How To Find The Best Audio Conversion Tool

Audio Converter
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There are several reasons of why you might need a good audio converter. Extracting audio from a video or turning a written text into audio are just two examples. Oftentimes, it’s simply because you have your music stored in a file format that your playing device or software does not recognize.

In these cases, you need a trusty audio converter that makes you you are getting exactly the file you need!

There are several programs you can download to your computer to convert audio files, as well as some few online services that offer audio conversion as well. To find the best one for your needs, we have gathered what you should take into consideration when choosing your methods and service of choice.

 

Find The Best Audio Converter For Your Purpose

The following questions should be taken into consideration before you install anything on your computer or before you take the time to add an app to your phone for a simple audio file conversion.

Many conversion programs, services and apps offer relatively similar features and mechanics. This means that the perfect one for you is out there as well! In order to find it, check each program and tool for its features and how they can meet your needs.

 

What audio files are supported?

There are many different audio formats out there. They all come with different specifications and serve different purposes. If you want to find out which format would be the best one for you, check out our blog post about which audio format to use.

Not all audio formats are supported by all audio converters. If you have an exotic file that is lesser known or common, it might be that some programs are not able to convert it. Likewise, you have to check what formats your file can be converted to. Some software only allow conversion to MP3. This is, of course, of no use when you need a lossless format like FLAC.

 

How efficient is the audio converter?

Most of the time, it’s not easy to say if something is efficient before you actually tried it. Yet, of course you want the best and most efficient tool for yourself. But do you want to go through several programs before you find it? Surely not. Thankfully, there are some clues to look for.

It’s safe to assume that the best developed and thus possibly also most efficient tool comes with many and unique features. An app or software program that can be used for a number of purposes instead of one is in the most cases more reliable and thus more competent.

 

How easy is the tool to use?

If you need a couple of audio files converted, you don’t want to spend hours on trying to find out how the program works, right? Of course you don’t. And why should you.

It’s normal that programs that offer more functions than just a simple conversion take a bit longer to understand, yet the simplicity of usage should be taken into consideration as well if you are choosing an audio converter program. Choose a program with clear instructions and an easy-to-follow workflow.

 

Any special system requirements?

An audio conversion program can be as good as it wants to be, if you are not able to use it on your device of choice, it’s worth nothing. Thus, the system requirements of the software is important.

Many program downloads are offered as versions for both Windows and Apple Mac. Likewise, you can find compatible audio converters in the app stores for Android and iOS. Yet, that’s not where it ends. Make sure to check thoroughly what the program you are about to download needs to run smoothly on your device. Otherwise, you lose a lot time and nerves on downloading, installing, de-installing and searching anew.

 

How much does an audio conversion cost me?

Of course, the price of a program is something many of us have an eye on. It’s normal that paid programs offer more than free downloads can. Value comes with a price. However, it is your decision if you need a professional tool with additional and maybe even exclusive features… Or if a simple converter is enough for you.

 

Why Online-Convert.com Is The Perfect Choice

Now that you read through the considerations above, have a look at why online-convert.com provides the perfect audio conversion tool for you:

Format support: All well-known and many lesser known file formats are supported. This means you can convert almost all audio files to the most used ones: AAC, AIFF, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, OPUS, WAV and WMA. If you want to check whether you can convert your file, check out the online-convert.com search.

Efficiency: A high number of users speaks for itself, however the optional settings you get in addition to a simple audio conversion may be even more convincing. Online-convert.com allows you to change different settings in your conversion. Furthermore, different conversions for images, videos, documents and more are also available. Thus, online-convert.com can offer a feature that sets it apart from other conversion tools: cross conversion, where you can convert files across different file types as well! Read more about cross conversion here.

Simplicity: You will take some time until you find a tool that is easier to handle. All you have to do is choose the output format, upload your file and click on convert. Yes, that’s it!

System requirements: The convenient thing about online-convert.com is that you don’t need to download or install anything. This means that it doesn’t matter whether you are using it from a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone. All you need is a stable internet connection to use the audio converter. This is as easy as it gets.

Price: How much does an audio conversion cost? Nothing – as long as your file is under 100 MB. You can use online-convert.com completely for free for smaller files. For a little fee, you can convert bigger files as well, yet the free service already provides you the possibility to test if the service is what you are looking for. You don’t have to pay before you couldn’t convince yourself about the worth of the service.

