MY NEW, LOWER, REVISED, EXCELLENT RATES FOR 2012: Bronze, Gold, or Platinum--Choose Your Level!

PLATINUM: Tier 1 (1 to 2 business days' turnaround) = $95 per audio hour, or $1.58 per audio minute. [This Tier is also for conference calls, medical transcription, or very difficult to hear audio.]

GOLD: Tier 2 (3-5 business days' turnaround) =$80 per audio hour, or $1.33 per audio minute. [This Tier is also for interviews with 2 interviewees or English as a second language audio files.]

BRONZE: Tier 3 (6-10 business day's turnaround) = $70 per audio hour, or $0.86 per audio minute [This Tier is also for well-recorded audio with one person talking or interview with one other person.] For proofing of voice recognition documents, please also use Bronze Level charges.
[A $10 bad audio fee will be charged for extremely difficult or inaudible mp3 files.]


Insider Tip Two: Always Make Sure Your Audio Is Top Quality

This area of dictation and recording audio or video is crucial for transcription. I have transcribed many audio files that were barely audible. The worst was some medical dictation in a room full of echoes and someone sneezing and coughing right into the microphone (perhaps the camera person?). I had to listen at full volume, and when the person sneezed or coughed into the mic, my hearing went dead for 15 to 20 minutes each time! I actually lost some of my hearing during the course of transcribing for those people, and that's not worth any amount of payment! Hearing is priceless.

To avoid audio problems, you need to check the following:

1. Do you have the best quality microphones that you can afford? It is worth the investment.

2. How close or far away are the people speaking from the mic? They need to be a comfortable distance away, and this needs to be tested several times in the actual venue before you begin your recording to make sure it's not too soft or too loud and distorted.

3. Turn off phones, alarms, radios, or any other electronic or noisemaking devices so they won't interrupt your recording or obscure the voices. You'd be surprised how many people try to talk over a ringing phone or a room full of people talking, laughing, or shouting.

4. Make sure you're talking slowly and articulately. If your recording is an interview, repeat what the interviewee said for the transcriptionist if you could tell they were mumbling or stumbling. This will help the transcriptionist tremendously.

5. If you're making a video recording, make sure you mic the people who are speaking up close. If the mic is on the video camera, then the loudest person will be the camera person--not always your intention! Using lapel microphones is very helpful in videoing a conference or group, and if you must, pass a microphone around and make sure the person is holding it before they start talking or until they are finished. A common tendency is to let the voice trail off at the end of a sentence, or be passing the mic to the next person while still finishing a sentence. Believe me, it's very difficult to transcribe what that person is saying if they do that.

6. If you're using Voice Recognition Software, the person dictating must have great English speaking skills and a large vocabulary. If they don't, you will get inferior documents full of grammatical mistakes as well as unintelligible words. Accents are a problem with VRS. I wouldn't recommend using this type of software. You will still have to pay a transcriptionist to proofread and edit your transcripts even after they are done. It's just not cost effective.

7. Lastly, just try to remember the transcriptionist when you're recording. Think about how easy or hard it is to hear what you're saying and adjust accordingly. Your transcriptionist will love you for this!


Insider Tip One: Voice Recognition Software versus Transcriptionists

What do hospitals, teleseminar hosts, songwriters, and e-book writers have in common? They all need their audio or video files to be transcribed into excellent documents. Which is better? Is it better to have an expensive voice recognition program that will automatically create documents from your dictation? Is it better to hire a live transcriptionist to transcribe your audio and proofread and edit as they go? That's the question we'll explore here.

