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

 

September 6, 2018

‘Our Whingy Gayle’ by David Barker

Our Whingy Gayle

Had a great time recording the original song ‘Our Whingy Gayle’ by David Barker , the Jack Russell music recording artist this month. He brought the wine and his music all the way from France to come and record here, so he’s a little bit like Dionysus in my book.

Dave wanted a 6o’s vibe on the song and after tracking his vocals and a guide guitar, he left me to my own devices to add the other instruments. I’m pleased to say David is very happy with the results and is planing to release it as a single on vinyl.

Dave also mentioned he wants to come back later on in the year to record a full original album with me, so that’s something to look forward to.

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 David Barker ©2018
Lead Vocals – David Barker
Backing vocals and all 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

 

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

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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.

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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

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

May 9, 2016

Song Production: ‘The Original Maids Of Honour EP’ by Bernz Jüngboi

It’s been a real pleasure to have Bernz Jüngboi at the studio over the last few weeks. He’s been here tracking 3 songs for his new release, ”The Original Maids Of Honour EP’.

Using only a korg kaossilator and a handful of effects. His three electronic songs are powerful  and something really different.

I’ve got to say, I’ve really enjoyed working on such a different project. I primarily deal with classic singer songwriter styles of music, so working on this, mostly instrumental, electronic EP was really refreshing.

Bernz would play his loops and rhythms on the Korg and I  would multitrack, EQ and Compress and add any effects as necessary. We played around with some Vocoders in the KORG itself and also recorded externally through Cubase with Plugins.

The Original Maids of Honour song is  my favourite, a cinematic 10 minute epic, almost psychedelic song, touching on scott of the antarctic’s journy to the south pole, with his supporting characters like jimmy pig making an appearance. It’s so experimental, artistic and yet still accessible if you open yourself to the journey. This has the most vocal work out of the three.

Sunshine is a lovely, positive, 90% instrumental track. It’s a blisteringly upbeat 5 minute shot of serotonin. There is a Vocoder which comes in at the end with the ‘Blackspot’ refrain.

Ghostwalk is another beautiful and this time slightly sinister instrumental track with brave pregnant pauses and some really cool sound-effects weaved throughout the song.

Bernz Jüngboi is currently updating his online presence (soundcloud/bandcamp etc), so I’ll share all his links with you when I have them. I think he’s coming back to record some more cool stuff in the future, so be sure to check him out.

Steve

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Song Production: ‘The Original Maids Of Honour EP’ by Bernz Jüngboi

1.’The Original Maids Of Honour’
2.’Sunshine’
3.’Ghostwalk’

All Songs Written by Bernz Jüngboi ©2016

Bernz Jüngboi : Korg Kaossilator, Samples and Vocals
Steve Stroud: Keys, Drum Programming
All Songs Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud at Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool, May 2016.

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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

 

March 20, 2016

Song Production : Needle Change X by Tincture O feat. Lisa Von H

Liverpool singer/songwriter Tim O’Neill came into the studio recently to work on a new project.  He wanted to record a new song he’d written and produce a music video for it also. I’ve done some video work last summer on the big cloud podcast, so I was happy to give it a go.

We recorded the song first. A fantastic, textured track which lyrically spoke about the greed of the western political systems. The track was rich, but seemingly open to a lot of experimentation. Tim already had the basic song, chords, lyrics and melody written before he came into the studio, but he wanted me to create some kind of intro and coda to help frame the track.

I recorded some vocal lines, reversed them, then looped them over the radio static and the specific audio samples that Tim had already suggested.

I then added guitars, pianos, synths, bass and drums before writing and arranging a string and brass part which I then reversed on the breakdown at the end of the choruses.

Tim also had the great idea of accentuating the verse with dramatic stabs of strings. I added an overdriven guitar to these parts too.

Once the song was almost complete, Tim decided he’d like to have some female vocals on there too. There’s really nobody better than Lisa Von H for this and we were both really pleased when she agreed to contribute a vocal to the project. She even graciously agreed to send us some footage for the video that was still yet to be made.

It goes without saying she did an amazing job as always. Her previous work with us on another one of Tim’s songs ‘Honey’s Dead’ remains one of my favourite production moments.

Once the track was complete, we recorded some footage of Tim in the studio for the video and he also recorded some himself at home. That, along with Lisa’s footage and some visual samples Tim suggested made up the bulk of the Video. I just added the old, black and white footage, the eye shot and then pieced it all together.

Tim graciously offered me a co writing credit due to the work I did on the intro and the outro and the rest of the song, I really appreciated it, but I must say the bulk of the song was already written before I even touched it, so it was very generous of him.

Finally he wanted to call the project ‘Tincture O’ rather than release it as a Tim O’ Neill solo record as I think he felt it was a more collaborative project, with Lisa and Myself’s input.

So here is the finished video and song. Please let us know if you enjoyed it and get in touch if you would like to be a part of a similar project.

 

‘Needle Change X’ by Tincture O feat. Lisa Von H

Written by Tim O’Neill / Steve Stroud ©2016

Lead Vocals / Electric and Acoustic Guitar / Audio Samples – Tim O’Neill

Lead Vocals – Lisa Von H

Acoustic Guitars / Electric Guitars / Bass Guitar / Piano / Synths / Organ
Drum Programming / String and Brass Arrangements / Backing Vocals – Steve Stroud

Produced / Mixed / Mastered – Steve Stroud

Here is the audio only version.

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