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.

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Ableton Live 10: MIDI Capture Tips & Tricks

If you haven't used Ableton Live 10's new MIDI Capture tool, you're in for a treat. Here's how to use it to grab moments of genius - even when you're not intending to.

A Music Producer's Guide To Quantizing MIDI

Quantizing is incredibly useful but there's more to it than just whacking on some random value. Here is G.W Childs with his guide to the core resolutions that will help you tighten up your EDM.

Building Bigger Basses with Ableton Live 10's Wavetable

Wavetable is new in Ableton Live 10 and it's capable of making some monster sounds. In this workshop, G.W.Childs shows you how to go about making some seriously large bass.

Review: Krotos Audio Reformer Pro

Turning simple sounds into completely different effects suitable for use in foley for film and TV is Krotos Audio Reformer Pro's bread and butter. G.W Childs took it for a test drive.

Review: Sonnox VoxDoubler

Getting a wider, richer vocal sound without re-recording or heavy editing can be tricky. So could Sonnox's new VoxDoubler save the day? G.W Childs finds out.

Designing Video Game Interface Sounds with Synths in Ableton Live

Ableton Live has all the tools you need to create your own video game interface sounds. It's fun and can even earn you some money! G.W Childs is here to show you how it's done.

Staying On Track: 5 Time Management Practices For Music Producers

Time management can be something we overlook or even actively get wrong when working on music. Here, G.W Childs shares five of his top tips for making better use of your time and energy.

Using Native Instruments Flesh To Compose Music

If you're more of a producer than a player, NI's Flesh can help you build your rhythmic samples into whole tracks. G.W Childs explains how it's done.

Vocal Recording Tips: How To Get Singers Warmed Up & Ready To Perform

A careful blend of encouragement and tough love can be required if your vocalist turns up poorly prepared. Here are some tips to get them up to speed and get the best take possible.

Review: Fostex T60RP Headphones

A pair of good quality monitoring headphones are a must for any music producer. But was G.W Childs suitably impressed with the Fostex T60RPs and their mahogany cups?

Review: Artiphon Instrument 1

Going far beyond what a regular MIDI controller can offer, Artiphon's Instrument 1 opens up a whole new world of performance. G.W Childs is suitably impressed...

5 Excellent Hardware Synths for Live Performance

Sometimes only a real hardware synth will do when it comes to live performance. Here are 5 classics that have served G.W Childs well over the years.

Review: LESound Groove Extractor

A third party audio-to-MIDI extractor tool can be just the ticket for getting more control over your tracks. So how would LESounds' Groove Extractor measure up?

Creative Rendering: Bouncing Audio for Inventive Effect and Loops in Ableton Live

Bouncing audio with effects and then editing the resulting audio clips is a trick that some producers have been using for years. Here's a practical example of how it works in Live.

5 Keyboard Workstations that Rocked the 80s & 90s

Computers weren't always king - for many years, a hardware keyboard workstation was the dream item for players and producers. Here are 5 classics and a trip down memory lane.