Thursday, December 30, 2010

Neon Indian - Should Have Taken Acid With You Tab

Surprised to c not a lot of tabs on these guys. Here's one I think u can relate 2 (warning tab may not line up correctly on mobile phones):

      E|       11 13 11 13 15          11 13 11 13 15
B|9 11 13 13 11 13
G| main arpeggio

E| 11 13 15 13 11 11 11 13 15 13 11 11
B|13 13 13 13
D| main arpeggio(cont.)

E|13 11
B| 12 8 12 8 8 12 8
G| 10 10 10
D| short lead countermelody

Chords: Ab/ Eb(G bass note)/ Eb/ Bb

There she is. Keep in mind the keyboards on this
one are layered across the stereo spread and
have some subtle differences. I took the liberty
of combining them to one basic part for guitar.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Inside the Track....

Getting close 2 the mix phase on a new song so just a quick run down on our production process. We started with electric piano scratch vocal and a click. Then we markered all the sections you know "verse, verseB, bridge, etc." We made one adjustment here based on listening and decided vocals should come in right away so the song could be a bit shorter. After that the drum part was layed down followed by bass. This gave the song a foundation on which to build. 4 different acoustic gtr parts followed as well as 6 electric gtr parts. Next, a few synth parts were dropped in and out of various spots for some interest and contrast. Now with the song taking shape we added in some color with reverse cymbals, percussion, swells, and other things of that nature. Nothing was automated at this point just basic levels and some mutes so every part wasn't playing all the time. And now we r ready to record the lead vox within a nice sonic bed that should provide enough support for a good take. Probably do a lot of listening once we get a solid vocal and decide if it needs harmony support. After that we'll be breaking out the eq, compression, automation, reverbs, delay, limiting and so on sending parts to busses (e.g. gtr buss, drum buss, percussion buss) to make everything more manageable and it'll be all but wrapped up and ready to post.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Melodyne vs. Autotune 7

Have had various versions of autotune so feel pretty comfortable with what it is and what it can do. But kept hearing about Melodyne so tried the demo and ended up getting the editor version. For speed and effects Autotune 7 still gets the call, but 4 more than basic pitch tightening Melodyne with its editor friendly but terribly named "blobs" is beast. Not only that but u can work on polyphonic and rhythmic material as well. Even creating entirely new harmonies out of pre-recorded material is possible. Autotune does have a graphic mode where u can get under the hood, so to speak, but it is far from user friendly. The only downside to Melodyne so far has been the steep learning curve and it is more time-consuming than autotune. Investing some time in learning how to run Melodyne seems the way 2 go since it will pay huge dividends down the road in increased flexibility and creativity. Autotune still has its niche though as it's a good option when yr pressed 4 time or only need light correcting on a few notes. So having access 2 both is ideal, but if u have 2 choose between them Melodyne is probably the best bet. Bonus tip: holding the alt key while editing in melodyne is like magic allowing u to move things freely however u want.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Beach House - Master of None Tab and Lesson

Great song by Beach House:
B| 10 10 10 10
G|9 9 10 10 10 10 9 9 5 5 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 lead intro gtr.

(C)You always (Bb)come to the (F) parties (Dm)too bad your (Am)feathers are (F)for the birds (Bb) All (F)your (A7)needs (Dm)I will (Bb)not let you (F)grieve

Okay that's the main body of the song there is one change and it goes like so:

(Am) Jack of all trades (Eb) Master of none (Bb)Cry all the time cause I'm (G7) not having fun

Bonus Lesson: Some additional harmonic interest is gained in the verses by the use of both minor and major "A" chords. This is a very useful trick for avoiding a cliched sounding progression. It also can be magic if used properly on a section change such as going from C (major) key in the verse to C (minor) key in the chorus. A couple of other interesting points occur in the change when they play an Eb chord and close out the section with a G7. The Eb "feels" strange coming after the root-A chord that proceeds it because the two are an extremely dissonant interval apart: the flatted-fifth. The key to it working is that the Eb chord is the fourth of the next chord (Bb)and also functions as the flatted-seventh of the key defining "F" chord. So it lives in an ethereal harmonic world between its dissonance with the "A" that proceeds it and its affinity for the other more integral (in the context of the song) chords "Bb" and "F." This helps it to sound both strange and yet not out of place simultaneously (kewl, huh?). The "G7" which leads us back 2 the main progression is another chord that sticks out as being a moment. It's the first and only time the chord is used in the song giving it an "air" of significance. It functions as the dominant 5th of the "C" chord which follow so it has a very strong pull toward this chord and smoothly connects u back 2 where u started.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cloud Nothings - Hey Cool Kid Tab

Okay nice two guitar jangle 4 U. First guitar plays the following chord progression for the verse: F#m/C#m/B/A. And for the chorus it plays: No Chord/A and on the next repeat No Chord/C#m and plays a B chord before returning to the main progression. Here is the tab for the second guitar that plays over the top of the first:
 E|        0                        E| 
B| 5575 555 4444 2222 B| 5455012
G| 6666 666 4444 2222 PartA G| 4444111 PartB
D| D|
A| A|
E| E|

