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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Understanding Native Instruments The Finger Quick Key Assignments

When Native Instruments gave us The Finger (ahem!) in Komplete it didn't get the same kudos as its sibling plug-ins. But, this MIDI controlled fx plug-in is very powerful as G. W. Childs finds out.

Using a Combinator for Live Performance in Reason

If you think Propellerhead Reason should be left in the studio when you play live... think again! In this enlightening tutorial, G. W. Childs shows how to get performing using the Combinator.

How to Write an Album in a Week (in 3 Simple Steps)

If you're full of creative ideas, grooves, lyrics, sounds and more... but find it a struggle to get these into finished songs/tracks, G. W. Childs is here with 3 simple ways to write that album now.

Review: Native Instruments Razor 1.5

The latest update to Native Instruments' Razor adds some big features, including the excellent new modules and Maschine 2.0 integration. G. W. Childs gives it a closer inspection in this review.

Exclusive Review: Twisted Tools Ultraloop

Twisted Tools have always been on the cutting edge when it comes to creating music tech. Their latest Reaktor ensemble lets you remix up to 128 loops in real time to create something amazing.

Exploring Harmor in FL Studio 11

Uncovering Harmor in FL Studio means needing to get to grips with a very powerful and capable additive/subtractive synth. G. W. Childs walks you through the essentials in this tutorial.

Review: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphones

What do you get when you cross fashion with excellent sound quality in a pair of headphones? G. W. Childs puts the Momentum On-Ear cans to the test and finds out if they sound as good as they look.

Take Your Studio Everywhere for Musical Inspiration

Don't be stuck in your studio. There's a world of inspiration beyond your four walls. Now that laptops, iPads & controllers can fit in your backpack it's easier than ever to explore & create anywhere.

Tuning White Noise Using Reason's Subtractor

When you think of white noise you might not feel inspired, but with some clever filtering tricks and when played through Reason's Subtractor you can create something musical and unique.

Designing Menu and Button Sounds for Video Games in Ableton Live

Possibly the most fun any sound designer can have is in designing chirps, clicks and pops for video game menu interfaces. G. W. Childs scrolls through the ins and outs in this tutorial.

3 Tips to Boost Creativity Using Sound When Sleeping

Some of us don't find Christmas to be the most enjoyable time... if you'd prefer to hibernate through the next couple of days we can help! G. W. Childs shows how sound can put you to sleep.

Review: Volca Bass

Give yourself (and your studio) the gift of analog with the Korg Volca Bass! Having reviewed Volca Keys and Beats, G. W. now reaches the Volca Bass and finds it the most significant of the three.

Review: PreSonus Eris E8 Active Studio Monitors

What makes a pair of active monitors stand out from the crowd? G. W. Childs IV uses his ears and experience to test drive the PreSonus Eris E8s in his studio. Read on to discover the low-down.

Review: Liquid Rhythm: The Future of Rhythm Programming

Every once in a while something comes along that changes the way we approach making music. Find out why WaveDNA's Liquid Rhythm takes the prize as the most innovative and cool rhythmic generator yet.

Review: Autobeat Drum Pattern programmer for Ableton Live

Generating patterns, drum beats & fills in Ableton Live has never been so satisfyingly easy, thanks to K-Devices M4L MIDI device: Autobeat. G W Childs puts this 8x 16-step sequencer device to the test