Interpretation Equipment Rental: What to Look For

In Blog by Rafael Morel

Simultaneous interpretation is one of the most complex forms of human communication. The interpreter is a highly trained and skilled individual who can render a flawless translation of the spoken word, on the fly. The interpreter relies on a vast body of knowledge and experience to accomplish this task seamlessly. She also relies on specialized equipment that allows her to do her job unobtrusively, without interrupting the flow of the presentation.

In today’s global village, the demand for simultaneous interpretation is increasing, and with it the demand for  interpretation equipment rental. Selecting the right equipment for your event may seem like a daunting task; choosing the right provider will make your job a lot easier.

Q: What are the most common types of interpretation equipment rental?

A: Items most commonly rented for simultaneous interpretation are: microphones and headphones, digital transmitters and receivers, amplifiers and public address systems, and control units. Equipment may be selected for the rental individually, or as an integrated simultaneous translation system.

Q: Do I need to rent a soundproof booth for interpreters?

A: Sometimes interpreters work in a room separate from the presenter, however it’s typical for interpreters to use a soundproof booth that is set up in the same room, in a location where it won’t interfere with your event. At Lighthouse Translations, our soundproof booths exceed ISO 4043 standards. Booths are fully equipped with everything your interpreters need: microphone and headset, console with individual controls, and interpreter reading light. The sizing of the booths allows for a custom set-up, to give the best fit for your space.

Q: How do I know what equipment I need, and how many of each item to rent?

A: We will assign you a project manager, who can go over the interpretation needs for your event and give you a thorough overview of each piece of simultaneous interpretation equipment.  Once this is done, you will know what each piece of equipment does and will understand the technical support it requires. The project manager will ensure you have everything you need to make your event a success, at a price that works with your budget.

Q: Can I hire the services of an interpreter from the same place where I rent interpretation equipment?

A: Absolutely! Lighthouse Translations has a network of highly qualified professional interpreters who can respond to all of your simultaneous translation needs. When you work with us, you can rely on our expertise so you can focus on all the other tasks that make your event a success. We are available to discuss your interpretation equipment rental needs, and any other interpretation or translation services your company requires. Feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation and obtain more information about our services.

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