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Reduta Bratislava concert hall revamps comms system with RTS

Modernisation of the electrical systems in the Baroque building at the venue incorporated a new RTS-modelled professional communications system.

The Reduta Bratislava concert hall, which is home to the Slovak Philharmonic symphony orchestra, now possesses a new professional communications system from RTS, which is centred on a Zeus II matrix. Since the early 1950s, the orchestra has resided in the Reduta Bratislava, which was constructed in 1773. In 2011 and 2012, the centrally located Baroque building, which is capable of accommodating audiences of up to 700, underwent a thorough renovation that included modernisation of all the building’s electrical systems. Bratislava-based Centron Slovakia was charged with planning and installation of the new communications system. The modular system needed to offer outstanding sound quality, easy setup and user-friendly operation. Centron’s managing director Radoslav Bako and his team opted for an RTS solution, which is connected to a state-of-the-art control room featuring Genelec 1238 CF monitors.

The centrepiece of the installation is a Zeus III matrix with two redundant power supplies. The compact 32-port matrix supports integrated party-line interfaces as well as remote configuration via Ethernet. “The automatic keypanel recognition and addressing of the Zeus III are especially user-friendly,” said Bako. “They save you any amount of time when configuring the system and you can extend it at any time with no problems via Ethernet.” The matrix is linked to 11 operating consoles in various parts of the building as well as 14 keypanels from RTS’s DKP-612, DKP-412, BKP-4, MKP-12 and KP-832-20 series. 15 RTS MCP-90-12 microphones and 19 headsets from Telex (from the HR-1R, PH-1R and PH-44 series) further facilitate communication between personnel. An RTS BTR-240 and a BTR-800 base station as well as two RTS TR-240, four RTS TR-800 and six BP-351 belt packs round off the installation. “This solution makes it possible for multiple users to speak and listen to one another simultaneously via radio,” commented Bako. “That is of critical importance not simply because it allows the staff to function more efficiently as a team during rehearsals and performances but also because in the event of an emergency it could even save lives.” The new system was tailored precisely to the needs of the customer. “The result is a reliable and user-friendly installation with two additional advantages: exceptional sound quality and the possibility of communicating at 2.4 GHz without the further requirement of a license.”