Friday, December 17, 2010

Twin Shadow - Castles Made of Snow Tab

Yeah, time to dissect another 1 4 U.First off the key is Gmin. Progression is G/F/Eb(tiny Eb/F riff)/Bb/C/D(passing)/Eb/Bb/Eb(tiny riff motif again)/ G/F/Eb believe it or not that's it! although the atmospheres change dramatically this progression is beneath everything else you hear. If u want to bite on the funk rhythym guitar here tis
E|                       13 10  

B|11 10 8 11 13  11 10 8 10 10  

G|12 10 8 12 12  12 10 8   




Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hits and Misses Part #1

Soundtoys Decapitator is 1 of the plethora of analog saturation plugins on the market. What separates this 1 from the pack is the vast amount of distinct and usable sounds u can get. U actually have 2 work hard to get a sound that doesn't sound good and if u want to grind it up the punish button is always a click away. Especially useful on the drum buss but in the right doses it can add some oomph to just abt anything. Definitely a hit and u can find it @ .
Antares Mic Mod EFX on the other hand is a complete waste. Doesn't even come within a lightyear of it's claims to "model classic and exotic microphones." Rlly not more than a glorified eq and a poor excuse 4 1 @ that. is the lnk if u are a plugin completist.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Galaxy Swan - Space Elevator

Ok, time for a new song. Oddly enough there is a company building an actual space elevator for reals--who would have thunk it. Space Elevator by galaxyswan

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

LCR Panning

Feel like the LCR panning approach has become very beneficial to our songs. Here is a good description of the technique from

For those that don't know, LCR mixing refers to a style of mixing where there is no "in-between" panning; everything is either hard left, center, or hard right. This came from the consoles of the 70s' bussing schemes (specifically Neves and APIs, I believe), where your pan pot is switched in, meaning you have to press a button to engage it, and doing so affects the sound (generally in a negative way). Most engineers instead opted to use the buss matrix to assign the tracks to the "mix buss Left", "mix buss Right", or "mix buss Left and Right" (which would put in the Center).

Hope that made sense....anyway...

The approach requires a slightly different take on processing, including EQ, compression, reverb, everything really. I tend towards more mono verbs (usually panned center), and, if I'm summing ITB, I find myself using broader strokes in the lower midrange for more "glue".

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Painting with drums

Spending a lot of effort on coming up with drum parts that tell a story, and it can do some duff stuff 4 yr recs. like starting with just a pumping kick and building on that or having extra hi-hat hits for 2nd verse or leaning on the overheads or room mics for the chorus can give yr drum parts the character and life that they need. With a current track dropped the drums out for just a couple bars and now it's like a totally different magic. It gave the mix all the personality it was missing.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Groove 3

Groove 3 provides excellent video tutorials on all aspects of home music production. They are running a holiday special of one year unlimited access to all their videos for $99 (reg. $249) so head over to and sign up before it's too late.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fun with percussion...

One of the best ways to give a lift to chorus sections is by bringing in some percussion elements. How u apply them is where u can get creative. Had three elements to work with on a song: conga, tambourine, and claps. So for first chorus brought in conga panned left half way through the chorus. For second chorus brought the conga in right @ the chorus start and brought in tambs panned hard right at the halfway point. For the last chorus brought conga and tambs in right away and added some claps panned center. So now the percussion is covering the entire stereo spread and providing a build with variation as the song progresses. Did one more trick to raise the interest level a bit more but will have 2 save that 4 another day.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Crystal Castles + Robert Smith= Jesus

Not in Love by Crystal Castles ft. the vocal stylings of Robert Smith

Pretty easy song to play if you want to try putting yr own spin on it. It does the Eb-F-Gm progression in the verses. For the change just play Bb-Gm. Then The chorus is performed over the verse changes with lots of trance/noise synth.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Is Halloween Over Yet?

Here's another spooky one from us to you. Did some experimentationing on this one, hopefully it ended up lo-fi in a cool way and not too unglamorous. But you just don't want to do run of the mill when your band is called Galaxy Swan.
Ghost In the Castle by galaxyswan

Sunday, November 7, 2010

About Time

Been using pro tools as our DAW of choice and are really gassed with the new PT9 announced over the weekend. The difference between PT HD and this is practically negligible unless you're doing a lot of film/post work. The differences between the big studios and people recording in their bedroom is getting smaller by the day.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Now with Tweets!

