Dictation Records Converted to MP3’s

This is another effort for the “shorthand preservation society”:  I spent last week converting shorthand records to mp3 format, so that I could play them easily on my Kindle via Evernote.  I used Audacity to clean them up and remove most of the static.  I thought others might find these useful, too.

The first set is called Gregg Student Dictation Practice Records — Speed Set Four (1963).  It contains 4 seven-inch floppy vinyl records.  They were in pretty rough shape (very staticky; and nicks caused skips in the speech in a couple places).  But thanks to Audacity, they are much improved and very usable now.  This set is beginner friendly.  There is no transcript available, though a few of the more challenging terms are shown in shorthand (presumably Diamond Jubilee) for each record on the record sleeves (.jpeg scans provided).  This set provides practice at 50, 60, 70 & 80 WPM.

The second set is called
Conversa-phone Steno Booster S-201 (1973).  It is a single 12″ record.  It includes a small booklet (.pdf scan provided) with the dictation letters typed out (no shorthand is provided, however, since this is not shorthand system-specific– it can be used with any type of shorthand).  The terminology in these letters is a lot more challenging.  It provides practice at 50, 60, 70 & 80 WPM.  

Attachment: greggspeedset4.zip
Attachment: conversa-phone.zip

Happy practicing!

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing these dictation practice records with us. I was surprised how easy it was to download them to Evernote and to find it works great. Thanks for all the work you did to get them to us. I love it!

    1. Oh good, I'm glad you were able to save them fine. I was beginning to think I'd scared people off with Evernote, or that the format just wasn't working, heh. Evernote really does make it easy to have your own portable "shorthand laboratory."

      With all the work that went into it, I'm really glad to know others will be able to make use of them, too. It makes it that much more worthwhile! :o) If the files ever become corrupted (and I've had music mp3's that have become corrupted before, so I know it's a possibility), at least there will be multiple copies "out there" to help preserve it.

  2. One more thing. Some of the records had scratches. I was able to clean up a lot of them, but a few couldn't be repaired. These were noted in Evernote. For those who didn't save them before in Evernote, here is where they are:

    There is 1 skip in the Gregg Speed Set Four on record 3 side B band 1 letter 1: "The enclosed contract signed by you is all that is necessary– (skip) We'll do the rest. Yours very truly."

    There are 3 skips from scratches in the Conversa-phone recordings (the zip file includes a transcript booklet, so you'll have no problem seeing where the skips are).

    Side A Band 2: In the closing address of the third letter, a scratch in the recording caused the words "Washington Street" to be omitted.

    Side A Band 4: In the second paragraph of the second letter, the words "all our" were omitted due to a scratch in the sentence "As you know all our sinks.."

    Side B Band 1: In the second paragraph of the second letter, the words "with the" are omitted in the sentence, "Please sign and post the enclosed Poster to comply with the State Law" due to a scratch in the record.

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