Express Scribe Transcription Free for Mac is a transcription aid application that makes it much easier to transcribe text from audio recordings. It includes a number of different features that allows you to make the audio as easy to transcribe as possible. Anyone doing transcription on a regular basis could benefit from this free program.
Clarity under slowdown: One of the most important features of transcription software is the ability to slow down audio without making it unintelligible. There is some slight pitch-shifting that takes place with the slow-down feature in this program, but the speech is still perfectly comprehensible, even when the speed is lowered significantly.
Powerful audio controls: You can also implement a number of audio parameters in the settings menu that can make the audio easier to hear. You can apply compression to avoid the unpleasantness of large dynamics in a recording. You can also apply bass filters to clean out the low frequency rumble that is present in so many low-quality recordings.
Customization options: You can customize almost every aspect of how this software works. You can set up your own hotkeys to control it using whatever workflow you find most effective. You can specify the distance you want the skip forward and backward controls to travel. You can specify all the default settings that should be applied to new audio.
Error with FLAC files: When we tried to edit a FLAC file with the program, it could not open it natively. It tried to download a codec, failed, and then was unable to access the file. It would be ideal if FLAC support was included in the program, as this is a lower size yet higher quality audio format.
If you're doing a lot of transcription work, this program is a great find. The level of control and the power of its audio tools should be enough to meet almost anyone's needs. Customization allows you to essentially bend this program to fit the model of however you like to work best.
From NCH Software:
Express Scribe Transcription for Mac Free assists in transcribing audio files. Express Scribe Transcription Player Free helps typists by installing on the user's computer and connecting to a transcription foot pedal or keyboard. Express Scribe Transcription Player Free offers valuable features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, playing video, file management, and more. Express Scribe Free supports common audio formats including WAV, MP3, WMA, and DCT. Increase your words per minute by giving your feet control of playback, leaving your fingers free to type.
Slowdown: The program can slow down the audio indefinitely. If you slow it down just to 85-90%, the sound is not too distorded, an it becomes much easier to keep pace. "Play and repeat": Couple this with slower speed, and the cumulative effect is nice. Customizable hotkeys: You can define your own hotkeys, which will also work if you are working in another program with Express Scribe in the background. This makes rewinding, fast-forward etc. extremely fast and easy. I don't even have to press Cmd Tab to change back and forth between programs.
The link is actually a download link for Express Scribe Pro. I downloaded the free version, which is mostly identical, on http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/index.html.
The program is great, but this download link is false. It needs to be corrected.
Not really any since they are so misleading on their website.
NCH Software promotes this as a Free version then after 14 days you have to pay, I would be fine with it if they had told me up front that it is only a 14 day trial. I am not at all happy about doing business with a company that is so misleading on my initial contact with them. Too bad it seems like decent software, hope they get their act together on the customer service side of things, I might give them another try.
Agree with previous reviewer CNet needs to change their review to indicate that this is NOT free.