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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
One developer known as Audanika thinks that they’ve developed a new instrument interface that alleviates the need for any prior training in music. Have they succeeded? G. W. Childs finds out.
Rob Papen's Predator is more than a synth. For some, it's on their essential studio gear list, which is no surprise as it's incredibly versatile and sounds great. G. W. tours the Arp capabilities.
If you're looking for a synth with attitude for seriously cool bass and lead sounds you should check out Native Instruments' Monark. G. W. Childs gives it a thorough exploration in this review.
Want to create bass sounds? Tired of using presets or just want something completely unique? Launch Ableton Live and open your mouth! G. W. Childs shows how to use your voice outside the box.
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