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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Using RPG-8 to Add Complexity to your Tracks in Reason

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!

Are You Using the Right Music Application for YOU?

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.

Review: Sys 100 Analog Sound Set from Boxed Ear

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.

Music Ergonomics: How Pain Can Stunt Your Creativity

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.

Review: Blade by Rob Papen

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.

Creating Transformer Like Sound Effects Using Skanner

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.

Review: Alias 8 by Livid Instruments

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?

ASCAP: How are YOU Getting Paid?

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.

Review: kHs ONE (And a Special Offer for MPVHub Readers)

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.

Ableton Live: Rhythmic Marker System

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!

Discover Your Music with MyMusic.com

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.

Bringing the Wobble in to iZotope Iris

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.

Reaper, Part 8: Arranging

G.W. Childs returns with a tutorial on how to actually build a song in Reaper. Yes, this is all about arranging your track, workflows and more.

Review: Moog Cluster Flux

Are you prepared to be amazed by Moog yet again? G. W. Childs enters new dimensions of modulation madness with the MF-108M Cluster Flux.

Snapshot Morphing in Reaktor

Creating new sounds from existing patches is a great way to increase the number of available presets in your collection! G.W. Childs shows off Reaktor's Snapshot Morph function to help your process.