Should You Use the HoT Keys or a Foot Pedal for Audio Transcription?

Offering audio transcription as a service is easy and cheap to do. If you have done quite a bit of audio typing then you will already know that using a foot pedal, when you are transcribing audio, will increase your speed.

I recommend an Infinity USB Foot Pedal if you are using Express Scribe.

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We understand that the Infinity USB foot pedal is also compatible with:

Auto Wav Player (Dataworxs)
Dataworxs (Auto Wav Player)
DocQscribe (MedQuist)
Dolbey Systems (Fusion Voice)
ECS (PowerPlayer)
Fusion Voice (Dolbey Systems)
FTR (FTR Gold)
FutureNet (iPlayer)
GearPlayer (Transcription Gear)
HTH (Start/Stop)
iPlayer (FutureNet)
Medical Transcription Interactive
MedQuist (DocQscibe)
PC Dart (PlayAll XTRA)
PlayAll XTRA (PC Dart)
Transcription Buddy
Transcription Gear (GearPlayer)
VoiceIQ (BCB)
And many others

Express Scribe Transcription Software

Express Scribe is free playback software that allows you to offer transcription as a service.

You can either use the Hot Keys to control the playback or a foot pedal. If audio transcription is a service you only offer occasionally it is possible to use the Hot Keys. It can be time consuming though and can be a pain when you hit the wrong key.

I have on many occasions hit the F3 (Play Fast Speed) instead of the F4 (Stop) which speeds it up to 150%! I then have to change it back to the speed I want. All this messing around adds on extra time. As I now do quite a bit of audio transcripton I have now invested. If you’re not convinced check out the stats below:

Using the Infinity USB Foot Peal with Express Scribe

A foot pedal would obviously increase your speed and thus your productivity. If you charge per audio minute then this can increase your earnings.

If you could increase your typing speed from 50 wpm to 65 wpm and you work a 50 hour week this would save you 11.5 hours per week. If you’re wondering how I did the maths see below:

50 wpm x 60 minutes x 50 hours = 150,000 words per week

To do the same amount of words per week at 65 wpm:

150,000 \ 65 wpm \ 60 minutes = 38.5 hours

50 – 38.5 hrs = 11.5 hrs saved

The infinity USB foot pedal is definitely a good investment and it will have paid for itself in a week or so depending on how much your speed improves.

The infinity foot pedal below will work with express scribe and is inexpensive.

Ok, once you’ve got your foot pedal where can you go to practice your audio? If you’re a bit rusty or perhaps you are new to audio typing then you will want to try to improve your speed. Below is a site to practice your audio skills:

The NCH Software website provides great resources including some sample transcription audio files for you to practice your audio typing.

The files will help you to learn some medical and legal terminology. You will also be able to practice controlling audio playback with a foot pedal control. You can download all the files for free from

They also provide you with the completed transcriptions so that you can check your work when you have finished transcribing the samples. This is great free training if you are rusty or want to start providing audio transcription services.

Keep practicing!


Resources: Free Express Scribe download

The Infinity USB Foot Pedal

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