How To Save WhatsApp Voice Messages

Whatsapp-iconOn February 1st 2016, WhatsApp announced that 1 billion people were using the WhatsApp messenger service– and the numbers are still rising. This makes WhatsApp, without a doubt, the most used messaging service available for mobile phones today.

According to this statistic, approximately 30 billion messages are sent via WhatsApp daily, with 700 million of those being photos, 200 million being voice messages and 100 million being video messages.

 

While images and videos are oftentimes automatically stored on your device or can easily be downloaded from the WhatsApp messenger, voice messages aren’t as easy to preserve. Luckily, there is a quick and easy way to save those messages as MP3s!

 

Save Voice Massages As MP3 Files

What you need:

  • Your phone with WhatsApp installed
  • (A computer or laptop)
  • (Google Drive)
  • An MP3 Converter

 

What’s a Voice Message?

Many different files can be sent via WhatsApp, including images, videos and audio files. When it comes to audio, there is a difference, however. You can, on one hand, send music or other stored audio files to your contacts. On the other hand, you can record a voice message directly via WhatsApp and send it.

The latter is what we know as voice messages. They are recorded using the microphone button inside the application.

 

Locate your voice messages on your device

On Android devices, you can access voice messages sent over WhatsApp in the following folder:

WhatsApp/Media/WhatsApp Voice Notes/

Depending on your phone, this folder is located in your internal storage or on an SD card you’re using.

 

On iOS devices, WhatsApp voice messages aren’t stored separately. You save or send them to you in a different way. In this video, it’s explained how to send the voice message to yourself via e-mail. If you have Google Drive installed on your iPhone, you can also save the voice note on this cloud service.

 

When downloading the voice message file to your computer, it may appear as a simple audio file or with the OPUS ending. No matter which version you get, you can use both for the next step.

 

Convert voice messages to MP3

Once you know where you can find the voice messages, it’s easy to turn them into MP3 files. Go to http://audio.online-convert.com/convert-to-mp3 and upload your file.

There are several possibilities to do this.

  • On Android, you can directly go to the link above in a browser and upload the file from the folder mentioned above.
  • On an iPhone, depending on how you have received your file, you may have to go to a computer to grab your file from an e-mail you sent.
  • In both cases, you can select your file from Google Drive which is an option on both Android and iOS to send your voice message to.

Convert To MP3

If you want to, you can use the optional settings to enhance the voice message, but if you are happy with it as it is, simply click on “Convert file”.

After a short time, you will be able to download the converted MP3 file of your WhatsApp voice message. And that’s it! Simple, wasn’t it? And completely for free as well!

 

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Post-Editing Of Recordings

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It’s common practice for reporters, journalists and interviewers to not only take notes, but to record auditory reminders as well. Speeches, press conferences, interviews or even the perfect formulation or thought that has to be quickly saved for the writing process that follows later – they all are best and most easily preserved by making a recording of the audio in question.

In this article, we want to talk about the benefits of producing auditory notes on top of hand-written ones and how Online-Convert.com can help you to get the best out of them!

 

Produce Audio Recordings

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As a reporter or journalist, you are oftentimes sent to different places and events to report about the occurrences. Especially if you are sent out to report about a press conference, a debate or to conduct an interview, it’s highly advised to bring more than pen and notebook.

Handwritten notes are still a great way to remember core details or even already sketch a rough structure for your article. However, many information can get lost when you rely on writing down the “most important” things only. If you plan on quoting someone, and in case of all interviews, it is inevitable for you to have a copy of what exactly had been said by the person in question!

Even if you do your usual research for one or, more likely, more articles, it’s advised to always carry a tool that allows you to record a thought. Why? Because sometimes it is simply impossible to bring your thoughts onto the paper fast enough. Later, when you write, it’s gone, out of context or you can not decipher your writing anymore because you hastily scribbled the thought on the back of a receipt while on the train.

 

Audio recordings prevent that you forget anything. A recording remembers things for you, not only roughly, but exactly how it had been said either by you, a speaker or your interview partner. That way, statements and quotes can be written down correctly and your trail of thought can be followed over various recordings.

In these times, producing such a recording is as easy as never before. You don’t need a microphone or a dictaphone. All you need is your smartphone. Many if not all have a build-in speech recording application that allows you to record every auditory clue.

