Audio Transcription



Translating – if it's not done right – can be a risky business.

As well as words that have multiple meanings, there are also cultural connotations with certain phrases that can have an adverse effect on the message you're trying to communicate. Similarly, there's the risk that your intended meaning will be lost if you attempt to directly translate from one language to another, as the task is rarely a simple case of swapping words from the mother tongue into its target equivalent, or vice-versa. Read More

Audio Transcription

Rosetta Translation offers a fast and professional audio transcription service; converting a spoken language source into a written format. After reviewing your recording, we will appoint transcriptionists specializing in the required subject matter to type out literally, word-for-word, what is being spoken. We can also subsequently translate your transcript.

Good quality sound files provide the best basis for a good transcription. Electronic files are preferred since they provide the quickest and easiest formats to work with. They can also be uploaded securely to our website. Alternatively, Rosetta Translation can also offer a transcription service for the following formats: mini, micro and standard cassettes, mini discs, CDs and DVDs. Please note that if sending recordings through the post we recommend that you use either Special or Recorded Delivery, so that you can track delivery.

All transcriptions undergo a two-stage process at Rosetta. Each recording is transcribed by an experienced transcriptionist and then checked by a second linguist for accuracy and completeness. If any words, phrases or spellings are unclear, these will be [placed within square brackets], to indicate that this passage requires client verification.

Your completed transcripts will then be returned via email, CD or hard copy within the agreed deadline and in accordance with your instructions. For example, you may choose at the start whether you would like to have a verbatim or standard transcription.

For an additional charge, detailed time coding can also be inserted to mark each change of speaker.

Many factors can affect the time taken to transcribe recordings. Prices will be quoted for each individual project and will vary depending on content, number of speakers, rate of speech, whether any layering of speech is present, accents, background noise and quality of recording. We reserve the right to review our quotation should this differ dramatically from the information provided, or should the recording be unclear.

Please complete our online request form to receive a free quotation or email for more information.