Conference Interpretation Booths

Interpretation booths provide sound insulation and a comfortable working environment for interpreters. The booths allow interpreters to work without interfering noises from external sources and providing a clear audio signal to listeners.

Interpreter booths can be built-in (permanent) into the venue or mobile (temporary) structures. Certain venues, like parliaments or conference centers, have permanent booths integrated into their facilities. Many venues do not provide such structures but require mobile interpretation booth to be set up for the event.

Interpretation Booth Options

Different interpretation booths are used around the world based on the setup of the event and interpretation need. In general, the booth can be split into the following categories

  • Booths by Size
    • 1-person Booth: A very small booth for a single interpreter that conducts solo interpretation.
    • 2-person Booth: The most prominent model used during conferences is the 2-person booth
    • 3-person Booth: The three-person booth is used in the specific type of events (i.e. longer period of time, specific languages)
  • Booths by Type
    • Full-Booth : A self-contained cabin which is fully enclosed (with a door and windows)
    • Table-Top Booth : an open seperator that provides a basic sound separation
  • Booths by Setup
    • Permanent Booth: Booth structures that are fully integrated into the venue
    • Mobile / Temporary Booth: Panel-based booth that can be assembled / disassembled quickly at the venue.

Interpretation Booth Standards

Several international standards provide some guidance on the interpretation booth itself as well as related technology used. Most manufacturers of interpretation booth use the international booth standards to benchmark their products. The certification of several manufacturers has not been independently verified.

ISO 4043 : Simultaneous interpreting – Mobile booths – Requirements

The updated ISO 4043:2016 provides requirements / recommendations for the manufacturing of mobile simultaneous interpreting booths. The main features of mobile booths that distinguish them from permanent simultaneous interpreting booths are that they can be dismantled, moved and set up in a conference room not equipped with permanent booths. This document also ensures the usability and accessibility of booths for all interpreters, including those with special needs. Requirements for the use and siting of mobile booths are described in Annex A.

In conjunction with either ISO 2603 or this document, ISO 20108 and ISO 20109 provide the relevant requirements both for the quality and transmission of sound and image provided to interpreters and for the equipment needed in the booths.

Reference: https://www.iso.org/standard/67066.html

ISO 2603 – Simultaneous interpreting – Permanent booths -Requirements

ISO 2603:2016 provides requirements and recommendations for building and renovating permanent booths for simultaneous interpreting in new and existing buildings. This document also ensures the usability and accessibility of booths for all interpreters, including those with special needs. It is applicable to all types of permanent booths, using built-in or portable equipment. In conjunction with either this document or ISO 4043, ISO 20108 and ISO 20109 provide the relevant requirements both for the quality and transmission of sound and image provided to interpreters and for the equipment needed in the booths.

Reference: https://www.iso.org/standard/67065.html

Interpretation Booth Vendors

A majority of Interpretation Booth manufacturers provide different models. A list of models with the specification is listed below.  The most prominent suppliers are summarized in the following section:

For over 21 years, A Bridge Between Nations has been advising customers on the most suitable equipment for their translation and assistive listening needs. Shortly after starting the company, owner Chris Redish realized that conference interpretation is unlike any other form of language work, requiring different skills, training, personnel and equipment. He decided very early on, to specialize in simultaneous conference interpreting, leaving the written translation, doctors’ appointments and depositions to others. This has allowed ABBN to develop a vast reservoir of knowledge, and a huge inventory of equipment, to ensure that we can live up to our company motto: Conference Interpreting Done Right! They sell only long-lasting, reliable products, from industry leaders like Williams Sound, Listen Technologies, Taiden and Bosch.

Audipack, founded in 1982 and more than 30 years an innovative family company, delivers creativity in standardized and custom build AV accessories for installation, rental, education, narrowcasting and home cinema. Audipack products are designed and manufactured in-house in The Netherlands. With 3 different production facilities, Audipack creates standardized products as well as custom built products and solutions. Audipack combines the most modern production processes like NC and additive (3D) manufacturing with traditional craftsmanship. All products are designed and built according to European standards and quality norms.

Guangzhou MingXuan Stage Light Equipment Co., Ltd (focus on stage light) was established in 2008, including two branch company – Guangzhou Spar Light Stage Equipment Co.,ltd (focus on truss and stage) and Guangzhou MX Sound Equipment Co.,ltd (focus on sound system). There are professional design team, sales team, customer service team, and technical team to service all customer. ased on better quality, better prices, better service, our products have successfully entered the Americas, Europe, Asia markets, such as USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Singapore, Japan, etc.

