Audio translation services
Babbletype offers direct translation and transcription of foreign language recordings into English, either individually or in support of complex multi-market projects. Our translators will listen to your recordings in the source language, and then capture a transcript of the recording into English.
Our translators use an interpreted translation method to produce our translations. Everything meaningful said over the course of an interview or focus group is captured, following a process analogous to the way instantaneous interpreters translate conversations on the fly. All content is captured, but not necessarily word for word. This approach is dramatically faster and less expensive than the methods used by traditional translators, while delivering the same underlying content.
Note that Babbletype provides audio-to-text services only. We create English (or original language) transcripts from foreign language audio sources.
Incredibly inexpensive translations
Babbletype offers audio-to-text interview translations in our standard languages at $3.75 per recorded minute, and in all other languages for $4.75 per recorded minute. Group recordings or special output formats (Excel) are slightly higher, at $.25 per minute for either type of special request. For example, a Word transcript in English from a Japanese recording with 6 speakers would cost the same as an Excel transcript in English of a Japanese recording with 2 speakers.
Traditional translation services charge $0.15–$0.20 per word. Since typical voice conversations have about 125-150 words per recorded minute, that's $18.75–$30.00 per minute. This is before any special requests get added to the project cost.
The most commonly used languages in market research are our standard languages. These are languages we actively work to build and maintain production capacity in, and that we can deliver most promptly:
- Chinese (Mandarin)
Babbletype has relationships with translators in other common languages, and maintains recruiting resources to access other language capacity on an as-needed basis. If you have translation needs in other languages commonly used in market research, we will probably be able to help. Contact us and let us know the specific languages you need, and we will respond promptly.
For standalone transcripts, Babbletype provides translations in PureText-formatted transcripts (see Transcription for examples). For combined transcript projects, Babbletype provides translations in all combined formats (see Content Analysis for examples).
Babbletype delivers foreign language to English transcripts in standard languages in three days, on average, once reserved. Foreign language to English transcripts in non-standard languages take longer. See Turnaround Time for more details.