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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Review: Propellerhead Reason 9

The Reason platform from Propellerhead continues to be popular amongst music makers, performers and sound designers. GW Childs finds out what's new in Reason 9 that'll convince you to try it out.

Essential Studio Gear For Electronic Producers On A Budget

You don't need to empty your bank account to make good music. With some clever gear choices you can kit out your studio on a budget and still have what you need. Here's how.

5 Tips For Novice Sound Designers

Getting started in sound design might seem a bit daunting. There are so many tools, plugins, libraries out there. These 5 tips are designed for the novice sound designers amongst us.

Review: AudioWerkstatt mini-midi-step-seq

German company, Audiowerkstatt, have come out with a rather nifty hardware MIDI step sequencer with some very cool features. G.W. Childs puts this the mini-midi-step to the test.

5 Ways to Finish the Track You Started!

Don't get stuck in a loop when producing your next track. It's easy to get distracted or lose motivation to finish what you've started. So here are 5 tips to help you realise your musical creation.

Nine Reasons to Get Excited About Reason 9

Propellerhead's Reason 8 release was arguably a foundation for future improvements & tech with not many bells and whistles. But Reason 9 has plenty of reasons to get you excited. Here's 9 of them.

Review: Cinématique Instruments Marble

Cinématique Instruments have come out with a marvellous Kontakt based synth in the form of Marble. It's got a novel approach to step sequencing too. G.W. Childs is on a roll reviewing it.

Review: Korg volca FM Synth

Are you looking for a polyphonic portable hardware FM synthesizer with a sequencer and arpeggiator that can load old DX-7 patches for under $225? We get hands on with the Korg volca FM in this review.

Review: Output Movement Rhythm Processor Plug-In

With a plethora of audio multi-effects plugins available these days, what makes Output's Movement (a rhythm processor) stand out from the crowd? G.W. Childs finds out in this in-depth review.

Review: M-Audio M-Track Hub

The M-Audio M-Track Hub is a 3-port USB monitoring interface designed to make 24-bit audio quality accessible to every bedroom or home music studio worldwide. But just how well does it perform?

Review: 2nd Sense Audio Wiggle Dynamic Waveshaping Synth

Looking for a unique software synth that might well be superior to your current choices? Ready for jaw dropping sounds? You might be ready for 2nd Sense Audio's Wiggle, a dynamic waveshaping synth.

Filter Like Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You’ in Propellerhead Reason

Find out how to create the synths and modulation tricks from Flume's, Never Be Like You, which has been a big hit in 2016 already. GW Childs is using Propellerhead Reason for this tutorial

Ego vs Musician: 5 Ways Your Ego Could Ruin Your Career & The Way Out

Making a career from music is hard enough without negotiating your ego as a potential tight rope. In this article we explore 5 ways the ego could ruin your music career and how to avoid them.

Review: K-Devices Modulators Max for Live Toolkit

K-Devices Modulators for Max for Live are designed to give you control of four devices, ideal for studio programming, live performance and DJing and a whole lot more. GW Childs puts them to the test.

How to Recycle Your Effects Chains in Ableton Live

Here's an excellent way to save you precious time when producing in Ableton Live. It's all about recycling your hard work creating cool effects chains form previous projects and reusing them now.