Bryant Johnson

Bryant Johnson

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New Age - Alternative | Christiansburg, Virginia, United States
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Member Since: 2010
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Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


Anyone out there using ProTools 12.1 having issues with bouncing to mp3 where its tilting the low end into the stratosphere? If so, have you found a work around yet?

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Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago


Hi Bryant,
Sorry that you're having issues with your ProTools; hope that you can resolve those issues, and that all is well with you and yours!


Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Hi Cindy,
Making a little bit of progress I hope, someone on another forum of sorts suggested I try a Sonnox product that lets you A/B a mix using several different codex in real time. I got it, tinkered a bit and now I'm trying to get thru the manual without my eyeballs spinning in circles like a cartoon character. Other than that, the fam's doing well, everyone's getting on about their little adventures. Hope you and the pups are enjoying the waning days of Summer and all your musical endeavors are enjoyable! Good to hear from you.


Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


If you get a chance could you please listen to "New Toys".. been working on studio space, this is my first remix after this round of improvements. Still get weird results though when I convert to mp3, its as if it adds a low shelf of about 3db and the low mid 'barrel' sound... makes me scratch my head. Any way tried to tweak that stuff out of the mp3 bounce. Aggrevating not to be able to post the mix coming out of my nearfields though.

   
 
Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


Just finished and posted a piece called "New Toy". Hope you'll check it out.

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Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago


Gorgeous production Bryant; "New Toy" is a lovely mixture of contemporary sounds, and ancient melodies. Lovely piece, really! Good to see you on here, and glad that you have some new work. Hope all is well with you and your family!


Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Hi Cyndi! Your comments always cheer me up! You got it! Ancient melodies, layered in multiple voices and rhythmic figures.

Every one here is moving along with life, and doing well, thank you so much for asking after them.



Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago


Glad to hear that all is well my friend!


Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Thanks Cyndi for the 5 star, you're an awesome cheerleader! I guess its pretty clear I don't do music for that kind of stuff, but it sure doesn't hurt when it happens. Thanks again


Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


Morning Bryant,
Lovely birthday present to your father, "Fiddlin' with Ferdnando". Your wonderful eccentric "take", on the classical side of life, is so greatly appreciated; a part of your unique style!

Best wishes on this, and all your musical meanderings!
Peace and blessings,
Cyndi


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Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Thanks Cyndi! When I was little, my dad was a Marine Corps officer with a hard core military bearing....and when he practiced classical guitar a different side of him could be glimpsed from time to time. (He made great guitar-faces) So this piece is one of the studies he worked really hard on or at least in my mind this is one he worked on often. So I added the strings thinking about those faces and the contrast/conflict between the two different people I observed in the same man. So I'm writing all this in part because of your choice of words, with a grin on my face, because back in those early years for him to make guitar faces or any other 'face' was indeed eccentric... and I did try to convey the spirit of that in the composition. Hopefully I didn't go to far over the top with it.... even if I did, I'd still be grinning right now.
Thanks for the encouragement, you rock!
Bryant


Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago


Nice to hear the back story on this piece Bryant. The dynamics we humans sometimes hide, only to find them openly displayed when the right music is created/played, can sometimes be such an epiphany!
How you must treasure those memories.......:-)


Radiation Mountain posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


Hi Bryant --I just put "Engage" on a CD of music that I sent to a friend. That is an amazing piece of music!!! It's in the goosebumps class. I'd love to know more about how you recorded that--is that you on electric guitar?

Jeff


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Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Hi Jeff,
Is that me on electric guitar? Yes and no. Yes its me playing a Brubaker (little known custom guitar maker from Md) direct in to an eleven rack but the audio track was then used to create a midi track and the midi track sent through various sample players and tweaked. I'm using Omnisphere (Spectrasonics) and Play (East West) most often during the time that was recorded. If memory serves there were so many tracks just for that guitar it had its own aux buss to sum everything, and that buss probably had a compressor like Waves C-4 in paralell to pull up various freqs to thicken the sound. I'm thinking thats the info you wanted if you want more specifics I'd have to get the back up out and load up the session. I had started to loose the feeling in my hands about a year before that project so was looking to branch out into other ways to create music. Getting sound out of sample players is easy... music? not so easy. Good news though, I had wrist surgery two weeks ago, so here's hoping I can be back in guitar land sooner than later. Otherwise, Engage was the second of three pieces that were supposed to be backing tracks for a video short that was never finished. In order the pieces are "Its a New Day", "Engage", and lastly "Leaving Sol"
Hope your friend enjoyed the CD and hopefully it had more of your stuff on it than any one elses.
And on a different note:
Would you be interested in collaborating on a piece? I got rolling on the sample player route and wound up stepping up my gear with a small Vienna Instruments package called Dimension Strings. Still learning how it all works so I'm trying to stick with some music that I'm really familiar with. To that end I decided to use classical guitar studies as a starting point to build the string sections around. Currently I'm using a Sor study and I could desperately use a live player. I recorded an audio track but it was so bad I trashed it and tried to use a sample player and now I'm wishing I had the audio track still. I'll be on the mend for a couple of months and then I'm guessing it'll be a couple of months more (at least) to get some chops. Want to play?


Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


Hi Bryant,
Hope all is well with you and family; getting prepared for the colder temps, heading our way.

Just thought that I would drop by and say 'hello', since it's been a while since we've 'spoken'.

I'm heading out to AZ on Sunday for a couple of weeks, to visit friends, who are family, HS reunion, and parties! I'm so excited to reconnect to wonderful, dear friends, whom I've not seen in so long.

