March 23, 2017

Let’s Stay Together by Vanilla

Let's Stay Together

Great live session tonight with Vanilla duo.

Julie & Nick are a duo from Liverpool who came to record Let’s Stay together by Al Green. They sounded fantastic and were really lovely to work with.

Nicks an amazing guitarist and instrumentalist and Julie is an actress/singer with a voice to die for. They’re both really nice and funny guys too. Hope to work with them again really soon.

This was just a simple live recording session. Nick used my Gibson J45 acoustic guitar which I mic’d up with an AKG 414 which then went into a Golden age 73 pre.

Julie sang beautifully into my Neumann TLM 103 condensor mic which also went into a Golden age 73 pre.  I used UAD 1176 compressors and Pultec Eq’s on their channels. I also used a UAD EMT 140 plate reverb on the voice and guitar.

As it was such a simple session with no overdubs, I offered them the great rate of £50 a song total ( including mixing and mastering!)

I’d be happy to offer the same price to anyone who wants to do something similar.

If you’d like to record here like Nick and Julie did, get in touch TODAY.

 

February 27, 2017

You Can Call Me Al by The Deltatones

You Can Call Me Al

Here is The Deltatones version of the Paul Simon classic, You Can Call Me Al.

We recorded the track as both an audio and a Video recording here at Big Cloud Productions.

In case you did’t know, I’m actually the lead singer and guitarist in The Deltatones, a wedding and corporate duo.
Both myself and Rob Harper (who’s the lead guitarist and backing vocalist), had a lot of fun recording and filming it, so we hope you enjoy!

Both the music and video was recorded and filmed by us in one morning here at Big Cloud Productions in February 2017 in Woolton, Liverpool.

You Can Call Me Al – Music Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Big Cloud Productions.
Video Produced and Edited by Big Cloud Productions.

If you’d be interested in having me Produce a song or Video for you, get in touch TODAY

 Here’s the Audio only version below.
written by Paul Simon ©1986
Lead and Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion, Synths, Drum Programming: Steve Stroud
Backing Vocals, Rhythm and Lead Guitar: Rob Harper
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud
Recorded and Produced at Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool
February 2017
www.bigcloudproductions.com

Check out The Deltatones, the UK’s award winning, number 1 Wedding Duo
www.thedeltatones.co.uk

February 9, 2017

Album Production: Lavalamp Album by Steve Stroud

Lavalamp Album

I’ve just completed work on the Steve Stroud (ie: Moi) solo Lavalamp Album .

It’s a really nice feeling to complete an Album as a songwriter.  I’ve released a few over the years that I did not produce, but I think it’s even more involved and rewarding to complete one that you’ve wrote, performed, recorded, edited, mixed and mastered yourself.

For the Lavalamp Album, I’ve been writing and recording a song as a basic demo and then just releasing it instantly on Bandcamp/Soundcloud as soon as it was ready-ish. I started that process with the first Basecamp demo about 12 months ago.

Now, a year later, When all eight tracks were done, I went back to the original Cubase sessions and fixed anything obviously annoying, remixed and eq’d the lot of them from scratch.

Then once mixed, I took all of the eight songs into Steinberg Wavelab 9 to Master the finished files.

Mastering the new Steve Stroud album ‘Lavalamp’ #mastering #wavelab #uad #waves #lavalamp #studiolife #stevestroud #liverpoolmusic

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Once done, I uploaded to Bandcamp to sell and sent them all off for digital distribution, so the record will also be available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon etc.

Then I exhaled noisily and had a cup of tea. Have a listen!

You can download and buy the album here if you are so moved.

Thanks to everyone who’s encouraged and supported me in producing this new album. As you can hopefully tell, a fair amount of work has gone into making it.
Please do have a listen, download if you wish, buy it if you must, but most importantly, enjoy it you big, serious meatbag. X

https://stevestroud.bandcamp.com/album/lavalamp

If you’d like to record your original songs here with me in the same way, get in touch! CONTACT

January 18, 2017

Song Production: ‘ I Want To Give You So Much Joy ‘ by Steve Stroud

Lavalamp Album

Another song for my solo album Lavalamp has been recorded and produced in the last few weeks.

