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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Review: Korg microKEY Air & microKEY2

If you're a "travel light" musician looking for a MIDI keyboard controller you may have taken note when Korg released the microKEY Air & microKEY2 recently. Here's the low-down on these controllers.

Review: Livid Instruments Builder Box

Building your own MIDI controller just got a whole lot easier thanks to Livid Instruments' Builder Box kit (powered by the Brain Jnr.) G.W. Childs makes his own in this video & text review.

Review: Roland System-1 Plug-Out

We took ROland's System-1 Plug-Out synth VST for a spin to find out if it has that classic Roland sound and how well it integrates with the hardware version of the System-1.

Review: 808 Warfare for Kontakt

Seems like everyone wants the perfect floor-shaking 808 kick these days... and Producers Choice want to help in the form of 808 Warfare, their Kontakt instrument and sample pack also in WAV format.

Review: Kenton THRU-25 (1x MIDI In / 25x MIDI Thru)

When working with more than one MIDI device, like sequencers, keyboards and controllers, effects devices, etc., MIDI sync is hugely important. And that's where the Kenton THRU-25 comes into play.

Review: Klevgrand Esspresso De-Esser for VST, AU & iPad

Don't put up with sibilance (extreme ssss hissing action) in your next vocal performance. Klevgrand have a new de-esser plug-in and iPad app, Esspresso, to help. G. W. Childs tries it out.

Review: T-47 Microphone Kit

Microphone Parts say they've analysed the best vintage microphones and found a way to provide circuits and capsules that deliver the same tone at a fraction of the price. We check out the T-47 here.

Review: Softube Time & Tone

If you're considering purchasing a Focusrite Scarlett, Saffire or Clarett audio interface then this offer, in conjunction with Softube, might seal the deal. We review the Time & Tone plug-in bundle.

Review: Korg Electribe Sampler

Bringing together sampling and sequencing is something only a handful of companies can do successfully. Korg's Electribe Sampler includes some power features in an easy-to-use machine.

9 Ways to Create a Sound Design Landscape that will Stand Out from the Crowd

Do your sound design landscapes lack a little depth, feel less real than they could? G.W. Childs, sound designer and trainer is on-hand to help your sonic landscapes stand out from the crowd.

Review: ModeAudio Raw Material

Featuring 300+ percussions samples, the new ModeAudio Raw Material is a collection of diverse and interesting found sound samples. G.W. Childs finds out how well-recorded and mapped they really are.

Review: E-RM Multiclock

Got lots of MIDI gear that needs syncing via DIN, MIDI or USB? The E-RM Multiclock is designed to do just that. G.W. Childs puts it to the test with vintage and modern MIDI hardware in this review.

Review: Korg iElectribe for iOS

Korg's latest app interpretation of a hardware machine is the iElectribe drum machine. With a great sound, pattern editing, and the ability to be used as a sound module, this one comes up trumps.

7 Tips to Choosing Used Music Hardware That Are Gems, Not Junk

Buying brand new gear is lovely, but uncovering a gem from used, vintage music hardware can be even more satisfying. Here's 7 tips to help you evaluate good gear from lemons saving you money & time!

Review: M-Audio Code 49 MIDI Controller

If you're looking for a solid MIDI controller with lots of lights and great keys and pads, then M-Audio have a treat for you in the shape of their new Code 49. G.W. Childs deciphers the code.