5 Important Items for Interpreting Equipment Rental

In Blogby Rafael Morel

Contemporary interpreting equipment allows for simultaneous translation of a presentation, with delivery in a number of spoken languages if necessary. It may also provide for the needs of hearing impaired participants at your event. Because the equipment can be expensive, it’s important to choose your interpreting equipment rental wisely. Be sure to rent all necessary components of a simultaneous interpretation system, and to have enough equipment for all of your guests and interpreters.

Here are 5 key items for interpreting equipment rental.

1) Microphones

Microphones are always an important part of setting up for moderately sized events, but when using the services of an interpreter, there are two sets of microphones to be aware of. In addition to broadcasting sound to the room, your event will also need to capture the words of the presenters so they can be sent to interpreters. The interpreters will then need microphones so they can transmit the translation to guests. With interpreting equipment rental, be sure that your existing microphones will not interfere with those used by your interpretation system. You also need to allow for enough mics to service all presenters and interpreters who will be speaking at any given time.

2) Headphones

When simultaneous interpretation is used, both interpreters and guests listen to content through headphones. While it may be tempting to skimp on the rental of headphones, comfort and sound quality should not be sacrificed. There are a number of different options available for various settings. You may want to consult with your head interpreter to be sure you are getting the best headphones for the needs of your professionals and guests.

3) Interpreting Booth

Unless a separate room will be used to house interpreters while they work, you will want to rent a booth. This chamber is soundproof and will allow for several interpreters to work in a relatively small space. Each one can transmit content in a different language without disrupting the presenter or other translators.

4) Sound Relay

Microphones and headphones don’t work by themselves. Your interpretation system needs to include transmitters, receivers, and mixers to relay sound from one point to the next, from speakers to audience. Consult with your interpreter in order to be sure you have the right equipment. Be sure each piece of equipment is compatible with the rest of the setup!

5) Portable Interpretation Systems

For small-scale events or guided tours, portable interpreting equipment may be your best solution. Portable systems generally include a body pack transmitter and microphone for your speaker and paired receivers and headphones for the rest of the party. These systems have multiple channels and can be configured for simultaneous interpretation in several languages, as well as for hearing assistance. They are also handy in high-noise environments such as factories. Choosing to group all of your interpreting equipment rental as a package ensures you have all of the equipment you need, and is great for events on a tight budget.

With this, you can have professional translations each and every time. Download How to Choose the Right Translation Services for Your Event eBook to learn more.