What is Audio Transcription?

Audio transcription is the process of converting spoken language into written language. Lionbridge provides crowdsourced transcription services for a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, legal, medical, and technology. In addition to our standard audio transcription services, Lionbridge also offers add-on services such as faster turnaround time, multilingual audio, time stamping, speaker identification, and support for different file types.

Traditionally, audio transcription was used for recording oral histories and music pieces. While audio transcription is still used in these ways, one of the most important uses today is to provide information that computers can read and process. Lionbridge’s transcription services allow you to maximize reach to your target audience online, especially if you’re looking to promote or sell products online. Having text to accompany the audio and video content on your website can result in higher search engine rankings and increased traffic.

Why Choose Lionbridge’s Audio Transcription Services?


Lionbridge offers audio, video and phonetic transcription services in 300 languages. Our competitive pricing is based on the volume of transcription services that you request, but we also offer extra solutions such as faster turnaround time, multilingual transcription services, and a wide range of file types.

  • 500,000+ Contributors
  • 300+ Languages
  • 20+ Years of experience


Lionbridge has access to 500,000 qualified contributors around the globe, so we can quickly provide audio, video, and phonetic transcription services in large volumes.


Lionbridge’s quality assurance system includes a rigorous review process to ensure that we provide accurate, high-quality transcription services.


With 20 years of experience in the translation and localization industry, language-related tasks are Lionbridge’s strength.


Lionbridge’s Audio Transcription Services

Intelligent Verbatim Transcription

Intelligent verbatim transcription (also called clean verbatim or clean read transcription) is the process of transcribing spoken words, then editing the text to remove any pauses, false starts, or half-sentences. Lionbridge’s intelligent verbatim transcription services will provide you with a clean, easy-to-read text as the end result.

Strict Verbatim Transcription

Lionbridge also offers strict verbatim transcription, where all spoken words are written down, and no edits are made. With strict verbatim transcription, your final transcript will include all conversation fillers, pauses, and half-sentences.

Audio Transcription

Audio transcription is the process of converting speech into text. A lot of meaningful data is only available in spoken words on video and audio recordings. Lionbridge offers scalable, reliable audio transcription services in 300 languages. In addition to our standard audio transcription services, Lionbridge also offers add-on services such as multilingual audio, time stamping, and support for different file types.

Phonetic Transcription

Phonetic transcription, also called phonetic script or phonetic notation, is the visual representation of speech sounds. Each phonetic sound is represented by a symbol from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Use Lionbridge’s phonetic transcription services to ensure that your model can generate and understand natural language for a diverse group of users.

Video Transcription

Use Lionbridge’s video transcription services to convert what is spoken on video into written text, for subtitling or captioning. Video transcription makes your online videos more searchable and accessible because it provides a better user experience and boosts SEO.

How do Lionbridge’s audio transcription services work?

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1. Project set-up

Our team will work with you to develop a custom solution based on your project objectives and timeline.

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2. Production

Our crowd of multilingual experts get to work evaluating and reviewing your advertisements.

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3. Delivery

Our project management team checks, packages and formats the data before being sent to you for final approval.

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Success Stories


Who Needs Audio Transcription Services?


Outsource your medical transcription needs to Lionbridge. We’ll transcribe your consultations and patient visits, to ensure that you keep accurate electronic health records. LEARN MORE


Businesses can take advantage of Lionbridge’s audio transcription services to keep accurate records of meetings, interviews, and conferences.


Lionbridge also provides audio transcription for the entertainment industry. We can transcribe shows, movies, and animation for you to use later for subtitles or translate into other languages.


For legal transcription, we recommend our strict verbatim option. Use Lionbridge’s legal transcription services to record witness interviews and court hearings.

Audio Transcription Pricing

The Lionbridge platform streamlines much of the audio transcription process, allowing us to offer the most cost-effective solution in the industry.

Contact us to get a free estimate for your project.

  • Account Manager
  • Project Management
  • 24/7 Support
  • API
  • NDA
  • Volume pricing
  • Custom reporting
  • Enterprise-grade SLAs
  • Custom invoicing
  • Consulting services
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Multilingual Audio Transcription Services

Lionbridge provides custom audio transcription services in over 300 languages. Some of our most popular languages include:

  • Chinese audio transcription services
  • Dutch audio transcription services
  • French audio transcription services
  • German audio transcription services
  • Italian audio transcription services
  • Japanese audio transcription services
  • Portuguese audio transcription services
  • Spanish audio transcription services

Learn more about Audio Transcription

Gather multilingual audio data to enhance voice-enabled software applications.
Speech-to-text annotation is an integral part of many natural language processing algorithms, particularly when it comes to customer service assistants. The solutions outlined below will help to improve your transcription workflow – or even outsource it entirely.
Create captions and extract text from images with Lionbridge’s transcription services.