NCH’s Express Scribe Transcription Playback Software is digital transcription software that plays the audio file back while you type, at varying speeds. The speed thing is the trick: I’ve not seen a lot of software that does this.
This is barebones software but it is available free for Windows, Mac and Linux. Even though there are problems on Mac (I needed to move my files to “Documents” from “Music/Audio Hijack”), Express Scribe is thoroughly worth downloading.
I transcribe my own CIP interviews along with needing to transcribe a variety of other interviews for repurposing to print and web. Express Scribe is great, and will lead me to investigate their full software later.
Warning: Some folks have complained that Express Scribe encourages you to install trialware for other products. On the Mac this didn’t seem to happen. But then again, it’s not much of a Mac software: really feels like a Windows app ported to Linux and then ported to Mac. Not Cocoa, if that bothers you.
Still it is doing what I needed it to do.
Express Scribe is free professional audio player software for PC, Mac or Linux designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings.
The program is installed on the typist’s computer and can be controlled using a transcription foot pedal or keyboard (with ‘hot’ keys). This computer transcriber application also offers valuable features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, file management and more.
Express Scribe is completely free and can be used without any restrictions. We make it free with the hope you will like it so much you will recommend our commercial digital dictation suite to others. Please visit our Dictation Software page.