Q1. How much does it cost?

A1. We charge $37/hour for our transcription services. This rate may be adjusted for customers who contract with us for large transcription projects, e.g., school districts, researchers. Visit SALT Transcription Services for details.


Q2. What type of samples can be transcribed?

A2. We will transcribe any type of English language sample, from any age, and can generate a SALT Standard Measures Report without comparing to database samples. However, if you want to compare your sample to age or grade-matched typical peers selected from the SALT Reference Databases, your sample must be elicited according to SALT elicitation procedures and must fit into the age range for comparison.


Q3. Which media formats are accepted?

A3a. Audio Formats

  • .MP3
  • .WAV (Microsoft Audio)
  • .WMA (Windows media audio)
  • .AIFF (Apple/Mac audio)
  • .M4A (similar to MP4 video format)
A3a. Video Formats
  • .MP4
  • .WMV (Microsoft video)
  • .AVI (Apple Quick Time Movie)
  • .MOV (Apple Quick Time)

Q4. How do I send a file to be transcribed?

A4. Complete the following steps:

  1.  If you are new to the site, go to the menu at the top of the page and click “Create an Account”. Your email address will be your login. Once you have created an account, you will be able to send us your audio/video files for transcription.
  2.  Completion of step 1 will take you directly to the upload page and you can follow step 5 below.
  3.  The next time you use the site, as a current user, you will simply click “login” from the menu at the top of the page and will be taken to the upload form (step 5 below).
  4.  Complete the required fields on the upload form. The first field, the context, is a drop down menu. That choice may offer other options on the form once you select the sampling context. To ensure that the target speaker’s identity is protected, please do not include the target speaker’s name anywhere on the form.
  5.  Comments are welcomed. If you are interested in a specific behavior, such as fluency, we like to know. If you had to record in multiple sessions, and must upload two recordings for one sample, we like to know. If the sample begins later into the audio/video file, please tell us where to begin transcribing. Please use the comment box to tell us anything that might be helpful or useful when transcribing.

Q5. What if the sample I took was too large to send through the SALTfiles web site?

A5. An audio file, such as a WAV (Windows Audio Video) format, can store up to 10 MB per minute, and this equates to a sizable digital file. You can maintain a decent sound quality yet get rid of some of the extra audio weight by compression or conversion. If your file is too large, you can download a free compression or conversion application. Once you’ve downloaded the software, the process is pretty self-explanatory. Typically, you browse for your file and click compress or convert (if convert, you choose a format that you are familiar with such as .mp4, .wav, etc., for video you might choose .avi or .aiff). Below are links to compression and/or conversion software applications. Some are trial, some are free, others are for a fee.

Q6. How do I use my iPad, iPod, or iPhone to record samples?

Q6a. Recording Samples

  1. Download the free version of iTalk Recorder to your Apple device.
  2. Open iTalk.
  3. Choose a recording quality; it's OK to go with "Good" if you are in a quiet environment.
  4. Press the big record button.
  5. Press the record button again to pause or stop.
  6. Add a "Recording Name" (speaker id, context, and date; e.g., P123 Expo 5/12/2014).
  7. Press "Done" to switch to the review screen.
  8. Mistake recordings can be erased by pressing "Edit" in top left. The delete feature works as it does in all Apple apps.
  9. To make another recording, press "Record" in the top right.

Q6b. Transferring Samples to a Computer:

  1. Click on the information button (circle containing the letter i). A details screen will open.
  2. Click on the upload button (square with an arrow pointing up) at the top of the screen.
  3. Select email.
  4. Enter your own email address and send. The audio file will be attached to the email.
  5. Open your email on your computer.
  6. Save the attached audio file to a folder of your choosing.
  7. Follow Q3 (above) to upload your file to SALTfiles.