This one’s called ‘ I Want To Give you So Much Joy ‘. After this, there is one final song to be completed for the record, which is already written and being recorded right now.

For the Lavalamp record, I’ve been writing and recording a song and then just releasing it instantly on Bandcamp/Soundcloud.

When all eight tracks are done (This is number seven), I’ll probably give them all a spruce and a polish, tweak a few things and release the whole thing on itunes and spotify.

I hope you like it. 🙂

 

Feels festive in here today #cubase #kemper #gap73 #studiolife #liverpoolmusic #liverpoolproducer #liverpoolstudio

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You can hear and buy the album as it stands here https://stevestroud.bandcamp.com/album/lavalamp

I Want To Give You So Much Joy

Acoustic Guitar: Gibson J-45.
Nylon String Guitar: Harveys’ Yamaha Guitaele.
Electric Guitar: Gibson 335 and Fender Strat.
Bass Guitar: Gibson EB14.
Synths: Arturia Mini Moog V and Hammond B3.
Drums and Percussion: Fxpansion BFD3.
Beats: Groove Agent.
Strings and Brass: HALion Symphonic Orchestra.
Vocals: Neumann TLM 103 through PRE 73 MK II.

Written by Steve Stroud © 2016
All instruments and vocals by Steve Stroud.

Engineered, Produced and Mastered by Steve Stroud using Steinberg Cubase Pro 9 & Wavelab 9 at Big Cloud Productions in January 2017.

If you’d like to record your original songs here with me, get in touch today CONTACT

November 27, 2016

Gift Cards

Gift Cards
Looking for an original gift for Family or Friends this year?

Big Cloud Productions Gift Cards are a perfect present for any music lover. The recipient will get to come to our production studio in Liverpool at a convenient date of their choice and record some of their favourite songs. 

Even if they’re not musicians or singers, lots of people have always wanted to experience recording in a professional studio.  We will prepare the professional backing tracks of their choice in advance and then produce their vocal performance.

They will get to use top quality microphones and equipment just like the stars!

They’ll get both a hardcopy CD and an MP3 of their finished track, so they’ll always be able to share their recording with the world.

Suitable and fun for all ages and all abilities.

When you buy your card, we will get in touch and give you a little form to fill out with the details of the recipient and the date you want us to issue the gift card to them,  we can issue immediately, or if it’s a surprise present, we can hold off getting in touch until the date you request. Click the buttons below to Buy your Card.

 

 Gift Card £50 – Single Song
  • Recipient will get to record lead vocals along to a professional backing track of their choice.
  • They will be featured on The Big Cloud Productions Blog (read by many industry professionals)
  • They will get their finished track on CD and Mp3

 

Gift Card £100 – EP, up to 3 Songs
  • Recipient will get to record lead vocals along to 3 professional backing tracks of their choice.
  • They will be featured on The Big Cloud Productions Blog (read by many industry professionals)
  • They will get their finished tracks on CD and Mp3

 

Gift Card £300 – Album, Up to 10 Songs
  • Recipient will get to record lead vocals along to 10 professional backing tracks of their choice
  • They will be featured on The Big Cloud Productions Blog (read by many industry professionals)
  • They will get their finished album on CD and Mp3

 

Sound Good? Just Click one of the Pay Pal links above or get in Contact with us Today!

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Alan recording the Sonny Bono part to ‘I Got You Babe’

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Pat getting the Lyrics right for her Cher part!

