4B. Audio Recordings and Transcripts
Audio recordings are the foundation for most of Storyphile’s life story packages. You and your loved ones can replay your recorded interviews over and over again.
Storyphile records your life story interviews on high-end digital equipment recommended by archivists. To guard against equipment failure, we use a second digital recorder as backup.
We deliver your unedited* MP3 and WAV format audio recordings on a USB thumb drives.
*We edit only to remove content you’ve changed your mind about.
We use WeTransfer to send an additional copy of your audio recordings straight to your computer. (The files are too big to send through regular email.) This gives you another backup of your recordings. WeTransfer is free and easy to use. (You don’t need an account. You just click a link to download your files.)
Storyphile uses professional transcription services to create transcripts of your interviews. Transcripts capture what you said and set it down in a printed format you can read.
Your interview transcripts include time codes from your audio files. This makes it easy to find specific information when you replay your recordings.
- proofreads each transcript for accuracy
- reformats for easy reading
- creates a table of contents that identifies key topics
- develops an index that makes it easy for you find the info you’re looking for
We deliver your transcripts in an high-end archival-quality binder. This lets you add documents or photos and create your own life story archive.
We include a PDF version of your transcripts when we deliver your audio files. PDF—Portable Document Format—is a file format that can be read on any computer system. If you don’t already have it, we can help you install the free Acrobat Reader software you’ll need.
“Writers are the custodians of memory, and memories have a way of dying with their owner. One of the saddest sentences I know is “I wish I had asked my mother about that.”