"No More....." is on Latin-Tango and Peavy Top Ten!

Take care my friend,
Cyndi


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Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Hi Cyndi,
We're slowly moving forward, think cave man era wagon on a road made out of boulders..... yep.. that's the picture.

We should have the warm and dry part of things taken care of for this year and all the canning is done, gutters and roof repaired. Added to the growing space for next year... here about's a garden must be built like a fortification because the local deer gang is a pretty rowdy bunch. They like to tear down fences.

My music time has been spent trying to learn some new software. I picked up some deals earlier this year on a couple of packages for mixing and others for networking pc's for the sample libraries. Its a slog but I'm enjoying the challenge. The best news is that the music is still in my head.... still working though on finding a way to get it out in a manner so that it sounds the same in the real world.

I hope you have a fantastic time in AZ. Good news on No More... Postle Pete's part 2 been ready for tracking, torn apart and rebuilt no less than three times since we spoke last.. it's bein' ornry' but I'm still working on it. Likewise High Heels remains a work in progress. Its one of those that I'll come up with something I'm in to one night, but the next time I come to work on it... not so much.

OK too wordy as usual so I'm signing off. Have fun. Thanks for thinking of me.
Bryant


Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago


Morning Bryant,
So good to hear from you, and happy for you to have been able to get those important tasks done, before the winter bears down.

I understand about getting bogged down in all the day to day activities. However, I did have the reprieve with my AZ trip, and had a fantastic time, seeing dear friends who are family, and just partying, dancing, visiting, laughing my tail end off, so to speak, and feel so fortunate to have been able to make the trip.

This morning, I'm sitting here drinking coffee, and just enjoying the peace and quiet. Happy to have "gained" an hour back, this am too, since I've been trying to re-acclimate to the time difference, since AZ does not do DST.......

Glad to hear the you are learning some new software; hey, that is always a work in progress for me. I have only the bare basics, but seem to learn something new, daily; enjoy that too. I would love to take an audio production class.........yea, in between everything else:-)

Looking forward to doing the "High Heels", whenever you're to that point. Again, I do understand how that goes. Have been doing some writing, recording, as well as come collaborations, so always have lots of lovely, (and thankful for it), projects, on which to work!

All the best to you and yours.
Peace and love,
Cyndi


Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Hey Cyndi, Re Audio Production Class. Email me if you want to pursue that, I can point you at a couple of reputable sources. Otherwise check out MOOK classes online. Several great opportunities there, many are free with the option of certifications or college credit with minuscule fees relative to the costs you'd incur by attending in person. Lots of interesting stuff out there and not just audio.
Great news to share: wrist surgery was a big success, I can actually play guitar for longer than a couple of minutes at a time now, and its getting noticeably better. (insert GINORMOUS sigh of relief Here) I think the next thing I post will be the work I was asking a fellow broadjammer to collaborate on only instead of someone else's instrument it'll be me.
Really glad to hear that your AZ trip was enjoyable and that it lived up to your expectations, its always nice when that happens.
Thanks for your wishes, Peace and love.... back at you, filled to the brim and running over.
Bryant


Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


Congratulations Bryant, on "No More.......", making the Latin and Virginia Top Ten! Hope all is well with you!

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Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Thanks Cyndi. Little baby steps over this way. The raw materials for some acoustic treatment arrived today. Will be switching hats to go into handyman mode again. In a couple of months there'll be space for me to unpack all the old analoge gear and hook it back up. Working in the box has opened lots of possibilities and new learning.... but I miss my blinky lights. Hope you're doing great enjoying all your adventures.


Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago


Baby steps are better than none at all! Glad to hear that you are still forging ahead with your spatial projects, and will soon have space for all of your equipment. Blinking lights are always fun, but then, it will be all the sweeter, once you've finished your projects.....:-)

Things are fine here; spring has sprung, thankfully, and I'm doing some spring cleaning, then will fly out in three weeks, back to Arizona for a little visit.
Hope that warmer weather has found your part of the world too!


Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Well spring has sprung here too.... but in a taunting/teasing sort of way. The minute I go out to clean up or try to plant something a storm blows in.... I'm not falling for it again.


Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago


Well, we too have had some intermittent set backs with different fronts moving in here as well; fickle spring!


Radiation Mountain posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


'Classical' is a period label that no longer really applies, but I'd say Peter's Pub is whatever the Art Music that used to be Classical is called now. I guess they call it Classical unless you fit in one of the brackets like 12 Tone Serialism, etc.

Electronic Music is probably the best fit. This is kinda like Pierre Moerlen and Gong, but I'm outta my element here.


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Radiation Mountain posted over 30 days ago


OH, and it also happens to be in the "Damn Good" category! =)


Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Thanks Jeff!


Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


Congratulations on "PostlePete'sPartOne", making the Virginia Top 10!

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Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago


Thanks Cyndi... woohoo half off on licenseing submittals.... maybe


Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago


Woohoo!


Bryant Johnson posted over 30 days ago to Bryant Johnson


Reloaded my latest posting 'Postle Pete's Pub Part One' I found that I had squished the dynamics out of it in my attempt to master it... major 'doh' considering I spent quite a bit of time and effort during composition and mixing in order to create a decent sonic space and no small amount of dynamic changes. Fortunately some of that is now restored.


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Cyndi Corkran posted over 30 days ago


Just listened to your restored "Postle Pete....." again Bryant, and I can hear the 'space' much more clearly now, and it is such a beautiful piece! Really think that you restored it very nicely, and eager to hear your part II; I can see it as a passage soundtrack.

Hope all going well for you and yours!


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