Ask any seasoned radio producer and they will tell you that logging tape – the process of listening back through all of your audio and manually transcribing the text, with time codes, into a word doc – is one of the most essential parts of making a radio story. Your transcript is the foundation of your piece, from which you can identify through lines, crucial moments, and recurring themes that make up your finished story. Plus it’s a handy reference guide if you ever need to find a certain piece of tape.

The trouble is, logging tape is really, really time consuming (not to mention monotonous). When a producer is working on a very tight deadline, transcribing is usually the first thing to go. But losing that process could potentially mean losing valuable snippets of tape you may not have discovered or remembered otherwise.

We are so excited that all of you brave producers are dipping your toes into the tumultuous 24-Hour Radio Race waters, and we want to make the process as informative, creative, and fun as we can. We also want you to have every tool at your fingertips to make your story as good as it can be. So lucky for us, our friends at Pop Up Archive have interceded to make logging this weekend a cinch.

Pop Up Archive is a new, super useful production tool that lets you access the spoken content within your audio without the pain of transcribing from scratch. All you have to do is upload your audio onto their website and let their speech recognition technology do the work for you. Here’s a handy tutorial for how to use it:

For Radio Race participants, Pop Up Archive is offering exclusive access to the their audio workspace. Use Pop Up Archive to help craft your Radio Race stories, and receive one full month of uploads for free! Contact them at edison@popuparchive.com with the subject line “Pop Up Radio Race” to redeem your free month of access to their auto-transcription toolkit.

Want even more info? How about this gorgeous tutorial, made especially for #RadioRace contestants!

Happy transcribing! (Probably the first time you’ve seen those two words next to each other.)

– The IPP & Pop Up Archive Teams