Providence Baptist Church – New Auditorium

IMG_9170For over a year, the leadership and congregation at Providence Church in Raleigh, NC have been planning the expansion of their worship space. Meeting in a converted shell of a hotel, Providence now felt the good pain of growth and the realities that their current worship space was no longer going to accommodate the surge of attendees each week.


In the Fall of 2016, with recommendations from Brooks Abbott, former Providence attendee now CTS’s own lead audio engineer, and consulting firm Idibri, which has partnered with CTS on other projects – the process to get a new worship center built was underway.


The scope of the new build included Audio, Video, and Lighting in the main room as well as Audio/Video distribution through the lobby, offices, and green rooms areas. Working with specific brand requests from the team at Providence and consultant Idibri, CTS was able to meet those needs from their extensive dealer relationships.


With the horseshoe style design, the 1250 seat room was wide yet shallow, allowing the congregation to have a close and intimate experience. To cover this area 28 EAW conventional trapezoid boxes of varying dispersion angles were specified and ultimately installed using QSC processing.


As you walk into the room, it’s hard not to notice the two 18’x 10’ LED video walls over the upstage wall. Providing image magnification and lyrics for the congregation. Given their location close the stage the congregation’s focus is never split by having to look away from what’s happening to limit distractions and create an environment where congregants can worship.


Wayne Mertz, Project Manager at CTS, recalled the early stages of the install and having to deal with the weather “This one started off on a rough foot when delays on site caused our pre-rigging trip to be made in the rain and snow with minimal walls.” This is a great example of how flexible you have to remain when working on installs. Despite mother nature, Wayne went on to say, “We also had collaboration with the live Production department here at CTS on this project, with Jeff Culmer, and Brooks Abbott helping out on site to finish up testing before their first use.”


For more information on this project, or to discuss your own, please reach out to Neal Watson.

Surrounded – A night of Worship and Praise


The Bridgestone Arena – home to the Nashville Predators and tour stop for today’s best music added to their roster of packed out events on August 30th 2018 when Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) hosted a live concert event (that will air on their network later this year) with three-time Grammy Award-winning Artist Michael W. Smith.


Michael once penned the words friends are friends forever, and when it comes to his production that has been true with CTS – which has been handling his various tour needs for many years and this event was no different.


Working with longtime partners Streamline Media, CTS provided the Audio and Lighting to bring the event to life for the over 11,000 in attendance. Being more than a just a rock concert, the night included area pastors with opportunities to pray for the city of Nashville, which is where CTS stands out by bringing clarity to spoken word and energy to the music.


While speaking with Mike Taylor, Vice President and Director of Production Audio at CTS, we were able to get a peek behind the scenes. “One of the coolest pieces of the tech was the fact it was set up in the round with the overhead lighting and video truss designed to lower to the middle of the stage and conceal any set changes.


Because this event was a television network special, the lighting had to not only cover the stage but the audience as well. CTS utilized 290 lighting fixtures and over 1200 feet of truss to illuminate the event. Longtime CTS friend and Lighting designer Chad Landers was at the helm of the Full-Size GrandMA console making it all happen.


With the show designed to be in the round, CTS was ready and pulled on its vast history of conferences and worship events. With 100 JBL VTX V20 and 24 dual 18” VTX S28 subs, it ensured that every seat heard and felt the music.


“The growth and energy happening in our city is not just material, but profoundly spiritual,” said Smith in a press release before the event. “It’s time for a night of prayer and worship for Middle Tennessee. My hope is that individuals, families and even whole congregations will attend ‘Surrounded’ for a night we’ll never forget.” Mike Taylor added, “It was an honor to be a part of such an amazing night of prayer and worship, these types of events, we love the ongoing relationships we have built with these organizations and to see an event like this happen is good for the city.”


For more information on Michael W. Smith’s Surrounded Concert, or to talk with CTS about an event in your church or city, please reach out here.