Voice Aloud vs Descript

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

Voice Aloud

Category: Text to Speech
Industries: Students, Writers, Educators, Teachers, Content Creators

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

Voice Aloud reviews

This is a really good app that reads words allowed. I’m using the application to read PDF books. It is working very well. It does a good job of reading books that may have two columns on one page with tables, charts and graphs. It does a good job of reading the left column of words first and then the right column of words. It will read the charts and graphs also, so if you don’t want that read, all you have to do is press on the next section you want read. Its a life saver. Also, it works in multi task mode, so you can have PDF reader pulled up, highlighting within your PDF file and making notes while the app is reading to you (e.g. left side of screen has the voice app reading and the right side has the actual PDF book open) One other application I tried would not allow this, which was odd. For only about $8, I say this application is a bargain. I’ve already used the application to read hours of text to me. It is definitely saving me some eye strain. Word pronunciation is pretty decent, but I would follow along as the text reads to you, just Incase the reader pronounces some words awkwardly. Overall, a really good application.

- DesfluraneGas

Needs some attention, but good Love the one time purchase, absolutely worth it as a college student. The only problem I have with it is when it adds extra characters to the start of each page. Most of the time, whenever the page is turned, the program will add and read aloud “a” and/or “-“ two to four times before starting on what the page actually says. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a way to edit this out of the page, though you are able to view the extra “a”s and “-“s in the contents menu of your book. If you’re anything like the average reader, this makes it kinda hard to follow the meaning of the sentence across the page turn when there’s a four to five second break with the voice repeating “a a hyphen hyphen a hyphen.” If you don’t mind it though, it’s a great app and much closer to five stars.

- MoonieMeep

Overall decent. Couple of basic quality of life changes. The rate needs to increase in increments of .1 not.5. I don’t know who could ever understand something at a rate of 5. Second the Web reader needs two basic features. Zoom and search text. Zoom for the oddly small font and search text for long documents so that you don’t have to search manually when telling it to play from here. Otherwise I’m quite pleased it loads the body content quite well and plays it just fine.

- crossfire92

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

Voice Aloud

Pros
It does a good job of reading books that may have two columns on one page with tables, charts and graphs
It loads the body content quite well and plays it just fine
Word pronunciation is pretty decent

Cons
Layout and navigation need to be simpler and more descriptive, with lesser icons and more font
The Kindle app cannot open a lot of files, so what the @voice app does is convert documents and websites into a format that the Kindle can read aloud
Has a mechanical "accent," mispronounces or misreads the occasional word, tends to add extra pauses, and occasionally reads punctuation marks instead of obeying them (e.g, "ehyphenmail")

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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