 

Edit Audio Recordings

Depending on the recording device used, the produced audio files should or have to be edited before you can dive right into the writing process though. There are different problems you could encounter:

  • Ambient noise
  • Recording is too silent
  • Obscure file formats

 

The first two issues can, in most cases, be dealt with by increasing the volume of the file or slowing down the recording in order to understand the speakers better. Free audio editing software like audacity allows you to manipulate and edit audio recordings to your liking. That way, you can make the adjustments you need to draw information even from rather bad or low quality recordings.

 

OC_MP3ConverterWhile most dictating devices should produce one of the more common audio file formats like MP3 or FLAC, some record audio using a completely different format. Or maybe you even recorded a video instead of pure audio to be able to talk about gestures and behavior of a speaker at a debate as well. Unfortunately, such files are often not supported by software like audacity or other media players.

In these cases, you can rely on an audio converter that can convert your file into a proper MP3 or WAV file that can be played by the Windows Media Player, iTunes or programs like audacity. Thus, if your phone or recorder produces AU, AMR, OMA or RA files, you can still use them after converting them into, e.g., MP3!

 

How To Convert Video To MP3

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Do you know this feeling? You heard a great piece of music in a video and you are dying to put it onto your phone, MP3-Player or into iTunes.

Good thing that ripping the audio data from a video can be done within minutes!

 

In this tutorial, we tell you how to get music or other audio tracks from a video with ease and in no time!

 

Video To MP3

For our tutorial, we decided to take a video from Videezy.com user Shawn. If you want to test for yourself, you can download the video as well (it’s free and saved in the MOV format), or even paste the link directly into the URL input field of the converter: Acoustic Guitar Player In Studio

 

1. Choose Your Converter

As a first step, you have to decide which audio converter you want to use. There are many different audio formats to choose from, like AIFF, FLAC, WAV or the popular MP3 format.

We decided to use the MP3 converter.

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2. Upload Your Video Or Enter A Link

Once you have chosen your converter, choose the upload method fitting for your video. You can either upload it from your hard drive, enter a URL (YouTube is not supported) or choose a video stored in your Google Drive or Dropbox folders.

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3. Set Optional Settings

If you’re more experienced with audio files, you can set one or more of the optional settings. They allow you to change the bitrate or sampling rate, as well as to normalize your audio file.

The function of trimming your audio will be discussed further down. Check it out, this is a very useful tool!

 

4. Start The Conversion

Once you uploaded your file and set all options you need or want, it’s time to start the conversion. Simply click on “Convert File” and our service does the rest!

 

5. MP3 is downloaded

Depending on how big your video is, the upload and conversion may take a bit. A progress bar will show you the progress of the upload, and if you don’t want to wait for the result, you can always store the link and check again later (within 24 hours!) or get an e-mail sent to you (available with a free account).

Once the conversion is done, your music file is automatically (depending on the browser) downloaded.

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Cool Features Of An Online Video To Audio Program

As mentioned before, there is a great optional feature you can use when converting your video file to audio: Trim Audio.

This option allows you to cut chunks from the beginning or end from a video so they don’t appear in your audio file. Why is this such a great feature? Because some videos containing music are longer, having an intro or long outro. With the trim audio function, you can get rid of these parts and download the “essence of the audio” so to speak.

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This is a follow-up tutorial of Rip audio from a video clip, the easy way.

 

How To Choose A Good File Converter

Online File ConversionWhile there are very many file converters out there, finding the perfect one for you file conversion needs can at times prove to be a daunting task. There are many views as to what makes a great converter different from the rest and here is my two cents on the matter:

Online or Offline

By offline, I mean the normal software programs that need to be installed on your computer before they can be used. While these types of converters were popular a decade or 2 back, you can agree with me that they are slowly being phased out by their online cousins.

Online converters provide an easier solution to anyone’s conversion needs. The best part about it that they do not need any installation. From here onwards when I say converters I will be referring to online converters.

Free or Paid

While there are a few good online file converters that will require a subscription to access all features, you can definitely find a much better alternative that provides free online file conversion. There’s no need to spend money on a product that you can find for free – I might sound frugal, but I’m sure you agree with me here.

