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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Create Complex Tones from Basic Tones in Ableton

Abelton Live is so much more than a live performance tool. It's a serious studio DAW and one of the first ports of call for G.W. Childs when it comes to designing sounds and FX.

Sound Design: Deadmau5 Ghosts n Stuff Organ in Reason

Deadmau5-style pitch tricks, beats and sounds is all the rage. Learn how to recreate the organ sound from Deadmau5's dance floor filler, Ghosts n Stuff, in Propellerhead's Reason.

Sound Design: Bass Groove from Dirty Vegas' "Days Go By"

Learn how to recreate the grooving bass sound from the club-land classic hit track, Dirty Vegas' "Days Go By" using in Reason. This hypnotic bass groove will grab you and your listeners.

New Features in Reaper 4: Pitch Envelopes and Mouse Modifiers

G.W. Childs puts two of the new marquee features in Cockos' incredible DAW, Reaper 4, under the spotlight: Mouse Modifiers and Pitch Envelopes. Check out how Reaper 4 measures up against your DAW.

The Building Blocks of Logic's ES2 Synth

Programming your own synth sounds in Logic's ES2 doesn't have to be scary! Using the presets under 'Tutorial Settings' can help speed up the process. It can also be very fun. Read on to learn more.

Music Technique: A Chord a Day...

Keeping your musical ideas fresh is arguably as important as your playing ability. In this article, GW Childs IV, outlines the benefits to learning new chords and resources to help you do so.

Using Regroove for Better Drums

What's better, a drum machine or a human drummer? This is a sure fire question to start an intense discussion! Avoid that and learn how to use Regroove for more realistic drum performances in Reason.

Ableton Live: Simpler. The Synth You Didn't Know You Had

It doesn't get much simpler than sampling in Ableton's Simpler. While it is one of the most intuitive samplers out there, Simpler can be used in many innovative ways: for example, as a synthesiser!

Reaper Part 5: Template Tracks

Fresh from demonstrating how to setup Reaper with Reason using Rewire, GW is back to show the power of Reaper by creating template tracks. Essential workflow knowledge for every Reaper user!

Sound Design: How to Play Guitar Like Lil' Wayne in Reason

In this Sound Design tutorial, GW Childs reminisces about love, life and music. In the process he shares how to use Reason to create the guitar section from Lil' Wayne's sultry classic, 'How to Love'.

Create Bigger Basses in Reason Using Samplers

Getting fatter basses in Reason became a lot easier when Thor was introduced. But there's a more old school method to getting distinctive, bigger bass sounds. G.W. reveals his tricks of the trade.

Deep Freeze in Logic: When to Freeze, When Not to Freeze

There are a number of approaches to working with CPU-guzzling plugins in Logic Pro. In this quick tip article GW Childs IV runs through Logic's freeze function and when to use it and when not to.

Audio Review: TAL Vocoder

Good Vocoders can be hard to come and even harder to use. Find out how the TAL Vocoder sets itself apart from the rest of the crowd in this quick review by GW Childs IV.

Creating Ambient Background Loops in Reason

Audio ambience is crucial in both the audio and video world! In this tutorial GW Childs IV, veteran video game sound designer, shows his secrets behind using Reason as an ambient machine!

Reaper Part 4: Rewire

GW Childs IV is back with part 4 in the MPV Hub's Reaper Series. Setting up Rewire mode in Reaper between Reason or Ableton can be a little fiddly. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make it work.