How to Transcribe Audio Files to Text

No matter if you are a student, a lecturer, or just a regular person, you have probably got yourself in the situation that there was a specific audio file you have had that needed to be transferred into the text. I know that when I was a student, we have had the recordings of the lessons and spent hours listening to them and manually transcribed each word into text. This was so troublesome that we would eventually pay someone to do this for us. Well, years passed by, and I have learned that this can be done in a more sophisticated way. Wanna know how? Stick with me and see for yourself.

Google Speech to Text

The giant of internet searches has so much more to offer than just that. Google is always the first thing that crosses our minds when it comes to any service, so why not this one? One of the things I was most impressed is that Google actually came up with this speech to text a while back and it is now, as the technology developed has increased in the number of languages that can be recognized and the quality of the text that is to be transcribed. It can recognize more than one hundred languages and the more you use it the better it becomes due to the AI technology that is capable of learning and improving. Pay attention that the Google service is free for up to one hour of an audio file and that there can be billing of the services at prices that are very reasonable.


This one offers services for free as a trial, so you may have a taste and decide if it fulfills your needs. It offers many options and it can go a transcription on both audio and video files. In addition to this, you can let the program do it, or do it manually. If you choose the automatic one, it will do it in a few minutes, giving you a finished product to work with. In addition to this, Transcribear is empowered by the AI technology that is prone to machine learning and improving the more it does. If the manual is chosen, this service offers a simple editor that will help you do this very fast and punctual. The thing I love about it is the level of data protection that can be found, so no leakage can occur; when it comes to the internet it is always better to be safe than sorry. The prices are very reasonable for the level of perfection and protection if offers. Be sure to check it out.


When doing research I have stumbled upon this one and it was a very nice surprise. It is all online and it as both assessors have AI technology that allows it to detect words and easily transcribe them to the text. The job is done in a few minutes, and depending on the file length and the pronunciation of the speaker will do the job more or less punctual. Since it learns as it works, the more you use it the better it becomes, since it can recognize different speakers and make adjustments accordingly. Of course, after a free trial, you can sign up for the usage of it, and there are several billing plans that can be used. The thing that we liked is the free trial since you can test it and see if it works for you or not.


By using AI enforced technology, this online service offers audio to text transcription as well as a few other interesting options, increasing the reach of it. It supports different formats of the audio files and it can be exported in .pdf or .docx format. It allows the users to have a bunch of up to three hundred seconds and you can even choose which parts you want to transcribe if you do not want the entire file to be used. Even though it is pretty fast and punctual, it only has a few languages available, and this is the only thing that we did not like about it. Everything else worked like a charm. So, if you are in search of a free option, that offers just a few language recognition, give this one a go.


By using sophisticated machine learning, this online service is capable of getting the job done in very short periods of time. You can give it a try for free, so you can see if it will suit your needs, and then have it priced depending on the service you need. The number of supported files that can be used by it is great, so you do not have to convert it in order to have it recognized by the software. In addition to this, the file types that text can be exported are vast, so there will not be a problem with this either. When it comes to the quality of the job done, it does need a super-fine audio recording in order to get the job done well, and still, it can make mistakes if the accents are present. This is something that we were not fond of, especially if we take the price into consideration. In addition to this, the security if pretty good, so this was an extra point for the Temi. All in all, we recommend you to give it a go, since the trial is free, and see if it compliments your needs.


As you can see, there are few services that are doing the speech and audio to text option, they all use AI and become better as they are used. The security of data is also good in all of them. What you need to pay attention to is the quality of the end product. All of them will bill the service after a free trial or if the file is longer than some specific time, so be aware of that as well. Depending on the language you need, you will choose the program of preference. Our advice is to check them out and pick the one that will completely fulfill your needs.

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