September 6, 2018

‘Virtue Signal’ by Steve Stroud

Virtue Signal by Steve Stroud

I finally got around to writing and recording a new original track which is titled ‘Virtue Signal’ by Steve Stroud.  It’s my first new solo song since I finished my solo album ‘Lavalamp‘ in 2017.

I had a piano riff in my head and based it around that. It was also a good opportunity to put to use a couple of new plugins I’d recently purchased.







The Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT is a brilliant replica of the Automatic double tracker the Beatles first used in the 60’s. Great for analogue sounding chorus or flange effects.
The Universal Audio Galaxy tape echo is a psychedelic sounding old school tape echo / reverb unit that adds a bit of retro other-worldliness to your delays.

Anyway, I expereimented and wrote and recorded the song in a few hours one morning recently. It’s now on itunes, spotify etc, but I’ve put the link to my Bandcamp page below if you’s like a listen.

Let me know what you think?

You can hear the results here and don’t forget to get in touch here if you want me to work with you on your next project. CONTACT

Written by Steve Stroud ©2018
All vocals and instruments – Steve Stroud
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud
Recorded and Produced at Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool


January 15, 2018

‘Peninsula’ by Tim O’Neill

Tim O Neill

I had my good friend Tim back in the Studio over Christmas time. He had a great new song written ‘Peninsula’, but this time wanted to back it with a drum loop rather than a regular acoustic pattern. There was a great Talking Heads track in which he really liked the drum loop. Rather than just sample it, I painstakingly recreated it with BFD3 using an acoustic kit, and a UAD 1176 and a Fatso Jr .

It also gave me an opportunity to try out my brand new VST3 plug in I designed ‘MAJOR CHORDS‘.

The bass guitar, acoustic guitar and electric guitar are all ‘played’ and controlled with the MAJOR CHORDS plugin in HALion Sonic 3 in Cubase.

Tim added his vocals, some electric guitar on my 335 and a pignose feedback experiment for the middle 8 (pictured below).

I also added hammond organ, piano, strings, brass, pads and harmony backing vocals.

We mixed it until Tim was happy and here is the finished track. See what you think? Let us know.

If you would like to work with me at Big Cloud Productions on one of your songs, get in touch TODAY

Really pleased to announce the prototype of my first Halion Instrument is ready for testing. ‘Major Chords’ is a guitar sampler that can be used with Halion Sonic SE, Halion Sonic 3 or Halion 6 in any version of Cubase (or any DAW that will load vst3). You have a multi sampled Gibson Les Paul Standard going into a Kemper, a Gibson EB14 Bass Guitar also going into a Kemper and a Mic’d up Gibson J45 acoustic Guitar to play with. You can play them individually or in unison and you can automate each one to get them to play any chord sample you like. Each instrument has its own designated effects, pan, volume and Eq, so you can customise the sound to your liking. Leave a comment if you’d like to know more.🎸🎼❤️🎚️🎹 #majorchords #bigcloudproductions #vst3 #VSTS #halion #halionsonic3 #halionsonic #halion6 #steinberg #cubase #samples #guitars #gibson #kemper #lespaul #j45 #bass #akg414 #daw #studiolife #vsti #Liverpoolstudio #producersofinstagram

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December 18, 2017


MAJOR CHORDS is a new VST3 guitar sampler for Steinberg HALion Sonic developed by Steve Stroud at Big Cloud Productions.
It can be used in HALion Sonic either in the stand alone player or as a VSTi plug in within your DAW session. So now in Cubase, Reaper or any DAW that will load VST3’s,  you can automate real sampled guitars and basses to play any chord or note anywhere in your track.

If you’re new to Halion Sonic, the two tabs you’ll mostly need to concern yourself with are:

LOAD: Just click MAJOR CHORDS and choose a Preset. (This will load MAJOR CHORDS in Halion. Hit a key to test)

EDIT: This takes you to the Main MAJOR CHORDS screen where you can tweak all the knobs and faders. Here you’ll see that that there are 3 tabs to the MAJOR CHORDS program.

