Dulcie Barnes - Audio transcription services

Dulcie Barnes - Audio transcription services,transcription

Whatever your business, you'll want to be sure that you're making the most of your time and resources. By using a pay-as-you-go digital audio transcription service you simply pay for the service you need and overheads are reduced as there are no staffing, equipment or IT costs.

As a Word and Powerpoint expert with over 20 years secretarial experience at blue chip companies, I offer a professional, confidential and very competitive audio transcription solution for your business, with a high level of accuracy and fast turnaround, leaving you free to concentrate on your own area of expertise.

I have extensive experience of transcribing one to one and group sessions in the following areas:

  • Market research
  • Academia – student research and lectures
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Focus groups and meetings
  • Authors' manuscripts
  • Medical research
  • Reports and client correspondence
Transcriptions can be taken from the following recording formats:

AAC, ACT, AIFC (Compressed AIFF), AIFF, AMR, APE, AU, CAF (Apple Core Audio Format), DCT (Express Dictate, MSRS, etc), DS2 (DSS Pro), DSS (Grundig, Olympus, Philips recorder), DSP TrueSpeech, DVF (Sony recorder), DVS (Royal recorder), FLAC, OGG, M4A, MP2, MP3, MPC, MSV (Sony recorder), QCP, RA / RM (RealAudio), SHN, SPX, VOC, VOX, WAV (Including ADPCM, aLaw, GSM 6.10, PCM (Pulse Code Modulation – Uncompressed), and uLaw codecs), WMA.

I can also transcribe audio from the following video formats:


Please note that I am not able to offer audio transcriptions from tape.

How much does the audio transcription service cost?

As I do not outsource any of my work, I am able to charge the customer considerably less than those transcription companies who do outsource. The audio transcription service costs from 80p* per recorded minute for general documentation and one to one interviews and from £1.05p* per audio minute for focus groups, meetings and conferences. I do not charge VAT.

Costs are based on audio file quality, number of speakers, specialism and whether a verbatim or intelligent verbatim transcription is required. The price includes transcription into a Word document, spell checking for accuracy and internet research to find correct spellings of names, places and technical terms where possible. A proof reading service, checked against the original audio recording, is available for an additional cost.

Please send an email to dulciebarnes@outlook.com for a written quotation, stating clearly what is to be transcribed (i.e. letter, report, conference, meeting notes, one to one interview, meeting featuring multiple speakers). In some cases I would need to receive the file beforehand so that dictation quality can be checked.

Turnaround times are dependent upon workload and quality of dictation, but once a deadline has been agreed, you can be confident that your work will be returned within that timeframe.

Work may be sent via the following channels:

  • Uploaded to this website (via the link below)
  • Through a file sharing website such as Dropbox
  • CD/DVD or USB memory stick
  • Emailed digital sound file
Work is returned to you via email in the form of a Microsoft Word document.

On completion of work, you will be sent an electronic invoice. Payment terms are within 14 days of invoice date - bank transfer and personal cheques are accepted.

* Cost per audio minute depends upon specialism and quality of audio files


"Dulcie has been working with Transcript Divas since February 2010. Over this time Dulcie has transcribed over 8000 minutes of audio for us. Dulcie always delivers accurately and on time, and is without a doubt a great asset to our contracting team"
- Andrew Dodson (manager Transcript Divas Transcription Services)

"Dulcie transcribed 10 one-to-one interviews, the raw data for my PhD. Throughout my dealings with Dulcie she was a pleasure to deal with, professional, friendly and helpful, responding very quickly to my queries, and providing the transcriptions equally quickly! I have no hesitation in recommending the service she provides."
- Fiona, Hereford

"Working on a master's dissertation, I produced several interviews, which needed transcribing. As a student the cost was my first consideration. This service was very competitive. Furthermore, Dulcie is super efficient, reliable, quick, and accurate. Consequently, I highly recommend this transcription service - without reservation"
- Jenni, Whitley

"Really good to work with. Great quality and quick turnaround. I can strongly recommend Dulcie Barnes."
- Juliane, London

"I used Dulcie for my doctoral fieldwork. This consisted of transcribing approximately 40 hour-long interviews from audio data files, in two batches with a turnaround of approximately a month. Dulcie provided an excellent service. The work was completed according to all my specific requirements (such as time-stamping and layout), and Dulcie willingly signed a confidentiality agreement. The transcriptions were ready ahead of time and perfectly accurate. All of this came at an unbeatable rate. And, best of all, Dulcie provided a personal service - a pleasure to deal with! I highly recommend Dulcie's transcription service."
- Tatum Matharu, Birmingham

"As a PhD student, I can highly recommend Dulcie's transcription service for the transcribing of academic research interviews. Dulcie transcribed some 30 interviews for me, some of which were in a community setting. I found her highly professional, responsive, and timely, offering excellent rates."
- Alyson Nichols, University of Birmingham

"Transcription was excellent quality and the service was prompt."
- David C, Nottingham

"As someone undertaking a lot of interview research at a University which needed quick and accurate transcription, Dulcie provided an exceptional level of service in combination with excellent value for money and a speedy efficient turnaround that met my deadlines. I couldn't recommend her highly enough to my colleagues and those people who then experienced the quality, value and speed of the audio transcription were similarly impressed and wondered how I had found such a great service. Well worth recommending."
- Mark Ewbank, Birmingham

Please contact dulciebarnes@outlook.com for a written quotation
or call the enquiry line on 077885268375.
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