Answered By: Ryan Clement
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2017     Views: 8

While the Middlebury College Libraries do not currently own any particular transcription service program, one option users can explore is "Voice Typing" in Google Docs.

  1. After opening Google Docs from a Chrome browser (this will not work in any other browser, for example, Firefox), go to "Tools” and select “Voice Typing."
  2. Click the microphone button that shows up on the left-hand side of your screen.
    microphone button with red arrow pointing towards it
  3. Play the recorded audio files directly into the computer's microphone by using a phone or recorder to play back the audio.
  4. Expect some errors in the transcribed text and review the transcription upon its completion or correct it during the transcription process.

One of the best (i.e. most accurate voice recognition) commercial  software options is Dragon, which requires users to "train" the software to their voices and is therefore not useful when trying to transcribe multiple voices. This is one of the reasons the library does not currently own a software such as this one.