MAIN: This is the main landing page where you’ll see 3 faders, some knobs and buttons. Nearly everything in MAJOR CHORDS has a tooltip, so if you’re unsure about what something does, hovering your mouse over it usually clears things up.

The left side of the screen deals with the Electric Guitar samples, the middle the Bass Guitar Samples and the right the Acoustic Guitar samples. This doesn’t change whatever screen you’re on.

Each instrument also has it’s own volume fader, pan, mute and solo button.
The electric and acoustic guitars have a big knob near the bottom of the page which changes the sample chord type that’s played. ie: Major, Minor, Dim etc..
The bass has a similar knob, but instead of chords it just changes the pickup and tone options of the sampled note.

All these switches and knobs can be automated within your DAW, so you can easily get the guitars playing along with your own songs.
In your DAW session, just right click over any control and scroll to ‘Assign to New Automation’. You can then right click again and choose ‘Show Automation Track’. From there you can edit anything you like.

FX: This takes you to the Effects page. The faders and the mute and solo buttons are still available, but now you have access to overdrives, reverbs, amp types, chorus and delays for each individual instrument. The switch lights up yellow when an effect is activated. The knobs and switches to the right of the switch allow you to dial in as much of the effect as you want.

EQ: The third tab is the EQ page. Each instrument has it’s own designated 4 band EQ. The toggle switch at the top (underneath the mute on solo buttons) is the master EQ on/off switch for each instrument. The EQ is only active if the yellow light on this switch is on.
Underneath are 4 knobs for gain (low, low mid, high mid, high), 4 knobs for the frequency that gain applies to and a Q control.
You can bypass each individual band by pressing the smaller switch above the gain knob. Once the yellow light goes out on this smaller switch the EQ band is bypassed.



*Digital download available immediately after checkout.

*Full install and user instructions are included with the digital download.

*You can create your own custom presets by right clicking the Major Chord program in the Halion program tree and ‘Saving as’.

*Electric and Acoustic Guitar Chords available: major, minor, dim, aug, 2, 7, m7, maj7, dim7, m/maj7,  7+5, 7sus2, 7sus4, 6, m6, 9, -9, m9, m-9, maj9, sus2, sus4, add9, 5(powerchord).

*Bass note options available: 2 humbuckers, neck humbucker, bridge humbucker, 2 singlecoils, neck singlecoil, bridge singlecoil, 2 humbuckers (Tone off), neck humbucker (Tone off), bridge humbucker (Tone off), 2 singlecoils (Tone off), neck singlecoil (Tone off), bridge singlecoil (Tone off),

*Effects available (Individual instruments.):  Steinberg VST amp modeller (choice of amps), VST amp Drive, Steinberg Reverence, convolution based Reverb, Reverse Reverb, Steinberg Stereo Chorus, Steinberg Stereo Delay (choice of delays).

*EQ available: (Individual instruments.) Steinberg 4 band Studio EQ (each instrument has its own 4 band EQ with gain, freq and Q controls)

*Controls available:  (Individual instruments.) Volume, Pan, Mute, Solo.

*On your midi keyboard, C3 is where the original note/chord that was sampled for each instrument was played. Playing around the 2nd and 3rd octaves will get you realistic guitar sounds, but I’ve left the keyboard octaves wide open so you can play as high or as low as you like for experimental sounds.

*Electric Guitar: Gibson Les Paul Standard (2 humbuckers, middle position) into Kemper JN Fender 59 Bassman
*Bass Guitar: Gibson EB14 (2 humbuckers, all positions sampled) into Kemper Amp Pig Cln
*Gibson J45 Standard (AKG 414 through Golden Age PREQ-73)

*To play MAJOR CHORDS you’ll need either Steinberg Halion, Halion Sonic or Halion Sonic SE (free)

*Below is a link to get your FREE Halion Sonic SE 3 player.

Major Chords created by Steve Stroud ©2017 with Halion 6

Introductory price ONLY £25



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

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