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: ModeAudio Trailblaze, Loops and Samples for Trap Music

If you're looking for a tidy bundle of audio, MIDI and REX samples and loops for the Trap genre then ModeAudio have you covered. GW Childs puts their latest pack, Trailblaze, to the test.

Review: Akai Pro MPK249

Lights? Check. MIDI? Check? MPC pads? Check. Studio and live performance Ableton Live controller you won't be able to keep your hands off? GW Childs finds out in our in-depth review.

Review: Wave Alchemy Digital Revolution Drum Machine for Kontakt

Wave Alchemy are well-known for their beautifully sampled and constructed Kontakt instruments. Digital Revolution, a vintage style drum machine, is no exception as G. W. Childs discovers.

Review: Spatial Audio Designer, Mixing in Surround Just Got Easy

Have you ever wanted to transform your stereo mix into a full 5.1 surround sound experience? Enter Spatial Audio Designer which can produce startlingly good results with no fuss!

Review: Crystall Ball, Multi-Sensory MIDI Controller

We've been waiting for the theremin concept to evolve. And Naonext's Crystall Ball aims to bring motion and pad control to your studio or DJ set. Is this the future for music controllers?

Using Reason's Thor Sequencer for Phrase Sequencing

Propellerhead Reason is chocka full of hidden features and functionality. In this tutorial G. W. Childs shows how to make a melodic pattern in Thor that changes pitch dependant on the keys you press.

Setting Up Custom Audio Ins and Outs in Bitwig Studio

Getting your audio interface and mixer inputs and outputs organized in most DAWs can be a pain. Not so in Bitwig Studio which makes the process much easier with its custom configurations.

Exclusive Review: AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3

If you’re a dance producer, composer, or DJ, you’ll likely be extremely interested in AIR Music Tech's Hybrid 3. It’s a synth that can fill many different roles as G. W. Childs discovers.

Exciting Transitions using Reverse Cymbals in Ableton Live

Creating effective and interesting transitions can turn a solid track into an unstoppable one! In this tutorial, G. W. Childs demonstrates the power of reverse cymbals for transitions in Ableton Live.

Exploring the Weird and Wonderful using Image Synthesis in Harmor

You've probably come across Harmor's resynthesis mode. But did you know about the image synthesis functionality? If you like odd, weird and random soundscapes then this could be for you.

Review: Numark NS7 II

How could Numark improve upon the original NS7? The NS7 II builds on great craftsmanship, intuitive design features and good audio quality, but do Numark have a hit on their hands? We find out.

Review: Waves Reel ADT

Abbey Road Studios is famous amongst other things for the sweet double-tracking vocals effects on The Beatles records. Now Waves bring that feel to your studio with Reel ADT. GW Childs checks it out.

Review: ModeAudio Critical Mass for NI Massive

If you're in need of some quick inspiration to help you get bigger beats from Native Instruments' Massive, ModeAudio can help. Critical Mass has drums a-plenty and G. W. Childs finds them banging.

7 MIDI Editing Tips for Reason 7 Users

Want to discover tips that'll help you get editing MIDI faster and more efficiently in Propellerhead Reason? G. W. Childs, Reason guru, shares 7 workflow enhancing MIDI editing tips for Reason 7.

Use FL Studio's Harmor as a Drum Loop Device or Remix Tool

Did you know Image Line's Harmor synth can easily map segments of an audio file to different keys? Learn how to use Harmor as a remix tool or drum loop device in this excellent tutorial.