Best audio transcription foot pedals – Review 2023

Best audio transcription foot pedals


Hi there, welcome to my reviews on the best audio transcription foot pedals there are currently on the market.

As you know a digital foot pedal is an essential piece of equipment when undertaking audio transcription work, after all you wouldn’t expect a surgeon to work without a scalpel and audio typists are no different – they need the right equipment to do their job! So, we have put together some of the best audio transcribing pedals on the market for you to have a look at.

I actually use an audio foot pedal myself so I really enjoyed carrying out the research for this. So, let’s get straight into the products and you will see why they have made my selection.

Foot pedal for transcriptionist – take a look and see which one suits you.


Express Scribe Professional Foot Pedal bundle

Express Scribe Professional Foot Pedal bundle

  • Express Scribe is a full professional audio transcription package and software for PC or Mac
  • Compatible with all Olympus Digital Voice Recorders, Philips Voice recorder, Sony voice Recorder and more.
  • Works with Microsoft Word and all major word-processors
  • Comes complete with foot control and headset
  • Works on Windows 7, XP, Vista and 8 and Mac OS X – 10.3 or above
  • M4A, MSV. DVF, AMR, AIFF, MP4. MP3, WAV, WMA, DSS, AVI, MOV, WMV and much more
  • Allows you to transcribe audio, DVD & Video files. Technical Support Available

Editors choice: $$$
Top product recommendation

If you need a complete professional audio transcription kit this is the one for you. Great customizable foot-pedal action. With the software, foot pedal and earphones all in one box it has everything you need to get you started. All you need to do is just download the software, connect the foot pedal and earphones and you are ready to go.

Slightly more expensive than buying a single audio foot pedal – but remember you are getting a complete kit.

Top product

Top product


Infinity 3 USB foot pedal

Executive Communication Systems Infinity 3 USB Foot Pedal

  • Infinity USB digital foot pedal control
  • Control everything easily through your foot
  • Sturdy and durable design and ultra-heavy-duty micro switches ensuring countless hours of trouble-free performance
  • The ergonomic design includes a wide, central, sloping Play pedal and the large size enables you to easily move your foot from the Play to Fast Forward or Rewind keys
  • This Infinity footpedal allows you to rest your foot comfortably while you are transcribing.
  • Works with the following software which you must download separately: WinScribe, Bighand, Express Scribe and Chatterbox

Editors choice: $$
Top value recommendation

If you already have software and only need an audio foot pedal then this is perfect for you. A great sturdy model that doesn’t slide across the floor. Good foot placement and key switches that can be customized, so no foot fatigue.

I use this model daily and I have never had any issues – just plug and play.

Remember you will need to download software to listen to the audio files (there are some free basic versions on-line, but they have limitations). And also there will be an additional cost as you still need to purchase a suitable headset.

Value product

Value product


Olympus RS31H USB Foot Switch

Olympus RS31H USB Foot Switch with 4 Pedals

  • Control any software with your feet
  • Professional high-end foot switch
  • Box contents: Olympus RS31H USB Foot Switch with 4 Pedals
  • The Olympus RS31H USB Foot Pedal with 4 Pedals – This Professional footswitch incorporates 4 buttons that easily control not only Olympus dictation management software (ODMS, DSS Player Standard, Sonority), but also your preferred third-party software
  • For use with Olympus Transcription Software only (AS-2400 or AS-7000 )
  • This does not work with Dictation Version or different Brand softwares

Philips 7177 SpeechExec Transcription Set

Philips 7177 SpeechExec Transcription Set (LFH7177/03)

  • The new ergonomic design of the foot switch provides much more comfort; hands-free control of all playback functions with minimal physical strain.
  • Lightweight under-chin stereo headphones with excellent sound quality and soft ear pads for increased comfort
  • Includes the SpeechExec Basic Transcribe software 2-year subscription
  • Priority function allows priority to take urgent shots, not to miss important shots. Wizard can better manage tasks
  • The transcription set can be seamlessly integrated into existing Philips digital dictation solutions.

