09 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Introducing the Melrose Creative Expo!

Did we mention that the voting period for the third annual Melrose Awards is underway? If you haven’t already, you should check out all the submissions that were sent in by some majorly talented people, and VOTE! Go ahead, clicky…we’ll wait right here. [Edit: The voting period is closed…Plan on coming to the Expo to see who won!!]

Wasn’t that so much fun? If you’re not careful, you’ll get some of those songs stuck in your head, amirite?? Okay, so that aside, the winners will be announced at our newly named Melrose Creative Expo! I know, you’re shrugging and wondering, “Why is it a big deal to stray from the short-lived tradition of calling it an Anniversary?” Well, that’s because we wanted these celebrations to be less about the mere passage of time and more about the creativity, community and innovation that has grown in and around the Melrose Center. Our Studio and Lab doors will be open with hands-on demonstrations inside. A number of scheduled live performances will keep us all entertained (I can’t promise that this won’t turn into a dance party) while you connect with exhibitors throughout the Melrose Center.

We plan on celebrating big and we want you to join us! Save the date: Saturday, February 11, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

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Also, if you would like to be an exhibitor at this event, please complete the online form and we’ll be in touch!

If you’re not quite sure what you’re getting into, check out the photos below, taken from this year’s event.

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The Second Annual Melrose Awards kicked off the event.

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Exhibitors, like the Orlando Science Center, brought activities that helped to showcase their organization.

 

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Even locally-based businesses in the Tech & Maker fields were amongst our exhibitors.

 

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Interest-based meetup groups were also in attendance. Pictured: Orlando Virtual Reality

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Orlando Podcasters were also present.

 

02 December 2016 ~ 0 Comments

The Instructor: Episode 005

Hope you enjoyed meeting Chase last time. Now, it’s time to meet Winny, one of our Photography Instructors!

The Instructor: Episode 5: Winny

The Instructor: Episode 5: Winny

Posted by Melrose Center on Thursday, December 1, 2016

29 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

ICYMI – Voting has started for the Melrose Awards

Sorry to say, voting season is not over…only, we think you might find voting for the next Melrose Award finalists a LOT more fun! Check out all the submissions that made it to the voting phase (click on any of the images below to go to the voting page), and be sure to vote for your favorite in each category. Voting closes on December 18.

Audio:

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Film:

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Photography & Graphic Design:

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And an entry each in Game Design & Programming and Maker:

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If you’re one of the entrants featured above, be sure to share the voting link with friends and family because, this year, voting has opened up to all users (no need to have a library card–just a valid email). Don’t forget, the winners will be announced at the Melrose Creative Expo. It will be held 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Be sure to mark your calendars!

21 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Gift Guide for the Techie in Your Life

Tis the Season for Gift Giving!

It’s the time of year when you’re making a list of gifts to shop for, and you’re probably already scoping out Black Friday deals. Before you spend your dough, check your list twice! If you’ve got a techie on your list who is hard to shop for, let our staff help you out!

Winny’s Top 5 Must Give List for Photographers

1. A Selfie Remote (like the Muku Shuttr) – So the photographer can be in the photos too!
2. Camera Lens Mug – Photographers need coffee on the run.
3. Bokeh kit – For those special lighting effects
4. Digital Photo frame – Every photographer needs somewhere to share all those special photos.
5. Instant film camera (like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic) – Get those special moments on film instantly!

 Jennifer’s Fab Five Gift List

1. Microprocessors (like Rasperberry Pi or Arduino) – Pick up a kit when you are first starting up to allow you to experiment and play.
2. A good set of hand tools (including pliers, assorted screwdrivers, and wire cutters) – You might already have these around the house, but they are the foundation of most maker projects.
3. Soldering Iron – If you are doing electronics, look for one that has a range of 25-30 watts. Also, pick up solder, solder wick (we all make mistakes!), and a holder.
4. Assorted electronic components (including resistors, LEDs, capacitors and transistors and lengths of copper wire) – You never know when inspiration will strike, and it’s always best to have the fundamentals on hand.
5. Sewing Machine and conductive thread – because sometimes you need the flexibility that fabric and thread can bring.

The Melrose Audio Engineers’ Must Haves

1. Lighting – Studio Lighting (like the Phillips Hue Lighting System) can go a long way to set the mood for your creativity and keep you productive in your home studio.  Candles and cool lights and lamps can keep you comfortable and productive.
2. Furniture – Furniture can make you workflow easier and make a comfortable and ergonomic studio.  Simple things like a good chair go a long way, since you will most likely be sitting in that chair for a number of hours. Try Argosy Console Desks.
3. Computer Accessories – Enhancing your computer workflow can save time. Improve your computer displays, maybe add a television as a computer monitor. Purchase an editor mouse or if you spend a majority of the time in one DAW, buy an editor keyboard and get comfortable with some of quick keys.
4. Improve Playback – Improve your listening environment with acoustic treatment, or if you mix on headphones, invest in some high quality headphones to make your mix perfect. Also, improve your D/A conversion to have more accurate listening from your DAW.
5. Black Friday Plugin Sales – There are always great sales for software and gear during the holiday season. You can always find a good Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials from your favorite retailers.  So if you have been eyeing some key plugins all year, the Holiday shopping season is a great time to get them.

Leisy’s Must Give List

1. Dash and Dot Robots – are great fun for kids who won’t even realize they’re learning to how to code!
2. Robot Turtles – Another great toy/system that disguises learning for fun!
3. littleBits and Ozobots – These toys can help with learning the basics and are as fun for adults as they are for kids & teens.
4. Responsive Web Design UI Sketch pads – These can help you visualize how your site will look on mobile devices.
5. Website UX card decks – These are great for mapping out your site.

We hope that these suggestions help narrow down the choices for the techie in your life! Now go find some great Black Friday deals on these items…GOOD LUCK!

01 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

The Instructor: Episode 004

Get to know our team! Here is Chase, one of our Audio Production Instructors.

The Instructor: Episode 04: Chase

Get to know Chase- Audio Instructor- The Instructor Episode 04

Posted by Melrose Center on Tuesday, November 1, 2016