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: Irrupt Flashback Forward

Getting inspiration from old school producers for contemporary music is what Irrupt's Flashback: Forward sample and loop pack is all about. There's musical riffs, FX, beats, percussion and more.

Review: Korg volca Kick - More Than a Kick Drum Machine

Korg is back at it again with another volca that is already blowing my mind. In this review, show you my new friend, volca kick, and see what’s thumpin’ with this new offering from our pals at Korg.

Review: Cableguys MidiShaper

G.W. Childs finds out if MIDIShaper really adds versatile and powerful modulation to your tracks like Cableguys promise it does. Spoiler alert: It does.

5 Alternatives To A Human Drummer

So you want your drum tracks to sound convincing... or at least good? But you don't have a drummer to hand and your own arrangements leave a lot to be desired? Here are 5 viable alternatives.

Review: Heavyocity Vocalise

Are you looking for a Kontakt instrument with sampled choirs that you can sculpt into realistic performances or manipulate into seriously strange textures and sounds for under $100? Read on...

5 Tips To Help Your Music & Songs Evolve Beyond The Original Idea

Original musical ideas are wonderful things, of course . But what if the initial inspiration is holding your track back from evolving? Here's 5 tips to help your music mature into finished tracks.

5 Tips To Speed Up Your Korg Electribe 2 Workflow

So you've got a Korg Electribe 2 (or are thinking about getting one) and you want some workflow tips and tricks? You're in the right place! G.W. Childs is here to help.

Review: Korg electribe 2 and electribe 2 Sampler

With the release of the red and blue electribe 2 and electribe 2 Sampler Korg have updated the software to 2.0 bringing a number of useful features to these machines. G.W Childs shows his favorites.

Review: Ruismaker Drum Synthesizer Plug-In for iOS

Fancy a synthesizer drum machine that sounds like your old vintage drum synth with plenty of tweakability as an audio unit plugin for iPad & iPhone? Welcome to Ruismaker. We were seriously impressed.

Review: Korg nanoKEY Studio

Featuring a keyboard, knobs, trigger pads, and touch pad the nanoKEY Studio from Korg is a wireless (or USB) mobile MIDI controller with some advanced features. G. W. Childs puts in a performance.

Review: CableGuys VolumeShaper 4

CableGuys Volumeshaper 4 does more than just shape the volume for an audio source. It can also make some very complicated modulations to anything you run through it as GW Childs discovered.

Are Music Side Projects A Waste of Time or Energising Experiences?

In this curious article GW Childs explores the idea of whether music side projects could be beneficial or whether they might be a time drain.

Review: Umlaut Audio ARPS

ARPS is an arpeggiator instrument for Kontakt that uses 4 separate layers of sampled percussive sounds to provide rhythmic patterns. GW Childs discovers why big name composers rave about it.

Pursuing A Career In Music? Hang On To Hope When The Tide Seems To Be Against You

There are some seminal songs that encourage us to see the silver lining behind every cloud and believe in hope. And hope is something those pursuing a musical career need to have more than most.

Using Reason 9's Convert Audio To MIDI Feature

One big new feature in Propellerhead Reason 9 is the convert Audio to MIDI feature. In this tutorial, GW Childs demonstrates some interesting ways to make it part of your production workflow.