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.
In no particular order, here are seven "workhorse" (also known as 'essential') virtual synths every self-respecting producer and musician should have, or consider having in the opinion of GW Childs.
Fancy a selection of gorgeously crafted, dark and twisted sampler pack for Hip-Hop, Dubstep and R&B? Of course you do! It's simple. Just sign up for free or login and download our 20 dark REX loops.
Creating an identity, persona, shadow (whatever you wish to call it) is as integral to your musical expression as it is to your audience's perception and enjoyment of you. GW Childs explores it here.
There's lots of online stores where musicians can sell their music. But, most of these, iTunes included, don't convey the personality of the artist. G. W. Childs discovers if Patreon breaks the mould.
Iris 2 from iZotope is a synth with a lot of easily accessible features which, if used right, can result in some incredible and organic sounds. G. W. Childs shows you how to create unison effects here
Casey Edwards, the creator of Oracle, is best known for composing music for games like Killer Instinct 1 and Killer Instinct 2. Now you can get hold of his epic sounds in Oracle.
Image-Line's Sawer synth is a thick, analog-style synth with some serious attitude. In this tutorial, GW Childs shows how to create a Robin Schulz style ducking pad using it in FL Studio.
The new Alesis VI49 looks lovely, of that there is no doubt. But, how does it perform, both as a keyboard and a controller? G. W. Childs gets hands on in our review.
Return tracks can serve multiple purposes. CPU efficient use of effects, effects for multiple tracks, and more. GW Childs shows how to use return tracks for building effects chains in Ableton Live.
Don't imagine for a second that distortion effects belong only in the domain of our guitar wielding friends. Distortion is for everyone! Artists from EDM to Country are embracing it and so can you!
If you are making dance music, industrial noise, or creating sound design for games that require a little more 'edge'... You’ll want to get hold of Rob Papen's RAW - a gnarly synth with attitude.
There's audio filters and there's audio filters. G. W. Childs shares his top 12 audio effect filter tools for the modern musician and producer in this essential read of an article.
Ever wonder how to use a multi-output Kontakt 5 drum patch in Bitwig Studio? Well wonder no longer as G. W. Childs is here to enlighten us all.
Glitchmachines have made a name for themselves as creators of musically exciting plug-ins. And when reviewing their new multi-effect tool, Convex, we soon realized it's all about modulation. WOW!
If your FL Studio Step Sequencer has descended into a hard to work with mess you might want to start using filters. G. W. Childs shows how filters can help you tidy up the most unwieldy of sessions.
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