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How to separate speakers in Zoom and set up multitrack transcription in Sonix
How to separate speakers in Zoom and set up multitrack transcription in Sonix

Set up Zoom to separate speaker channels and then use these separate files to create one transcript with automatic speaker labels

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Written by Taylor Jennings
Updated over a week ago

Recording your speakers on separate channels in Zoom has multiple benefits including a more accurate transcription and automated speaker labeling.

Here's how to do it:

STEP 1: Open Zoom

Open up Zoom. If you don’t have a Zoom account you can create a free trial here:

STEP 2: Set up Zoom to record separate tracks for each participant

Click on the "Settings wheel" in the top right corner, select “Recording” and tick the box next to “Record a separate audio file for each participant.

STEP 3: Record call, meeting, or webinar

Invite your interviewee and be sure to click the “Record” button in the middle of the screen.

STEP 4: End meeting

Click “End Meeting”. You can find recordings of your meetings in “My Documents > Zoom.” folder.

STEP 5: Enable multitrack in Sonix

Open Sonix. If you don't have a Sonix account you can create one here:

First, you'll need to enable multitrack upload. You can do that in right nav inside Sonix.

STEP 6: Upload to Sonix

In Sonix select you can name your recording and then "Select from computer" and locate your audio files (My Documents > Zoom). Make sure you select all the files. One for each speaker.

STEP 7: Name speakers

Name the tracks with the name of the speaker. This will automatically label the speakers when Sonix combines the tracks into one transcript.

Select the language spoken and then hit the transcribe button and you'll get a combined transcript in a few minutes.


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