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Using mini cassettes, cassettes, or digital recordings, Word Wizards transcribes:

  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Therapy notes
  • Training sessions
  • Meetings and conferences

We rely on client specifications and guidelines described in Transcribing and Editing Oral History by Willa K. Baum.

Industry standards for one hour of a good-quality recording featuring:
  • One speaker: four hours transcribing time
  • Two voices: six hours transcribing time
  • Group dictation: seven hours transcribing time

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A higher hourly rate applies to recordings with:

  • Technical or industry terms
  • Jargon
  • Non-native or non-standard English speakers
  • Three or more voices
  • Background noise
  • Recording problems


Depending on the quality of the recording and the subject matter, proofreading takes 1.5 to 2.0 hours for one hour of speech.