Express Scribe Transcription Playback Software

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Transcription from spoken words to written text can be challenging. If you're listening to somebody talk R-E-A-L-L-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y, it's not so hard, but if you're listing to someone speak at a normal tempo, or if they're using any kind of specialized or technical vocabulary, you may never be able to keep up with them. One solution is to record the speaking, and play it back as you type, but it's still likely to be faster than what you can keep up with. You need the digital equivalent of the old Dictaphone, a machine that let you play back recorded speech, with a foot pedal to start and stop that playback, as you try to type and keep up with the text.

Express Scribe is one such solution. Install this free app on your computer, and now you'll have a much easier time doing transcriptions. Not only can you play back the recorded voice track, but you can also vary the speed of speech, while keeping a constant pitch. That means that the speech will be slower, but not all distorted, as you listen to it. That helps you to increase the accuracy of your transcriptions. Use hot keys on your keyboard to play, rewind, and fast-forward through speech, so that you can play a tricky passage several times to make sure you're getting it just right. Purchasing an optional foot pedal can make things even easier.

Express Scribe is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows systems. It works with most audio file formats, including WAV, MP3, and AIFF.

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One Response to “Express Scribe Transcription Playback Software”

  1. Liam K. says:

    Too bad it doesn’t transcribe for you. That would be cool 🙂