Jane cut her teeth in audio-typing working for a chartered surveyor and moved into transcribing interviews by working on covert recordings for a solicitor – she argues that audiotyping and transcription is not a dying art in these days of speech to text, rather it is a developing one.
In all honesty, if you can touch type and can access the appropriate software, Jane would encourage academics to transcribe their own work where time allows – it helps with initial analysis and helps you with the basic ‘geography’ of the material… but who has the time? Audiotyping files are accepted in MP3, MP4 and WAV files, with a typing rate of 4 minutes to 1 minute of tape – so a 1 hour tape is going to cost £140 (4 hours at £35 per hour).
Academic transcription is a specialist sub-division of transcription work, which not all audio-typists should tackle. Jane will ask you questions about how you want your work presented, whether you are using analysis software and requested approaches to over-speaking when she takes on your work. Transcription and audio-typing work can normally be returned within the week, but arrangements can be made for short deadlines and ongoing work over a series of interviews.