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


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

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

January 2, 2016

Song Production: ‘Basecamp’ by Steve Stroud

I’ve been meaning to record the follow up to  my last solo album (2014’s ‘Hot Pink Flamingos‘) for AGES. I’ve just been so busy recording and producing everyone elses great songs I haven’t got round to it until now.
I’ve wrote about 20 new songs and done basic demos for nearly all of them, but just need to produce the finished tracks.

I think the album is going to be called ‘Lavalamp’ and I have a rough sketch of an album cover already done.

I had a couple of free days, so thought I might as well treat myself to some studiotime. I had the intention of going in and recording the title song ‘Lavalamp’ again (I’ve already done a basic demo), but as I sat there drinking my coffee, I started playing the two note riff that starts this new song.

Within 20 minutes the song was written, so I thought I might as well record it instead of Lavalamp. So here you go!

The new Album, (Lavalamp), I think I’m going to just release track by track. So the album is there now in Bandcamp, with just the track in it. When I record the next track (probably the title song) I’ll add that to the album too. Saves waiting 6 months for me to record all the songs.

Let me know if you like it.

Written by Steve Stroud © 2016

Acoustic Guitar: Gibson J-45
Electric Guitar: PRS S2 Semi Hollow Custom 22
Bass Guitar: Gibson EB14
Piano: Steinberg The Grand 3 with Flange
Synths and Arps: Steinberg Retrologue 2
Drums and Percussion: Fxpansion BFD3
Vocals: Neumann TLM 103 through PRE 73 MK II

All instruments and vocals by Steve Stroud

Produced, Arranged and Mastered by Steve Stroud using Steinberg Cubase 8.5 Pro at Big Cloud Productions Jan 2016

Steve Stroud

September 15, 2015

Song Production : ‘Paint On My Toes’ by Harry Bowness

Fantastic first solo recording by Harry Bowness. First heard on The Big Cloud Podcast EP1, Seventeen year old Harry came back to Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool to record his brilliant Studio Version.

Here is the finished Big Cloud Productions version Produced by Steve Stroud.


The song credits are as follows.

Song Production : ‘Paint On My Toes’ by Harry Bowness

‘Paint On My Toes’ Written by Harry Bowness (C)2015

Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar – Harry Bowness

Acoustic Guitar / Slide Guitar / Bass Guitar / Harmonica
Drum Programming / String Arrangements – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions

Engineered / Produced / Mastered – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions


See the Original version as played on The Big Cloud Podcast EP1 here