Searching for conference microphone systems and trying to figure out where to start? Spanish Solutions is here to help. As leaders in the conference interpreting field for almost 20 years, we know it can be a bit confusing to know which style of microphone you would need for your upcoming conference. Lucky for you, Spanish Solutions has taken the guesswork out of this very tricky subject and created Microphones 101: An Easy Guide for Conference Interpreters.
Conference microphone systems are usually used in board rooms, conference and meeting facilities, government setting, school boards and educational seminars.
Conference microphone enable meeting participants to hear and be heard by each other.The goal of using a conference microphone system in your meeting is to bring the efficiency of a small meeting to a larger setting.
Microphones 101: An Easy Guide for Conference Interpreters
Lapel: This microphone is practical since it can easily be taken on and off, however, there may be some background interference heard due to how far the mouth is from the lapel, as well as, other sounds that can be produced due to clothing rubbing up against the mic. This microphone also requires a wireless transmitter.
Tabletop Microphones: These mics are used for round tables and panel discussions. Attention should be placed turning the mic off when not speaking. This can easily be done by being aware of the on/off light. Doing this will avoid interference. If two or more microphones are on at the same time this can occur creating unnecessary distractions during the conference.
Neck-Worn Microphone: This is an easy to handle microphone and you will see it usually in large conventions, stage productions and in the famous Ted talks. The microphone is fitted around your neck and works with a wireless transmitter. Once it’s fitted you don’t have to worry about it.
Handheld Microphone: This is the least desired method for speakers, and not really used with conference interpreters. Knowledge of microphone technique is needed in order to avoid having the microphone too close to the mouth (4-6 in is standard distance) while producing hissing and popping sounds and overall speech distortion may be present if not used properly.
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