When putting together a sound reinforcement system for the outing, CTS Audio President Carl Taylor made the decision to purchase a 48-channel, 32-bus Soundcraft FIVE Monitor console. "With everyone on stage using in-ear monitors - including Donnie, CeCe, five band members and eleven backup singers - this tour required a massive amount of audio busses. We're using all 32. Features-per-dollar was another primary consideration. When compared to other monitor consoles on the market, the FIVE Monitor proves to be a great value."
CTS Audio Monitor Engineer Casey Johnson, who is running the desk out on the road, is equally pleased with the new addition. "With this many artists on stage, I've got a lot of people to please. The FIVE Monitor gives me everything I need to do that," he says.
Both lead vocalists and all of the backup singers are currently using wireless Shure PSM-700 stereo in-ear monitors fed by the Soundcraft while the band members are all on proprietary hard-wired systems made by CTS Audio.
The McClurkin-Winans tour began in October and runs into mid-December, but there is talk of a six-month tour starting in early-2002 that would continue to make use of the FIVE Monitor as well as perhaps a Series FIVE at front-of-house. "Soundcraft's mic pres and EQ sound so good," adds Taylor. "As soon as we sell one of our other consoles, we're planning on replacing it with a Series FIVE to complement our new monitor board."
Operating out of the Nashville market, CTS Audio is a concert touring and special events company that frequently works with Contemporary Christian acts. Aside from the McClurkin-Winans co-bill, the SR company also currently has systems out with Point Of Grace and Twila Paris as well as on the third-annual 'Women Of Faith' conference, which is touring arenas in-the-round for 27 weeks.