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

 

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 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

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.

September 30, 2016

Song Production: ‘European Song’ by Steve Stroud

Lavalamp Album

 

So, Brexit happened. That was a big deal right? Jesus. I voted remain, but rather than moan and fight with everyone on social media, I thought I’d be better off writing a song.

I wrote and recorded this and ‘Just a Boy’ in a frenzied week of politically charged activity. Poor Cubase didn’t know what hit it.

Anyway, the song that came out was just a stream of consciousness, obscure, semi cathartic shout . It’s nice, quite a lot of people got in touch to say they like it. Thanks! x

D.J. Waters, an Australian Fine Art Photographer who’s based in Germany, asked if he could use the song on his latest promo video. I was very pleased to say yes. I took out the kids voices on the coda for him, but other than that, it’s the same. You can watch and listen to it below

D.J. Waters Fine Art Photography Video

by the way, he take beautiful pictures, is a wonderful guy and I urge you to visit his website here http://www.djwaters.de/startseite.html

Back to the music, here’s a link to the whole song. See what you think?

Written by Steve Stroud © 2016

All instruments and vocals by Steve Stroud

Acoustic Guitar: Gibson J-45
Electric Guitar: Fender Stratocaster & Gibson Les Paul
Bass Guitar: Gibson EB14
Piano: Steinberg The Grand 3
Synth: Steinberg Retrologue 2
Drums and Percussion: Fxpansion BFD3
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

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

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud

Recorded at Big Cloud Productions in March 2016

September 30, 2016

Song Production: ‘Just A Boy’ by Steve Stroud

Lavalamp Album

I wrote this song for the Lavalamp album a few months ago.

I was getting concerned with the amount of pressure my 6 year old son was being put under at his infant school. I didn’t blame his school or the teachers, but the Tory Government, who under the then Education secretary Nicky Morgan were hell bent on STATS for little kids and other pressurised measures. (It’s now since moved on to being all about Grammar schools.)

It’s pretty simple really,  just some acoustic, bass, drums , with a little bit of jiggery pokery.  Oh and Jesus Gonzales lent me his Kazoo.

It was recorded really, really quickly and dare I say it, a bit shoddily, but the general feel is about right. It reminds me of my son whenever I hear it, so that’s nice x

See what you think?

Written by Steve Stroud © 2016

All instruments and vocals by Steve Stroud

Acoustic Guitar: Gibson J-45
Electric Guitar: PRS S2 Semi Hollow
Kazoo: on loan from Jesus Gonzales
Bass Guitar: Gibson EB14
Piano: Steinberg The Grand 3
Electric Piano: Steinberg
Synth: Steinberg Retrologue 2
Drums and Percussion: Fxpansion BFD3
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

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

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud

Recorded at Big Cloud Productions in March 2016