I suppose you've heard a lot about voice recognition software, especially with companies like Google marketing Google Voice. There are a lot of people selling this type of software on the Web. The thing that they don't tell you in their sales pitch is, in order to get flawless documents from your dictation/audio is to speak perfectly, with perfect annunciation, perfect grammar, without false starts or "Um" or "You know" or "So..." and then you have to count on the software to work perfectly. The problem is, no dictator is perfect, and no voice recognition software is perfect. Thus, you end up with garbled unintelligible mush that you or someone else has to deal with. In the end, you would be much better off hiring a reasonably priced transcriptionist to transcribe your audio or video perfectly the first time. If you don't, you're paying for very expensive software that doesn't do the job completely, then paying for it to be gone over with a fine tooth comb by a paid transcriptionist for errors. That's just not a good use of your money or time. The answer? Hire a freelance transcriptionist to work for you who has your best interests in mind and who is willing to follow your document needs to the letter. You don't have to use a large corporate transcription service. They're too impersonal and deal with such a large volume of documents that you get lost in the shuffle. Find an IC at home transcriptionist who will work for you personally and be your personal transcriptionist. They aim to please, and you will be delighted at the great quality of work they turn out in record time!

For six other "Insider Tips" see the article below.


Getting Great Documents from Your Audio or Videos: Seven Insider Tips

1. Don't bother with voice recognition software. You will have to have someone proofread and edit your transcript heavily afterwards anyway. Get an affordable speedy transcriptionist instead right from the start. You'll save money in the long run.

2. Make sure your audio is clear, free of static and background noise, and that the person(s) speaking is being as articulate as possible. Using a good quality microphone is key. Also testing your audio equipment in the same environment in which you will be using it first will save you a lot of headaches later.

3. Remember who your target audience is and stay on topic. Try to remember that you are being recorded and omit the types of verbal trackbacks that you use when talking casually. Write things down if it helps.

4. Don't record more than 30 minutes at a time--it will be too cumbersome a document to read otherwise, unless you plan to create several chapters in an e-book or it is part of a larger body of work.

5. If your audio/video is a webinar or teleseminar, make sure you clearly identify each caller and spell their names for your transcriptionist ahead of time.

6. Find a transcriptionist with whom you can relate to well personally and who is willing to transcribe your transcripts just the way you like them done. There are disagreeable and agreeable transcriptionists. Shoot for the latter!

7. Make sure your transcription service is US-based (no outsourcing--it's just not worth the potential savings), affordable, quick, and uses English accurately.

I will expand upon each of these seven tips individually in my next article.


New Editing and Proofreading Pricing

Do you need some editing done on a book, an e-book, a website, a term paper, or thesis? You've come to the right place! How much do I charge for such services? Here are my very affordable prices:

  • For heaving editing = $3 per page (1 1/2 to double-spaced). For single-spaced, it would be $4.
  • For light editing and/or proofreading = $1.50 per page (for 1 1/2 to double-spaced). For single-spaced, it would be $2.
Contact me at or leave a comment on this blog after this article. I will be in touch.


Transcriptionist for Hire

  • Are you looking for someone to transcribe your audio or video files?
  • Perhaps you need someone to proofread your latest book or e-book.
  • Maybe you've gotten some comments on your website stating that you have lots of spelling errors or poor grammar.
  • Maybe you own a general or medical transcription company and are looking for independent contractors to work for you.
If you said, "Yes!" to any of the above, then you've landed at the right place. It would be a pleasure to work for you and make your products more appealing, more marketable, and more gramatically correct.

Check out "A Bit About Me" for my qualifications, and feel free to ask me any questions you have.


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1. Read about the author to the right, and check out the photos of our family.
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4. Read about what transcribing is all about (see Posts).
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There. Now you know some of the things you can do on this blog. What do you say?


What in the World Is Transcription?

