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 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.

Review: Shifted Radio Properloop

Do we need more looping playback and effects tools? Shifted radio.com think so, and after playing extensively with their new Max for Live/Ableton Live device, Properloop, G. W. Childs agrees.

10 More Useful Items to Have in Your Gig Bag

How well prepared do you feel for your next gig? Sure, you've practiced, memorised the lyrics, got the stems and hardware all synced... but there's other things to consider as G.W. Childs explains.

Review: WaveDNA Liquid Music

Taking what they've done with rhythm, WaveDNA's Liquid Music aims to make building complex melodic parts in your productions easier than you can imagine. G. W. Childs finds out if it delivers.

11 Synth Mixing & Programming Mistakes Every Producer Should Avoid

Don't commit cardinal sin after cardinal sin when it comes to mixing / programming your hardware or software synthesizer. The following 11 tips are what every self-respecting producer should know.

Review: Korg volca sample

G.W. Childs patiently waited to get hands on with the Korg volca sample. Having already included the volca bass, keys and beats into his setup, find out if the volca sample lived up to expectations.

Korg volca Multi VCO Tip: Creating 3 Bass Patterns With One volca bass

If you think Korg's volca bass is just, well, a bass... you'd be mistaken. It's a 3-synth-in-one beast and enables you to program three sub-patterns. G.W. Childs shows you how in this tutorial.

Review: Akai Pro MPD232

With LEDS, Akai Pro's responsive pads and a host of features like "Note Repeat","Full Level" and standalone, computer or iOS device modes, the MPD242 looks attractive. But does it deliver?

Review: Akai Pro MPD218 & MPD226

Akai Professional's latest Ableton-centered controllers, the MPD218 and MPD226 get a full-on review from our very own controller specialist, G. W. Childs IV.

Review: Akai Pro MIDImix

Small, compact, solid and as far from expensive as you can get. The new Akai Pro MIDImix promises to be a worthy mixer for Ableton Live producers and G. W. Childs investigates how it fares.

Creating a Mapped Multi-Out Patch with Propellerhead Reason's NN-XT

Why would you want multiple outputs from a sampler? What good are these in Reason's NN-XT? G.W. Childs shows creative and CPU-saving reasons for using multi-outs in Propellerhead's NN-XT sampler.

Strategies for Using a Hardware Mixer with MIDI Hardware and a DAW

If you've got MIDI hardware and are enjoying the "analog" feel, mixing in your DAW might feel like rain on your parade, which is why incorporating a hardware mixer into your setup could set you free.

Review: Patchblocks, Programmable Mini-Synth Modules

Imagine mini synth or effect modules you can program and connect to each other and you may be getting closer to understanding how awesome Patchblocks are. G.W. Childs discovers something truly unique.