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.
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.
Drawing sounds? When it comes to creating evolving pads and sound beds you could be forgiven for thinking the only option is to program parameters or adjust controls. iZotope Iris begs to differ!
If you want to play impossible (or just tricky) patterns and chords on your keyboard, Logic Pro X's Chord Trigger is the MIDI FX plug-in of your dreams. G. W. Childs tests it out.
If you want to super-charge your NI Reaktor experience, you owe it to yourself to check out Twisted Tools. Their new MSMAX, a powerful Mid/Side Matrix, is examined by G. W. Childs.
Buttons, pads, flashing lights. You've seen them all before in a MIDI controller, right? So, what does Numark's Orbit controller bring to the mix that makes it so impressive? G. W. Childs finds out.
Who wants hotter, fatter and spicier beats? iZotope's Trash 2 is an ideal companion in such a quest. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs gets gnarly with his beats using Trash 2's side chain feature.
Remember the DX-7? You may have owned one and may recall its retro FM synthesis sounds, but how hard it was to program. Propellerhead have created the PX7 with mappable parameters. Is it a keeper?
M-Audio's popular Axiom series of keyboard controllers comes in different sizes and with some nifty included software, too! G. W. Childs gives the 61-key version a thorough work-out in this review.
Propellerhead create great sounding synths & playable apps for iOS devices! As soon as Thor for iPad was released, G. W. Childs, one of the original sound designers, took it for a long spin.
Livid Instruments' Base has finally come out of our review labs... G.W. Childs find out just how perfect the pressure-sensitive pads, touch sliders and buttons are on this controller/instrument!
Let's play sonic word association... "Choir." Did you imagine angelic sounds, or similar? G. W. Childs turns this idea on its head by introducing a 'horror' element using Reason.
What came first, the music or the mood? G. W. Childs shares muses over the effect music has on our emotional states and questions whether the music we listen to it is responsible, or not.
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