In multi-speaker settings, it’s important that the recording device be positioned in a central location where each speaker’s voice will be clearly recorded. The further away a speaker is from the microphone, the less likely their voice will be audibly captured.
Additionally, if precise speaker identification is important in your multi-speaker setting, it’s recommended that the meeting be submitted in video format. When a transcriptionist can see who is speaking, speaker identification is a relatively straightforward process. However, if a video recording is not an option, we will do our best to identify speakers based on any distinctive vocal characteristics; such as accent or recognizable cadence. Despite this, in multi-speaker settings we cannot guarantee that we will be able to identify each speaker by name. If it is unclear who is speaking, the individual will be labeled as ‘Male Speaker’ or ‘Female Speaker.’
As an alternative, if your meeting has not yet taken place, it may be helpful to have someone attend the meeting to create a log of who is speaking in chronological order. This log can be sent to Athreon with your recording. Our transcriptionists will use it to identify each speaker.