Some of you may not have heard of the term or are just dropping by for a look. Here is a quick explanation of transcription:
  • Typing dictation from audio files (MP3 or WAV usually) using a pedal and transcription playback software on the computer.
  • Some transcription is verbatim--typed exactly as dictated. Usually this is done with medical transcription as it is very exact.
  • Other transcription of internet calls, teleseminars, webinars, or similar conferences need more editing to get rid of exterraneous words like "um," "So...," "Well...," etc.
  • Some transcription is still done by typing from a tape, although today usually digital recordings are used.
  • Everything is transferred over the Internet: Audio files, study guides, and the final transcript is usually emailed to the client.
  • Transcription involves checking grammar, substituting better word choices for the speaker or writer, sometimes rearranging sentences so they flow better, fixing punctuation, etc.
  • Proofreading involves checking grammar, checking punctuation, making suggestions to the author of alternative ways to say something that sound better, etc. These are usually gone over more than once, depending upon the exacting nature of the author (I once heard that C.S. Lewis never wanted any editing done on his manuscripts--some people can do that).
Now that you know a little bit about what transcriptionists do, check out the articles below on pricing, our limited time discount, as well as blog posts on how to treat clients and how to fix audio problems in your recorded material.


I Can Turn Your Transcripts into Excellent...

...Articles – These could be for your website--they're one of the best free ways to get loads of visitors to your site. They can also be used as freebies for your opt-in list.

...E-Courses – Build trusting relationships with your email subscribers with a multi-part series of emails on specific topics. They'll be impressed by your excellent grammar and punctuation--a rarity these days online!

...Blog PostsBlogs are incredibly easy, powerful, and routinely scoured and selected by the search engines. A one hour teleseminar or webinar can easily turn into several blog posts.

...E-Books – Do you have an existing manuscript or a collection of articles? They can be made into an e-book and used very profitably on your website.

...PowerPoint Slide Shows – Just narrate over your slides and get huge exposure on video sharing sites or turn your narration into hard copy documents for your websites.

Legitimate clients may contact me for more information or to set up a schedule for your transcription at:


We Do Medical Transcription

Triple-A Transcription has created a medical transcription 

service designed for its clients in the medical field whose subject matter necessitates specialized knowledge. We provide medical transcription for pharmaceutical firms, medical meeting planners, and Continuing Medical Education organizations with verbatim medical transcripts and summaries for external and internal communications and publishing.
 medical transcriptionists are specialized, with extensive medical backgrounds. Whether you are holding an advisory board meeting, roundtable discussion, lecture, symposium, or panel discussion, we can document your event in our medical transcripts.
Triple-A Transcription also offers medical reports and summaries

Ask for an estimate 
for our medical transcription service.  We will get back to you within 24 hours.
Want to get the best possible quality of audio recording?  See the article above on audio recording.

Tips for Getting Better Audio Recordings

Poor transcription is often the result of bad recording. I recently transcribed a teleseminar where I could hear the guest fine, but the interviewer was so staticy that I could barely hear him.  Not only was this irritating, but I actually was not able to transcribe some of the things he said.

It doesn't have to be that way.  Below are four simple suggestions for improving the quality of your recordings and, consequently, the quality of your transcripts.

1.  The recorder or microphone should be as close to the speaker as possible

For presentations, tape directly off the microphone. Usually, if you explain to the A/V technician that you want an audio tape of the presentation, they will make one for you. For an interview, place the recorder closer to the person you are interviewing than to yourself. For a group discussion, a roundtable or a focus group, use an “omni-directional” microphone. Inexpensive ones are available at Radio Shack or similar stores.

2.  Keep the background noise down

Tape your interview in a quiet place. Restaurants are never quiet enough. Cars, other people, coughs, and paper shuffling will always be louder than you and your subject, even in a small group. Give your speaker a lapel microphone.

3.  Make good equipment choices

Use standard size cassettes whenever possible. They provide better quality and durability. Check your batteries. If you don't know how old they are, replace them. Turn off voice activation. Set the recorder on standard speed, not slow speed (most micro-cassette recorders have two speeds). Buy a telephone record coupler that connects between the phone and handset to tape directly from the phone instead of recording from the speakerphone. Last, if you record on a regular basis, invest in a good quality recorder and microphone. A couple of hundred dollars invested in equipment will save you thousands of dollars in transcription costs and improve the quality of your transcripts.