Your File Conversion Needs

People always have different file conversion needs. Online converters allow the user to convert different types of file to different formats. Something that would otherwise required you to install a number of conversion programs on your computer.

Whether you want an

you can be sure that you can find a single online converting tool for all these.

No Ads

Will all know of those online file conversion sites that have ads everywhere. The ads make the site look clunky, unappealing and less user friendly. A great online file conversion tool should provide the best features without bombarding you with meaningless ads. An online conversion site should have no ads (if possible), or just one or two well-placed ad(s). This lets the site have a user friendly interface that is both professional and appealing to its visitors.

One should always make sure that they choose an online file conversion tool that is fast, has different types of conversion options, is user friendly and simple to use.

Guest blog entry by Alfred

 

Convert Tracker Music Files To MP3

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Do you remember tracker music?

Back in the 1980’s, a new and up to then pretty unique way to make music appeared. Using so-called music sequencer software, users of the Commodore Amiga were able to create music. The focus of this kind of music was mostly on creating soundtracks for video games.

Using Online-Convert.com you can now convert your tracker music into more modern and commonly supported music file formats! On the occasion of this newly added support, we decided to have a look at tracker music, the file formats associated with it, and how you can turn your tracker “songs” into MP3 or other audio formats.

What Is Tracker?

Tracker music contains of independent musical notes that are arranged in one of several channels in a set time frame. The interface of a music tracker is numeric, and commands can be entered via a computer keyboard. Thus, the entered commands form a pattern consisting of letters, numbers, and other digits. These patterns can have independent timelines. Combined, they create a so-called master list of concatenated patterns, representing one “song”.

For a list of music tracker programs you can click here.

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Over the Years

Tracker music was especially popular because the files were agreeably small while retaining a certain quality. This was especially important in the 1990’s when data was still saved on floppy disks that provide restricted storage space. Trackers were also widely used for music playback on portable devices like the Game Boy Advance.

Even though tracker music files got replaced by other music files over time, the tracks are still popular with nowadays electronic music.

Tracker Music Files

The file formats in which tracker music is stored are commonly known as module files. However, there are several different file extensions for such modules. The files contain information about the instrument samples used, as well as a sequence list which tells the player when to play which note, tone, or effect.

The following list lists the ones that are supported by our online converter:

Modules Supported By Online-Convert.com

  • 669
  • ABK
  • AMD
  • AMF
  • DBM
  • DIGI
  • DTM
  • EMOD
  • FAR
  • FNK
  • GDM
  • HSC
  • IMF
  • IT
  • J2B
  • LIQ
  • MDL
  • MET
  • MFP
  • MGT
  • MTM
  • MTN
  • OKT
  • PSM
  • PTM
  • RAD
  • RTM
  • S3M
  • SFX
  • SMP
  • STIM
  • STM
  • STX
  • ULT
  • UMX
  • WOW
  • XM

Convert Modules to MP3

… or another audio file format. If you created your own song using a tracker music software, or whether you stumbled upon great modules online (for example on sites like ModArchive.org), it can be vital for you to transform them into audio files that a bigger audience can use. MP3, WAV, AAC, or AIFF files are supported by most music players – on the pc, on mobile devices, or when burnt onto a CD.

Lets have a look at how easy it is to convert your MOD file into a more widely distributed audio file. For demonstration purpose, we will use the “A Winter Kiss” track from ModArchive which was published in the public domain.

Navigate to audio.online-convert.com/convert-to-mp3 or any other audio converter, and choose the file you want to convert. A Winter Kiss is an XM file. Then, hit the “Convert File” button.

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Once the conversion is done, you can find the converted audio file in your usual download directory on your computer (or on your cloud storage, if you chose to save it to Dropbox or Google Drive).

Et voilà, your MOD was turned into an universally supported music file!

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Lossless File Formats

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It does not matter if you are making use of music, images, or plain video files; everyone needs to understand what various types of formats are and how to use them. By this we mean, by using the right format, you can retain a file’s audio and visual quality without making it too big in size.

Many people prefer to make use of lossless music files. Lossless are the files that reproduce exactly what you have on CD without any loss in quality. It can also offer its users high resolution with sample rates superior to that of CD.

One of the major benefits of lossless files is that when it is decompressed, it becomes a replica of digital downloads or CD. Once you rip a CD to lossless and play it back on any software you desire the file will be converted into the exact same digital stream as was on the original CD.

