Mixing brands for conference interpreting equipment
Thread poster: Jason Raff

Jason Raff  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:46
English to Spanish
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Nov 6

What are your experiences in assembling equipment components for conference interpreting?

Specifically, my organization has a portable "tour-guide" type interpreting system with locked-channel FM transmitters and receivers, which we frequently use for small committee conferences.

We would like to adapt this system for use in a conference setting by adding long-range FM transmitters and interpreter consoles for each of our output languages. It is difficult to assess cros
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What are your experiences in assembling equipment components for conference interpreting?

Specifically, my organization has a portable "tour-guide" type interpreting system with locked-channel FM transmitters and receivers, which we frequently use for small committee conferences.

We would like to adapt this system for use in a conference setting by adding long-range FM transmitters and interpreter consoles for each of our output languages. It is difficult to assess cross-brand compatibility from product descriptions online.

Can any FM transmitter be configured to broadcast to the appropriate channel frequency on a set of locked-channel receivers?
Do the receivers find the frequency automatically based on a channel designation?
Is it possible to combine, say, a Williams Sound interpreter console with an Enersound FM transmitter and Retekess T131 receivers?

I'm trying not to drop tens of thousands of dollars on a completely new comprehensive system if we can adapt what we already have...
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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:46
French to English
My experience Nov 7

In my experience, this type of extra equipment can be hired from a business that specializes in this type of service. They will also provide advice. In fact, when I am called for interpreting jobs, the client supplies the necessary equipment and the techies to go with it.

[Edited at 2019-11-07 13:34 GMT]


 

Jason Raff  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 02:46
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Mixing brands for conference interpreting equipment Nov 11

Nikki Scott-Despaigne wrote:

In my experience, this type of extra equipment can be hired from a business that specializes in this type of service. They will also provide advice. In fact, when I am called for interpreting jobs, the client supplies the necessary equipment and the techies to go with it.

[Edited at 2019-11-07 13:34 GMT]


Thanks Nikki. I work for an organization that holds multiple multilingual conference events throughout the year. Renting is not cost-effective for us, so we are trying to assemble our own suite of equipment.

Our interpreting staff likes the Retekess T-130 and T-131 "tour guide" system, and my experience with these has been good, too. However, I want to be able to adapt the receivers to an appropriate long-range transmitter and interpreter console.


 


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