What happened in the past is of value today. Oral history transcription helps others learn. It offers a greater understanding of events, people and periods in history. That is why the study of historical data is important. However, collecting the information takes time and resources.
We help academics, researchers and organisations gain a greater understanding of individual knowledge. Our oral history transcription records, in writing, exactly what a person has said. You can be sure that what they impart in verbal communication is reflected in writing. Talking to those with first-hand knowledge brings history to life. Our transcripts make it easy for their experiences and recollections to be documented and shared.
The validity of oral history hinges on the way it is recorded. Text transcripts of audio files require painstaking attention to detail. Transcription of oral history interviews demands superior listening skills. Many of those interviewed for oral history projects are elderly. They may struggle to speak clearly or suffer from a speech impairment. It takes a specialist transcriber to record every word accurately.
Detail is everything in oral history. Getting as much as you can from someone in a limited amount of time is important. It is equally essential that recordings are precisely transcribed. This ensures an authentic written record of a person’s account.
Our oral history transcription can be backed up and archived. Fully searchable, it is a useful resource for anyone seeking information about a specific topic. Our transcripts have been used to share memories. They are used to promote major exhibitions and support detailed research. It is also invaluable for case studies and market research.
Oral history projects can comprise multiple interviews. This is why it makes sense for transcription work to be outsourced. Not only does it save time, it guarantees high-quality transcripts. Our transcribers are experts in working with interviews undertaken in the field. They may be recorded at a person’s home, during a public talk or in an organised gathering.
Our oral history transcription is fully searchable. This makes data easy to index. Those researching a specific subject can easily find what they are looking for. Your project could involve researching the history of a prominent building. You may need background information about a location, business or event. If an interview goes off topic, you will easily be able to locate the information you need.
We live in a multi-media world. Today, people expect to be able to access information in a wide range of formats. If you are conducting oral history interviews in video format, a written transcript will be necessary. It can be used to promote events, form the basis of reports and significantly aid the evaluation of research.
At Alphabet Transcription Specialists, we have been transcribing oral history interviews for over two decades. We have recorded the events of wars, fashion trends, how places have changed and much, much more. Our clients trust us to deliver high-quality written documentation.
We understand the time and patience it takes to coax information out of interviewees. We also recognise the value of memories. What people tell us today can benefit society tomorrow. Oral history has a growing role to play because of its ability to promote a better understanding of past events.
We accept audio files in a huge range of formats. What’s more, we are happy to offer quotes tailored to your project’s needs.
To open an account with us or to send us a proposal, contact us here. If you would like to discuss your requirements with someone over the telephone, call 01707 260027.
Our UK transcription professionals are based in the United Kingdom and can understand the accents that are common throughout the country. We have no problem understanding different accents and dialects.
Because of this, our transcriptions are extremely accurate. Native English speakers understand all the different nuances of the language and can deliver great results.
“I’ve come back to try a second couple of transcripts as the first one we received back was about as near to perfect as you could get. This compared incredibly favourably with another service which sent us back a transcript riddled with the most appalling errors.”
“We’ve utilised the services of Alphabet on a number of occasions and have always been impressed with the quality of the transcriptions, the quick turnaround times and the easy uploading process.”
“Chilli Consultancy have been supported by Alphabet’s transcription services since 2016. The efficiency of service is second-to-none. In particular, the system for uploading the audio files securely is smooth and efficient. The turnaround time for transcription has always been quicker than the agreed timeframe. The transcriptions are of very high quality, despite working from audio recordings of people with a wide range of accents from across the world. Chilli Consultancy will continue to use Alphabet for many years to come because of this high level of service.”
“Any time I send a transcription to be done, it is quickly sorted efficiently and accurately. I can always trust them to do a brilliant job.”
“Great service. Good communication and speedy turnaround of transcription materials.”
“Alphabet have been a highly professional organisation to work with, I would definitely recommend them to other people.”
“We have used Alphabet services a number of times, very quick and reliable service. Always get a response to email queries promptly.”
“Alphabet have consistently provided an excellent level of service, from day one. Transcripts have been returned quickly and completed with superb accuracy, regardless of recording length or number of speakers. All communication has been extremely friendly and helpful, and, as with the turnaround for the transcripts, responses to any query are always very quick. I would 100% recommend Alphabet based on their speed, accuracy, and customer service.”
“As a healthcare specialist agency, we rely on accurate transcriptions and often at short notice. We have been working with Alphabet for over three years across multiple projects and they never fail to deliver on time, with excellent accurate and medically correct transcriptions.”
“We are using Alphabet for all our transcription needs and we are extremely happy with their service. Their transcription is very high quality, leading to a high level of trust and confidence in their work. The team are extremely good with ‘problem’ recordings, such as difficult accents, quiet speech and constant interruptions. All in all we are very happy with Alphabet and would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone in this line of work.”
“Transcribing interviews is a time consuming art, which needs a subtle blend of linguistic and technical skills. Alphabet provided a combination of these abilities. They provided a fast turnaround, great quality documents, and a friendly and personal experience. It was like having my own in-house transcribing team. They offered me a clear, refreshing and honest consultative approach to my needs. I would recommend Alphabet to any persons or organisations that require a professional and friendly transcribing service.”
Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions about Alphabet’s UK transcription services.
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please do contact us.
After we have set up your account, you can log into your private area in our online portal from the homepage. This is where you’ll securely upload and send us your digital audio files for transcription. You can also send any accompanying documentation or presentations.
We will keep you in the loop at every stage of the process. You will receive automatic notifications to let you know your uploads have been successful, and when the audio transcripts are complete and ready to collect.
We only take payment after the transcription of your sound file is complete if you’re a business client. When your audio recording has been transcribed, we will send you an invoice.
You’ll receive it online via your email address or in your client folder, if that’s your preference. For those who require ongoing transcribing or typing work, we issue invoices on a rolling basis. Unless you have a credit facility, payment is due immediately. We accept many forms of secure payment, including BACS and PayPal.