What Is the Difference between Lossy and Lossless Formats

RAW format is what we refer to as Lossless format because it preserves the file’s original data. While you may call JPEG lossy format as some data is always lost when we covert it to JPEG format. Here are some more examples of the lossy and lossless formats.

  • Images in GIF and JPEG formats are lossy, while PNG, BMP and Raw are lossless formats for images.
  • Audio files in OGG, MP4 and MP3 are lossy formats, while files in ALAC, FLAC and WAV are all lossless.

Some lossless formats also offer compression. For instance, WAV is entirely uncompressed but takes up a lot of space. ALAC and FLAC are lossless audio files that have the same data as the WAV file. These files use a type of compression to make smaller sized files. These two formats also retain all the data while compressing. But these are still bigger than the MP3 files. MP3 files omit a lot of data.

Should Lossy Be Converted To Lossless

Now it makes sense that we only right the digital wrongs, and convert back all our lossy audio files back to lossless, but unfortunately, it does not work that way. When you rip from an audio CD to an MP3 file, which is a lossy format, you lose a lot of data. Now when you convert it to, say, a lossless format like FLAC, you are only getting a bigger sized file and none of the data is lost. The new audio file will be just as good as the MP3 file is.

Now it is also a bad idea to convert lossy files into other types of lossy files. More data is thrown away. It is like taking a photocopy of a photocopy, as none of the copies are as good as the original.

But if you plan on converting the lossless formats to lossy directly, then that could work well for you. If you rip an audio CD to FLAC, you will end up with a file that is just as good as the CD.

Song Conversion 101

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You may think that there is not much to converting an audio file that you downloaded from iTunes. It is true that it’s simple, but did anyone ever tell you the mechanics behind it all. Here is how you can convert a song from iTunes to a different file format and keep a copy of the original intact.

When you are converting files from a compressed format to an uncompressed one, for example converting an MP3 file to an AIFF one, the sound quality will remain the same. But if you are converting between two compressed files, then you will easily notice the sound quality has gone down.

Now the solution to this is that for best results, you might want to import the original audio file using a different encoding method.

To convert the format, you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to iTunes Preferences. If you are using Windows, you might have to select edit first and then click on Preferences.
  2. Click on the General button and then select Importing Settings.
  3. From here, you will see the Import Using menu as a pop up. Choose the encoding format you desire and click OK.
  4. Next, choose the songs from your library and move on to File and from there Create New Version. The menu will show options for: MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV and Apple Lossless.

If there are some songs that you have not imported to iTunes yet, you can do that now, and after that convert them then and there. Based on your preferences, a converted copy will be made of the file in the iTunes library. If you want to convert all the songs in the library then hold the Option key if you are using Mac or the Shift key if you are using Windows, and select File, then Create New Version, and then click on Convert. The Import preference setting will easily match what you chose in step number 3.

iTunes will automatically ask you for the location of the folder you want to import and have it converted. And viola all the songs will be converted just like that.

Compressed Data

When you are converting a song, some of the data can be lost because of the way some formats compress it. Because of this reason, sometimes the formats are called ‘lossy’ formats. There is a benefit of using such formats; the file sizes are always a lot smaller which means you can always store a lot more songs in the same amount of disk space. The downside of this is that the sound quality will not be what you expect it to be, that is the quality you heard from the compressed file. That being said, if you are using a really good pair of headphones or speakers, you might not be able to tell the difference at all.

Remember, once you compress a song file, (that is forcefully let go of some of its data) you will not receive that lost data back by uncompressing it.

Which Audio File Format Should I Use?

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When you’ve been out and about, collecting music from the web, or digitizing your music collection, you have surely found out that there are way more audio formats out there than just MP3 – or Apple iTunes’ AIFF. Usually, it doesn’t matter much in which format you download or save a song or piece of music. But especially when iTunes or Windows Media Player aren’t able to open those files, a fast solution is needed.

Furthermore, with so many file formats for audio files alone out there, which one should you choose when digitizing your collection? Sure, MP3 is the most popular one, but which one is the best for your individual preferences and purpose?

Lossy vs. Lossless Audio Files

In earlier blog articles, we have talked about lossless and lossy audio file types already. In sum, both lossless and lossy describe the quality in which you can save your music files.

