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.

Articles by G.W. Childs IV

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Drawing Pad Sounds With iZotope Iris

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!

Logic Pro X Tutorial: Playing Impossible Patterns with Chord Trigger

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.

Review: Twisted Tools MSMAX for Reaktor

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.

Review: Numark Orbit

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.

Spice Up Your Beats with iZotope Trash 2

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.

Review: PX7 FM Synthesizer

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?

Review: M-Audio Axiom Air 61

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.

Review: Thor for iPad

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.

Review: Livid Base

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!

Creating Horror Choirs in Reason

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.

Do You Write Music, or Does Music Write You?

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.

Review: FL Studio 11

Back in the day, G. W. Childs was a Fruity Loops die-hard user until he switched to the Mac platform. Now, with Bootcamp enabled, G. W. discovers just how far Image Line’s DAW has evolved.

Get Your Audio Grooving in Ableton Live

A captivating groove can transform a simple head-nodding track into a real hip-shaking anthem. In this tutorial, G. W. Childs shows how Ableton Live can apply some groove goodness to audio.

Make Your Own Sci-Fi Voice Transmissions in Reason

G. W. Childs draws on experience creating interplanetary sound effects for Star Wars video games for this tutorial on how to make authentic Sci-Fi style radio transmissions in Reason.

Review: Kilohearts Disperser

Kilohearts Disperser is a transient shaper designed to make things bigger, thicker and fatter. G. W. Childs takes a look to find out if this plug-in will form an essential part of his collection.