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Express Scribe Transcription Playback Software

Transcription Audio Player Software

Express Scribe is a professional audio player software for PC or Mac designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings. It is installed on the typist's computer and can be controlled using a transcription foot pedal or using the keyboard (with 'hot' keys). This computer transcriber application also offers valuable features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, file management and more. This program is free.

The full features list of Express Scribe transcription playback software follows but a quick way to test is to simply download and install it. You don't need to purchase anything and it only takes a couple of minutes to complete downloading and installation. Click here to install.

Express Scribe is a completely free program that is one component of our dictation and transcription suite. For all full list of all our dictation related software please see below, or visit our Dictation Software page.

Click here to download Express Scribe
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  • Variable speed playback (constant pitch).
  • Supports many professional foot pedals which connect to the game, serial or USB port to control playback. More info...
  • Uses 'hot' keys to control playback when using other software (eg. Word).
  • Ability to dock both analog and digital portable recorders to load recordings.
  • Works with Microsoft Word and all major word-processor applications.
  • Automatically receives and loads files by internet (FTP), email or over a local computer network.
  • Automatically sends typing to the person who dictated the work.
  • Works with speech recognition software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking to automatically convert speech to text.
  • Loads CD audio directly - listen as it loads in the background.
  • Integrate with dictation management systems using the Express Scribe SDK.
  • Works with FastFox typing utility to turn difficult medical/legal phrases and common terms into mere shortcuts from your keyboard.
  • Express Scribe is free.

Professional Foot Pedals

Increase your words per minute by giving your feet control of playback leaving your fingers free to type.

Click here for more information or to purchase a transcription Foot Pedal Transcription foot pedals are suitable for both Windows and Mac OS X.

The pedals are "plug and play" which make them easy to install and use. There are three controls which are usually setup for rewind (right), play/pause (center) and fast-forward (left).

  Purchase a foot pedal
  'DIY' foot pedal solutions

Express Scribe has been designed to work with professional foot pedals to help improve your transcription turn-around and increase productivity.

Supported File Formats

Ability to play most audio file formats (including encrypted dictation files) including:
  • wav, mp3, au, aif, vox,
  • dct (encrypted dictation)
  • Windows Media, VoiceIt (sri)
  • RealAudio (ra and rm)
  • Olympus, Lanier & Grundig (dss)
  • Sony Recorder formats (msv, dvf)
  • Philips Digital Recorder format
  • Sanyo Digital Recorder format
  • DSP TrueSpeech, GSM 6.10,
  • mp2, vox, PCM, uLaw,
  • wav, mp3, aiff
  • dct file formats
  • and many more formats.

Express Scribe
System Requirements
Download Windows
  - exe file
Download Mac
Download for Linux
Foot Pedal Controls
Introduction Tutorial
Developers SDK
Questions (FAQs)
Technical Support
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System Requirements

  • Windows - 95/98/NT/2000/Me/XP/2003/Vista
  • Mac OS - 10.1 or above
  • Linux - see here.
  • Sound Card or Integrated Sound Support.
  • Optional - Foot Pedals - More info...
  • Optional - SAPI Speech Engine (eg. Dragon Naturally Speaking, etc.)
  • Optional - Internet connection for automatic online reception of files.

More Information...

For more information on Express Scribe, please see:

Download Express Scribe

Express Scribe can be downloaded by clicking on one of the following links: Once download is complete, run "essetup.exe" to install Express Scribe. Once installed, select Help to view or print the complete manual.

Click here to download the completely free Express Scribe transcription playback software and Express Scribe Mini

Related Software

Express Scribe is one part of the NCH Swift Sound dictation and typing suite. Other titles include Express Dictate, a professional dictation recorder for PC's, FastFox, a typing expander to automatically expand words to lines of text, and DialDictate which allows you to record dictations over the telephone. For a more software please see our Dictation Software page.

Manual & Documentation

The manual and help documentation for Express Scribe transcription playback software are included with the download file (above). To view or print the manual, download Express Scribe by clicking on one of the links above, run the install file and then select the Help item from the menu.

Formats and Compression


To use Express Scribe to import files from VoiceIt recorders (SRI) files, you need to download that contains files for SRI Support and extract all the files in it into the folder:
C:\Program Files\NCH Swift Sound\Scribe.

Software Suggestions and Development Services

If you have any suggestions for improvements to Express Scribe or suggestions for other audio software that you might need, please visit our suggestions page. Many of our software projects have been undertaken after suggestions from users like you.

We also offer custom software development services for commercial organisations. Please visit our development page for more info.

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