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26 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

The Melrose Creative Expo is Back, February 17, 2018!

The Melrose Creative Expo provides the perfect opportunity to explore the Melrose Center as we celebrate our fourth anniversary on February 17.  Come join us for the Melrose Awards ceremony as we honor the best projects completed using Center resources during the past year.  Tag along for tours of the audio, video and photo studios, take a spin on one of our simulators, or try on a VR headset and step into another reality.  Enjoy live music from Beth McKee, E-Turn and Marc With a C, and visit with a number of community exhibitors including representatives from the Orlando Science Center, Apple Florida Mall, Tourist City Ghostbusters and many more.

Since opening in February 2014, the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for technology, Innovation and Creativity has allowed the Orange County Library System to expand its role as a provider of technology education. Occupying 26,000 square feet on the second floor of the Orlando Public Library, the Melrose Center allows users to gain the understanding required to be a contributor to and consumer of emerging technologies.  We offer state of the art audio, video and photo studios, fabrication and simulation labs, an interactive media wall, editing bays, sound booths, collaborative work spaces and the means to pursue virtual reality and video game development. Over 9,000 OCLS patrons have become Melrose Members by taking the Center’s general orientation. Last year, Melrose instructors taught nearly 4,500 classes, guiding patrons toward self-sufficiency with an array of equipment and software.  During that same period, Melrose Members reserved over 2,200 sessions in studios, editing bays and sound booths.

The Melrose Center is about fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and community engagement. It is a monthly meetup venue for numerous groups with interests including robotics, podcasts, web development and game design.  Additionally, staff have created monthly meetup groups pertaining audio and video production, photography and digital media design, with combined group membership over 3,700.  Our Family STEM Saturdays and Makerspace Open Lab introduce electronic engineering, 3-D printing and basic robotic concepts to enthusiasts of all ages.  Regularly scheduled events such as Open Mic: The Voice of Melrose, Script Orlando, and Melrose in the Mix: Live Recording Sessions further define the Center as a venue for emerging and established performers as well as inspirational and informative speakers from the community.

Come see for yourself all the amazing resources and activities the available at the Melrose Center, and help us kick off Year Five in style at the Melrose Creative Expo.


15 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Orlando Audio Podcast: Episode 007

Listen as the Melrose Center Audio Team discusses the challenges of recording a live performance at our Melrose in the Mix events. This is the first in an ongoing series where the team will discuss the session and the technical details involved in recording our artist.

Each episode in this series will deal with a different genre of music. In our first episode we discuss recording the entirely acoustic folk group, Swamp Sistas.

08 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Orlando Audio Podcast: Episode 006

In this episode, we are proud to have had the opportunity to interview Dennis Martinez Program Director of Mix 105.1 and 101.9 AMP Radio in Orlando. We discuss how a major radio station operates, ratings, programming, talent, and more.

04 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Dear Diary: Thanks, Swamp Sistas!

Dear Diary,

The Live Recording Session: Melrose in the Mix was awesome! We had a full audience, as seating was limited, but by all accounts, it was a blast. The whole group can be seen in the photo below, and it includes Swamp Sistas Beth McKeeHannah Harber, Renee Arozqueta and Ka Malinalli, along with the studio audience, the assistants and our staff.

Here’s a video of the last song they performed:

What’s next? Well, we will be hosting a new Live Recording Session on Friday, April 21st, in association with the Florida Music Festival. It will feature Multiple Me, led by Lauren Carder. Anyone can sign up to be in the audience by completing a form at Like the first one, seating is extremely limited.

We can hardly wait!!

27 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Dear Diary: Melrose in the Mix featuring Swamp Sistas

Dear Diary,

This upcoming Saturday, we are going to host our first Melrose in the Mix. It will be the first in a series of intimate in-studio recording performances as Orlando singer-songwriter Beth McKee brings her assembled Swamp Sistas Songwriters Circle to the Melrose Audio Studio for a special afternoon session. Beth will be joined by Hannah Harber, Renee Arozqueta and Ka Malinalli, as the Circle takes turns performing original material and accompanying one another before a small studio audience–all while being recorded. Seating for this is very limited, so we hope folks register for that soon. There are also a few opportunities to sign on as recording assistants, but interested members must have either Live Room or Full Audio Studio Access. We hope this will give all participants an inside look at live recording…and have fun while doing it!