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Studio Technologies Brings Model 201 Interpreter’s Console to NAB 2024

Studio Technologies, the manufacturer of high-quality audio, video, and fibre-optic solutions, is presenting its Model 201 Interpreter’s Console to the North American market at NAB 2024 (Booth C2346). The Model 201 is a Dante audio-over-Ethernet-enabled unit that is suitable for use in single- and multi-language situations both locally or in off-site/remote applications.

The Model 201 creates a complete interpreter position and includes both standard features as well as advanced functionality that is not typically provided by “off-the-shelf” interpretation equipment. The Model 201 includes the ability to create two independent interpretation audio channels. Configuration choices allow a variety of audio content to be included in the interpretation audio; content that can be automatically muted or dimmed (reduced in level) when interpretation is active. This is especially important for off-site or Internet streaming applications.

“Tools for interpretation are important in today’s global broadcast and AV industries, with specialised personnel typically required to manage single- and multi-language feeds,” says Gordon Kapes, President Studio Technologies. “Applications range from small meetings and live events to large bureaucratic organisations; any production where there is a multi-language audience. Studio Technologies is well-known for creating specialised Dante-enabled products that ease support for specialised production workflows. We previewed this new device at ISE 2024 and it was very well-received. NAB has strong international and multi-lingual attendance making it the ideal venue for the Model 201 Interpreter Console to make its North American debut.”

A dual-channel (stereo) headphone output can be configured to meet the needs of the interpreter. This includes audio source selection, channel routing, and sidetone (confidence) signal operation. A set of buttons and rotary controls on the unit allow the user to establish the site-specific operating condition they desire.

  • Separate interpret active and mic mute buttons allow the connected microphone to be routed to the desired interpretation channels as well as being momentarily muted.
  • An independent talkback function, which allows an independent audio path to be established from the interpreter to production personnel.
  • A “slow down” function, which allows the interpreter to signal to the presenter (the originator or “floor” source) that speaking more slowly is warranted.

While the Model 201 can be used by itself to create a simple, single-language interpretation position, it can easily become part of a multi-language, feature-rich application. By utilising Dante technology, one or more Model 201 units can integrate with other Studio Technologies’ products to achieve a sophisticated simultaneous interpretation system.

The Model 201 provides a 2-channel (stereo) headphone monitor output that is routed to both 5-pin female XLR and 3.5 mm TRRS headset interface connectors. Two pushbutton switches and three rotary controls on the unit’s front panel allow users to select their desired headphone audio sources and signal levels. One pushbutton switch and two associated LED indicators allow direct selection of the desired monitor source, either the “floor” (the person whose spoken text needs to be interpreted) or “relay” (an intermediate audio signal that’s used as an interpretation technique to support multiple languages). Two additional Dante receiver (input) audio channels, named Aux 1 and Aux 2, can be used to interface the Model 201 with signal sources such as audio consoles, media playback systems, or remotely located equipment.

The Model 201’s audio quality is excellent, with low distortion, low noise, and ample headroom. Only a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection and a headset (headphones with attached microphone) is required for operation. The Model 201 supports both “pro” headsets that use a 5-pin XLR connector as well as “gaming” headsets that use 3.5 mm TRRS plugs. The Model 201 is housed in a compact but rugged steel enclosure that’s intended for table-top use. Its small size makes it ideal for applications in space-constrained locations.

The Model 201 is configured using the STcontroller software application. Available free of charge from Studio Technologies, STcontroller allows production personnel to quickly and easily configure the unit’s operating capabilities to meet an application’s exact needs. STcontroller is offered in versions that are compatible with the WinOS and macOS operating systems.

Studio Technologies will also have a range of its solutions to aid integrators and a range of AV projects at NAB 2024, including its Dante leader clocks, bridges, and intercom engines, as well as announcer consoles and beltpacks.


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