Location: Bowdoin / IT / How To / Software / Voice Recorders and Transcribing


Get Help

Submit Help Ticket 24/7

Live Chat

x3030 or 207-725-3030
x5050 or 207-721-5050

Using the Voice Recorders and Transcribing

STEP 1 - Use the Voice Recorder to Record your Interview

Operation Instructions (Click on a recorder to view userguide)
olympus ws100 olympus-ws110 ws802
Olympus WS-100 Olympus WS-110 Olympus WS-802


STEP 2 - Download the interview file from the Voice Recorder

  1. Turn the Voice Recorder on. Plug it into a USB port at the front of the PC. To plug it in, you will need to separate the recorder into 2 parts. Pull the top right hand corner of the recorder away from the battery pack part of the recorder.
  2. To see the contents of your recorder, you will need to “open” it. It will appear as “Removable Disk (E:)” in My Computer. (Start>My Computer>Removable Disk (E:)). Double-click on it to open it.
  3. When you open it, you will see 5 folders that start w/”DSS”. Your file is probably in the folder titled “DSS_FLDA”. When you open it, you should see a bunch of files. Your recorded files have the “.wma” extension.
  4. Drag-and-drop these .wma files to the desktop of your computer. You can now re-name them as you would any other file. Make sure to keep the .wma file extension.

STEP 3 - Disconnect the Voice Recorder

  1. In the task bar at the bottom of the screen, you will see a "remove hardware" icon. Right-click on it.
  2. Select "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device-Drive(E:)"
  3. When you see the message that it's safe to remove the hardware, you can disconnect the voice recorder from the pc.

remove hw picture

STEP 4 - Transcribe your audio file

 Use ExpressScribe to transcribe. It can be downloaded to your own computer and does not require a foot pedal.

Document author:
Last modified:
Apr 02, 2014