4.  Facilitate the recording

Announce and spell the names of subjects at the beginning of the recording. If it is important that individuals in a 2- or 3-person group be identified in the transcript, please have them identify themselves at the beginning of the session. Note that more than three people in a discussion are usually impossible to identify on an audiotape. If you want us to match a name with a voice, they must identify themselves every time they speak. Give us a terminology list whenever possible; any document or PowerPoint presentation will help. Last but not least, test the recording. Stop and listen after a few minutes of conversation to make sure everything is working properly and the most important voices can be heard clearly.

from PASS (Professional Association of Secretarial Services)

Verbatim or Edited Summary?

If you're having a hard time deciding which type of transcript you will need, here are some helpful hints.

You need verbatim transcription if: 
·         every word matters (depositions, focus groups, etc.);
·         for statutory reasons, you need to keep a legal record;
·         you want a record with which to edit audio or video (timecoding).

You need a summary or edited report if: 

·         you want to give your readers a better-presented, more efficient document that does not include all of the unnecessary information;
·         you have no time to edit a transcript yourself;
·         you want to increase the impact of your meeting or event. 

No matter what document you choose, we can work from all types of audio files (digital or on CD).   We can tailor your project according to your needs.  Please be sure to ask for an estimate for your particular job and let us know your specifications (if any).  We will get back to you within 24 hours.  

In These Days of Internet Marketing, One Just Can't Do It Right without Transcribed Hardcopies!

Are you in that classification?  Are you an internet marketer, a salesperson, a CEO, a seminar and conference speaker, a podcaster, or a preacher?  I'm sure you've found that you really can't do without excellently transcribed copies of your audio or video productions.  

You need hardcopies for those who couldn't attend, for freebies on your website, for a book that's in the works, or just for your own records.  That's what Triple-A Transcription is here for!  We transcribe your audio or video files with Accuracy, Alacrity, and Amiability.

Perhaps you have manuscripts already typed which are in need of proofreading or editing or both.  We do that too!  Check out our great prices and quick turnaround time, and send those projects on over.  We'll be happy to help your business succeed!



What about it?  Can voice recognition software do the job?  

From my experience, it doesn't.  Here are some of the reasons:

  • It is very expensive to start with
  • People speak differently than they write
  • It often can't understand foreign accents
  • It transcribes verbatim, which is just not up to par
  • You still need a transcriptionist in the end to proofread and edit what the VoiP has delivered
My transcription service is inexpensive, quick, and accurate. I'm an independent contractor so you don't have to deal with a lot of red-tape. Just let me know what you need and I aim to please.

Listen to what someone Tweeted on Twitter about the inferiority of Dictation Software to live transcriptionists:

"One of our medical transcription Virtual Professionals has discovered Voice recognition is incorrect. Proofing costs more than physical transcription."  Friday, 12 December 2008, 7:33 am

Really, now! I couldn't have said it better myself!

The problem with voice recognition software is that no one talks perfectly when they record audio files unless they're working from a well-written script. If you're doing an internet call-in program, teleseminar, or webinar, there will be a lot of "false leads," "ums," "So uh," "like, yeah, like," etc. in casual interviews. If you're using voice recognition software, it will transcribe all that useless talk verbatim and your transcript will end up being very hard to read and quite confusing.

Even in medical transcription where many hospitals use voice recognition dictation software, they have to have professional MT's proofread and edit heavily when the virtual transcription is done because parts of the body, medications, and procedures are mispronounced (and even misspelled--I know, I've done 600+ actual doctor dictations when training to be an MT) by doctors or nurses dictating at the end of a long tiring day. That just adds up to way too much money, especially if you own your own small business.

The solution is to hire someone like me to do the transcribing, editing, correction of grammar and punctuation, and final proofing in one fell swoop. You sure can't beat the price! (
See prices below and special limited-time half-off offer above.)

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