Transcribe Text From Audio Recordings With Listen N Write

by Ashwin on November 07, 2019 in Software, Windows software - Last Update: November 07, 2019 - 6 comments

Do you record audio & use it as a source for taking notes, e.g. for work or studying? Listen N Write is a freeware tool that may help you with that if you vì.

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It lets you listen to audio recordings to lớn transcribe them without having to lớn switch between two different programs for the same purpose.


Note: This is not a transcription software that converts audio to text. Melanie reviewed the program bachồng in 2011; time to lớn take another look and see how it has changed.

Listen N Write has two windows: one controls the audio player, the other the text editor.

Audio Player

The menu bar has four menus that danh mục various important options. The File thực đơn can be used to open an existing multitruyền thông media file; officially, the program only supports WAV & MP3, but I was able khổng lồ play the audio from video clip files (AVI, MKV, MOV) as well.

You can optionally use the built-in Sound Recorder in Listen N Write to record audio. It works with internal microphones on laptops & the sound card (speakers). Audio recordings made with the program can only be saved in WAV format.

The Playback thực đơn lets you play, pause, stop, jump bachồng or forward or reduce/increase the playbachồng speed. There is an option lớn navigate lớn a specific time stamp of the audio too. The one which I found most useful here was the bookmark option which lets you mark time points throughout the audio that can be used for quichồng reference. The View thực đơn lets you disable the text editor (if you want to use it just for playing or recording audio). You can control the playbachồng with the function keys (F3 to F7).

The playbaông chồng bar has 7 buttons for opening files, pausing, go back, go forward, stop, recording the audio. The dictation key (F12) also called the Smart pause & play is useful when you want khổng lồ pause the playbachồng và type in the text editor.

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Tip: Not a tín đồ of keyboard shortcuts? Since both the audio player and text editor are floating panes, you can place the player above sầu the text editor and control it with the mouse.

Text Editor

The thực đơn bar has the File and Edit menus for your basic operations. The third option, time stamp, is unique. Clicking on it adds the exact time position of the audio lớn the text editor. Say for example, you"re listening lớn an audio which is at 0:51, & you cliông xã "Time Stamp", it will add <00:00:51> to lớn the text editor & you can add the text from the audio for reference.

Listen N Write can save sầu text documents in TXT và RTF formats và features basic formatting tools that a word processor would have.


The regular installer và the portable version are available as separative archives which contain a single EXE. It is a self-extracting archive that has all the files which are required for the program to function.

Note: I had an issue with the portable version not displaying the text editor, & had to use the installer version.

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Closing Words

Though Listen N Write can largely be useful for students who want lớn record lectures, office workers who wish lớn go over the content from meetings, writers, or journalists. I think it may also be a handy tool for people who are learning a new language.