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
www.bigcloudproductions.com

 

July 6, 2018

‘These Blues Now’ Album by Franki Doot

Franki Doot - These Blues Now

On the 9th of May, Franki traveled from Dorset to Big Cloud in Liverpool to start tracking for his third Album project to be produced here.

We’d previously collaborated on his albums ‘Still Runs‘ and ‘Tastes‘ and Franki was so happy with the productions, he wanted to produce another album here in a similar way.

Franki wanted to experiment with a slightly different way of working on this album. In the past, he would come in with the songs written and with concrete ideas about instrumentation, arrangement and the overall sound and feel of each track.

This time, Franki wanted to write the songs as normal, but then hand the raw tracks over to me where I would be free to add whatever instruments I felt would work for each track with no direction or input from Franki. I’d then Mix and let him hear and offer suggestions before the final Mastering.
This was all Franki’s idea and at first I thought it was a) very brave and b) unusual.

Most musicians like to micro manage the production process. I’ve been guilty of this myself when working with other producers. It’s just the way it always is.  Especially when you’re working on songs they’ve written themselves. To hand them over to a producer and basically say “Do whatever you want” is just unheard of.

I was excited by the challenge, but I have to admit I was concerned about the possibility of spending months working on the album only for the artist to ultimately say “Nah..that’s not what I had in mind at all!”
So we developed some ground rules, Franki didn’t want any input, because he wanted it to go in a different direction to what he would normally do, but I was to try and make decisions that I thought he would like going off our previous work together. He would get a final Veto if anything turned up that he hated.

I set to work adding instruments to his basic acoustic demos on May 10th and by June 22nd I was ready to share 8 rough mixes with him via the Dropbox.

Needless to say, I was a bit nervous, but thankfully Franki came back to say he loved them all and was really delighted with the results. (And Breathe…)
Franki imputed a few minor mixing tweaks here and there and a few days later I was ready to master.

By 4th July, the Masters were all done and approved by Franki and the project is (for me) now complete.

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

All Songs written by Franki Doot ©OAM 2018
Lead vocals on all songs and acoustic guitar on ‘Don’t Give Up on Love’ – Frankie Doot
All other instruments and backing vocals – Steve Stroud.
Additional vocals on ‘These Blues’ – Sarah Jeory & Harvey Stroud.

Recorded / Produced / Mixed / Mastered – Steve Stroud at Big Cloud Productions 2018

 

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 2, 2017

‘Tastes’ Album by Franki Doot

'Tastes' Album by Franki Doot

Early in September 2017, we started work on the ‘Tastes’ Album by Franki Doot when Franki made the long trek from Dorset to Liverpool to begin recording tracks for his latest original album.

We’d previously collaborated on his last album ‘Frankie Doot Still Runs‘ back in 2016.

On  the last album, I’d only collaborated on 7 of the 12 songs he recorded and another studio in Dorset Mixed and Mastered the album.

This time, Franki wanted to do all the work here at Big Cloud Productions, so this time I’d be collaborating on all 12 tracks and also Mixing and Mastering the finished Album.

So in September we had an initial tracking session, where Franki recorded guitar tracks and vocals and we discussed what else was needed for each track.

After Franki had recorded his parts I set to work adding Drums, Bass, Guitars, Piano, Keys, Strings, Brass etc.

I would then send Franki progress mixes via the Dropbox and once he gave me the thumbs up , I’d move on the next track until we had 12 basic mixes done.

Franki came back to Liverpool for an additional Tracking session in October 2017 where he added harmony vocals, extra percussion, some extra guitar, piano, mandolin, bass etc.

Then all that was left to do was edit and mix the whole album. I’d send Franki all the edited, eq’d and mixed tracks and once he was perfectly happy with the Mix I’d done in Steinberg Cubase 9.5  I moved the Mixes over to my Mastering rig in Steinberg Wavelab 9.5 .

