Two new interpreting suites from Brähler ICS UK, incorporating the Congress Delegate Virtual Audio Network (CDSVAN) system, have been installed at the University of Bath. They are being used to train students on the MA Interpreting & Translation programme, preparing them for the world of work.
Widely used by professional interpreters worldwide, CDSVAN is a computer-controlled digital sound processing system. Its open architecture allows the university to design and build its sound system on screen, on site and in real time.
Rob Hyde, audio visual manager at University of Bath, commented: “From the point of set-up we have found working with Brähler UK and the CDSVAN system really straightforward and user friendly. The sound quality of the interpreting system and consoles is industry-leading and the Brähler engineers did a fantastic job in installing the system in a short time span. The advice and training from Brähler was also very comprehensive and has helped us use the system to its full advantage.
Adrian Hooper, service manager (science, engineering and humanities) at University of Bath, commented: “The system that has been installed has been a significant improvement over our old analogue installation. The functionality present has allowed us to integrate this with other systems in order to allow students to access recordings outside of timetabled classes for their own use, without any support overhead for us.”
The CDSVAN systems were installed and commissioned at Bath by Reflex AV who also provided the necessary AV integration to complement the functionality of the Brähler systems.
Brähler states that by using CDS-VAN over 50% of the hardware required for a standard sound processing system can be removed. The whole system works without any audio compression, and has the ability to record audio directly to a hard drive. These features make the system suitable for schools, colleges and universities, helping people to learn by listening back to lectures and work.
Paul Ward, sales and marketing manager at Brähler ICS UK, commented: “It is important for people studying interpretation and translation to gain skills and experience on the equipment they will be using when they begin their careers. Brähler’s CDSVAN system is the ideal equipment for schools, colleges and universities thanks to multiple configurations, meaning students and tutors can switch between live environments easily.”
Brähler ICS offers simultaneous interpretation, microphone and audience response systems nationally and internationally. Brähler ICS UK currently has systems installed in 11 universities in the United Kingdom.