• Alexandre Duffaut

How do you convert audio to text?

Updated: Jul 20

Whether you are a student, a journalist, a researcher, a lawyer or a doctor, you have probably found yourself in a situation where you needed a quick transcript of your conversation.

The most common way to transcribe an audio recording into text is to listen to it and write down what you hear at the same time. This method requires a lot of time and concentration: a 20-minute recording can take several hours of work, not to mention the mistakes and the time needed to proofread it.

So, to convert your audios into text, we have chosen two options:

- The first is to convert audio into text manually

- The second will require the use of transcription software

This article will give you a better understanding of the advantages of automatic transcription over manual transcription, especially for those who frequently need quick transcriptions of their exchanges.

Enjoy reading!

Converting audio into text manually

This first solution has many advantages and disadvantages.

If it is done by you or someone you choose, you will have more confidence in the quality of the transcription. In addition, this option will be much less expensive, especially if you transcribe yourself.


However, this solution will require a particularly large investment of time. If you are a journalist, the time spent on transcription could be crucial: you cannot afford to spend several hours transcribing your interviews.

In addition, excellent organisation and thoroughness are required to produce good transcripts manually. Folders and files must be perfectly organised and identifiable so that you do not waste any more time searching for them. Care should also be taken to ensure that language tics or hesitations such as "uh" or "so" are included in the transcription. These interruptions often interfere with the speech and the transcription, but it is necessary to specify this because it can always save time.

As you can see, you will need to be patient and concentrated when transcribing your audio recordings, especially if they last several minutes and have several participants. Beforehand, remember to make a recording in the best possible conditions to facilitate the transcription work. Also, make sure that the person who will be in charge of the transcription has all the information he or she may need, such as a good understanding of the topics discussed during the recording, the spelling of proper names or other words related to a specific vocabulary (a glossary could be provided), as well as the names of the participants and their numbers.


Discover Noota, our automatic transcription platform

With Noota, you no longer have to waste time or delegate the task of transcription.

Thanks to our artificial intelligence specialised in voice recognition, we can guarantee you a reliable transcription in just a few minutes for a recording lasting several hours!


To start transcribing a recording, simply import it directly into our automatic transcription platform. You then need to enter the language in which the recording was made, the number of participants, the form you wish to give to your transcription and finally the field of activity concerned. In a few minutes, we will transcribe your recording and you will be notified by email as soon as the result is available.

To perfect your transcription, you can always change a few things during the proofreading process. Our audio-to-text editor allows you to make corrections simply and easily by clicking on the word you wish to change.

As soon as the file looks good, you can export it in the format of your choice and share it with your colleagues.

Afterwards, if you wish to retrieve your transcript, it will always be available in your account on our platform. Conversely, if you wish to delete it, you can do so: it will then disappear completely from our platform.


If you need help, please contact us! We will be happy to provide you with help and advice to make your experience with Noota even smoother.

With Noota, you can be sure of the quality of your transcription and the speed with which it is done!

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