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Descript Acquires SquadCast, Creating a One-Stop-Shop for Recording, Editing and Publishing Podcasts and Videos

Descript Acquires SquadCast, Creating a One-Stop-Shop for Recording, Editing and Publishing Podcasts and Videos


August 15, 2023

Descript, the simple, powerful video and audio editor, announced the acquisition of remote recording studio SquadCast. As of today, the professional-grade remote recording solution is free as part of Descript. Podcasters and video creators now have a single tool for their entire production workflow, from recording to publishing.

“Remote recording has become an essential part of the podcaster’s workflow. And so far, podcasters have been forced to choose between something like Zoom that records at lower quality and is subject to internet glitches, or a pricey subscription to a dedicated remote recording service,” said Andrew Mason, CEO of Descript. “With our acquisition of SquadCast, podcasters have a battle-tested professional grade remote recording studio integrated right into their editor, for no additional cost.”

“Descript is the best way to make videos and podcasts. Together our users have the most powerful and most affordable tool to do what they love all in one place,” said Rock Felder, Co-Founder and CFO of SquadCast.

Descript + SquadCast = Complete Stack

Remote recording is a staple in every podcaster’s tool stack. Now, creators can record audio and video podcasts from anywhere and when they’re finished, their recordings will be automatically transcribed and ready for editing in Descript.

From there, Descript’s powerful AI-fueled editing features take over. AI voices, Studio Sound, transcription, automatic filler word removal, Regenerate, Eye Contact – Descript’s adaptability allows any creator, in any type of workflow, to create anything from an audio podcast to a sophisticated multicam video with multiple layers of video, b-roll, audio, with video and audio effects, and transitions.

“As long-time users of both Descript and SquadCast, this is going to be game-changing for our team,” said Pat Flynn, host of the Smart Passive Income podcast. “These two world-class tools coming together will streamline recording with our guests, improve the listening experience for our audience, and save us countless hours of production time behind the scenes.”

Descript customers will get remote recording included immediately in their subscriptions for free. SquadCast customers can choose to switch their subscription to Descript to get its editing capabilities at no additional cost.

Podcast Movement

The Descript team will be at Podcast Movement in Denver, CO, from August 21-24, 2023 (booth #700). You can hear directly from the team on the following panels:

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2023
  • Best Practices for Video Podcasting – 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM
  • How to Stay Agile in Podcast Marketing in an Evolving Medium – 3:15 PM to 3:45 PM
  • AI Tools that will Supercharge Your Social Media – 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
  • The Nuance of Narrative: Unraveling the Art of Storytelling with Successful Podcasters – 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Wednesday, August 23

  • The Ultimate Substack for Building a Podcast Business – 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

About Descript

Descript is a new kind of video editor that’s as easy as a doc. With tons of cool AI-powered features built into an intuitive interface, Descript powers YouTube and TikTok channels, top podcasts, and businesses using video for marketing, sales, internal training and collaboration. Descript aims to make video a staple of every communicator’s toolkit, alongside docs and slides.

Descript was founded by Groupon co-founder Andrew Mason in San Francisco in 2017 and has raised a total of $100M from Andreessen Horowitz, OpenAI, Redpoint Ventures, and Spark Capital. Individual investors include Daniel Gross, Devdatta Akhawe, Alex Blumberg, Jack Conte, Justine Ezarik, Todd Goldberg, Jean-Denis Greze, John Lilly, Tobi Lutke, Bharat Mediratta, Shishir Mehrotra, Casey Neistat, Brian Pokorny, Raghavendra Prabhu, Lenny Rachitsky, Naval Ravikant, Jay Simons, Jake Shapiro, Rahul Vohra, and Ev Williams.