If you care to keep up with our recording misadventures u can follow us on twitter. Here's a link!/Galaxyswan

Monday, November 1, 2010

Waves Tutorials

No secret that Waves makes some of the best sounding plugs. They also have some really excellent free vids and such to check out. Of special note are the GTR webinars which is great if u are doing guitars ITB.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Faders @ Zero

Digi Trim has to be the most unappreciated plugin. Becoming highly devoted to it since all faders can be untouched. A very Zen looking mix window.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jammin' with M83 Ok here's another track to dust off your guitar on. Verse is Bb to C and the Chorus is the same except with a passing glance at the Dm chord before repeating the progression. On the bridge the Dm makes a longer appearance and you go Dm to Bb and then the main progression reverses itself and you get C to Bb before resolving back to Bb to C on the last chorus. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Parallel Compression

Really liked the sound of parallel compression on a stereo bus track of kick and snare on a track we just finished. Was hesitant 2 try it out because everyone seems 2 do it and sometimes that can keep u from finding yr own sound. But sometimes there are exceptions where something is so good u can't pass it up and this is 1 of them. If u aren't familiar with it parallel compression is where u mix in a highly compressed version of an audio track with a lightly or non-compressed version. It serves 2 add a lot more power and punch than u would get otherwise. So try it out if u haven't already done so.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Neon Engine @ Metro

Synth wizardry at its finest. Textures coming from everywhere at once surrounding minimal video game riffs. Check 'em out if u haven't yet. Indian - Sleep Paralysist.mp3

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Nice Grooves

Checking out the tune 'Jesus' by Dom. Worth throwing on yr ipod 4 sure. Here's a link:

If u wanna play it just go C/Dm on the verse and Em/Dm on the chorus. The lead guitar is just Cmaj pentatonic (C D E G A). Not hard to figure out just play along with the mp3.
Working on a special Halloween Galaxy Swan jam and that should be around in time to scare the kiddies. Oh, yeah...It's called 'The Baby Is Dead' so u wr warned.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

whew just made it!

tah-dah, new galaxy swan track this week. kind of hectic finishing a song trying to get a passable mix of this one to post and starting on the next song. can't keep anything straight anymore. note to self: remember--just keep it cool.

Keep It Cool by galaxyswan

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dimensional Maze

This is another track that was featured on the "Dimensional Maze" debut. Props to Greg Calbi for the mastering job he really made us sound less bad than we actually are.
I'd Get Arrested for You by galaxyswan

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Not This Week

No new track this week but here's one from the dimensional maze debut. Should have new galaxy swan action next week.

Meanie Operator eq by galaxyswan

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Download This...

Liking the song "Marathon" by Tennis here is the chord tab for ne1 into that kind of thing. Body: C//Am//F//G Bridge: F//G Outro: C//C//F//G

Get it here: - Marathon.mp3

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Best of 2k10 thus far

Down year, but Crystal Castles have best album in 2k10, thus far. Haven't heard such beauty and destruction outside of Iggy Pop's classics. Solid album from beginning to end no lame tracks of which to speak; toward the tail-end of the album (which is pretty long, actually) the four-on-the-four grooves start to get a tiny bit tedious. Still a completely bold performance, don't see anything else topping it.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

More songs 2 download...

Pixies- Hey
Gauntlet Hair- I was Thinking...
Arctic Monkeys- I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor
XX- Infinity
The Take Over UK- Ah Lala
Washed Out- You and I
Hockey- Song Away
Strokes- 12:31
Shins- Turn a Square
M83- We Own the Sky
Cribs- We Share the Same Skies
Tokyo Police Club- Nature of the Experiment
Smiths- Big Mouth Strikes Again

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I've Got Blisters On My Fingers

This one was quite fun to make we are getting a little zany with all the recording devices since we can record anytime we want now. And don't feel bad if u can't understand a word we're saying since we don't know either. Hold Me On

Monday, June 21, 2010

Songs 2 download

Wide Eyes- Local Natives
Die Slow- Health
Go Outside- Cults
Lover of Mine- Beach House
Tighten Up- Black Keys
Celestica- Crystal Castles
Riot Rhythm- Sleigh Bells
Mexico- Soft Pack
Wuthering Heights- Kate Bush
Better Times- Beach House
A Night like This- The Cure
2080- Yeasayer

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

We're Baaaaaack

New song "White Leather" is ready for consumption. Comes off like an all-out assault on ur eardrummies or eardummies depending on which side of the mason dixon u live. White Leather

Monday, May 17, 2010

What's a Good "Weekends Are Made For Vampires" song to cover?

Feel like they are a not at all bad sounding outfit, but their songs are a bit delicate. Like maybe we should take one of their songs to an unlit back alleyway and bloody its nose a bit. Wondering if we would sound better covering them or them covering us.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Guess What???

If your Monday wasn't bad enough take a listen to Razorblade Kids. Tris sings lead with an evil twist and shout. His true demon nature takes form here folks:) Think heavy metal meets goth and hopefully doesn't wear stonewashed pleated jeans. Stay tuned, this is only the beginning. . . Razorblade Kidz

Monday, April 26, 2010

One Banger Please

Blog is now up and semi-operational. Trying out our first post with a new song called "Lost and Stoned." Candy sings on this one. Not sure if ppl will get it or not but guesses this is about wandering off and getting lost in the middle of nowhere and laughing maniacally when you find a j someone dropped along the path then realizing you don't have a lighter and your still lost and it still sucks...but it's k b cuz if you're lost long enough ur gonna learn how to rub two sticks 2gether to make a fire then u'll be lost and stoned... Lost and Stoned