The Finished Track. A romantic version of Sonny and Cher’s  ‘I Got You Babe’

November 24, 2016

Song Production: ‘Stage Fright’ & ‘Mynah Baby’ by Steve Stroud

Lavalamp Album

Two songs for my solo album Lavalamp have been recorded and produced here in the last few weeks. Stage Fright and Mynah Baby. You can hear and buy the album here https://stevestroud.bandcamp.com/album/lavalamp

Stage Fright

Acoustic Guitar: Gibson J-45
Electric Guitar: Fender Stratocaster
Bass Guitar: Gibson EB14
Synth: Steinberg Retrologue 2
Drums and Percussion: Fxpansion BFD3
Brass: HALion Symphonic Orchestra
Vocals: Neumann TLM 103 through PRE 73 MK II

Written by Steve Stroud © 2016
All instruments and vocals by Steve Stroud*
*except “Freak Out” vocal: Harvey Francis Stroud

Engineered, Produced and Mastered by Steve Stroud using Steinberg Cubase 8.5 Pro at Big Cloud Productions in October 2016

Mynah Baby

Electric Guitar: Fender Stratocaster
Bass Guitar: Gibson EB14
Piano: Steinberg The Grand 3
Synth: Steinberg Retrologue 2
Drums and Percussion: Fxpansion BFD3
Flute and Strings: HALion Symphonic Orchestra
Vocals: Neumann TLM 103 through PRE 73 MK II

Written by Steve Stroud © 2016
All instruments and vocals by Steve Stroud

Engineered, Produced and Mastered by Steve Stroud using Steinberg Cubase 8.5 Pro and Wavelab Elements 9 at Big Cloud Productions in November 2016

If you’d like to record your original songs here with me, get in touch today CONTACT

November 16, 2016

Production Sale

Great News! We’re having a fantastic SALE right now at Big Cloud Productions.
£50 off any single song project
£100 off any EP project
£150 off any Album project
So if you’ve got any project, song, ep or album planned, get it touch before Jan 1st 2016 and we’ll get you booked in at your discounted price.
We now offer two main services as Big Cloud Productions.
Our classic singer/songwriter production service. Perfect for artists without a band.
and our new full band production service, for bands with drummers or groups that want to record live in a large studio setting.
I’ve also been making lots of cool gear additions to the studio, like Kemper, Goldenage 73 Preamps and UAD2 gear. so ,  if you’ve recorded here before, I’ll have lots of new equipment to show you and use on your sessions too.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Get in touch TODAY! CONTACT
Steve
ps: For acts with a slightly larger budget, I’ve also entered into an exciting production partnership with Marc Joy (Credits inc: Oasis, Primal Scream) called The Bewlay Brothers. Get in touch if that’s of interest to you or your band.
November 16, 2016

New Service! Full Band Production

Full band production

Exciting news! We’ve added a great new service available immediately to all our customers.

Full Band Production

When Big Cloud Productions started it was just a small, but lovely production studio, perfect for singer songwriters who didn’t have a band of their own. I would record their vocals and guitars and add programmed drums, bass, keys, vocals etc all played by myself to give them a full song production.

While we still offer that great and classic service, I’m pleased to say that we are now able to offer a full band recording service to all our clients. That means that full bands with drummers can now make full use of Big Cloud Productions too.

We can record the live tracks at a local studio, then take the session files back to Big Cloud for any Overdubs, Mixing and Mastering.

  • We will meet at a local recording studio with a great live room to record the basic tracks using top quality mics and pres. We can then complete a full edited mix and master for you back at Big Cloud, all included in one affordable price.
  • The base price for the Standard Packages includes any vocal overdubs. If you would like other instruments overdubbing at a later date, you will need one of the Deluxe Packages.
Big Cloud Productions

Typical drum micing at a live band session at Roc 2 Studios in Wrexham

full band production

Marc Joy engineering a session at Roc 2 Studios in Wrexham

Get in touch today and book your bands session! See our Prices below. (as always, if you need something slightly different, just let us know and we’ll sort something out)
STANDARD LIVE EP  (MAX 3 SONGS) £600
  • All instruments and vocals performed by you.
  • Completed song edited, arranged and mixed to industry standards by Big Cloud Productions. (Up to 3 revisions)
  • Final mix mastered to industry standards by Big Cloud Productions.
  • A personalised feature article on our Big Cloud ‘Songwriter Sessions’ Blog. (Read by many Industry Professionals)
STANDARD LIVE ALBUM  (MAX 10 SONGS) £1500
  • All instruments and vocals performed live by you. (Vocals may be Overdubbed back at Big Cloud)
  • Completed song edited, arranged and mixed to industry standards by Big Cloud Productions. (Up to 3 revisions)
  • Final mix mastered to industry standards by Big Cloud Productions.
  • A personalised feature article on our Big Cloud ‘Songwriter Sessions’ Blog. (Read by many Industry Professionals)

