How to Transfer Audio to Text

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How to Transfer Audio to Text
Speech-to-text software makes it easy to get spoken words onto paper. (A beautiful friendly secretary/telephone operator. image by Andy Dean from

In years past, transcribing audio to text was a cumbersome process that involved playing, stopping and pausing a tape machine while typing. Thanks to technology, programs like Wave to Text and NaturallySpeaking have made it easy to change spoken words and WAV files into text documents--and you still have the option of hiring a transcription service.

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Things you need

  • Speech-to-text software
  • PC microphone or headset

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    Buy and install the appropriate software. If you want to read into a microphone and have it turned into text almost instantly, try conversion software such as NaturallySpeaking. If you also want to be able to convert WAV files into text, try Wave to Text.

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    Plug a standard or USB microphone into your computer's "Line In" jack or locate the audio file you'd like to turn into text. If you'll be reading into a mike, clear your throat and take a breath.

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    Open the software. Both programs have dictation pads that will "type" into documents as you speak. Read slowly and clearly into the microphone. Consult each program's instructions about voice commands.

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    Press "Stop" when you're finished. You'll have both a WAV file and a text file.

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    Choose an audio-to-text transcription service such as TranscriptionStar.

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    Send them audio files in either digital (MP3, WAV) or analogue (VHS, cassette) format.

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    Agree on a price and deadline; wait for your files.

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