Simultaneous Interpretation is a form of real-time interpreting that allows people to communicate directly across language barriers. A common misunderstanding within the conferencing field is that receivers are the only way in which interpreted audio can be received; however, dual channel microphones are also perfect for such purposes.
What is the difference between dual channel microphones and receivers and how do they differ?
Firstly, it is important to understand the difference between the two. Receivers are portable devices that receive the audio signal through radio waves, which are sent by radiators. These are perfect for auditorium/cinema seating styles where there are no tables because they are light, compact and portable. On the other hand, dual channel microphones are specialised microphones that have a channel selection functionality. They are usually supplied when delegates are seated at tables as they are not portable. A big difference here is that dual channel microphones allow 2 delegates to plug their headsets into one microphone and listen to different languages simultaneously.
In a nutshell…
Basically, once we have set up all the equipment relating to collecting and sharing the audio (including a booth and radiator), it is then transmitted either to the receiver OR to the dual channel microphone. On these devices the delegate can then choose the channel with their required language.
Important questions to ask when supplying SI equipment to conferences:
Our ultimate goal is to find ways in which to cut costs while still maintaining exceptionally high levels of service. By answering the above questions, these goals can easily be achieved.