What's new on Descript

Improvement
October 18, 2021

Version 25 Release

Drive View: filter to projects or recordings

The “All” tab in Drive View is now called “Home”, and lets you filter to view just projects or recordings. These filters also work with, and apply to the “Created by me”, “Shared with me” and “Downloaded” tabs. Existing filters in the “Pages” tab have been moved to the top-right for consistency.

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Fix
October 11, 2021

Patch 24.1.2

  • Fixed an issue where the pan control on a track in the Sequence Editor was not displayed.
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Fix
October 06, 2021

Patch 24.1.1

  • Fixed an issue where the currently selected clip would change during playback, causing the Clip Inspector view to switch unexpectedly.
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Improvement
October 06, 2021

Version 24 Release

Today we’re releasing our biggest update to Descript so far this year. There are five things, each of which on its own is a big deal.

Studio Sound 1.0

If you’ve yet to hear about Studio Sound, it’s Descript’s AI-based take on noise reduction and audio enhancement. We released it in beta last month, and many people (including us, actually) were surprised by how good it is.

Today, Studio Sound is graduating from beta, and we’re adding a few handy improvements. First, you can turn it on as a default setting for new recordings, either in the editor or in Descript’s screen recorder. Second, we added an intensity dial, so you can fine tune the strength of the effect. Finally, you can control it from the normal effects menu in the inspector, so you can tweak it without leaving your Composition.

Full suite of audio effects

In addition to Studio Sound, we’re releasing over a dozen new audio effects to give you the same level of mixing and creative control that you’d expect in a DAW.

We have mixing effects, like a compressor, a limiter, a noise gate, and ducking. We have creative effects like reverb, delay, pitch shifting, distortion, and a flanger. Each effect has easy to use presets, or if you know what you’re doing, you can drill in and tweak the knobs and dials to your liking.

Descript had a few effects before (compressor and equalizer), but with these effects, podcasters have the full set of tools necessary to get whatever sound they want.

New and improved Overdub

We’ve made our most substantial improvement to voice quality ever, eliminating a “wobbliness” issue that’s affected many voices since launch.

Our Stock Voices should sound better now, and if you want to improve your own Voices, just load your existing Overdub training Project and hit the “Submit Training Data” button.

We’ve also made it way easier to setup a Descript voice - you can create a voice from recordings in an existing composition in Descript (instead of recording a long script) and start creating Overdub placeholder text immediately (we’ll automatically generate once your voice is trained).

Video player with interactive transcript + Slack integration

Our embeddable video player now has an interactive, searchable transcript. Once you get used to it, you’ll have a hard time living without it on all of your non Descript videos.

We’ve also partnered with Slack to make our videos play inline. We're also releasing a Slack app so you can get Descript notifications in Slack.

Editor improvements

We redesigned the inspector with a Clip Inspector and Track Inspector. As you’re clicking around your script, you’ll either see an inspector for the relevant clip(s), or if you click on a boundary between clips, you’ll see a transition inspector, which you can use to add fades and crossfades. This makes it easier to control your Composition without needing to switch to the timeline view.

You can also change the length of a track directly from the script - you can see the endpoint, and just click and drag to move it. You can also change the length of gaps between words from the toolbar.

Misc

  • We've added a new publishing integration for podcasters, with Transistor, to help you get your content where it needs to go.

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New
September 24, 2021

Patch 23.1.1

  • Updated Publishing UI to indicate which source file will need to be replaced in the event of an incomplete upload.
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New
September 20, 2021

Version 23 Release

Word Gap toolbar control

Now you can quickly view and adjust the silence between sentences or words from the new toolbar control. This is available both in the main editor and Descript’s screen recorder, making it easy to trim the beginning/end of your video, or long gaps between sentences.

Preview our new clip inspector

In two weeks, we’re releasing a big design update to clip inspector (the right sidebar). If you’d like to try it now and share feedback before it’s imposed on you, select Help > Debug > Inspector Beta from the menubar.

Custom video thumbnails

You can set a custom thumbnail on videos you publish with Descript.

Fixes and improvements

  • Studio Sound now works in timeline export
  • Overdub Voices that are in Draft or Training status can now be selected in Speaker Labels and used to create Overdub placeholder text; the audio will auto-generate once the Voice is done training
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