Lossless files keep the original audio quality of the medium it was ripped from intact, whether it was a CD or an audio recorder.

Lossless formats include:

WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless ALAC, or APE

 Lossy files compress the audio files to reduce the file size and thus save space on your hard drive. Thus, they are far more common to the casual music listener and collector. Depending on the bitrate, you may not even here a difference between them and a lossless audio file.

The most common lossy file formats include:

MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and WMA

 Which One To Use?

Putting aside that you have any special needs regarding the file, which file format should you use for either downloading or ripping music from a CD? The most secure way to go is with either MP3 or AAC. Why? Because these formats are the most common, widely spread, and supported by a big variety of media and music players. If you rip your music using a high bitrate for either MP3 or AAC, it will be almost impossible to notice any difference to the source when it comes to audio quality.

However, this is a very easy answer, and every easy answer has it’s tricky part.

The problem with lossy formats like WMA is that, if you want to convert said file later one, e.g. to MP3, the quality of the music will be noticeably reduced. To prevent that, you can either choose a high bitrate before converting your audio file and thus reduce the quality loss, or you use a lossless format! Converting between lossless formats will result in no quality loss at all. Thus, if you plan on archiving your music collection for future usage that may involve converting or professionally using the files, you should go for a lossless format like FLAC or ALAC.

In the end, every format that is widely compatible with a variety of players and devices is the best choice. As long as you do not convert between lossy formats without setting the bitrate, you can enjoy your music in the best quality.

Make Transcribing Easier!

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In our daily life as well as in our work life, we have to handle a lot of different file types and formats day after day. Depending on how versatile and computer-savvy you are, you will have to deal with audio, video, spreadsheet, and presentations files more frequently than others. And if you have a job that requires you to work with online or other technical issues, you will find yourself face-to-face with unknown and diverse file formats even more. For example: when you do transcriptions!

Transcribing as a Business

Simply put, transcription services offer the conversion of speech into written text. They are quite often used and necessary when  you held a speech, broadcast, or have any other recorded audio of a conversation or presentation, that you need in text form. Especially in the field of medicine, politics, in court, or for other business purposes, professional transcribers are often required. They are either sitting at a court meeting or event, or receive a recorded audio of the speech/consultation in question.

Transcription is a growing field for either professionally trained transcribers, or people that like to earn some extra money in their free time or after retirement. There are companies specialized in transcription, but many general assistance and administration companies also provide this service among others.

Before the introduction of tape and cassettes, the transcriber had to be present at the time of speaking, writing down what she or he heard, also using skills like abbreviating and shorthand. But since tapes, cassettes, CDs, VHS, DVDs, and – in recent years – audio files can be send to anyone around the globe, the job became a lot easier, and the time spend on transcribing a lot more flexible.

Transcribing Software vs. Manual Transcription

Of course, there are transcribing software and online solutions (via API) available. These programs may be quicker, easier accessible, and – depending on the pricing – cheaper than hiring someone for the transcription, but these programs are by no means error proof.

Having one or even more people do, check, and double-check a transcription made for you can be a bit more time-consuming and a tad more expensive, however you will get a result that is done thoroughly and tested multiple times, best by different ears. A software that always uses the same algorithm can not provide this double security.

Convert for easier Transcription

There are a few problems that can occur whether you are using a transcription program, or transcribe yourself or have someone do it for you.

Obscure Audio File Format

As mentioned above, nowadays it’s way more common to not send CDs or cassettes, but audio files via mail or cloud storage. However, if you only needed a CD player in the past, you now have a vast diversity of audio files that could be send to you – and it may happen that you are unable to open some of them.

Using an online audio converter can help you to receive a format that Windows Media Player, Quicktime, or any other audio player on your computer can open the file. Convert it to MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, or another format you know.

Distorted Audio Files

What’s also possible is that the file you receive can be distorted, contain a lot background noise, or that the speaker or speakers are generally hard to understand. Adjusting volume may not be enough in such cases, but some files can still be rescued – or at least be enhanced.

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@cyberspaceayuda is one of our users that brought to our attention how versatile an online converter can be to simplify working with transcriptions as it is one of the many services they offer at Virtuadmin. By changing bitrate, sampling rate, or normalizing the audio stream, it is possible to enhance an audio file to an extend that makes the transcription easier.

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