  • Legendcase Engineering Company – http://www.legendcases.com/en/

Legendcase Engineering Company was established in 1998 and specialized in designing and manufacturing flight cases and staging trusses. Ten years effort leads to today’s dimensions. Now we have clients all over China mainland as well as the world, we have gained good reputation from all the old and new clients. Our power of improvement is the client’s contentment; Our kernel of development is the client’s suggestions and advice. Design and produce tailored products for the clients is our unremitting pursuit. We firmly believe: the finished products and the circumspect service, as well as competitive price, are the basis of the company’s development, we are expecting to supply more satisfying products to more clients. we always prepared for any inquiry via call, mail, visit or any other ways. Please just feel free to contact us, you will harvest a lot from Legend! …

Prosound has over 15 years of experience in renting and selling AV equipment in Serbia and the region. They pay special attention to understanding client needs with their many years of experience in technical realization of events and knowledge of the technical aspect of various different venues for conferences, seminars, promotion, and other events.

Tourgo Electronics Co. Ltd is a specialist in the design and manufacture flight case, aluminum truss, portable stage, dance floor, pipe and drape, crowd barrier, event tent from one-offs to production runs. Founded in 1998, over the years we have watched concept grow and gain a reputation for providing Quality Equipment. This alone would not have been enough without having a conscientious team that takes pride in the work they do. Tourgo works closely with its’ clients, whether they be event organizers, managers, religious organizations, social groups or private individuals. By taking the time to understand your requirements we can take care of all aspects regarding your event, whether this is design, planning or technical…

YARMEE ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED is a professional company, mainly engaged in conference system & microphone which collects together research and development (R&D), production and sale. With pioneering and innovative professionalism, the company has developed into a professional enterprise of the series of Microphones, various types of microphone.OEM and ODM from simple processing and assembly microphone accessories. Located in the international metropolis -Guangzhou.

Interpretation Booth Models

Table-Top Interpretation Booth

ABBN

The standard Table-Top Interpretation Booth from ABBN comes with the following paremeters

ABBN Table-top Interpretation Booth
ABBN Table-top Interpretation Booth
  • Width:  47″
  • Height:  24″
  • Depth:  24″
  • Weight:  52 lbs (23.5 kg)
  • Color:  Light grey
  • Price $1,298.50 (November 2018

For more information about ABBN or ABBN interpretation booth, please check out the manufacturer’s Web site or the descriptions below.

TourGo – TG-2TBOOTHS

TourGo provides the Table-top interpretation booth with and without table / stand.

Tourgo Table-Top Interpretation Booth
Tourgo Table-Top Interpretation Booth
  • Most economic sound shield for 2 interpreters..
  • Made of expanded vinyl with a special sound barrier of acoustic foam.
  • No tools needed for assembly.
  • Set up in one minute.
  • Delivered in soft-bag or hard shipping case.
  • Clean professional design.
  • Standard outside color: Light grey
  • Standard inside color: Dark blue *** Other colors available on request
  • Assembly: No tools required
  • Approx. Assembly time: 5 Minutes (1 person)

1-person Interpretation booths

Audipack 1-person Interpretation Booth
Audipack 1-person Interpretation Booth

AudiPack Silent 9300

The Silent 9300 is used for very small environments or whenever space-efficiency is of essence.

  • Width: 814 mm
  • Depth: 1682 mm
  • Heigth: 2041 mm, excl ventilation
  • Weight: 150 Kg

AudiPack has been known in the market for top quality and strict adherence to ISO standards for Mobile Interpretation booth 4043. For other AudiPack models, please check out their Web site or see the details below.

TourGo – TG-1SBOOTHS

TourGo 1-person Interpretation Booth
TourGo 1-person Interpretation Booth
  • sound insulation door: Easy opening 180 angle without noise; Outward;
  • Front window: 700*800mm (H); Front window: 1100mm * 800mm (H) , Ample sight space; acrylic material ( thickness 6mm; Anti-scratch; Prevent sharp light outside).
  • ventilation system: two silent ventilation system on top (optional), almost silence(< 40dB).
  • Work surface: 112cm(L)*50cm(W)*73cm(H); Can bear weight of all equipments
  • Cable passage: Dia. 5cm
  • Standard 6 wall panels (3 of which have windows with acrylic and 1 door panels), 2 roof panels , 1 working table. the booth also have 1 cable ducts
  • Standard size:W1200xD1600xH2000 mm
  • Weight approx. 110KG
  • Hard flight case Dimensions: W2080 x D540 x H1360 mm
  • Flight case weight: 60kg
  • 6 swivel wheels with brake

2-person Interpretation booths

ABBN Standard Full Booth (2 Person)

ABBN 2-person Interpretation Booth
ABBN 2-person Interpretation Booth
  • Includes (2) ATA-300 shipping cases on wheels (each case weighs 115 lbs empty)
  • Outside case dim. 84″ x 33″ x 14.5″ (L x H x D)
  • Includes (2) H.D. 55 CFM silent whisper 110 or 220 volts fan assembly units
  • Easy to install working table
  • Outside dimensions when in use: Width:  72″ Height:  81.5″ Depth:  72″
  • Weight:  251 lbs (113.7 kg) plus cases
  • Color:  Grey
  • Code: FullBooth
  • Price : $5,950.00

