Apart from the two pieces of hardware above, you’ll need a computer program to be able to listen to and control the audio files. Pre-installed Windows software like media player will not do for transcribing. There are many pieces of software out there, some of which come bundled with the foot pedal, others you can download from the internet. Some of the most popular ones are Olympus software & Express Scribe. Some are free and some you have to pay for, with the purchased software there are more features and they are more compatible with different types of audio files.
As well as the transcription software it is also useful to download some free audio enhancement software and audio file conversion software. These would need a little research but if you can convert files you have the flexibility to be able to transcribe all types of audio / video files – meaning you are not restricting yourself. Sound enhancement software can be great if you have been given a poor quality audio file to transcribe – you can boost the audio or clean it up.