The virtual podcast studio Soundtrap is expanding its transcription service tool beyond English to five additional languages, including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swedish. It’s part of Soundtrap for Storytellers, the cloud-based studio it launched in May. Transcriptions had previously been only available in English. Adding five more languages to the platform’s capability gives millions of new users the chance to use the smart transcript feature in their own language,” said Per Emanuelsson, managing director of Soundtrap at Spotify. The company says French, Spanish, German and Swedish are available immediately. The transcription service in Portuguese will be available in December.
Beyond transcriptions, Soundtrap for Storytellers gives users a variety of tools, including recording, remote multi-track interviewing with video chat, a sound effects library, smart transcribing and editing of the spoken-word audio file as a text document, full audio production capabilities, the publishing of its transcript to optimize SEO. Soundtrap was acquired by Spotify in November 2017 and, as part of its feature lineup, it now allows users to directly publish their podcast on the streaming service.
“We built Soundtrap for Storytellers around solving some of the biggest pain points for podcasters, with an aim of providing a streamlined platform that addresses every element of the podcast creation process,” said Emanuelsson.
Despite its billing as a one-stop solution, there are limitations to Soundtrap For Storytellers. Shows won’t be distributed to other listening platforms and no analytics are offered. Spotify will also charge podcasters $15 per month to use the platform, with lower rates for annual plans.