle. The truth is that they haven’t been doing that. Not every student learns the same way, and we’ve been penalizing them for not meeting us when we need to meet them.

Lecture transcriptions can help students who are of different learning styles. Additionally, it can help to provide new ways to study or collect information, which can help those students who may not come from traditional learning backgrounds.

Reason #6: Save time and use extra time more effectively

Let’s be honest, you don’t get paid enough for the hours that you put into your work. How many times have you had to repeat yourself in a lecture? How about stopping to let people catch up to you in your notes? How many times have you had people come to office hours, only to repeat yourself?

By offering a transcription, you can save time on all of these fronts. You won’t have to spend your own time after class typing up an outline to give to students who weren’t there or who need additional support. This will make your interactions with students more effective.

Additionally, you can save these transcriptions so that you can improve your lectures, make quizzes and tests, and track how far you’ve gotten on a specific topic.

Reason #7: Use lecture transcripts to identify areas of improvement

We all want to be better at our jobs. Transcription can help you do that – once you’ve looked at the transcription, look for areas where you can improve. When you see the words you speak, you will notice areas where you stumble, provide too much information, provide not enough information, and when you repeat yourself. 

Students do not want bad teachers, and they will flock to those that they think are better. This will help you on your journey to tenure, make your lessons more popular, and ensure you continued employment. 

Even better, you will benefit your school. Transcriptions can improve class performance, which makes a school more appealing to future students. By providing your transcriptions online, you may attract potential students to your school.

There you have it. The top 7 reasons why you should transcribe your lectures. If this article has helped you understand why it’s worthwhile, the following will help you understand the how to create lecture transcripts in two easy steps.

How do I transcribe my lectures?

STEP 1: Capture recordings of your lectures

The first thing you need to do is find a way to get a good audio recording of your lecture. There are many different ways to do this and plenty of tools available. Most people will use a stationary recorder, but there are some limits here. You can use your phone, but you will need to stay close enough to it that it will pick up your words. If you tend to move, you may want to use a headset or a small lapel recorder that will stay with you. You will probably have some difficulties at first, so you may want to try before you are in front of a class.

Some colleges and universities have equipment that you can rent or use. You can talk to your tech department to see what they can help you with. You want to reduce background noise, position the equipment in the proper place, and stay hydrated. The recordings will pick up on any noises that you make like sniffing, coughing, or chewing gum. 

STEP 2: Create lecture transcripts

You need to create the transcription. There are several options for this as well. You can use a teaching assistant or hire a student to transcribe the lecture – but you will need to check their quality. Another option is to use automated transcription software like Sonix. This is often faster and makes it easy to get your lecture up before your next class. Another option is to outsource the task.

Transcription can change the way that you teach and the way your students learn. It takes some effort at the start, but eventually will become an easy step in your day.

Did you know? Top 8 reasons to transcribe your podcasts

You’ve worked hard to create a podcast. Your content is unique, enlightening, and informative. Why wouldn’t you want to make your content as sharable as possible? You should by transcribing your podcasts!

If you’re reading this, you’re considering transcribing your podcasts. But that would be another step in production on top of all the other work you do. You’re not willing to take it on “just because.” If we said you could reach a bigger audience, would that convince you to transcribe your podcasts? How about if we said you could improve your listeners’ user experience? 

What if we said there was a total of eight reasons why you should start transcribing your podcasts right away? 

Well…that’s exactly what we’re saying. Here are the eight reasons why you need to transcribe your podcasts:

Reason #1: Converting your podcasts to text is really simple

The underlying reason to transcribe all your podcasts is because there’s really no drawback to doing it. Sonix has built the world’s first speech to text editor. Just upload your podcast’s mp3 file and Sonix will quickly transcribe the podcast to text. With affordable transcription services such as Sonix and plenty of help out there to get it done, transcription can be as simple as giving the right person the “green light.”

The simplicity of episode transcription is truly mind boggling next to the advantages it brings. Keep reading to see exactly how good this one, simple act can really be for your project.

Reason #2: Improved listener experience with a transcribed podcast

Your listeners (or, for online purposes, “users”) are the reason why you’re doing this podcast in the first place. You want more listeners, and you want them to get something out of your content.

Every user has their own preference for consuming content. Providing text transcripts of the ready-made content is the secret to tap into the audience who wants to read instead of listen, or even read and get deeper into your content to better understand it while they listen.

Reason #3: Let your users skip around in your podcast by clicking on the transcript

This one goes hand-in-hand with the previous reason. Podcasts are great for listening to in the background while working out, driving, and doing other on-the-go things. For the person looking for the visual aid, however, or the user who scrolls through articles when headphones aren’t an option, you can still get your message out loud and clear to this audience.

Publishing your episodes with a listen option next to a text article spreads your content out across a more attractive layout that will be accessible to every user. Best of all, when users look for a specific topic you touch on in a longer episode, a transcript gives them the option to search and jump ahead.

Reason #4: Speed up your podcast production process

You spend time thinking up topics, interviewing people, drafting commentary and recording and producing your podcast. If you work at a radio station or a podcast studio, you’ll want to transcribe your radio show or podcast. That way, you don’t have time to write extra content, but you want that SEO lift from regular updates to the website and fresh text on the page. 

Podcast transcripts give you the easiest written content without having to write blogs on top of podcast production. Just publish your transcripts on the blog with a link to the podcast recording, and that’s an immediate check off your list.

From content planning to performance measurements, transcripts also help you keep better record of what you’ve talked about and how each topic has performed.

