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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Review: Uppercussion Conundrum Drum Collection for Ableton Live

It's easy enough to make your own drum racks in Ableton Live. But getting well mapped, punchy drum racks that fit into any mix is harder. G. W. Childs finds Uppercussion's Conundrum does just that.

Create a Classic 808 Style Cowbell in Reason 8

Reason is a sound designers paradise if you know it well. G. W. Childs shows how to conjure up a classic 808 style cowbell in Propellerhead's popular music production platform.

Processing Audio Through Parsec in Reason

Want to give your sounds some extra grit, edge and pure, downright distortion? G.W. Childs shows how Reason's Parsec can be the perfect processing platform for you.

Review: Akai APC40 MK2

Finally, the sequel to one of the most popular Ableton hardware controllers around. And, we've had a chance to test one out! In this review, I’d like to go over, with you, the new APC40 MKII.

Review: Isotonik Modular Series, Max for Live Plug-Ins

If you're on the look out for new Max for Live plug-ins for enhanced effects and tools, then Isotonik's Modular series is something you should check out. G. W. Childs puts them to the test.

FREE Broken Bass Patches for Native Instruments Massive

Synth bass your thing? Love Native Instruments' Massive? Then you'll love these 20 cleverly crafted bass patches for Massive. And they're free to download too!

Make Bad Ass Basslines From Boring Pads in Ableton Live

Creating basslines from a pad? Really? Yes, it can be done effectively with a bit of nifty side chaining thrown in to help your Ableton Live basslines stand out from the crowd.

Review: Livid Instruments BASE II

What are the chances of Livid Instruments releasing a new version of the pad controller, BASE, every bit as affordable, playable and life-changing as the original? G. W. Childs finds out.

Will Human Drummers Become Extinct for Live Performance?

Technology is empowering musicians like never before. There are fewer barriers between going from studio to stage for a one-man band. But should we be dispensing with real drummers so easily?

Interview: Livid Instruments' Jay Smith on DS-1, BASE II & ALS

BASE II, DS1, Guitar Wing, OHM RGB, CNTRL:R... just a few of the wonderful things to come from Livid Instruments. We sat down with CEO, Jay Smith, to talk controllers and being diagnosed with ALS.

Review: Blue Mo-Fi Headphones

The Blue Microphones Mo-Fi headphones look and feel different to most headphones available. The big question is how they sound and how comfortable they are. G. W. Childs investigates.

Learning the Ableton Grid for Better Drum Patterns

Changing Grid Resolutions during the creation of a drum pattern is pivotal in creating better drum beats. In this tutorial, G.W. Childs shows how important the Grid is for beat making in Ableton Live.

Sound Design: Heavenly Morphing Pads in Reason with the Alligator

Designing thick, rich pad sounds that can morph into rhythmic ones in Propellerhead Reason just got a whole lot easier thanks to this excellent tutorial on Alligator by G. W. Childs.

Review: Livid Guitar Wing

Back in January in a small residential house in Anaheim being rented by Livid Instruments we saw an early version of Guitar Wing in action. And today, we're still impressed by this cool controller.

Review: Modern Grooves for iZotope BreakTweaker from Black Octopus

iZotope and BT's BreakTweaker caused quite a stir earlier this year when it was released. If you've had a chance to play with it, you've probably enjoyed yourself a lot. Get ready for the next level.