How to Setup for Livestreaming Audio Interpretation

When you have a volunteer who can provide live spoken interpretation, will help you to distribute the translation so audience members can easily get translation on their own device–no headset equipment required! All an attendee needs is a smartphone and headphones. Follow these steps for the audio interpretation setup.

Equipment Needed:

  • Laptop running Google Chrome
  • Reliable (ideally wired) internet connection
  • A microphone connected to the laptop for the interpreter to speak into (don’t use a laptop’s built-in microphone unless you are in a separate room, it picks up background noise very easily!)


Instructions for’s audio interpretation setup

1. Set up your laptop with a microphone and reliable internet. To avoid wi-fi connectivity issues, this would ideally be a wired ethernet connection. However if that is not available you may use your cellphone as a mobile hotspot.

2. Log into and click on “Create Session”. Enter a title for the session. Under languages, select the language that will be spoken up front and the language that you will be interpreting into. Then scroll down and click “Create new session.”

Image showing how to create a new session

3. Open the Streamer for the session.

An annotated screenshot of what users should press to stream audio

4. Ensure that the channel is set properly (i.e. if you are streaming English audio, it should be set to EN) and then press the microphone to start streaming audio.

This image is an annotated screenshot showing what the user should click to stream audio.

5. If prompted, select the right microphone to stream from and give the browser permission to access it.

An annotated screenshot of what to click to select the right microphone device to stream from

6. Check the audio visualizer to confirm audio is coming through. Speak into the microphone and see the visualizer respond to the audio feed.

An annotated screenshot of how to verify that audio is streaming

7. Test to confirm the translation is accessible to the audience by visiting <yoururl> on a smartphone. Select the language you are interpreting into and click on the audio icon to enable and hear the audio livestream come through.

Screenshot indicating how to enable the audio in the mobile view

If you do not hear the audio coming through, check if the /z shortcut is pointing to the correct session. To do this in, click on “Sessions” in the menu and see the full list of sessions. Next to the session you’ve created for your event, see if the pin icon is highlighted in blue or green. If it is not, click on the pin to point the /z URL shortcut to this session. Once it is highlighted, re-enter the <yoururl> URL on your smartphone and confirm it is pointing to your session.

Image indicating where the /z shortcut pin is located8. Share the URL with attendees that need translation and show them how to get setup and listen to the audio interpretation. Then you’re ready to go with live spoken interpretation!

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