So you need to record an important interview on your phone. In this article you will find out how to achieve a great quality recording.
Why does it need to be of good quality?
Well first and foremost it will save you money. As a transcription company will charge you more for a poor recording.
Secondly, you want to capture the interview accurately.
For instance, if you are a student and need to do a research interview it is important to have a great quality recording.
This will result in a university transcription service producing a more accurate transcript of the interview.
Finally, if you follow our tips below it will help you to get the best audio recording possible.
Get Your Subject Close to Your Phone For a Great Quality Recording
Ensure the person you are interviewing is close to the recording device.
We quite often receive recordings where the device is obviously positioned closer to the person conducting the interview.
Subsequently, it is then difficult to hear the responses to the questions.
As it is the responses that are much more important in interviews it is vital they are captured clearly.
In addition, you are more likely to recognise your own voice, and/or be able to verify what you had said when going back over a transcript.
Furthermore you would usually have standard questions that you ask.
Choose a Quiet Area to Record
Now this is an obvious one but it’s important that you try to record in a location where there is no background noise OR in a location you know you won’t be interrupted.
We realise that this isn’t always possible but you will get charged more by a transcription company if the audio quality is poor.
So to save money and get a great quality recording then try to go somewhere quiet.
Cut Down Distortion To Achieve a Great Quality Recording
So you have no other choice than to record your interview in a noisy environment then what can you do to help cut down distortion?
You may find that too much noise enters the phone if you are in a noisy environment.
This may result in you getting a dull background fuzz that drowns out everything. This is because the phone will automatically try and reduce the gain to get a cleaner sound, but this just means that everything is reduced.
A simple trick to fix this is to put a small piece of scotch tape over your microphone. This reduces the amount of sound that is going into your phone and can produce a much better sound.
The microphone on my phone is near the bottom by the jack.
Use Airplane Mode For a Great Audio Recording
Turning your phone onto airplane mode might be obvious, but it is something that is missed by most people.
This will prevent you from receiving any notifications or other alerts on your phone that might impact on the sound recording.
This simple trick will prevent you from getting calls through and extra noises that might distort your audio.
Also, another good point would be to ask the person you are interviewing to also put their phone on airplane mode. This would make sure you don’t get any mobile interference on the interview recording.
Ensure there are no papers or items on the desk that someone may pick up and mess with. Also, if documents are required e.g. with interview questions on, then make sure they are not near the microphone on your phone.
Test it Out Before Your Interview
It’s important to test the device before starting your meeting. It would be advisable to test it in the area where you are going to do the interview.
If you follow these tips you can be assured of a great quality recording.
Note: It generally takes an expert transcriptionist between 3-4 times as long to transcribe an audio recording. For example, an hour transcript will usually take 4 hours to complete (after being thoroughly checked). For a novice it could take up to 6 hours or even longer.