Recorded in the Melrose Center Audio Studio at the Orlando Public Library, Reel to Real is hosted by Grammy Award-winning audio engineer Bruce Hensal and members of the Melrose Center Audio team. With over four decades working with some of the music industry’s biggest names, Bruce is able to call on national guests as well as Central Florida music luminaries to appear on the show. Episodes feature guests sharing behind-the scenes stories about their music and notable recording sessions, as well as highlights about new releases and projects.
Episode 24 with Beth McKee and Davey Jay
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Jim Myers from the Melrose Center in welcoming back guests Beth McKee and Davey Jay. Beth is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, keyboardist who sprung from the New Orleans music scene a few decades ago, and also the founder and driving force of the Swamp Sistas, a non-profit force for good in Central Florida. Davey is a leading entertainment attorney who has worked with numerous artist in Central Florida and beyond. Beth talks with Bruce and Jim about current projects. Davey discusses some of the ramifications of A.I. and other topics.
Episode 23 with Rick Morris and Chris Jay
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Jim Myers from the Melrose Center in welcoming guests Rick Morris and Chris Jay. Rick is Director of Sound at Falcon’s Creative Group and has led sound design teams for television (Law & Order among his credits) and theme parks. Chris has enjoyed a long career as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer, with gold records to prove it. Chris has also worked extensively in the video game industry producing audio content.
Mark Mason, Darren Carter and Sean Shannon
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Ryan Mulcahy from the Melrose Center in welcoming guests Mark Mason and Darren Carter to discuss live sound production. Sean Shannon also appears via a guest clip. Mason is the founder of Metrosound Productions. Carter is the production manager at The Conduit. Shannon is head audio engineer at the Dr. Phillips Center. Ryan, who also has extensive show production experience, Mark and Darren shares stories and best practices. Sean talks about his background and live sound engineering process.
Joe Galdo and Juan Perez
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Drigo Garcia-Salas from the Melrose Center in welcoming guests Joe Galdo and Juan Perez. Galdo is a percussionist, arranger, composer, producer and co-founder of South Beach Studios. He is credited as an early pioneer of the Linn Drum. Perez is a drummer/percussionist with numerous credits dating back to the 1970s, currently performing and recording with his wife, singer-songwriter-keyboardist Beth McKee.
Ed Krout, Matt Kamm, Aaron Gandi
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Drigo Garcia-Salas from the Melrose Center in welcoming guests Ed Krout, Matt Kamm, Aaron Gandia from Phat Planet Studios in Orlando. Ed talks about the origins of the studio, which has been around since 1996, and all three guests share thoughts on recording techniques and some of the memorable sessions they’ve been part of over the years.
Episode 19 with John Kurzweg
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Isra Batista from the Melrose Center in welcoming guest John Kurzweg. John is a multi-platinum record producer and multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who first became known for his work producing and mixing albums by Creed, three of which went multi-platinum. John talks about that experience, recording in houses and more.