Olympus AS-2400-U1 Transcription Kit

Olympus AS-2400-U1 Transcription Kit – AS-2400-U1 with Foot Control and Headset

  • Olympus RS28H – USB foot pedal with 3 buttons allows you to control the software player in order to comfortably scribe while listening to the audio recording
  • Playback audio formats include: DSS PRO, DSS, WAV, WMA and MP3 (Note: Encrypted DSS Pro files not supported and DSS Player for Mac does not support WMA)
  • Olympus E103 Stereo under chin headphone designed for transcribing human voice (3.5 mm L-Shaped stereo plug)
  • DSS Player Standard – Transcription software for dictation transcribers (Windows) with interface to Dragon Speech Recognition (note: separate software license for DSS Player for Mac included, feature set varies to the Windows version)
  • Audio typing foot pedal (RS28H) can also control other software applications which can be controlled via keyboard shortcuts such as VLC media player or MAXQDA media player
  • Supports audio files from all Olympus dictation machines, but also from other manufacturers as long the particular audio format is supported.

So to recap

  1. Express Scribe Professional Transcription Foot Pedal bundle
    Express Scribe is a foot pedal and software bundle for PC or Mac. It is compatible with all Olympus Digital Voice Recorders, Philips Voice recorder, Sony voice recorder and more.
  2. Executive Communication Systems Infinity 3 USB Foot Pedal Control
    This ergonomic Infinity foot pedal allows you to rest your foot comfortably while you are transcribing.
  3. Olympus RS31H USB Foot Switch with 4 Pedal
    The Olympus RS31H USB Foot Pedal with 4 Pedals – This Professional footswitch incorporates 4 buttons that easily control not only Olympus dictation management software (ODMS, DSS Player Standard, Sonority), but also your preferred third-party software. Doesn’t work with Dictation Version or different Brand softwares.
  4. Philips 7177 SpeechExec Transcription Set (LFH7177/03)
    The new ergonomic design of the foot switch provides much more comfort. With its hands-free controls, all the playback functions can be accessed with minimal physical strain. The lightweight under-chin stereo headphones have excellent sound quality. And the soft ear pads provide extra comfort.
  5. Olympus AS-2400-U1 Transcription Kit – AS-2400-U1 with Foot Control and Headset
    The basic transcription kit AS‑2400 guarantees a convenient transcription of audio files. The included 3-button USB foot pedal allows the user to control the DSS Player Standard software with his foot to have the hands free for fast typewriting.

Summary

So, you have chosen audio transcription as one of your services, now how do you effectively deliver that service? You need to think about what foot pedal for transcription do you need? Also, what are the best audio transcription foot pedals on the market?

As with any service you are trying to deliver you need the right tools to do the job. A carpenter needs woodworking tools, a painter needs a paintbrush, and a surgeon needs a scalpel, otherwise they are wasting their time. Likewise an audio transcriptionist, audio typist, or digital transcriber needs the correct tools too.

If you are offering transcription services such as medical transcription services or general digital transcription, you need to ensure you have the correct equipment such as a PC, an audio foot pedal so there is no foot fatigue, headphones to protect your hearing, and compatible transcription software to ensure you can carry out the work.

What is an audio transcription foot pedal?

A foot pedal is a piece of equipment designed to allow your foot to deliver the stop, start, and rewind instructions directly through the audio transcription foot pedal. This allows your hands to remain focused on your keyboard, thereby allowing greater productivity.

When looking for the best foot pedals for your transcription services there are a few things you need to consider such as:

  • Width of audio transcription pedal footplate
  • Ant-slip features
  • Lead length
  • USB connection
  • Software download
  • Physical disc
  • Customizable pedals
  • Ergonomic design
  • Windows and Mac compatible
  • Plug & play
  • Play/forward/rewind controls easily accessible from the centerpiece
  • USB 1.1/2.0/3.0 compliant
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Magnetic switch system

Always do your research and you should find a foot pedal suitable for you.

Don’t want to use an audio transcription foot pedal?

So you don’t want to use an audio foot pedal, what do you do? And how do you transcribe without a foot pedal? Do you really need a foot pedal to carry out transcription work? Well, the simple answer is ‘no’, you do not need a foot pedal for transcribing. However, in our opinion, it will make life a lot easier if you do use one.

However, if you can’t use a foot pedal or you prefer to use your hands to operate the transcription software that is okay too. So if you do not wish to use a foot pedal you will have to set up hotkeys on your computer keyboard to operate the functions with your hands. But that’s another article.

Conclusion

So we have looked at the best audio transcription foot pedals on the market at the moment. Remember by using an audio transcription foot pedal you can easily access the forward, rewind, and pause controls. This will greatly help with your productivity, also the easy movement of your foot on the pedal will allow you to work longer.

There are many other areas of setting up your office that you need to consider. Why not have a look at recommendations for other office products you may want to consider?