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Audio-only compositions

Compositions set to audio only will not contain scenes or the Canvas. These two elements in Descript are primarily used when creating video content; in an audio only composition, you’ll work in the Script Editor, Properties Panel, and Timeline.

Check out our audio editing tutorial for a full walkthrough on working with audio content in Descript.

  • You can set your default project setting from your app preferences; click Descript_D_icon.png, select Preferences, and change the default project setting to Audio.


  • From within a project, you can toggle compositions between video or audio only;

    click Descript_D_icon.png > File > Set composition to audio only.



Adding stock media, a template, or a file or sequence containing visuals will switch your composition to a video. Use Undo to revert the change and return to an audio only composition.

Considerations when switching from video and audio only

If you have a composition where you have created video content, there are a few things to remember before switching your composition to audio only.

  • If you do not need to edit the content further, you can always export your video composition as an audio file.
  • Video layers will still be in your timeline when switching to audio only.
  • You cannot export a video file while working in an audio only composition; you will need to switch the composition back to a video to export a video file.
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