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