Using Soundbooth to analyze your speech for text

Some of us have used spoken word in our soundscapes.  You can (and should) use a feature in soundbooth to add text to your audio clip.  This text will not appear on a screen for the average user but will allow those who wish to use closed captioning software see what is being said in an audio file.  This feature is especially helpful for those who are hearing impaired or deaf because they are able to see what is being said in your audio file.

This is how you do it:

First, you open up your file in Soundooth.  Once your audio file is open you should navigate up to “Windows” on the top of your screen and select “Metadata”.

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The  “Metadata” tab will open on the left side of your screen.  On the bottom right of the “Metadata” tab you will click on “Analyze Speech”.

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After you select “Analyze Speech” a box will pop up asking you to choose:

Language (I choose English-U.S.)

Reference Script (I choose none)

Quality (I choose High)

Identify Speakers (only check this if you have more than one speaker)

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It will take a few minutes to analyze your speech but once it is finished you will see the text appear under the “Speech Analysis” tab on the left of your screen.  This is the text that soundbooth created for your audio.  However, it may not be exactly correct.  You can change the text one word at a time.  When you see a word that is incorrect you can double click on the word and it will allow you to change that word.  Once you are finished editing the text you will select “Analyze Speech” at the bottom right of the text.  Once you save your audio clip the text will be saved along with it.

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Your audio will not look or sound any different when you upload it on to your website.  The only difference is someone using closed captioning software will be able to see the text of what is being said in the sound clip!

~ by adz122013 on March 4, 2013.

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