How to Choose a Recorder for a Research Interview Transcription

Why do you need research interview transcription?

Research Interview TranscriptionConducting research will often meaning gathering data through structured or even unstructured interviews. Recording interviews is very simple and allows you to fully concentrate on exactly what is being said and to interact fully with the subject rather than worrying about the notes that you would otherwise have to take. The only issue is that recordings are not very easy to analyze once you have finished the interviews. You need to be able to scan through what was said to find common themes, group together data and so forth. This requires a written copy of what was said so you will need a research interview and focus group transcription.

Make transcribing interviews easier by making a quality recording

Many of the issues that arise when transcribing the audio from an interview are caused by the quality of the audio itself. These can arise due to how you have conducted the interview and also due to the actual device that you have chosen. The following tips and hints will run through the best options to help ensure that you get the very best sound quality from your interview:

  • While most modern devices such as cell phones, tablets and laptops are capable of recording sound they use compressed audio files that reduce the quality of the audio. It is always best to use a dedicated digital recorder that provides recording in Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) or Pulse Code Modulated audio (PCM) which are uncompressed and will provide you with a very high quality digital audio recording
  • Make sure that the device you use has sufficient memory, devices with built in memory should have the facility to use digital memory cards which are easily purchased and provide almost unlimited recording capacity
  • Ensure that your device is fully charged and that you have the right charger and batteries to hand in case they are required
  • Make sure that your device has a microphone jack; most use a 3.5mm jack and this will enable you to use a microphone for better sound quality
  • Position the microphone for best sound quality; too close and sound could be distorted, too far and background noise could become an issue
  • Choose the right microphone; directional microphones are better for one on one interviews while omni-directional microphones can capture sound from different directions
  • Test your recording before you start to ensure that the quality if correct
  • Observe good interviewing and recording etiquette; avoid talking over the subject, mumbling, and talking away from the microphone

Following these tips for research interview recording will help significantly with regards to your research interview transcription.

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