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.
Making your own samples can be fun and even profitable. Here are some great tips to get you started.
Bounce in place might not sound like a sexy feature for a DAW. But G.W Childs shows how much this feature can improve and influence your production workflow in Propellerhead Reason.
The latest music controller from Akai Pro is a sub $100 compact battery-operated, wireless bluetooth USB MIDI keyboard controller. GW Childs finds out if it presses his buttons.
Here's some song archetypes for live musicians and performance.
Whether you're a modular synth beginner or a well-versed noise maker, the Bastl Kastle mini modular synth has something to offer. It's more powerful than both its size and price suggest.
Repro-1, like Diva, wants to give you an authentic analog-sounding synth in software. Modelled on the famous Pro One synth, U-He have taken their synth plugin above and beyond the original.
The analog monophonic synth from Vermona, Mono Lancet 15, has been carefully sampled in creating this special Ableton Live Drum Pack and project. And best of all it's FREE for you from AskAudio.
DRC from Imaginando is a powerful, beautiful sounding synth for iOS, Android and for computer plugin platforms. GW Childs puts it to the test.
Shhh. Don't tell the companies in the music industry who make new hardware and software to feed the appetite amongst musicians and producers. Could it be that older, cheaper gear is just as effective?
Don't say you never get anything free... Here's a FREE Ableton Drum Rack sampled from Akai Pro's Rhythm Wolf analog drum machine just for you! Just create a free account and download it!
Melodyne from Celemony Software is one of the most popular audio pitch correction tools. And Melodyne can manipulate pitch in order to create interesting effects, like the chorus we show you below.
uBEAT from Umlaut Audio combines a MIDI file library with an 8 pad drum machine interface in a Kontakt instrument. uBeat Bundle contains 3 massive sound libraries, effects and is highly recommend.
Some of the most popular and inspiring music was created in the midst of personal or global adversity and pain. In this article GW Childs shares 5 tips to help turn frustration into finished songs.
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