Text-based audio editor and automated transcription

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#3 Product of the WeekDecember 12, 2017

Descript is the world’s first audio word processor. Get fast, accurate transcriptions - and then edit audio by editing text. Descript is a toolkit of superpowers for people that work with voice audio.

  • Louis Anslow
    Louis AnslowFounder of Newtrust

    Truly a bicycle for the mind. Let's one person do what required a team to do before.


    Can't think of any

    I am producing a podcast for Slate on a small budget, with a 2 person team. I would not have taken this on without access to Descript. It has made a stressful chore, an enjoyable endeavour - it frees your inner artist by removing monotony.

    Louis Anslow has used this product for one month.
  • Pros: 

    Great product. I clipped a portion of an iPhone taped lecture and threw it into the program. Worked quickly and accurately. Very helpful.


    More extensive help files would be nice. But that will come with time.

    I will be using this program extensively to transcribe my podcasts and video lectures. I can see this as a game changer. Love the fact that I can take out all the verbal miscues and know where they are by word or phrase. Bravo!

    Ben Waldman has used this product for one day.
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Andrew Mason
Andrew MasonMaker@andrewmason · CEO Descript, former Detour / Groupon
Hello! Andrew (CEO) here. After almost three years in the making, it's a real thrill to launch Descript. If you work with voice audio in any form, Descript is probably what you've been dreaming of. Yes, we do transcription (both automatic and human-powered), but that's just the starting point - Descript's superpower is what happens after the transcript - you can edit audio by editing text. You can download Descript for free - sign up with this link and you'll get 100 free minutes of transcription: More on Descript's backstory: And a post about automatic transcription accuracy: Thanks, happy as always to answer questions.
Lama Al Rajih
Lama Al Rajih@lamaalrajih
@andrewmason can you elaborate a little bit on what you mean by editing audio when editing text? Can I edit out certain parts of a podcast if I delete a few sentences?
Paul de Fombelle
Paul de Fombelle@paulodef · sows Mailify, reaps email marketers
@andrewmason @lamaalrajih And can you *add* some more text?!
Andrew Mason
Andrew MasonMaker@andrewmason · CEO Descript, former Detour / Groupon
@lamaalrajih yeah, check this out:
Andrew Mason
Andrew MasonMaker@andrewmason · CEO Descript, former Detour / Groupon
@lamaalrajih @paulodef yeah, kinda - you can type words and it'll generate synthesized speech. Nice if you're making edits and then you can drop recorded audio of the pickups to replace the scratch audio later:
Vikas Jha
Vikas Jha@get2vikasjha · Digital Entrepreneur & Ex- VC
@andrewmason Do you have APIs in plan so that I can include it within our App?
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverHunterPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I've been interested in podcasts as a consumer for years, waiting for the more of radio's "share of ear" (is that a term?) to be replaced by podcasts. We're starting to see that happen as the industry is expected to double this year and the adoption of voice-based hardware such as Echo's and Google Home will accelerate this in addition to open new opportunities for makers to create audio-based experiences. But today the tools are super rudimentary, creating an opportunity to create the pick axes for our future in voice and audio technology. /end rant Descript looks super useful, a tool that was incubated inside of Andrew and team's location-aware audio platform, Detour.
Andreas Klinger
Andreas KlingerHiring@andreasklinger · Tech at Product Hunt 💃
@andrewmason unrelated from the product itself: you had an amazing approach to progressive equity for your last projects. did you do the same approach for descript? and what was your experience with it?
Andrea Hill
Andrea Hill@afhill · Founder, Frameplay Consulting LLC
I'd love to see this work great, but there have been so many teams trying to solve this, and no one is there yet. (I just did a round of transcription with Trint and had to do a ton of cleanup after). I'll wait on early reviews before I check it out.
Andrew Mason
Andrew MasonMaker@andrewmason · CEO Descript, former Detour / Groupon
@afhill Hey Andrea! Here's 100 free minutes so you can play around with it: Also we compared Descript to other automatic transcription services and found that Descript makes about half as many errors:
Andrew Stetsenko
Andrew Stetsenko@stetsenko_me · Founder @ | GlossaryTech
@andrewmason, it's a great way of using the 'trial period' to play with Descript, I definitely want to try it out
Ben Levy
Ben Levy@benmlevy · Co-Founder of Sweep, PH NYC Co-Organizer
Hey Andrew, I've done a few interviews over time for various publications and recorded them and found a huge pain point to be going back and listening them to transcribe notes and key points. Hopefully Descript can solve some of those issues and expedite that process!! Could be a huge tool for journalists, if that's the case.
Andrew Mason
Andrew MasonMaker@andrewmason · CEO Descript, former Detour / Groupon
@benmlevy yes - we've been working along side journalists / radio producers for the last several years while building Detour, and became very familiar with what a pain this is. Check out this "manage source material" video:
Greig Cranfield
Greig Cranfield@greigcranfield · UX Researcher & Product Strategist
@benmlevy @andrewmason This could be super useful for UX Researchers too for this reason!