Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) recently completed a renovation of its Studio 2 control room with a new Genelec 5.1 system, and is now using the company’s monitoring solutions in its other editing rooms, studios and outside broadcast vans.
The overhaul represents the latest stage in a long and successful relationship between Genelec and its regional partner, Centron Slovakia. Working to promote Genelec monitors throughout that time has been brand manager Richard Varkonda (pictured). Over the last two decades, Varkonda has helped to shape the Slovakian industry, bringing his own design touch to countless projects, as well as his deep understanding of Genelec’s technology.
Studio 2 within RTVS Slovak Radio at the Bratislava-based broadcasting facility is home to the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.
“There were already a number of sound engineers within RTVS who had experience with Genelec, and who had attended a presentation of SAM technology, hosted by Genelec R&D director Dr Aki Mäkivirta, in 2015,” Varkonda explained. “At that time, they recognised Genelec products as a new reference point for their facility. The technical director, Mr Zachar, and chief sound engineer, Lubos Valky, decided that Genelec was the best brand for them, and so they chose my design.”
The control room is now equipped with a 5.1 SAM system based on three-way 1238AC front channels and 1237A rear channels, plus a pair of 7271 subwoofers. The room is also distinguished as the only RTVS facility with monitors flush mounted into the walls. “It is now the most powerful monitoring system within the RTVS building,” added Varkonda.
“Slovakia is culturally very strong, especially when it comes to music and symphony orchestras, so the work that Richard has been doing for Genelec is very important,” said Genelec market research specialist Jukka Latva-Hakuni. “We are privileged to work closely with Centron Slovakia and with Richard, both designing these wonderful rooms and guiding the projects from their starting point to their completion. I look forward to another decade of great projects in Slovakia.”