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Monday, September 15, 2008

New Poll – Do You Use a Pedal?

This week, we want to get an idea of how many of you use pedals versus hotkeys for controlling your audio. Vote in the poll in the left sidebar at Transcription Talk and then come leave us a comment telling us why you do or don't use a pedal!


madfam said...

It only took me a week or two after landing my first contract to purchase my foot pedal. There's no way I could live without one now. For me, it makes transcribing so much faster because it allows my fingers to "concentrate" solely on what needs to be transcribed instead of having to reach for hot keys.

Julie said...

I love my foot pedal.

Rose said...

I've thought about getting a foot pedal, but I'm so used to using the hot keys in Express Scribe that I don't really worry about it anymore. I've got a TAT of about 3.5 to 1 on good audio, and I'm not really sure that a pedal would make all that much difference on that speed! I also work on a laptop, and like being able to work anywhere. Without the pedal, I can just kick up my feet and type!

margi said...

I never used anything else! I'm "Old School" and learned transcription using the foot pedal. When my leg gets tired, though, I'm training myself to use the hot keys.

As far as working "on the road," as it were, I have a USB pedal and I just plop that into my briefcase with my laptop!

I do, however, like the idea of being able to work with or without one. Flexibility is the key to air superiority. Or something like that. ;o)

Stephanie said...

I actually didn't use a pedal for the first 6 months I did this. The only reason I purchased one is because a new contract required us to use For The Record and hotkeys don't work in it.

At first, I hated it. I was so quick using my hotkeys that it seemed it slowed me down.

Now, I can't imagine not having one. It's the same with anything new, slow going at first, but once you get the hang of it, it will increase your speed dramatically.