[Air-L] voice recognition software for interview transcription?

FILIPPO TREVISAN f.trevisan.1 at research.gla.ac.uk
Fri Jun 24 12:41:16 PDT 2011

Thank you - sounds like an interesting DIY solution to a problem that most of us seem to share... I am indeed considering paying a transcription service to do the work but having to operate within the restricted budget of a PhD I thought I would try this list first since a lot of useful suggestions have come through it before.

keep them coming! wishing all a good weekend,

From: Peaslee, Robert [robert.peaslee at ttu.edu]
Sent: 24 June 2011 15:11
To: FILIPPO TREVISAN; air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: Re: [Air-L] voice recognition software for interview transcription?

Hi Filippo, et al...

I have heard tell of folks who listen to their interviews in one ear and then speak them verbatim - more or less in real time - into a software like Dragon Naturally Speaking (which as I understand it is only useful if you want to use your own voice). Word is that this allows you transcribe a 90-minute interview in something like 2-3 hours, rather than 5 or 6.

I have never, however, actually met any of these people, I haven't tried it myself, and I would imagine that it takes as much getting accustomed to as does any other skill.

Best of luck,
Robert Moses Peaslee, Ph.D.
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Texas Tech University

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On 6/24/11 12:02 PM, "FILIPPO TREVISAN" <f.trevisan.1 at research.gla.ac.uk> wrote:

Dear AoIR-ers,

I'm currently transcribing interview recordings for my PhD and I was looking at voice recognition software as a possible way to speed up the process. however, I have struggled to find a piece of software that is reliable enough to do the job and was wondering whether any of you could recommend one?

many thanks in anticipation. best,


Filippo Trevisan
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