Now that you have that special event captured on a digital audio file, you may want to create a written transcript. While you could play and pause your digital recorder and try to type what was said, using a digital transcription kit makes the process much, much easier.

Just as professional transcriptionists do, you can use a USB foot pedal to control the playback of your audio recording while typing into your favorite word processor. Or, pair it with one of our speech recognition systems and have it transcribed automatically!

Consumer transcription kits from HCD are nothing but the best from the leaders in digital dictation, Olympus and Philips. Backed by the manufacturer, supported by HCD: a team you can trust.

Transcription Kits

Olympus AS-2400

AS-2400 Transcription Kit
For dedicated transcription needs, Olympus offers the optional AS-2400 Transcription Kit.

Philips LFH 7177

Philips Transcription - LFH 7177
The transcription set is a digital document creation solution designed to make transcription easy and intuitive.

How it Works

First, there are two components to dictation processing: spoken dictation and the typed transcription document.
Dictation is Audio

Dictation is the audio voice file created by the author and is just like any other computer file. Compare it to an MP3 file you may have downloaded to listen. You can take the MP3 and e-mail it to a friend, copy it to a mobile phone or flash drive, or drag and drop it into a folder on your computer.

Dictation audio files work the same way. They may come to you in any number of ways:

  • Network Sharing. You may be networked with the author. After recording, the saved audio file is saved to a shared drive on your network. Once saved, you now have access to transcribe.
  • Internet. The author may send you the audio file by e-mail or via a file storage or transfer provider, both convenient methods of sending files.
  • Direct Download. If the author is using a handheld digital recorder, you can connect the device to your PC and download the voice dictations quickly and easily.
  • Removable Media. Voice files can be saved to memory cards, external hard drives or USB drives and copied to your computer.

Transcribing into a Document

Using a USB-connected foot pedal or footswitch, you can use software that enables you to control the playback of the dictation while you type, pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding just as you’ve always done with conventional systems.

Professional transcription kits usually include a stereo headset that plugs into your computer or USB drive so you can transcribe audio files privately and with maximum fidelity.

Once you have finished transcribing the voice recording, you can email, upload or transfer the finished transcription document back to the author.