Pop Up Archive’s Time Saver For 2016 Radio Racers


On the weekend of August 6-7, our pals at KCRW’s Independent Producer Project are hosting their fourth annual Radio Race—a chance for pro and hobbyist sound collectors to test their chops against the clock and produce a nonfiction radio story within 24 hours. 

To help radio racers get their stories in the can, Pop Up Archive is offering free audio transcriptions for participants. Pop Up Archives’ transcriptions save participants valuable production time so they can quickly zero on their best content and, with the help of our new Adobe Audition plug-in, easily edit and stitch clips together.

Winners will have their radio piece featured on KCRW’s “UnFictional” and will receive a free year’s subscription to Pop Up Archive’s 1-hour/month plan.

Already signed up for the race? Head over to Pop Up Archive to sign up for our free demo.

Ready, set, record! Read on for our Pop Up Archive guide for Radio Race participants:


The first thing to do is to upload your audio to a collection on the “My Collections” page. We create one to get you started, but feel free to make as many as you want! Or if you’re using Adobe Audition, you can upload your audio file through the Audition interface using the Pop Up Archive add-on.

Pro tip: All collections are private by default, but you can also choose to make them public, and (optional) back up to Internet Archive. Learn more about privacy options.

*Remember to do this one at a time, unless you want multiple audio files to play on the same Pop Up Archive item page!* Watch this tutorial for more help uploading. 

2) PROCESSING (aka, take a much needed nap while our tech. does the grunt work.)

After upload, wait while we process it for automatic transcripts and tags. You can check on the processing status from the “my collections” page.

Pro tip: Keep in mind that we process audio close to real time (with some extra time depending on server speed.) That means an hour long file will take around an hour to process for a complete auto-transcript.

Pro tip: Patience, producer grasshopper! Wait until you’ve received the complete transcript notification in your inbox to edit. If you try to edit while the auto-transcript is still processing, it will overwrite your edits.



Our transcripts might need some editing love before you can make good use of them, but we’ve got you covered with our transcription key commands.

Pro tip: Use our transcript editing tools to swiftly clean up your transcripts. Then you can export the text and use it shape your audio story. You can export transcripts with and without timestamps



Get an overview of the day’s recordings, or zone in on a key moment by searching your audio.

Pro tip: You can search both within a single audio file, or within your entire collection. We’ll search your transcripts for keywords to get to the exact time-stamped point in the audio that you’re looking for:



If you’ve made it this far in the Radio Race, I bet you’ll want to show off your finished piece. We make it easy with an html embed code:

Pro tip: Share your masterpiece with the world! If your audio is public, grab one of our embed codes to post your audio to your own site, or click any of the “share” buttons on the Item page. You can use either a simple player, or an interactive transcript player, featuring tweetable transcript lines! 

Good luck, and happy transcribing!