Last time when I interviewed our guest Chris Pirillo, I needed an app that could convert an audio file with his speech into a text document. Frankly speaking, I wanted to save my time instead of boring typing each word that he had pronounced. Suddenly, the savior sprang up; it’s a free web service named VoiceBase that converts audio files (in MP3, WMA or M4A formats) into text docs automatically.
What is VoiceBase?
VoiceBase is an online voice to text transcription service for companies and individuals. Though, it mainly focuses on business clients, an ordinary user, like you and me, can convert a voice recording into a text file for free at VoiceBase. As for January 2016, each new user is granted a free account with $60 credit and up to 50 hours of audio storage. It costs about $0.01 to transcribe 10 second speech. VoiceBase uses smart voice recognition technology, so the quality of its machine audio transcript is high.
Obviously, the final text quality depends on original sound track and the speaker’s accent. VoiceBase understands US English pronunciation seamlessly. If a person speaks clearly, then the text is close to manually written. If an interviewer mumbles or lisps, then you’ll have to review the transcript or hire someone for text checkup. Fortunately, you can order human transcript right in your VoiceBase account. Moreover, you can turn video into text!
Let’s see how you can use all VoiceBase powerful features.
How to Convert Audio to Text Automatically
In fact, VoiceBase is remarkable for quick and easy speech to text conversion. The website interface is clear and you smoothly go step by step.
Step 1. Go to www.voicebase.com and click the green Upload a file button in the middle of the screen.
Step 2. Create a free VoiceBase account. Provide your name, email address and click the Sign Up button. You have to confirm your account via email to get access to VoiceBase.
Step 3. Click the green Upload button at the top right corner.
Step 4. Add an audio or a video file of a supported format. Name your file, add a description, select the Machine Transcription, and a file sharing type (Private or Public).
Tip: use Freemake Free Audio Converter to make a supported audio file for VoiceBase.
Step 5. Your file will be processed and you’ll be notified by email when it’s ready.
Later, you can find the file at the My Content tab. For example, I’ve added a 10 minute audio interview in M4A format and it took about 15 minutes to convert it into a text file.
Step 6. When the text file is done, go to My Content tab in your VoiceBase account and click on the name of your file.
Step 7. Check the Machine Transcript box right under your audio file.
Step 8. Copy the transcript and save it as text document.
Summary: VoiceBase is a fast online audio to text converter. Needless to say, it is suitable for everyone no matter what you need: an automatic or human speech to document conversion. Go to voicebase.com try VoiceBase, too!
If you are not satisfied with its result, try another voice-to-text converter: Dragon Dictation.