Descript’s new podcast editor can deepfake your voice to dub over errors

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Deepfakes are transferring previous movies — Descript’s new podcast editor has the power to deepfake your individual voice to repair errors you made throughout recording.


Descript Podcast Studio launched Wednesday with a function referred to as “Overdub,” which lets you substitute recorded phrases and phrases with synthesized speech that blends in with the opposite audio. The function is supposed to fill within the blanks of any errors or awkward pauses in the course of the recording of a podcast. Proper now, the Overdub function is simply out there in a closed beta.

The app cautions customers, nonetheless, that the function just isn’t meant to create abusive deepfakes, as a substitute it’s meant to assist podcasters with the modifying course of. They will merely edit textual content to edit their podcast — and dub over any errors.


“Relaxation assured, you possibly can solely use Overdub by yourself voice. We constructed this function to avoid wasting you the tedium of re-recording/splicing time each time you make an editorial change, not as a method make deep fakes,” wrote Andrew Mason, the CEO of Descript, in a weblog submit saying the function.

Descript basically permits you to edit audio by modifying textual content, with an interface that appears similar to Microsoft Phrase or Google Docs. Together with podcast modifying, Descript provides a transcription service for 15 cents a minute, or 7 cents a minute for customers who’re part of its $10 month-to-month plan.

Lyrebird, Descript’s AI analysis division, created the Overdub function. Each Lyebird and Descript created an ethics web page in regards to the “deepfake” expertise and the way they created it. 

“We consider it’s best to personal and management using your digital voice. Descript makes use of a course of for coaching speech fashions that depends upon real-time verbal suggestions, making certain that people can solely create a text-to-speech mannequin of their very own voice. As soon as created, the consumer is the proprietor of their voice and has the only real authority to resolve when and the way it’s used,” Descript’s ethics assertion reads.

This new expertise is groundbreaking for certain, but it surely’s additionally a great factor that Descript and Lyebrid have gone to lengths to make sure the AI expertise is used ethically as a result of as we’ve seen previously, deepfakes aren’t at all times used for good. 

There’s already been points with pretend deepfakes purporting to point out well-known folks saying one thing they by no means truly stated, together with one among Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg proclaiming his energy over “hundreds of thousands of individuals’s stolen knowledge.” Specialists say that the expertise is advancing shortly and deepfakes will solely get extra convincing (and simpler to create) over the subsequent few years.

“Whereas we can’t predict what the long run holds for the media, we do consider it is going to proceed to be essential for every of us to be crucial shoppers of every thing we see, hear, and skim,” Descript wrote.

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