There are two organizational principles that are helpful to remember as you use Descript:

  • Compositions are where you’ll spend the vast majority of your time. You can use Compositions to edit audio, correct transcripts, and highlight key sections of your files. You can include and edit audio and transcribed text from many different recordings in the same Composition.
  • The Media Library is where your audio recordings — and their complete transcripts — are stored for safekeeping. You can't combine content from multiple files, and you can't edit audio.

When in doubt, use a Composition.

If you’d like more details, read on.

Say you have an audio recording of an interview. When you drag your audio file into Descript, you’ll see it appears in your Media Library. It will take a few moments to transcribe — once it’s done, you’ll see your audio’s raw transcript.

Now you want to do some things with your transcript, like correct typos and edit it down to the good parts. To do this, you’re going to use a Composition. You probably want your Composition to include the transcript that was just generated, so click on the media file in your Media Library, then go to File -> New Composition -> New Composition from Transcript.

Note: To make life easier, when you import an audio file into a new project, Descript will automatically create a Composition containing its transcript.

No matter how much you edit, delete, and rearrange your Compositions, the audio file in your Media Library and its original transcript will remain unchanged. This way if there's ever a deleted segment you wish you could have back — it's only a couple of clicks away.

The only time a file in your Media Library is changed is when you correct typos within a Composition. These fixes will get synced with the original transcript — even if you’ve rearranged your text/audio, the typo corrections go to the right place in the Media Library.

(Be sure to pay attention to which editing mode you use while you’re in your Compositions: use Correcting Text Mode to fix typos, and Edit Audio Mode to remix and delete audio; you can switch between the two modes using the keyboard shortcut Command + E).

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