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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GarageBand Tutorial: Create Space in your Mix

Nobody enjoys being trapped in a cramped space. Neither does your music! G.W. Childs gives some useful pointers on how to create space in your mix in GarageBand.

Adding Ambience to Vocals in GarageBand

When it comes to giving life to recorded vocals, most producers add some reverb. G.W. Childs shows how to air off vocals in GarageBand.

Vocoding With Reason 6's BV512

Vocoding seems to capture the imagination of every musical genre whether it's used on the voice or other instruments. G.W. Childs exercises his vocal chords and synthetic sensibilities in Reason 6.

Reason 6 Tutorial: Glitching With The Echo

The new Echo device in Reason 6 does more than its streamlined appearance suggests. Yes, it's a great delay effect, but G.W. Childs takes its processing capabilities to another level.

Remote Collaborate With Gobbler

Cloud based backup services for musicians have come and gone over the past few years. So how is Gobbler different from the rest? GW Childs keeps his feet on the ground and head in the clouds.

Quick Tips to Fatten up a Kick in Ableton Live

A thin, weak kick drum can single-handedly undermine the impact of a decent mix. GW Childs ditches his diet in a bid to fatten up his kick drum using Ableton's compressor and reverb plugins.

Reaper Part 6: Side-Chaining

G.W. Childs returns with a tutorial on how to get side-chaining in Reaper 4. As well as showing the basics, he shares some time-saving tricks too.

Reason 6: The Echo as a Distortion Device

Trust G.W. Childs IV to come up with another left-field approach when it comes to sound design. In this tutorial G.W. dispenses with the traditional and uses Reason 6's Echo as a distortion effect.

Ableton Live: Grain Delay for Quick Sound Design

Anyone interested in generating random beats or other elements in their music will have experimented with Ableton Live. They may not, however, have realized just how useful the Grain Delay is.

Audio Hijack Pro: Bringing Sampling Back to Electronic Music

If you want to sample snippets of audio on your Mac, like a YouTube video, don't get caught up in cables and interface ins and outs! G.W. Childs breaks through the tangled wires with Audio Hijack Pro.

Reason 6 Alligator: Changing Tones into Grooves

Reason 6's new device, Alligator, can transform even the most uniform of pads into a twisted, rhythmic groove. GW Childs sinks his teeth into this one.

Reason 6: Create Daft Punk Arpeggiations in the style of "Tron Legacy"

The Daft Punk Sons of Flynn soundtrack for Tron was arguably one of the best bits of film music from 2010. G.W. Childs is still rocking to it and shows how to create the arpeggiations in Reason 6.

Reason 6: Transitioning to Audio

The new audio procedures in Reason 6 may leave some old school Reason users confused. However, it's well worth the effort to learn how these powerful audio features work. G.W. Childs investigates!

Reason 6: Remote Overrides in Reason

Hardware controllers remain ever popular for digital musicians. But with the limitless number of devices, and therefore, parameters in Reason how can they all be controlled? Enter Remote Overrides...

Reason 6 Tutorial: How To Create a Hip Hop Combinator

Creating Combinators in Reason 6 provides a custom mix of your own sounds in one 'box', and allows for all sorts of wizardry and creativity. G.W. Childs brings it all together for Hip-Hop lovers.