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.
Despite the number of MIDI devices available, you may still wish to mod what's available, or create a MIDI controller all by yourself. G. W. Childs finds it to be easier than you might think!
So, you run a music studio, either at home or commercially - either way it pays to follow good advice. G. W. Childs shares 5 good habits to keep you and your studio in good shape.
Learn how to St-st-sttt-utter your lead synths using iZotope's unsurprisingly popular plug-in, Stutter Edit. G. W. Childs takes you through from start to finish.
Simple is good. Complex is better! (When it comes to using Reason's RPG-8 of course)! G. W. Childs shows how to create complexity with minimum fuss. Enough said!
With a growing number of DAWs available, why are you sticking with your existing music production software? G. W. Childs digs deep and investigates what might be best for every musician's needs.
Boxed Ear's M5 sample library for Kontakt got a glowing review from MPV Hub... so how does its latest offering, Sys 100 Analog Sound Set fare? Read more in this in-depth review by GW Childs.
No pain, no gain? There's truth to this popular saying. But, often pain is something to avoid! G. W. Childs looks at how your studio ergonomics and creativity are positively related.
There's soft synths and there's soft synths... and when Rob Papen releases a virtual instrument you can be sure it'll create cutting edge sounds. GW Childs cuts to the chase in this review of Blade.
Whether you like the films or not, the sound design in Transformers is pretty impressive! G. W. Childs IV gets granular in his quest to emulate the Transformer effects using NI's Skanner XT.
Livid are well known for their hand-built, rugged and beautiful controllers, like Ohm64 and Code. Does their latest (more portable mixer-style) controller, Alias 8, live up to the Livid name?
Everyone needs to get paid! Even more so if you're a musician / in the music industry. So, how do you ensure you get your dues? G. W. Childs investigates how ASCAP can help on his way to to the bank.
Some software synths rely on endless LFOs and complex filters, but don't get close to creating a wonderful sound... not so for Kilohearts' ONE! G. W. Childs discovers more.
Got a remix project on the go? (See the iZotope & MPV prizes on offer in the SongCraft Contest - ends 13-Jan-2013)... find out how Ableton's marker system will add to your box of tricks!
The internet is a big place! Finding quality content on bands and music artists hasn't always been as easy as it could be. That's all changed with MyMusic.com. G.W. Childs checks it out.
Iris, by iZotope, can do a whole lot more than you might think. Sure, it's great for atmospheres and effects... but you can also create stunning pads and even Dubstep Wobble basses! GW shows you how.
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