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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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.

What Makes EQ8 in Ableton Live 9 Shine

One of the most heralded additions to Ableton Live 9 is the new EQ8. It's been completely redesigned and rethought with certain features you simply must check out.

Creating Quick Bread and Butter Sounds in Reason

Designing sounds is like using building blocks. By creating 3 simple patches G. W. Childs shows how, in no time at all, you can use Reason to take you into different sonic dimensions.

Creating Drum Kits from Household Items in Ableton Live 9

Struggling to find inspiring sounds? Get out of your studio and explore your home. You may be surprised just how fun sampling household objects can be for creating your own drum kits in Live.

Review: Livid Instruments Brain Jr

In the world of technology size is everything! Find out why G. W. Childs is particularly impressed with Livid Instruments' Brain Jr., "the easiest custom MIDI controller, ever!"

Reason 7: What is the Audiomatic Retro Transformer?

What does 'Audiomatic Retro Transformer' suggest to you? Something harkening back to old skool technology? Analog warmth? Lo-fi? G. W. turns back the clock in this look at Reason 7's new device.

Exploring Parallel Channels in Reason 7

One of the many new features in Reason 7 is Parallel Channels. Yup, NY style comping is easy as pie to achieve in Reason now... but it doesn't just stop there as G.W. Childs finds out.

Do You Really Need The Sound Guy?

Playing live soon? G. W. Childs pipes in with some timeless advice on how to make sure everything goes smoothly with your sound guy and to help you play an excellent set.

New Mappable Buttons in Ableton Live 9

Live 9 includes some helpful extra buttons around the main interface. In this article G. W. Childs IV outlines these new mappable buttons and how they can take your Live experience up a level.