Top Recording Tips for Better Transcripts

Poor audio quality can lead to inaccurate or incomplete transcripts, which can affect your work or research. This article lists some tips to help you record better for transcription.


Anne Albright

3/26/20232 min read

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woman holding a stainless steel microphone in her handsds

If you want to get accurate and high-quality transcripts from your audio or video recordings, there are some best practices you should follow before, during, and after recording. Here are some tips to help you get better-quality transcripts:

  1. Before recording, make sure you have a clear and well-defined purpose for your recording. What is the main topic or message you want to convey? Who is your intended audience? How will you use the transcript later? These questions will help you plan your recording and avoid unnecessary or irrelevant content.

  1. Use a suitable recorder and software to capture clear and crisp sound. Avoid using low-quality microphones, speakers, or headphones that can introduce noise, distortion, or feedback. Test your equipment before recording, and adjust the volume, settings, and placement as needed.

  1. Record in a quiet, comfortable environment that minimizes background noise and distractions. Avoid places with loud music, traffic, wind, echo, or other sounds that can interfere with your voice or speakers' voices. Use a noise-canceling microphone or headset to filter out unwanted noise if possible.

  1. Speak clearly and at a moderate pace. Avoid mumbling, whispering, shouting, or speaking too fast or slow. Use proper pronunciation and grammar. Avoid filler words, slang, jargon, or acronyms that may confuse your listeners or transcribers. If you have multiple speakers, make sure they introduce themselves and speak one at a time. Avoid talking over each other or interrupting each other.

  1. Review your audio or video file after recording and check for errors or issues. You may need to re-record or edit your file if you notice any problems, such as low volume, poor sound quality, missing parts, or unclear speech. You can also use audio editing software to enhance your recording and remove unwanted noise or silence.

  1. Finally, choose a reliable and professional transcription service that can deliver accurate and timely transcripts for your recordings. You can use automated transcription software that uses speech recognition technology to convert your audio or video into text or hire a human transcriptionist to manually transcribe your file and proofread it for errors. Choose the option that best suits your needs and budget.


Following these tips can improve your recording quality and get better transcripts for your personal or professional needs. Transcription can be a powerful tool to capture and share your ideas, insights, and stories with others. So don't let poor recordings stop you from making the most of it!