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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Sound Design: The Chainsmokers Roses Rhythmic Pad in Reason

American DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers have been taking the music world by storm. We break down their hit, Roses, and show you how to re-create the rhythmic pad and beat in Propellerhead Reason.

Review: Vir2 Apollo Cinematic Guitars

If you're looking for a massive Kontakt library with lush, ambient guitars with lots of character aimed at sound designers and media composers, then you must check out Vir2's Apollo Cinematic Guitars.

Review: Korg iDS-10 Synth Studio for iPhone

The Korg iDS-10 has found its way from the Nintendo DS to iPhone. And it comes with improvements which Korg claim make it the synth studio for iPhone users. G.W. Childs puts it to the test...

Review: KV331 SynthMaster 1.1 for iOS

KV331's Synthmaster 2 plugin for Mac and PC is a popular synth for modern musicians and producers. So, how does Synthmaster 2 for iOS fare? G.W. Childs puts it to the test.

Audio Alchemy: Transforming Emotions into Music

If you're feeling tortured in your soul, don't let it consume you and paralyse your creativity. By using your imagination you can transform emotions into music and sound and have fun in the process.

Review: UVI Cameo, 3 Instruments Inspired By Classic Casio CZ Vintage Synths

The Casio CZ series of vintage classic synths have inspired UVI to create Cameo, a phase distortion suite of three tasty instrument plug-ins. Do they measure up to GW Childs' expectations?

Review: Sonnox Envolution, A Special Transient Shaping Plug-In

Sonnox describe Envolution as a frequency-dependent envelope shaper with separate transient & sustain sections. In short it allows you to radically re-shape the envelope of your audio. It is powerful!

Build Your Own Star Wars Lightsaber Style Sound in Propellerhead Reason

If Star Wars fever has gripped you after watching The Force Awakens or you just want to make something cool in Reason, then this Lightsaber sound design tutorial is for you. May the force be with you.

4 Characteristics that Distinguish Sound Designer Legends from The Rest Of Us

As the saying goes, "If you want to learn to be the best, learn from the best." We've discovered 4 traits from 4 legends of the sound design world that we're sharing with you here.

7 New Years Resolutions Musicians and Producers Might Find Helpful

2016 is beginning to settle in so, it's a good time for musicians and producers to take stock of how to make 2016 more productive than the year gone. Here's 7 resolutions you might find helpful.

11 Vintage Synths That Helped Shape Modern Music

Synthesis has come a long way since its humble beginnings and certain vintage synths are still influential on the sounds we listen to today. Here are 11 synths that have stood the test of time.

9 Patterns & Pitfalls To Avoid When Producing Your Next Album

Producing an album is no easy task. With that in mind, here's nine patterns and pitfalls it's better not to follow during the process. These would make good new year resolutions for every producer.

Generate Original Patterns Using Korg volca Beats and Ableton Live

Bring together the best of both worlds: the cool volca beats hardware drum machine and the DAW that needs no introduction, Ableton Live, for a medley of creative ways to create original beats.

Review: Ostinator Looper for iPad

If you're looking for a capable iPad phrase looper that is Audiobus compatible and can be controlled via a MIDI controller, then Ostinator should be on your app shopping list. Watch the video demo!

Review: kiloHearts Multipass

Modular is at the buzz word in the music industry now, but wait... here's a modular, multiband effects plug-in, not hardware, which allows you to build your own effects chains quickly & easily.