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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Making Trap Music Drum Fills in Reason

The Trap music genre is constantly evolving... and in his second tutorial on this musical style, G. W. Childs shows you how to make Trap style drum fills in Propellerhead Reason with download project.

Review: Korg Volca Beats

Would you love a little analog in your life? Of course you would!! Korg's Volca series is designed for you! G. W. Childs couldn't resist and gets into Volca Beats in this in-depth review.

Cultivating Emotion in Your Vocal Recordings and Productions

Producing memorable music is more than writing great lyrics and music, making pristine recordings and mixing the track with precision. Performance, emotion and feeling are crucial for vocals too.

Review: Akai MAX25 Keyboard Controller

At first glance you may think Akai's MAX25 is just another standard MIDI Controller... you'd be mistaken! G. W. Childs discovers all the interesting possibilities with this cute & capable controller!

MIDI 2.0? Next Steps and MIDI Alternatives for Musicians

30 years on and MIDI is alive and kicking. But what about the next 30 years? What about current and future alternatives? G. W. Childs investigates the emerging technology for musicians.

Review: Directre Rack Extension for Reason

Software developers Peff, have released Directre rack extension for Reason, a 14:2 style mixer which has the ability to be triggered by a MIDI controller. G. W. Childs checks it out.

Review: SOR Minimal Techno Revolution

There's loops upon loops all vying for you attention... so, what is it about Minimal Techno Revolution that helps it stand out from the crowd? G. W. Childs discovers more than he bargained for.

Setting Goals for Your Music

Setting goals for your musical journey are every bit as important as setting goals in everyday life. G. W. Childs examines the finer points involved in establishing goals, milestones and more.

Review: Akai MPX8 Mobile SD Sample Player

In a world where we try to have one device do everything (iPhone I'm looking at you), it's refreshing that Akai have created the MPX8 with specialist sample player and MIDI controller functionality.

Review: kHs ONE Rack Extension for Reason

Rack Extensions! You've got to congratulate Propellerhead for creating this format. And since they have every developer worth their salt has jumped on board with their plug-ins, including kiloHearts.

Setting Up Native Instruments' Razor to Vocode

NI's Razor is appreciated for its cutting-edge sonic capabilities. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs slices through the many layers of this complex synth with a mind to get vocoding.

Making Trap Beats in Reason

The Trap music genre seems to be constantly evolving... and borrowing from other more established styles too. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs shows how to make Trap style beats in Propellerhead Reason.

Review: Korg Volca Keys

Probably the most talked about analog synths in 2013 are from Korg. G. W. Childs wasted no time getting hands on with the Volca Keys, which at under $150 is a steal, but how does it sound and perform?

Review: Yamaha MT-220 Studio Headphones

Good quality headphones tend to last a lifetime... so a good, comfy pair of cans make for a good investment. G. W. Childs tries on the Yamaha MT-220 studio headphones for size and reports back...

Create Macklemore & Lewis Style Lead with FL Studio 11's Poizone

In this tutorial, sound designer, G. W. Childs, delves into a Macklemore and Lewis track, Can't Hold Us. Using FL Studio 11's Poizone, G.W. shows how to recreate its minimal synth sound.