Reason #5: Improve your podcast’s SEO performance

There could be thousands or even hundreds of thousands of users out there looking for the topics you discuss. If they can’t find it, however, your content has failed its purpose.

“Findability” is the concept of making sure the value-added content you produce can be discovered easily by those who are searching for the answers or information you provide. Search engines are going to crawl a transcript word-for-word, not an audio or video file.

According to American Life, inbound traffic by search on their website increased by almost 7% with the simple addition of an audio transcript page. 

Reason #6: Improve your podcast’s web accessibility

Beyond the basic pillars of good SEO, podcast transcripts also get your information to audiences with limitations on what kinds of content they can consume. This includes deaf or hard-of-hearing users and even those with ADD or other disorders who struggle to listen to a podcast and take away its key messages.

For more information about why accessibility is important on the web, please check out usability.gov.

Reason #7: Share your podcast on social media in seconds

They say that imitation is the greatest compliment. In the 21st century, now the greatest compliment is sharing. 

You want more people to share your content so you can reach other people just like the users who shared. It’s how your content snowballs and how you create your “tribe” or niche. Getting your podcast shared is the ultimate achievement, and it relies on you having written transcripts so users can share the specific part of your episode that called their attention.

Reason #8: Make your podcast content more discoverable by listeners worldwide

Podcasts already cross borders anywhere that there’s internet. To cross into audiences of other languages, however, you need to have transcripts of your episodes so users can employ in-browser and manual online translation tools to access your content.

Audio and video content are the chosen medium online today. For example, 88% of users spend more time on a website with video than they do on a website without.

However, the written word is still an essential tool for your content to do its job: communicate.

Content can be easily extracted from audio transcripts and converted into killer blogs and resources by way of transcripts. Those resources can include gated offers, member-only materials, training products and more. If all you’re doing is recording and uploading your podcasts without providing a transcript of the material, you’re missing out on what your content could really do.

This one, simple strategy can get you these eight benefits above.

Believe us—marketing and content creation is rarely this simple. But today, you have the chance to kill eight birds with one stone. Start transcribing your podcasts right away, and you will enjoy all these benefits and more.

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!

 

New to Sonix? Click here to get 30 minutes of free transcription!

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

 

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

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.

Want 30 minutes of free transcription? Click here to get it.

Did you know? Is automated transcription better than human transcription?

Is automated transcription better than human transcription?

Automated transcription is much faster and much less expensive than human transcription. If getting a transcription fast and inexpensively is important to you, then automated transcription is likely better for you. However, automated transcription can be less accurate than human transcription. If you need 100% accuracy on your transcription, then human transcription is likely better for you.

How much faster is automated transcription than human transcription?

Automated transcription is much faster than human transcription. Automated transcription services provide transcriptions in minutes, not days. A typical turnaround time for a 30 minute audio or video file is 5 minutes for automated transcription services. For human transcription, that same file could take 2 or 3 days.

How much less expensive is automated transcription versus human transcription?

Automated is considerably less expensive than human transcription. Automated services typically charge roughly $5 to $10 per hour whereas human transcription services will cost anywhere from $60 to $200 per hour depending on the nature of the audio or video file.

What is an example of a top rated automated transcription service?

Sonix.ai was ranked highest in terms of accuracy by an independent study from PopUpPodcasting recently updated in December 20171.

 

Interested in automated transcription? Get your free trial here.

1https://popuppodcasting.ca/blog/automatic-transcription-services-compared

Did you know? What is the fastest way to get transcription for my audio or video?

What is the fastest way to get transcription?

The fastest way to get transcription for your audio or video is through an automated transcription service.

Why is automated transcription so fast?

Automated transcription is fast because the process to convert audio into text is done entirely by machines. The technology that powers these machines can process large amounts of data very quickly.

How long does it take for a file to be transcribed with automated transcription?

The length of time depends on the length of your audio or video file. For a 30 minute file, the typical turnaround time is roughly 5 minutes. For an hour-long file, the typical turnaround time is roughly 10 minutes.

Is automated transcription accurate?

Automated transcription is basically on par with human transcription. However, audio and video files that are poorly recorded, have lots of background noise, or have people talking over each other will likely not be transcribed as accurately as a human transcriptionist.

What is an example of a top rated automated transcription service?

Sonix.ai was ranked highest in terms of accuracy by an independent study from PopUpPodcasting recently updated in December 20171.

 

Interested in automated transcription? Get your free trial here.

1https://popuppodcasting.ca/blog/automatic-transcription-services-compared

Did you know? What is the cheapest way to get transcription for my audio or video?

What is the cheapest way to get transcription?

The cheapest and fastest way to get transcription for your audio or video is through an automated transcription service.

How much does it cost for automated transcription?

Automated transcription costs range from 8 cents per minute to 25 cents per minute.

Why is automated transcription so cheap?

Automated transcription is inexpensive because there are no humans involved. The whole process is done by machines.

How long does automated transcription take?

It depends on the length of your audio or video file. If you have a 30 minute audio or video file, the typical turnaround time would be 5 minutes.

Is automated transcription accurate?

Automated transcription has made considerable strides in the last two years. Accuracy rates are now similar to human transcriptionists so long as the audio or video files are of high quality.

What is an example of a top rated automated transcription service?

Sonix.ai was ranked highest in terms of accuracy by an independent study from PopUpPodcasting recently updated in December 20171.

 

Interested in automated transcription? Get your free trial here.

1https://popuppodcasting.ca/blog/automatic-transcription-services-compared