Read Aloud vs Descript

Side-by-side comparison of features, reviews, pricing and more

Read Aloud

Category: Text to Speech
Industries: Education, Medical

Pricing

Free

Descript

Category: Text to Speech
Industries: Anyone that needs a text-to-speech software solution

Pricing

Free-$0

Creator

$12/ editor / month

Pro $24 / editor / month

20M+ Downloads
5/5

#1 in Magazines & Newspapers

Speechify is the #1 audio reader in the world. Get through books, docs, articles, PDFs, email – anything

you read – faster.

Sir Richard Branson

Speechify is absolutely brilliant. Growing up with dyslexia this would have made a big difference. I’m so glad to have it today.

Sir Richard Branson

Read Aloud reviews

This software is so well designed, and it works all the time. I highly recommend this software for people looking for text to speech software. Just hit control C and then click read and it reads whatever you copied. Thanks for such a stable software.

- Donald

A great tool to use when you have attention deficit disorder, limited range of motion/physical disability, making things easier to be at your fingertips. ReadAlound needs a icon or share icon to connect to the different websites quicker.

- Ms. Courtney

This app is just what I was hoping for. I can copy and paste text from documents I'm writing into this app and listen to the flow. I don't use it for anything else, but it would be extremely easy to read web text or PDF text as well using this program. After using it for a few weeks, I bought the paid version, which gets rid of the ads. What I like: the different voices (I like the female, UK English one), fast and easy to put text into the reading pane, ability to pause and start. Really accurate pronunciations. What I'd change: I'd make it so I can have this reading in the background while I have a different window maximized (i.e., while I'm in my word processing program). It would be great if we could also customize pronunciations. The engine incorrectly pronounces certain words (surprisingly few, though), and it would be great to be able to edit that as is possible on other programs.

- Jessica

Descript reviews

This is a must-have product that will simplify your life. You won't realize how much time it saves until you use it. Fortunately, there is a fantastic free trial to try it out. The shortcuts are really useful and will save you a significant amount of time. There is a lot to learn, but once you do, the software will save your life.

- Zaiba S.

This is could be a game changing piece of software. it combines transcription and audio editing into one. The option to collaborate in the cloud like a google doc opens up many possibilities. But there is one big downside....

- Verified Reviewer- Media Production

Makes me *want* to edit, can't believe I worked without Descript, far and away the best/coolest software I've ever used, I love you so much, can't imagine trying to edit any other way, impossibly futuristic, best productization of machine learning I've ever seen, one of the most earth-shatteringly spectacular pieces of software I've downloaded in years, makes me feel like I'm living in the future, mindbending... I don't know that I'll ever be able to edit audio in any other way again, completely changes your expectations of a whole software category, the most thoughtfully designed app I've seen in several years, I’ve just experienced a new level of sorcery

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Pros & cons

Read Aloud

Pros
Simple, clean and intuitive interface
Control rate, pitch and volume of the speech
Pronunciation editor for correcting the pronunciation of certain words.

Cons
Its function is limited to reading whatever text is selected or readable in your web browser
Commands dont work and trouble reading text this makes it very hard to operate
The default voice is not that impressive

Descript

Pros
Overall, I'm thrilled with what Descript has brought to my show
I'm even more excited to post new episodes now because I know each week the listeners are getting a better and better show
Overall I love it and definitely want to learn how to use the other features but I am extremely happy with the use of the features that I do know how to use
Descript helped me go from a complete novice at audio editing to very proficient within just a few weeks' time
I find Descript to be a super useful tool, and highly recommend it to others.

Cons
And they seem to always show up, even when they've been corrected previously, so it's unclear whether the 'machine' is actually 'learning
Because it is cloud based I had nothing on my hard drive to try and salvage
It just stopped working
That there is no way to edit two separate tracks in one audio
I.e
two people speaking with their own audios).

What is Speechify?

Speechify is one of the most popular audio tools in the world. Our Google Chrome extension, web app, iOS app, and Android app help anyone listen to content at any speed they want. You can also listen to content in over 30 different voices or languages.

How can Speechify turn anything into an audiobook?

Speechify provides anyone with an audio play button that they can add on top of their content to turn it into an audiobook. With the Speechify app on iOS and Android, anyone can take this information on the go.

Learn more about text to speech online, for iOS, Mac, Android, and Chrome Extension.

Speechify is the #1 audio reader in the world

Get through books, docs, articles, PDFs, email – anything you read – faster.

4.6/5

20M+ downloads

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