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.
E-Turn and Swamburger
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Drigo Garcia-Salas from the Melrose Center in welcoming guests E-Turn and Swamburger. E-Turn shares the first single from her latest album “Young World” released on Fake Four, and the emotions she was working through while recording the songSwamburger talks about the origin of his name and his career with Solillaquists of Sound. The two talk about their longtime musical collaboration and hint at what they’re focusing on moving forward.
Paige Coley and Marc With a C
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Jim Myers from the Melrose Center in welcoming guests Paige Coley and Marc With a C. Paige talks about her band Kinder Than Wolves, how they’ve delayed releasing an album during the pandemic, and shares one of their new songs. Marc talks about his 20-plus year career, how he got his stage name, and his most recent release “lo fidelity (or how I spent the nervous breakdown)”. Marc also performs a couple songs live.
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Chase Steele from the Melrose Center in welcoming special guest Rick Roberts, singer-songwriter and founding member/lead singer for the band Firefall. Rick talks about getting his start in the business, playing in The Flying Burrito Brothers, the formation of Firefall, his time working with Bruce in the 1970s and his success as an author. Bruce asks Rick how he feels about Firefall being termed “yacht rock.”
With Jim Abbott and Bill Wharton
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-host Chase Steele from the Melrose Center in welcoming special guests Jim Abbott and Bill Wharton. Abbott discusses his career as the long-time music critic for the Orlando Sentinel, and his string band Simple Cavemen. Wharton, known as The Sauce Boss, talks about his amazing non-profit foundation Planet Gumbo which sees him play soup kitchens and homeless shelters across the country, and his most popular song “Let the Big Dog Eat”.
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal joins co-hosts Jonathan Coutrier-Owens and Chase Steele from the Melrose Center in welcoming special guest Bob Katz to the Reel to Real podcast. A highly-acclaimed engineer, Bob has mastered three Grammy Award-winning albums and is the author of Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, widely considered a must-read for audio professionals. He talks to Bruce, Jon and Chase about a range of topics related to his long career in mastering audio.
With Bruce Hensal
Grammy Award-winning engineer Bruce Hensal has more than four decades of experience in the music business, working in the studio with a who's who list of legendary performers. In 2018, he offered a Melrose Center workshop recreating a session from the recording of Hotel California. Since then, Bruce and the Audio Team created and co-host the Reel to Real Podcast, featuring an array of guests from the audio recording industry. For this episode, the Melrose Audio Team interview Bruce himself.