Blue condenser microphone - Snowball ice

Podcasting & Voice to Text

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Audio books have always appealed to me because I like to multitask. If there is any possibility of accomplishing two things at once, I’m interested. This is probably why podcasting has become a recent interest of mine.

Not too long ago I purchased a Blue Snowball condenser microphone that I feel I am under using. Sadly, this post was written out and not dictated as I am on a train headed into Manhattan however, I’m fairly certain the other passengers appreciate my silence.

Blue condenser microphone - Snowball ice

The Convenience of Podcasting

Podcasting got its start in the 1980’s however, it really didn’t start to flourish until around 2004. With increased access to the internet and more connected devices that allow us to stream audio, podcasting is an incredible way to reach a broader audience.

Circling back to the convenience of it, I am an auditory learner and love when stories and techniques are dictated. This allows me to listen while I research or write. 

Since purchasing the microphone mentioned above I have been practicing adding audio to my blog posts. I feel this gives them an added layer while simultaneously helping to promote my content. I plan to revisit older blog posts and add audio to them as a means to gain more practice so future casts will be of higher quality. I would also like to gain experience recording videos and vlogging.

The challenge has here has been finding a way efficiently transcribe the audio in both podcasts and videos. Typically, voice to text or dictation software can help with this.s

Voice to Text: Pros and Cons

I love speaking. Publicly, candidly, whenever and wherever. Dictation software is great in that it frees up some time when it comes to writing. Being able to quickly capture ideas as they arise is extremely important. This is why I generally have some sort of dictation software running when I’m in front of my computer.

For the past year I have been using a Surface Pro 3 and completely love it. There is a great feature called Windows Speech Recognition. Once activated, and set up, this allows me to speak to my computer and transcribes what I’m saying into text.

Since I have a thick New York accent the success rate is around 85% but I’m OK with that. After I record a podcast I am able to playback the recording, have Microsoft Word running in a separate window and the speech recognition will transcribe everything I have said into text. This is a great way to create a quick transcript for podcasts as well as videos.

To recap:

Pros:

  • Fast
    • able to capture idea quickly with minimal effort
  • Convenient
    • always on, when activated
  • Saves time
    • Speaking is faster than writing.
    • Ideas flow naturally when spoken
    • Allows us to speak freely without having to sacrifice our ideas.

Cons:

  • Success rate is around 85%
    • doesn’t capture every word
  • Not great with accents
    • Certain words are often mistaken for others

Moving Forward

Convenience and efficiency are the two main things I’d like to highlight in this post. And since search seems to be heavily moving more towards natural speech, podcasting is a great way to top into that market.

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

An SEO in NYC with a penchant for the technical side of things. Father, Husband, Novice Photographer and Music Lover.

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