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Paul White
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Preventative Maintenance In The Studio
Audio equipment is expensive, so it pays to keep it in good condition and forestall potential problems. Paul White provides a few tips.

BACK TO BASICS: Part 1  DIY  March 1995
Planning your first home studio Part 1
Want to set up a home studio but don't know where to start? In the first part of a new series, Paul White guides you through the creation and setting up of a basic home recording system.

BACK TO BASICS: Part 2  DIY  April 1995
Planning your first home studio Part 2
Part 2: You might think that the layout of your studio is determined purely by where your monitors go and where you sit, but as Paul White explains, there are few areas where you have to exercise a bit of care.

BACK TO BASICS: Part 3  DIY  May 1995
Planning your first home studio Part 3
Part 3: The syncing of MIDI sequencers with multitracks is an important part of modern recording and can help you to make the most of a limited equipment budget. In the third part of this series, Paul White looks at the various ways of running multitrack tape and MIDI equipment simultaneously.

BACK TO BASICS: Part 4  DIY  June 1995
Planning your first home studio Part 4
Part 4: Paul White looks at the multitrack recording console and its role in your multitrack recording system.

BACK TO BASICS: Part 5  DIY  July 1995
Planning your first home studio Part 5
Part 5: nothing dampens creativity more than a studio full of 'spaghetti' cabling. This month, Paul White explains the virtues of installing a patchbay to banish cable clutter once and for all.

DIY Drum Pads And Pedal Triggers
Paul White enters Blue Peter mode and puts together a fully working drum pad and pedal trigger system for less than the cost of a pint of lager. If you own an Alesis D4, drumKAT, Akai ME35T or any other drum machine or percussion controller that accepts external pads, you can't afford to miss this.

Build A Guitar Amp Dummy Speaker Load
Budget speaker simulators make it easy to get a good guitar sound directly from your guitar amplifier to tape, but you'll need a dummy speaker load if you want to work with your speaker cab disconnected. Paul White shows you how to build one with the absolute minimum of time and expense.

CHEAP TRICKS  DIY  February 1995
Improving Your Studio For Next To Nothing
Paul White reveals a few of his Blue Peter-style secrets, the general aim being to construct something useful in the studio without spending more than a pound!


When it comes to cabling, it pays to have the right connections. Paul White makes the introductions.

How To Make Your Own Digeridoo
Paul White explores the outer limits of physical modelling on a budget that wouldn't even buy you a decent pair of shoestrings!

Tascam DA88 Care And Maintenance
Getting the best performance from a digital tape recorder such as the DA88 depends largely on conscientious maintenance and cleaning. Tascam's chief service manager, Joe Fialho, tells Paul White what can safely be done by the user - and when it's necessary to call in the professionals.

Soundproofing Tips For The Home Studio
Not everyone can justify building an acoustically treated, soundproof studio, but with a little effort and ingenuity, you can often make significant improvements to the room you already have at very little cost. Paul White presents a few ideas.

NO NOISE IS GOOD NOISE: Part 1  DIY  February 1998
Practical Studio Soundproofing: Part 1
Part 1: Waking up the neighbours with the latest turbo folk masterpiece is a major concern for many project studio owners. Paul White explains that monitoring with headphones and moving house are not the only solutions...

NO NOISE IS GOOD NOISE: Part 2  DIY  March 1998
Practical Studio Soundproofing: Part 2
Part 2: Doors & Windows. No matter how thick and heavy the walls of a studio, it will still leak sound if the doors and windows are not up to scratch. Paul White explains how you can uprate them without breaking the bank.

NO NOISE IS GOOD NOISE: Part 3  DIY  April 1998
Practical Studio Soundproofing: Part 3
Part 3: walls, floors and ceilings. If you're serious about cutting noise from your studio, you'll have to explore the mysteries of studding and neoprene rubber. Paul White explains that it's not quite as exciting as it sounds...

Practical Studio Soundproofing: Part 4
Part 4: If you have the space, the time and the money, the best sound isolation can be achieved by building a room within a room. Paul White explains what's involved.

Pragmatic Acoustics
Few of us are in a position to fit our houses with false walls, suspended ceilings and floating floors - so how can we create a reliable monitoring environment? Paul White explains that it's not as daunting as it seems.

Practical Acoustic Treatment: Part 1
Part 1: Paul White examines the basic principles of acoustic treatment in order to help you improve your recording and monitoring environment.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Part 2  DIY  August 1998
Practical Acoustic Treatment: Part 2
Part 2: In his second article on acoustic treatment, Paul White tackles the absorbing subject of acoustic traps.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Part 3  DIY  September 1998
Practical Acoustic Treatment: Part 3
Part 3: Paul White looks at how you can calculate how much studio acoustic treatment you really need.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Part 4  DIY  October 1998
Practical Acoustic Treatment: Part 4
Part 4: Continuing his quest for the perfect listening environment, Paul White looks at ways to treat a control room without having to bring in the builders.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Part 5  DIY  November 1998
Practical Acoustic Treatment: Part 5
In the fifth and final of our series on acoustic design, Paul White sums up the key stages of designing a project studio and touches on the subject of ait conditioning.

Soldering Made Easy
Learning to solder is easy, inexpensive and can save both money and frustration. Paul White makes it as painless as possible - just as long as you pick up the soldering iron by the right end!

DIY Speaker Stands
Paul White indulges in a spot of woodwork therapy, and comes away with two very cost-effective speaker stands.

STUDIO WIRING: Part 1  DIY  April 1994
Studio Wiring: A Practical Guide: Part 1: Mains
Part 1: Mains. When setting up a studio, the temptation is to make do with the existing wiring - but this can lead to problems with hum and interference, as Paul White explains.

STUDIO WIRING: Part 2  DIY  May 1994
Studio Wiring: A Practical Guide: Part 2: Patchbays
Part 2: Patchbays. Having addressed your studio mains wiring, you can now turn your attention to the connections between your equipment. Paul White explains the undoubted benefits of a patchbay system.

Tape Machine Care
Modern tape recorders, both cassette and open-reel, are capable of giving years of service - but they can also deteriorate very quickly if not cared for. Paul White explains the essentials of cleaning and demagnetising.