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Deepgram vs Amazon Transcribe


All the features. Better performance. Lower cost.

Features and Capabilities
Amazon Transcribe
Batch processing (1hr of audio)
3 seconds
900 seconds
Streaming processing lag
<300 ms
Word Error Rate (WER)
Tailored Speech Model
Deep Search (audio)
Diarization (separate per speaker)
Up to 10
Up to 10
Audio streams processed per CPU/GPU
450 per GPU
1 per CPU
Noise Reduction
Custom Vocabulary (keyword boosting)
Pre-recorded Only
Profanity Filter
Numeral Formatting

Higher Speed

We measure in milliseconds, not seconds.

With our End-to-End Deep Learning Neural Network, pre-recorded and real-time streaming speed are built into our platform. That means you never have to sacrifice accuracy or cost to get faster transcripts. Get the speed you need to create real, human-like voice experiences.

Higher Accuracy

Beyond out-of-the-box accuracy.

With Deepgram, general speech model accuracy is not the end but the beginning. When your use case has unique terminology, jargon, accents, dialects, etc., it’s just not good enough. Our tailored speech model can improve upon your use case audio for even higher accuracy on the words that matter to you. Oh, and we can do it in weeks—not months.

Better Deployment Choices

Choose your level of control.

Deepgram gives you a choice with our AI Speech Platform deployment.  If you are dealing with sensitive or private audio data, we offer an on-premises or virtual private cloud option in addition to our standard public cloud option. Great ASR should be available everywhere, not just in the cloud.

on-prem or cloud deployment options

Fair Billing

No rounding up.
No surprises.

Rounding up fees to the nearest 15 seconds is a common practice in speech recognition – but not at Deepgram. We think you should only pay for what you actually use. With our Fair Billing, you can reliably predict your STT expenses and not find yourself getting hit with a bill that’s 3X more than you expected.

So, when is Amazon the right choice?

There are times when Amazon is going to be the better choice for your needs. For example, if you’ve got use cases with short, command-and-response audio like, “Hey Alexa, tell me the weather,” or other consumer cloud-based applications, it totally makes sense. Deepgram excels at business and higher data security use cases that involve longer, more difficult audio rather than one person talking to a smart speaker. If that sounds like what you need, give us a try.

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Meet innovators who’ve made the switch.

Most other speech to text vendors word error rates (WER) fell consistently between 75% and 80%, whereas Deepgram’s WER is consistently 90% to 92% for us.”

Ravish Kamath, CPO,

There could be hundreds of issues a customer is calling in about. Add to this complexity there is a distribution of words, specific to each of our customer’s brands. We couldn’t get these words right using Google, Amazon, or Speechmatics, and are thrilled to finally reach our accuracy goal with Deepgram”

Arjun Maheswaran, CTO, Agara

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