ABBN Deluxe Full booth

  • Includes (1) ATA-300 shipping case on wheels (case weighs 150lbs)
  • Outside case dim. 84″ x 35″ x 17.5″ (L x H x D)
  • Includes (2) 38 DB silent whisper 110 or 220 volts fan assembly units CSA approved
  • Easy to install working table.
  • Each panel is built with laminate finish exterior with special isolated soundproof material
  • Material is fire retardant UL-723. Inside covering is made with decorative textile 100% polyester
  • Cotton of 9 mm. Woven density and weight of 60 gr. per meter. Framing is aluminum profile extrusion with unique latching systems for easy assembly without tools
  • Model Code: MCCONGBOOTH
  • $8,200.00

AudiPack 6300

AudiPack 2-person Silent 6300 Interpretation Booth
AudiPack 2-person Silent 6300 Interpretation Booth
  • Internal dimensions standard model W1600xD1600xH2000 mm
  • Standard 12 panel configuration
  • Including assembly hexkey
  • Including table on adjustable feet
  • Extendable up to 3 persons
  • Conform ISO 4043 and DIN 56924
  • Weight approx. 340 KG
  • Ventilation system integrated in roof panels
  • Optional two piece flight case set
  • Including ventilation A

AudiPack 9600 (incl or excl ventilation)

  • Complies with the ISO 4043/2016 norm
  • Internal dimensions approximately 1600 x 1600 x 2000 mm (WxDxH).
  • Including ventilation system B2 and LED lighting

AudiPack 9700 (incl or excl ventilation)

  • Complies to the ISO 4043/2016 norm
  • Internal dimensions approximately 1600 x 1600 x 2000 mm (WxDxH).
  • Including ventilation B2 and LED light

MingXuan – YS-1109

MingXuan YS-1109 Interpretation Booth
MingXuan YS-1109 Interpretation Booth
  • Model Number: YS-1109
  • Outside color: many color can be optional
  • Feature: easy assembled and disassembled
  • Inside color: many color can be optional
  • Air circulation: 2 pieces fans
  • Materials: plywood,sound-absorbing foam,leather,aluminum
  • Booth with flight cade weight: 245kg
  • Package: flight case(2100*750*1050mm)
  • Booth weight: 160kg
  • Delivery time: three-seven days
  • Warranty: 1 Year

TourGo – TG-2SBOOTHS

Tourgo 2-person Interpreter Booth
Tourgo 2-person Interpreter Booth
  • Sound insulation door: Easy opening 180 angle without noise; Outward;
  • Windows: Size window is more than 670*800mm (H); Ample sight space; acrylic material ( thickness 6mm; Anti-scratch; Prevent sharp light outside).
  • Ventilation system: 2 silent ventilation system on top (optional), almost silence(< 40dB).
  • Work surface: 152cm(L)*50cm(W)*73cm(H); Can bear weight of all equipments
  • Cable passage: Dia. 5cm
  • Standard 8 wall panels(4 of which have windows with acrylic and 1 door panels), 2 roof panels, 1 working table. the booths also have 2 cable ducts
  • Standard suited for 2 persons
  • Standard size: W1600 x D1600 x H2000 mm
  • Weight approx. 130KG
  • Standard 11 panel configuration
  • Extendable up to 4 persons
  • Ventilation system integrated in roof panels
  • Outer Materials is high-density plywood coated with fire-retardant paint
    light grey color, other colors are available on demand.
  • Hard flight cases Dimensions: W2080 x D600 x H1110 mm, 6 swivel wheels with brake
  • Flight cases weight: 75kg

Yamree

  • Stainless steel structure, modular production plant.
  • on-site self- assembly, convenient and quick assembly, disassembly freely ( setup / teardown time ≦ 0.5 hours).
  • removable, portable, easy to transport, easy remote installation, use, does not change the results.
  • lightweight (total weight is about 180kg, excluding air box), strong and durable.
  • good sound insulation, sound-absorbing function.
  • color: light gray.
  • Width: one interpreter : 1.0m ;two interpreters : 1.60m
  • length: 1.60m (one interpreter for 1.1m)
  • height: 2.00m

3-person booth

TourGo –  TG-3LBOOTHS

Tourgo 3-person Interpretation Booth
Tourgo 3-person Interpretation Booth
  • Standard suited for 3 persons
  • Standard size:W2400xD1600xH2000 mm
  • Weight approx. 280KG
  • Standard 15 panel configuration
  • Extendable up to 4 persons
  • Ventilation system integrated in roof panels
  • Outer Materials is high-density plywood coated with fire-retardant paint
    light grey color, other colors are available on demand.
  • Package : Hard flight cases, Dimensions: W2080 x D680 x H1110 mm, 6 swivel wheels with brake

Interpretation Booth Setup

Video : ProLingo How to set-up a Full Size Interpretation Booth

Video : Interpreter Booth & Easy and Interesting Installation Process

Video : 2-Person Interpreter Booth Overview from Media Vision – MV-BOOTH-8005

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