 

If you would rather just capture the basic track at the studio and then overdub additional instruments and all your vocals later, you’ll need the Deluxe Package…

 

DELUXE LIVE EP  (MAX 3 SONGS) £800
  • All instruments and vocals performed live by you. (Any overdubs allowed back at Big Cloud)
  • Completed song edited, arranged and mixed to industry standards by Big Cloud Productions. (Up to 3 revisions)
  • Final mix mastered to industry standards by Big Cloud Productions.
  • A personalised feature article on our Big Cloud ‘Songwriter Sessions’ Blog. (Read by many Industry Professionals)
DELUXE LIVE ALBUM  (MAX 10 SONGS) £1700
  • All instruments and vocals performed live by you. (Any overdubs allowed back at Big Cloud)
  • Completed song edited, arranged and mixed to industry standards by Big Cloud Productions. (Up to 3 revisions)
  • Final mix mastered to industry standards by Big Cloud Productions.
  • A personalised feature article on our Big Cloud ‘Songwriter Sessions’ Blog. (Read by many Industry Professionals)

Sound good? Get in Contact with us today!

Or if you’re a band with a slightly bigger budget, read up on our premium service offered by ‘The Bewley Brothers’, our new production team.

November 15, 2016

Universal Audio Plugins and Hardware

I’ve recently made the switch to Universal Audio Plugins and Hardware. I initially added a UAD2 PCI Duo card to my DAW and then added a Quad Satellite . I’ve also added the following UAD2 plugins to Big Clouds sonic arsenal!

Universal Audio 1176 Classic Limiter Collection
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ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder
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API Vision Channel Strip
API Vision Channel Strip
EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverberator
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Fairchild Plug-In for UAD-2
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FATSO Jr./Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor
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Manley Massive Passive EQ
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The Neve 88RS Series Collection
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The Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection
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Studio D Chorus
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LA-2A Classic Leveler Plug-In Collection
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If you’d like to have access to these great sounding plugs, book us to work on your next project. Get in touch today.  CONTACT
September 30, 2016

Album Production: Franki Doot Still Runs

Sorry about the Radio silence the last couple of months. I’ve been so busy it’s been hard to find time to change my guitar strings, nevermind anything else (That reminds me…)

Anyway, over July/Aug /Sept the duo I play in The Deltatones have been crazily busy, playing up to five gigs a week , which is great and brings in much needed funds, but doesn’t leave a lot of time for social media updates.

Also, I’ve been working on an original album for Liverpool born, but Dorset based singer songwriter Franki Doot. We’ve completed seven original songs so far, working with another producer Martin and his studio in Dorset Active Music .

It’s been quite a different way of working for me as rather than do everything in house myself as I usually do, it’s been far more of a collaboration this time.

Franki has been recording his basic tracks (Vocals and guide guitar) in Dorset with Martin, who then sends those tracks to me. I then have a brief of what’s needed in terms of feel and instrumentation which I then complete here in Liverpool.

For example, for the first song ‘Run Down the Road’ I received a click track, a guide acoustic guitar and a lead vocal.

I then added Drums, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Hammond Organ, Acoustic guitar, Slide Guitar, Lead Guitar, Electric Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vocals.

Then I’ve sent the individual WAV tracks back to Martin and Franki in Dorset who are then going to mix it together.

It’s been a really interesting and enjoyable project. I’ll share the tracks when everything is complete.

That’s the great thing about Big Cloud Productions. Whether you need me to collaborate with another producer or you need me to do everything myself, it’s all possible!

Get in touch today if you want me to work on your next project. CONTACT