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

 

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.

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

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

June 1, 2016

Song Production: ‘Dreamclouds EP’ by David Barker

David Barker - Dreamclouds EP

Another 3 song EP completed for an unsigned singer songwriter who is hoping to get his songs heard by a wider audience.
David travelled all the way from France to Liverpool to record this EP of original songs.
The session went very smoothly and David who is a lovely man, was very easy to work with.
We recorded all his vocals in one day. I then built up the tracks with additional instruments and then we had a second day of editing and mixing.
The resulting EP has some lovely Beatle-y moments (with strawberry fields style melotron on ‘Dreamclouds’) and David will hopefully be back soon to record more great tracks.
A full LP of original songs is on the horizon, so keep an eye out for that.

Steve

If you’ve got a musical project you would like me to help you record, please get in touch HERE

 

 

Song Production: ‘Dreamclouds EP’ by David Barker

1.Dreamclouds
2.Take Me Back
3.Why Can’t I?

All songs written by David Barker ©2016

David Barker : Acoustic Guitar and Lead Vocals
Steve Stroud : Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars, Piano, Keys and Synths, String and Brass Arrangements, Percussion, Backing Vocals and Drum Programming

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud at Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool

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