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.

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MIDI Quantization: The Best MIDI Editing Feature of them All

Whether you are a new or accomplished musician, learning how to work with MIDI is essential. GW Childs explains the basics of MIDI Quantisation and how to tighten by the timing on your recordings.

How to Create Subliminal Audio Messages

We all dream of being smarter, more charming, more perceptive, etc. It’s in our DNA to want to improve and become better than what we already are. Subliminal audio could help you achieve this!

Essential LFO Tricks in Reason

One of the most overlooked tools in Reason has to be the LFOs present in synthesizers like the Subtractor, Malstrom, Thor, etc. GW Childs take a closer look at the available LFOs in Reason.

New Life for MIDI Hardware: Redmatica Autosampler 2

Many musicians have a MIDI Synth lying around gathering dust. Still in love with its analog sounds? Want to sample its sounds into your software sampler? Redmatica's AutoSampler 2 holds the key.

Banish System Draining Plugins and Improve Performance in Pro Tools

Let’s face it, some of the most popular instrument plug-ins out there these days are some of the biggest system hogs you’ll ever encounter. Let me list a few...

How to Grow Your GarageBand Loop Library in New and Exciting Ways

You may have heard me rant about this before: the fact that there are people who like using loops and people who don’t. I’m not going to get into that again, I’ve done it before...

Reaper, Part 3: Virtual Instruments and FX

In the last Reaper tutorial, we covered hardware MIDI devices, and Monitoring. In this tutorial, we’ll be setting up Virtual Instruments and FX. Because we need both of these...

Going Lo-fi in Logic Pro: How to Use Bitcrusher

Clean & pristine sound is the Holy Grail of music production. But Lo-fi productions have that much more character and help your music stand out from the digital crowd.

Making Quick and Interesting Trance Hi-Hats

Trance beats are not that difficult to produce, let's face it. Why? Well, they are 4/4, 16-beat, it’s a generic 4 on the floor drum beat with the snare on the 5 and 13, and kick marking every bar.

The Thor and Combinator Explosion in Reason

If you’ve been checking out the new series on Thor, you’re hopefully becoming aware of how versatile this synth actually is. You’re also probably learning how cool...

Music Tech Tip: What is MIDI Anyway?

For someone who’s been doing this a long, long time, I often forget that some of the new talent that comes into electronic music may not know certain building blocks...

Review: Patternarium by Sonic Charge: How Your Vote Can Change Beats Around The World

Evolution is a controversial subject at best, and its premise has sparked debate since inception. However, its theory has been beneficial for technology in major ways.

Review: ReBirth for iPad

It’s rare that a piece of software carries nostalgia. To give an example of what I’m talking about take a look at Pac-Man: no matter what country you’re from, if you grew up in the 80s...

Sound Design: Making an Old School Snare in Logic

Recently I wrote a tutorial on how to quickly make an electro kick drum in Logic Pro. If you recall, the exercise merely utilized a few iterations of Logic’s Klopfgeist with a bit of effect.

Reaper Part 2: Recording and Monitoring Hardware Synthesizers

I was going to start off by saying, “If you’re old school, you may have a few hardware MIDI devices lying...” However, I’ve noticed more and more, the younger generation seems to be using retro device