February 28, 2020

HeyDreamer’s debut CD released!

HeyDreamer, the rock band formed by Melody Kiser and Jasper Joyner, has released its debut EP, “If You’re Out There”. The EP was co-produced by HeyDreamer and Steve Rawls. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Real 2 Reel Studios. You can check out the album at all major download and streaming outlets. More info about HeyDreamer including performance dates and physical CDs are available at HeyDreamerBand.com.

May 13, 2019

Melody Kiser signed to Real 2 Reel Studios


May 13th, 2019 (Atlanta, GA) – Real 2 Reel Studios is excited to announce that it has has signed a production and a publishing administration agreement with Melody Kiser. Real 2 Reel has been working with Melody as a solo artist and as Heydreamer. Heydreamer is a newly formed band project with her long time friend, drummer and co-writer Jasper Joyner.  Jasper has also signed a publishing administration agreement with Real 2 Reel Studios.

Melody Kiser‘s solo material is in the singer/songwriter genre, focused on acoustic guitar and vocal. Heydreamer sits solidly in the rock genre.

Melody Kiser said,”I am beyond excited for the opportunity and am eager to begin recording new music at Real 2 Reel with the guidance and expertise of everyone involved.”

Studio owners Will Turpin (Collective Soul bassist and founding member) and Steve Rawls said, “Melody and Heydreamer represent the quality and versatility of what Real 2 Reel Studios is looking for in artists. They are young, extremely talented, focused and serious about their musical endeavors. We look forward to great things from Melody and Heydreamer”.

October 3, 2015

New Collective Soul Release Mastered at Real 2 Reel

October 2, 2015 – Collective Soul’s new album released.  CD and Mastered for itunes formats were mastered by Steve Rawls at Real 2 Reel Studios.  The new CD features 11 new songs from the Stockbridge, GA natives.

“This is the best and most rocking album we’ve done.  It’s one of those, ‘just sit back and rock’ records.  We are so excited about our 9th release. I think c soul fans are gonna love it.  We went back to our roots, loud guitars and more guitars.  Thanks again for your patience and I promise it won’t ever be this long between releases again. Be cool. ” – Ed Roland

See What You Started By Continuing on Vanguard Records.

Get it now on:
– iTunes
– Amazon (Digital and CD)
– GooglePlay

June 23, 2015

Session Time @ Real 2 Reel – Soaked In Gasoline – Pt 3

Will McPhaul and producer Ryan Burton host this episode of Session Time @ Real 2 Reel. Part 3 of a multi-part series about the making of a song from start to finish. “Soaked In Gasoline“, a song by Lynnay Della Luce, was co-produced by Ryan Burton and former Collective Soul guitarist Ross Childress. Part 3 is a 6 min video about recoding Ross Childress on electric guitar at Real 2 Reel Studios. The final episode will cover Lynnay’s vocal.


April 6, 2015

Session Time @ Real 2 Reel – Mic’ing a guitar amp – Pt 2

James Cobb and Will McPhaul host this episode of Session Time @ Real 2 Reel. This episode focuses on mic selection when recording a guitar amp. This is Part 2 of a multi-episode series on mic’ing a guitar amp. This episode shows various mic choices and the sonic differences of each. Download the audio examples here.


January 31, 2015

Session Time @ Real 2 Reel – Mastering Overview

Online now – Session Time @ Real 2 Reel – Mastering Overview episode

Steve Rawls discusses the mastering process.  Why do it… what’s involved… what’s needed… what do I get back… how loud is loud….  All of these questions and more are answered in this episode.

Mastering Overview


December 24, 2014

Johnna Jeong’s “Solo Me” CD

Atlanta based guitar player, Johnna Jeong has been working as a performer and instructor for a number of years. With an eclectic background in Classical, Jazz, Blues, Latin, and popular music, she maintains a busy schedule as a musician. Performing as a soloist for Weddings, Private Events, Country Clubs, and  also in various ensembles throughout the Southeast. In addition to being a solo artist and working in other music collaborations, she is also a committed music educator.

Johnna Jeong websiteHer 2014 solo guitar CD release “SoloMe” has inched it’s way to US and Canada’s radio play.  “SoloMe” is a collection of Latin, contemporary, and original guitar compositions and is now available at CD BabyAmazon, CD Universe, and  I-tunes.  Her CD was recorded at Real 2 Reel .  The project was engineered & mixed by James Cobb and mastered by Steve Rawls.

A recent review from Minor 7th Music: “In her debut CD, Johnna Jeong opens a window to her soul by giving us a glimpse at the music she holds most closely to her heart. “Solo Me” is a collection of Spanish/South-American compositions, as well as several works composed by Jeong, all of which gracefully bridge the gap between classical guitar, jazz, and popular styles. The album as a whole has an immediate and broad appeal, all the while exploring immense musical and emotive depth. All of the selections feature distinctive rhythms, bold compositional gestures, and haunting extended harmonies. Jeong displays an effortless command of the instrument as she navigates the complex interpretive language that this style of music demands, bringing to life the spirit of this powerful and unique genre. “Solo Me” is a perfect introduction to Jeong, showcasing not only her outstanding playing, but also the music she holds most dear. © Timothy Smith”

November 21, 2014

Real 2 Reel Studios Masters Collective Soul’s 20th Anniversary Release

Collective Soul's 20th Anniversary Release

Nov. 2014 – There’s a long history between Real 2 Reel Studios and Collective Soul, a history of family, friendship and work.  We are proud and excited to be involved in the post-production of their newest release,  “See What You Started By Continuing”.  The CD was mixed by Shawn Grove and sent to Real 2 Reel Studios for mastering. Steve Rawls mastered for three different release formats: CD, iTunes and vinyl.

The CD marks the multi-platinum artist’s 20th anniversary.  The band released “Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid” in 1994 as their first studio album that included the rock anthem “Shine” that shot to international recognition and double-platinum status.  20 years later the band has released seven #1 radio hits and sold more than 10 million albums across the world.

The long awaited 9th studio album “See What You Started By Continuing” fully embodies the journey that Collective Soul has taken musically and personally throughout the last two decades.  “As a band we have experienced and developed so much as musicians and people in the last twenty years,” commented Collective Soul frontman, Ed Roland.  “This album represents a full circle, coming back to the roots of Collective Soul, and continuing to build on the music that we started making from the beginning.”

November 20, 2014

Blackberry Smoke “Leave A Scar” Charts on Billboard


Blackberry Smoke “Leave A Scar” Charts on Billboard

This is a great live concert recording from Blackberry Smoke.  The DVD is outstanding!  The double audioCD and 2-disc vinyl releases sound great!  Real 2 Reel Studios did the surround mix and mastering for the DVD release, and mastered the stereo mixes from Shawn Grove for the double audioCD, iTunes and the limited edition U.S. 2-disc vinyl.

The release charted last week at 17 on Billboards Top Country Albums.

The release charted at 128 on Billboards Top 200

Check it out!!!


October 5, 2014

Micah Stampley at Real 2 Reel

Micah Stampley at Real 2 Reel

We had a great time today at Real 2 Reel with Micah Stampley and several of his singers for an in-studio photo and video shoot.

As discussed in a previous post, Micah’s new CD, “Love Never Fails“, has been nominated for two Dove Awards this year.

Photos by Caleb Varnadeaux


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