Interview transcription needs to be accurate and the quality of the transcripts has a direct bearing on the quality of the recordings. The following advice is gained from talking with our clients, who have produced fantastic recordings, which has resulted in interview transcription that has been of superior quality. We trust the following will help you in getting the best recordings and as a result, the best transcripts from us.
For one to one interviews, we recommend that you use a table top microphone. The one we recommend cuts out background noise and if you have an additional person sitting in that makes additional comments but isn't part of the interview as such, their comments will be picked up by this sort of microphone. Please be aware, however, that with table top microphones the table is used as part of the resonator so keeping things off the table is important (e.g. don't let the person sit there stirring their coffee when interviewing!) The added advantage of getting this equipment is that it can be used for multi voiced (focus group) interviews.
We recommend the following:
A table top microphone (click here to view)
The Olympus WS-100 digital recorder (click here to view)
Types of sound files
The quickest way to get your audio to us is via our secure file transfer system, which means you should ideally record in digital format. These file sizes can be small or large depending what format you use. We are happy to receive .wav recordings but you should be aware that these are large files and can take a long time to transfer from your computer to ours. We would therefore advise you to choose either .dss, .wma, .mp3, .msv or .dvf files as these are smaller than standard .wav files. The above equipment works with MAC computers as well as PCs and produces WMA sound files. If you are using an alternative recording device please double check with the manufacturer that the splitter and lapel microphones will work with your model.
We do, of course, accept standard cassette tapes and mini discs and the above microphones and splitter is also recommended.
If you decide to use a standard tape recorder we recommend the Sony TCM-200DV (click here to view)