My First Steps into the Melrose Center

The first of many, I might add.  At least, that is the plan.

The offical name, as I have mentioned previously, is the “Dorothy Lumely Melrose Center” after the lady who inspired its creation.  Her children apparently donated fat stacks of cash as they say to create a huge space where creative types can get together and, well, create!

There are various booths and things I have previously talked about but now that I have been through my General Orientation, I can talk about them a bit better.  I even have shitty pictures of a few!

I should probably take a class on Photo stuff.  They have that ya know, for free.

For those who missed it check out my earlier post with the virtual tour.

So first, lets talk about the Sound Booths.  These are not the same by the way as the Audio Studio. These are more for podcasting, singers, and single or pairs of people who want to record basic stuff.


Look at these cute little booths!  They are sound proof as well, and air conditioned.  Having my general access now, I can use them.  Apparently its as easy as sticking a USB Drive into the recording thing and hitting START, but they also have a class on how to properly use it.  Have a nice Mic with sound filter and everything!  Here, the sound booths have:

  • Shure SM58 Microphone
  • Microphone Stand
  • Pop Filter
  • Presonus Blue Tube  Preamp
  • Cymatic 16 Channel Recorder
  • Sheet Music Stand
  • Lamp
  • Table

Next we have the Video Studio.  Unfortunately I stupidly did not take pictures when we were let in to look around, but my god its nice.  Hell, even has a little sign outside that will eventually light up for “On Air”.  It has a full wall setup for Green Screen/Chroma Key, and the following “standard equipment”

Standard Equipment: Stage

  • Canon XF105 HD camera that records 50Mbps MPEG-2 with 4:2:2 Color Sampling, XLR inputs and SDI output
  • 2, 16GB Compact Flash Cards and USB 3.0 Reader
  • Sennheiser ME66 Shotgun Microphone
  • Sennheiser Wireless lavalier microphones
  • iMac computer 3.5ghz Intel Core i7 with 32gb ram, OS X 10.9.1 Maverick, USB 3 and Thunderbolt ports.
  • Boom Pole and XLR cable
  • Boom Pole holder and C-Stand
  • Kino Flo Tegra DMX 4Banks dedicated to illuminating Green Screen
  • Kino Flo Diva-Lite 401
  • Litepanels 1×1 LED Spot and Flood lights
  • Litepanels Sola 4 LED Fresnels

Standard Equipment: Control Room

  • Two Panasonic AW-HE120 Pan Tilt Zoom cameras with Full HD 3MOS sensors
  • Panasonic Remote Camera Controller AW-RP50 for full camera pan tilt zoom operation
  • MacPro (2014), OS X 10.9.1 Maverick, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports
  • ATEM Television Studio with ATEM Software control to record multicamera live to H.264
  • H.264 Pro Encoder for live streaming
  • 16 channel Peavy F/X 2 four bus mixing console
  • Samson Media one Studio Monitors
  • Tascam CD-2001 CD player with iPod dock
  • Sennheiser Evolution Wireless System with handheld microphones
  • dbX 1066 Compressor/Limiter/Gate
  • ETC Smart Fade 1248 Lighting Control Board for DMX lights

That is no bloody joke.  Best part, again, since I have a library card is that once I do my Orientation and then Assessment, I can block this room out for 4 hours at a time…for free.  Thats amazing.

But sure, I can record video and whatnot all I want right?  But…how do I edit it?  Well they have 2 private EDITING BOOTHS (Mac PCs in there) that you can use for free, 3 hours a day total.  Again, if you are a library card holder.  Or if you dont need the private bays, they have 2 sets of computer banks, all with Adobe CS6 Master Collection and others.  I did not get a picture of the 2 private editing bays because, frankly, I forgot.  There was a band in one though, looking like they were doing some music work.  That was pretty damn cool.  They looked like the did metal (saw a V Guitar in a case and a bass player) but no idea.

Here, check out my terrible picture of the PC Banks.


You can also get a good look at how BIG the space in there is.  Lots of room to chill out with a team if you have one and whatnot.  Its freaking amazing.  Behind those bays, and you can sorta see it, is the Photo Lab.

It houses, for use by the patrons, the following:

  • Canon T5i Digital SLR Camera
  • Lightbox – Product Photography (19″x26″)
  • Studio Strobe Lights with Softbox
  • Flash Boom Lighting
  • Hot Shoe Flash
  • Background Support
  • Muslin Backgrounds
  • Portable Green Screen/Blue Screen
  • Collapsible Double Sided Portable Backdrop with Tripod

I got an iffy shot of it as well, and the folks who were using it.  Pretty cool.


