G.W. Childs IV

G.W. Childs IV

Sound Designer, Musician, Author... G.W. Childs has worn many hats. Beginning in the U.S. Army back in 1991, at the age of 18, G.W. began learning electronics, communications and then ultimately audio and video editing from the Department of Defense. Upon leaving the military G.W. went on to work for many exciting companies like LucasArts, Lucasfilm, Propellerheads, Cakewalk, Midway, MTV. With all of these exciting companies he's either worked as an editor, or sound designer, even sometimes as an actor. G.W. is currently working as an author for Cengage Publishing. He has written the titles 'Creating Music and Sound for Video Games', 'Rewire: Skill Pack', and 'Using Reason on Stage: Skill Pack'. As a musician G.W. has played for years in the band Soil & Eclipse on COP International Records. Additionally, he's worked as a remix artist for acts like Gene Loves Jezebel, Ray Charles, James Brown, Chiazm, Razed in Black, and more.

Articles by G.W. Childs IV

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Five Ways to Use Harps & Plucks in Any Arrangement

The harp may not be the first instrument you think of when arranging but here are some ways you can use it to your advantage that you may not have known about.

5 Rehearsal Tips For Better Live Gigs

Getting yourself into shape for live shows is the key to giving great performances. Here are some top tips for doing it as effectively as possible.

Review: UVI BeatHawk 2 for iOS

BeatHawk for iOS has had a major update with cool new features like Ableton Link support. G.W Childs finds out what else is new...

Create the Weeknd’s Electric Piano in I Feel It Coming ft. Daft Punk in Ableton Live

If you love the sound of this track, G.W Childs is here to show you how to recreate it in your own studio using Ableton Live and some creative vocoding.

Getting to Know the volca FM Arpeggiator

What better way to liven up your performances than with some patterns and movement? Here's how the volca FM's arpeggiator works, plus a few insider tricks...

Review: Output Analog Strings

If you've ever lusted after the exquisite analog sounds that are now firmly back in fashion on TV and in the movies, Output's latest might be just what you're looking for.

5 Ways to Use And Abuse Wireless Music Controllers in The Real World

Wireless is definitely the wave of the future. It's quick, easy and usually painless! G.W Childs shows you some creative ways to use these devices that you might not have though of.

Review: iConnectivity ConnectAUDIO 2|4

iConnectivity is well known for its powerful and flexible audio interfaces, so what would we make of the ConnectAUDIO 2|4 when we put it to the test?

Review: Finishing Move Post Human for Kontakt

Musicians, producers and sound designers might all want to consider this Kontakt collection to pad out their sound library with some great ambient textures.

Review: Touch Innovations Kontrol Master

Touch-based controls for audio software are all the rage. So would Touch Innovations' Kontrol Master take us back to the 80s, or forward to the future?

5 Strategies To Save Money When Recording In A Studio

Using pro studios is a great idea but here are some excellent tips to help you prepare and maximize your time while you're there so you get the best possible bang for your buck.

Using Your Voice Instead Of A Synth As Lead Instrument In Ableton Live

Why turn to a synth when a voice can do just as well, and sounds great? Here's how to achieve great results with a voice instead of a synth in Ableton Live.

Combinator Mapping and Transposition for Live Performance in Reason

The Combinator is one of Reason's most powerful devices. Here's how to take advantage of it to unlock truly creative live performances.

Review: ModeAudio Glide

We unzipped this collection of Chillwave samples and loops and went on a blissful musical journey...

5 Serious Audio Editing Tips That Could Keep You And Others Alive (Literally)

You probably never thought that sloppy editing could get people killed. G.W Childs reports from the front line with news of how to avoid danger.