Multilingual meeting technology and services provider Interprefy has released a new solution that aims to rid events of audio issues stemming from bad microphones and hard-to-hear speech.
Announced as an add-on to its event interpretation platform, Interprefy Clarifier applies the science of psychoacoustics to make crucial elements of speech more audible. Key parts of the sound are restored or boosted, ensuring words are simpler and quicker to decipher against factors such as poor-quality microphones and hard-to-hear speech.
Available for listeners and interpreters, Clarifier can be switched on or off by each user within their soft console or user interface. When enabled, each word becomes easier to identify from potentially confusable and similar-sounding terms.
This solution means that interpreters need to think less about decoding what they hear and can instead focus on the comprehension and translation of speech, increasing their speed and accuracy and ultimately reducing stress.
“The past two years have demonstrated to us all the value of flexibility and accessibility, but some speaker’s home or remote audio hardware is simply not up to scratch, while they themselves are not always trained in microphone technique and can find it hard to speak clearly and at a measured pace.
Oddmund Braaten, CEO at Interprefy, said.
“We’re focusing on the clarity of the spoken word. When an interpreter is trying to decode what a speaker is saying, we know that certain characteristics of the sound are absolutely vital. Clarifier is able to pick out the fleeting and fragile parts of speech – the sibilant, plosive and transient components – and maximise their audibility. The wonderful way the brain works is that with these key components secured, the other parts become clearer too,” Braaten said.