My basic Mastering Chain consists of UAD Ampex Mastering Tape, SSL Bus compressor, Liner EQ, UAD Massive Passive Mastering EQ and a final Limiter.

Franki was very pleased with the finished Album, he sent me this message.

“Many, many thanks for helping me to bring my songs alive.  You’re a great musician/producer.  I really appreciate the time you’ve spent on it and I’m proud of the results.”

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

All Songs written by Franki Doot ©OAM 2017

Lead & Backing Vocals / Acoustic Guitars and Percussion / Additional Electric Guitars, Bass and Piano – Frankie Doot
All Other Instruments – Steve Stroud

Recorded / Produced / Mixed / Mastered – Steve Stroud at Big Cloud Productions

June 27, 2017

New Songs by Tim O’Neill 

Tim O Neill

Had the pleasure of welcoming Tim O’Neill back to the studio recently to work on two brand new compositions.

Tim arrived with two new songs he wanted to record and played them to me acoustically before telling me what kind of instrumentation he wanted on the tracks.

This is usually how it works with Tim, he’ll come round and strum a song out and I’ll make a note of the chord structure and what tempo he wants. (There’s usually a bit of metronome action at this point to drill down the bpm).

We’ll then record his acoustic guitar part and a guide vocal and Tim will then tell me what else he wants on the track. He’ll give me examples of drum beats or sounds he likes, examples of guitar sounds he wants me to try and capture and some basic instrumentation ideas. (“Drums, bass, hammond, strings on the chorus etc”).

Then I’ll lay down the extra parts and any ideas I’ve had and do a rough mix for him. He’ll then make some notes about what he likes and doesn’t like then come back in to do a finished vocal, and backing vocal parts and then I’ll add any of his thoughts and do a final mix before Mastering.

A nice touch was Tim brought his daughter Aniela to the session to add some backing vocals on Krokodil.

So, here’s the two new tracks. See what you think? Let us know.

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

 

This was Tim’s 12th song recorded here at Big Cloud Productions. Have a listen to all the others below.

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

March 23, 2016

Song Production: ‘Lavalamp’ by Steve Stroud

Lavalamp Album

I wrote this song Lavalamp a few months ago, recorded a basic demo with just the ‘rock’ bit and I quite liked it, but could never get it sounding quite right, so kinda shelved it for a while.

I recently revisited it and wanted to add another part to the song. I came up with the slower middle bit, just some acoustic, some slide, bit of cello and wrote some lyrics. Piecing it all together was a bit of a trip, but I got there in the end.

There’s parts of this song that I really like. I enjoy the guitar freakout bit at the end most of all.

See what you think?

Written by Steve Stroud © 2016

All instruments and vocals by Steve Stroud

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud

Recorded at Big Cloud Productions in March 2016

 

August 19, 2015

The Big Cloud Podcast (EP6) Kevin J Eustace

Episode Six of The Big Cloud Podcast features 5 fantastic live performances of original songs by the brilliant Liverpudlian singer/songwriter Kevin J Eustace. We also have a refreshingly honest interview were Kevin discusses his feelings about certain aspects of the local music scene, Frank Hedges and the Lomax, The Dapper Overture and his interest in the Supernatural.

You can also stream, subscribe and listen to a free version of each podcast on iTunes,
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-big-cloud-podcast/id1019285694
Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/big-cloud-productions/sets/the-big-cloud-podcast as well as watching a full HD version of the podcast on our YouTube Channel or our Website.

The Big Cloud Podcast (EP6) Kevin J Eustace  can now be enjoyed here

If you just want to listen to the audio, you can do that here too.

I really enjoyed meeting Kevin and talking about his approach to songwriting and hearing his brilliant music. We had a great interview and Kevin plays 5 brilliant original songs and I think this is yet again, another great show to listen to. Please listen, like, share etc. Kevin’s music obviously deserves the exposure x

Check out Kevin’s music on his Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/kevinjeustace

 

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