Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Transcriptionist’s Tips: Top Tips for Recording Better Audio Files

We’ve received our fair share of poor quality audio files over the years, and although we always do our best to ensure our work is completed to the highest standard, poor audio is a huge barrier to creating the superior quality audio transcriptions we produce here at McGowan Transcriptions. 

A good quality audio file should be clear, with limited background noise and consistent volume throughout. To help you, (and us!), we’ve put together a list of our 5 top tips for recording better audio files.


Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

A Meeting of Minds – and not a ‘Minute’ too soon

Meetings have become an integral – and often unavoidable – part of our professional lives, irrespective of the sector in which we operate. Whether conducted over video conference or face-to-face in the archetypal boardroom, most of us will spend at least some of our working week attending them. Business meetings can be occasional or, in the case of large corporations, monthly as the board of directors convenes to discuss company direction of travel, financial objectives and to review the previous month’s targets. Problems affecting the day-to-day operation of the business will be raised and discussed, and projected future threats potentially identified before they occur. In short, they are vital to the smooth execution of business process.


Friday, November 10th, 2017

Announcing Global Lounge – our new faster, safer file upload solution

Not to blow our own trumpets, but we at McGowan Transcriptions are known for being super-speedy transcribers (well, so our clients keep telling us, anyway!). I mean, you’d hope we would be after 24 years in this business, wouldn’t you?!

What you might not know about us – because we don’t tend to shout about it as much – is that we’re also really passionate about innovation and technology. In recent times, it’s become increasingly apparent that we needed a powerful, custom-built file upload facility that could keep pace with our lightning-fast fingers.


Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Choose The Best UK Transcription Services

There are many advantages to hiring a UK-based transcription company to handle your audio transcriptions. First of all, you can be sure that English is the mother tongue of its transcribers and the work is not outsourced to third parties abroad. Hiring a local transcriptionist also ensures that the project is completed promptly. Here are some tips on choosing the best transcription services in the UK:


Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Reduce Your Workload By Using Conference Transcription

Conferences are many times of vital importance to businesses and organizations, which is why many executives and professionals prefer to record these kinds of talks and conversations for future reference. This said, maintaining a resource, dedicated to recording each and every conference you may have can be very cost intensive. Oftentimes, it is also infeasible. This is why many companies are resorting to more creative ways of archiving these kinds of resources. Audio transcription, particularly conference transcription, is one of the best ways to keep record of conferences and other valuable lectures and business discussions for future use.


Monday, April 28th, 2014

Transcription Service – Best Tips On Choosing

A professional transcription service can help you save time in preparing the necessary data for research, analysis, and other purposes. The quality of a transcription service is assessed in terms of accuracy and price. There are a number of providers, but not all of them are equal. Here are tips to keep in mind when choosing a transcription service provider:


Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Digital Transcription Versus Traditional Transcription

Digital transcription services that use audio to text programs and software are becoming increasingly popular, although there is still much debate about their efficiency compared to traditional transcription. Audio to text software programs allow automatic transcription of voice recordings to text format; however, they are still limited in terms of features and capabilities. The poor transcription results they generate often have to be transcribed again using traditional methods to ensure accuracy.


Monday, September 2nd, 2013

20 Years Established Today!

McGowan Transcriptions are officially 20 years old!

If I were to write about the differences in technology and business this year to the year I established McGowan Transcriptions this blog would be 20 pages long, so here are some highlights:

The Good
We have a large team of dedicated professional transcribers, in 1993 I was on my own!
McGowan Transcriptions is a trusted name both in the UK and abroad.


Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Thank Goodness For Search Engines

As transcribers, we wouldn’t be able to produce transcripts with the level of accuracy that McGowan Transcriptions prides itself on and demands from its entire staff without internet search engines; Google being my favourite. Often, in fact, more time can be spent looking on Google to confirm the spelling of well-known brand names, cities and towns around the world and just generally words that only terribly intelligent people (or those looking to impress) would ever use in everyday conversation than can be spent actually typing a transcript.


Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Staying In Touch

I said this in my blog back on March 2011 and I will say it again, I love living in Spain but it worries me now quite how many years behind this country is with so many things. This didn’t particularly concern me before now as I thought I would never see the day where I would consider moving back to the UK but having had a child out here and thinking about his future that may well be a possibility in the years to come.