I may not use this very much if at all, unless I decide to do silly promotional shots for some people.  Apparently, you can bring “guests” or “talent” in with you, but obviously the holder (ie me) would be responsible for any damages.

Yea, I am not gonna wanna be on the hook for that.  EXPENSIVE!

They also have this cool “Tech Talks” area where you can go for free and listen to various people talk about things.


Now one of the more interesting things I saw was what they called their “Fab Lab”, where you can get hands on with technology, electrical bits, and up until recently 3D Printing.  I am kinda sad that they do not do 3d Printing anymore but it honestly makes sense.  They have some basic 3d printers and it can take a while to get em going.  This area is where they also hold programming and game design classes (I need to look into these too)

They also had a Jedi Costume in the window.  I was confused.  I assume one of the projects from the sewing classes I have seen online.  You can see the room below.


Finally the one room we did not enter during my little orientation was the Audio Studio.  Its 2 parts, like the Video Studio, a Live room and a Booth.  You have to take orientations AND assessments for both (just like the video studio and its floor and booth setup).  I did however manage to get a picture of the interior as it has windows to the lobby.  Apparently they are remodeling and its being upgraded, but its pretty damn legit (to my untrained eyes)


Here is the equipment in this crazy room:

Editing Bay Equipment

  • Akai MPD32 USB MIDI Controller
  • Arturia KeyLab 49 Hybrid Synthesizer
  • Avid Pro Tools Express
  • Avid MBox Mini Interface
  • Logic Pro X

Sound Booth Equipment

  • Audio Technica ATH-40 Headphones
  • Cymatic Audio LR-16 Live Recorder
  • K&M KM254 Tripod-Style Microphone Stand
  • PreSonus BlueTube DP V2 Preamp
  • Sheet Music Stand
  • Shure PS-6 Popper Stopper Filter
  • Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone

Live Room Equipment

  • dbx 1066 Dual-channel Compressor/Limiter/Gate
  • Peavey Dual Deltafex Digital Stereo Effects Processor
  • K&M KM254 Tripod-Style Microphone Stands
  • K&M KM259 Low Profile Tripod Stands with KM211/1 Booms
  • Peavey 24 Channel Live Mixer
  • VOX AC15 Custom Tube Combo – 1X12” 15-Watt Guitar Amp
  • Yamaha DRX12 Live Speakers (3)

Control Room Equipment

  • Arturia KeyLab 61 Hybrid Synthesizer
  • Avid Pro Tools 11 HD Software
  • Avid Pro Tools HD Thunderbolt + HD I/O 16X16 Interface
  • Avid C|24 Control Surface
  • Focusrite ISA828 8 Channel Microphone Preamp (2)
  • Mackie HR824mk2 Active Monitors
  • Mackie MR10Smk3 Active Studio Subwoofer
  • MOTU MIDI Express XT USB MIDI Interface
  • M-Audio Radium 49-Key USB MIDI Controller
  • Native Instruments Komplete 9
  • Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Realtime Groove Module
  • Spectrasonics Trilian Total Bass Module
  • Waves Gold Plug-In Bundle
  • Waves SSL 4000 Collection Plug-In Bundle
  • Yamaha MSP7 Studio Monitors
  • Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Synth

Optional Equipment

  • 8 Channel 20’ XLR Send Sub Snake
  • AKG D112 Dynamic Microphone
  • Audio Technica AT2050 Condenser Microphone
  • MXL V67i Condenser Microphone
  • Sennheiser MD 421-II Dynamic Microphone (2)
  • Sennheiser MK4 Condenser Microphone (4)
  • Shure Beta 52A Dynamic Microphone
  • Shure Beta 57A Dynamic Microphone (2)
  • Shure DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit
  • Shure PG81 Condenser Microphone (2)
  • Shure Popper Stopper Pop Filter (4)
  • Shure SM57 Dynamic Microphone (3)
  • Shure SM57-LC Dynamic Microphone (2)
  • Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone (2)
  • Sony MDR-7506 Studio Headphones (6)
  • XLR Cables in 10, 15, 25, or 50 feet.

Just so everyone knows…I have no idea what any of this stuff means other then EXPENSIVE.

Overall I cannot wait to start messing around.  I have a few ideas that I want to do once I have my Video credentials in fact.  I intend to take all the classes I can on the weekends (its free so why not!) and get started on the making of the things.

This place is amazing.  If you live in Orange County FL you NEED to go and have a look.  I mean, this is crazy.  The amount of tech in this place, available for use by the community is astonishing.

For those curious, here is the site:


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