Descript

Descript

A company offering an audio word processing platform that enables editor and producers to edit sound files while a writer would edit its lyrics.

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The software platform allows users to drag and drop audio within an audio recording using text, and the platform also allows users to add music and sound effect in the form of text to audio files. It also offers a timeline editor for users looking to change fades and audio volume of their audio recordings. The Descript audio editing platform allows multiple users to edit sound recordings at once in a text editor, and create notes for other users to see in the text document similar to Google Docs or Microsoft WordMicrosoft Word.

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The Overdub feature of Descript, which is powered by LyrebirdLyrebird AI, allows users to make corrections to their audio recordings in their own voice by editing the text transcripts generated by the Descript transcription service. The overdub feature allows users to perform tasks such as doing voiceovers for instructional or marketing videos, create scratch track for temporary audio for video games, animation, and scripted podcasts, and make editorial corrections that blend in with original audio recordings in the speakers own simulated voice. Overdub allows users to choose from a variety of voice performance styles to match their performance style in the audio clips they are editing.

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Descript

Descript is a San Francisco-basedA company offering an audio word processing platform that enables editor and producers to edit sound files while a writer would edit its lyrics. The company was founded in 2017.

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Descript was spun-out from Detour in December 2017 by Andrew Mason and has since developed a podcast and audio editing software that allows users to edit audio by editing the transcipted text.

Descript provides an audio word processing software that enables users to edit sound files.

Funding History

The company raised a Seed Round of USD$5,000,000 on December 12, 2017 and a Series A Round of USD$15,000,000 on September 18, 2019.

Andreessen Horowitz's Alastair Rampell is on the Board of Directors.

Descript is a company offering an audio word processing platform that enables editor and producers to edit sound files while a writer would edit its lyrics that is headquartered in San Francisco, California and was founded in 2017 by Andrew Mason. Descript was spun-out from Detour and has since developed podcast and audio editing software that allows users to edit audio by editing text.

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Audio transcription

The software platform allows users to drag and drop audio within an audio recording using text, and the platform also allows users to add music and sound effect in the form of text to audio files. It also offers a timeline editor for users looking to change fades and audio volume of their audio recordings. The Descript audio editing platform allows multiple users to edit sound recordings at once in a text editor, and create notes for other users to see in the text document similar to Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

The Descript transcription platform uses artificial intelligence for audio transcription into text. The company claims their platform can make text transcriptions from audio recordings that are 96% accurate, can detect each unique speaker, and have a 3 minute turnaround time for transcription of a 60 minute audio recording.

Overdub

The Overdub feature of Descript, which is powered by Lyrebird AI, allows users to make corrections to their audio recordings in their own voice by editing the text transcripts generated by the Descript transcription service. The overdub feature allows users to perform tasks such as doing voiceovers for instructional or marketing videos, create scratch track for temporary audio for video games, animation, and scripted podcasts, and make editorial corrections that blend in with original audio recordings in the speakers own simulated voice. Overdub allows users to choose from a variety of voice performance styles to match their performance style in the audio clips they are editing.

Acquisions

Lyrebird

At the time of announcing their series A funding on September 18, 2019 Descript also announced acquiring Lyrebird, a company making audio editing software, for an undisclosed amount of money. The acquisitions helped Descript launch a new product feature called Overdub which allows users to create templates of their own voices they can use to create audio recordings with their own voice based on typed words they enter into the program.

Funding

Seed

On December 12, 2017 Descript announced raising $5 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

Series A

On September 18, 2019 Descript announced raising $15 million in series A funding from Redpoint and Andreessen Horowitz. The company plans on using their funding to focus on company expansion and hire more employees.

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September 18, 2019

Descript announces $15 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

September 18, 2019

Series A funding

Descript announces $15 million in series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

September 18, 2019

Lyrebird acquisition

At the time of announcing their series A funding on September 18, 2019 Descript also announced acquiring Lyrebird, a company making audio editing software, for an undisclosed amount of money.

December 12, 2017

Seed funding

On December 12, 2017 Descript announced raising $5 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

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Descript's new podcast editor includes an AI voice double for dubbing over mistakes

Nick Statt

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September 18, 2019

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Descript Podcast Studio

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The company raised a Seed Round of USD$5,000,000 on December 12, 2017 and a Series A Round of USD$15,000,000 on September 18, 2019.

Andreessen Horowitz's Alastair Rampell is on the Board of Directors.

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Descript provides an audio word processing software that enables users to edit sound files.

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Descript Inc - Company Profile and News

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Descript

Descript is ana San Francisco-based company audio word processing platform that enables editor and producers to edit sound files while a writer would edit its lyrics. The company was founded in 2017.

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Descript was spun-out from Detour in December 2017 by Andrew Mason and has since developed a podcast and audio editing software that allows users to edit audio by editing the transcipted text.

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Introducing Descript - Descript - Medium

Andrew Mason

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December 12, 2017

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Redpoint Ventures
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Descript has developed a podcast and audio editing software that allows users to edit audio by editing the transcipted text.

Funding History

The company raised a Seed Round of USD$5,000,000 on December 12, 2017 and a Series A Round of USD$15,000,000 on September 18, 2019.

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