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 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.

Review: iMPC for iPhone

Akai have already released an MPC App for your iPad, and their latest app, iMPC, is exclusively for iPhone!! To explore how this app designed for a small screen real estate performs is G. W. Childs.

The Return of the Analog Recording Studio

Software plug-ins & DAWs have taken over most music studios. However, analog is making a comeback. Now more than ever, musicians & producers are turning to hardware. But why? GW Childs investigates.

Using Native Instruments' Mouth Synth

We all have the most diverse musical instrument already: your voice. And NI's Mouth takes advantage of your voice by transforming it into melodic sounds you can only dream of. Here's how to use it!

Review: Deckadance 2

Digital DJs often reach for Traktor or Serato, but there's another program out there with an amazing feature-set, Deckadance 2. We give this package by Image Line (FL Studio) a full-on spin.

Sound Design: Vocode Like Daft Punk's Random Access Memories Using Ableton Live and kHS ONE

Daft Punk's Random Access Memories was arguably one of the albums of the summer. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs explores how to emulate their vocoding style using Ableton Live and kHS ONE.

Review: Glitch 2

Glitch by Illformed used to be PC only... until version 2 was released! It was a popular plug-in for those looking to create esoteric rhythmic effects. So how does Glitch 2 perform? G.W tests it out.

Logic Pro X MIDI FX Tutorial: Low CPU, High Creativity

Getting unique sounds and effects out of Logic Pro X doesn't have to mean taxing your Mac's CPU. G. W. Childs shows how to make use of the new MIDI FX plug-ins to get creating wherever you are.

Reason 7: Creating REX Files

The REX format changed the face of music production back in its day and now Propellerhead have given it new life with the ability to create and edit this sliced up format directly in Reason 7.

Behind the Scenes at Livid Instruments

Do you use (or lust after) Livid Instruments' many controllers/instruments? Have you ever wondered how they are made, and by who? What's it like inside Livid HQ? We snuck in to find out...

Review: Numark Mixtrack Pro II

How can you improve upon an already successful DJing solution like the Mixtrack? G. W. Childs discovers the Mixtrack Pro II provides more 'bang' than its low 'buck' suggests.

Review: Nine Volt Audio Ultimate REX & RMX 30,000 Bundle

30,000 hand-crafted musical loops in REX and/or Stylus RMX format from as little as $399 US? Nine Volt Audio must be crazy, right? G. W. Childs checks out this quality library.