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Paul Midcalf

Owner, Audio Sorcery Recording Studios

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Very cool! We had so much fun and have a great memory to keep forever. We will be back. Cool Autotune 😉

Ivy & the Rosettes

from Bexley, Pop Star Party Gold, 27th November 2022

Wow, that was amazing! Professional, friendly & fun. I will definitely be back soon. Thank you for such a special day Paul!

Nicola

from Horsham, Singer Gold Plus, 25th November 2022

Fantastic experience, Paul is very knowledgable and obviously knows his stuff. Really good fun recording a couple of tunes.

Will

from Tunbridge Wells, Songwriter Silver, 24th November 2022

Incredible! Such an amazing experience. I had no idea any song of mine could sound so good and polished. Would love to come back!

Millie

from Sevenoaks, Songwriter Platinum, 19th November 2022

Stagecoach South East Training School has got talent!! Thanks to grand master mix Paul! Fantastic and fun experience. Best day ever 🙂

Stagecoach South East Training School

from Ryarsh, Pop Star Party Platinum, 14th November 2022

Paul made the whole experience very enjoyable! Really professional.

John

from Milton Keynes, Singer Gold, 3rd November 2022

Paul made me feel welcome right from the start, and put me at my ease. He has the unique ability to make a musical silk purse out of a sows' ear... a very necessary skill in my case! A great experience. Thank you.

John Smillie

from Hythe, Player Diamond, 2nd November 2022

Another great session - including a first recording for Ledare! Fantastically pleased with the results - it's the best yet!

Ledare & Craig

from Paddock Wood, Player Platinum, 30th October 2022

Really enjoyed it. I love working with Paul and he always has ideas to push my songs further!

Geordie

from Shipbourne, Player Silver, 29th October 2022

2nd Time visiting and really enjoyed it! 🙂

Izzy

from Bracknell, Singer Silver Plus, 26th October 2022

Brilliant experience, 2nd time singing. Paul made us feel very calm and made the experience totally enjoyable. Would quite happily come back again, and would highly recommend this experience to anyone.

Yvonne & Zoe

from West Chiltington, Singer Platinum, 26th October 2022

Absolutely Amazing! Song turned out better than I expected. Paul was really kind as well. One of the best experiences of my life! Pippa, 11

Pippa

from London, Songwriter Silver, 24th October 2022

Best experience I've ever had!

Kie

from Langdon Hills, Essex, Singer Silver Plus, 13th October 2022

'It was amazing!' 'Loved the microphones!'. Great experience.

Girls' Era

from East Grinstead, Pop Star Party Platinum, 17th September 2022

Paul made me feel confident and I loved the experience.

Scarlett

from Longfield, Singer Gold, 17th September 2022

Thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Audio Sorcery. Fun, useful and learnt not just how to perform in a studio setting, but also how things work behind the scenes. Will definitely come again.

Ciaran

from London, Singer Platinum, 16th September 2022

Great day. Thank you Paul and I shall be back!

Lee

from Longfield, Singer Gold Plus, 15th September 2022

What an amazing session. I'm chuffed to bits with the way the tracks have come out! Huge thanks to Paul for going above and beyond - adding extra parts to one piece to make it sound the best it could. Thoroughly enjoyed my experience and will definitely be back!

Claire

from Oxted, Singer Gold Plus, 7th September 2022

I had an amazing experience. Will definitely return for more fun! Thank you

Elliott

from Maidstone, Player Gold, 6th September 2022

I enjoyed the experience from start to finish because Paul made me feel relaxed and helped me a lot. It was really fun - thank you.

Zelin

from Essex, Singer Platinum Plus, 1st September 2022

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Do you really need a voice to cut your own CD? Yes, Helen Lederer discovers, but not necessarily a good one. Woman and Home Magazine

Well, I’ve done it in the bath, with a hairbrush and in the car - but I haven't done it in public - and call me a prude, but I haven‘t done it in front of two strangers either. I mention this in order to explain the slightly raised blood pressure I felt when stepping out on to a sweet little Kent station to be met by Paul - a singing maestro who was going to make my school girl fantasy come true. He was going to get me to sing a song, record it and send me home with a personal CD. Calm, moi?

Although Paul reassured me that all sorts come to sing their own CDs with him: “Grandparents, teens, five-year-olds." I noticed he hadn't included the tone deaf, the shy or singer-phobic, which was worrying. You see, I was avoiding something that, sooner or later, we were all going to have to confront. In spite of my closet hope (now firmly out of the bag) that I, too, could sound like Dido, Madonna and Celine rolled into one, could I actually do it?

My biggest fear was that when I opened my mouth, I'd either be mute or sound like a baby starling or parrot. After all, I'd been chucked out of the school choir and I only sing in church if I’m next to a loud person, or in a group situation if drunk. But at least I was prepared. When I first spoke to Paul on the phone, he suggested I peruse some 2,700 titles on his website or even come up with one of my own, “to practice”. He would make sure I‘d be sent the lyrics beforehand. In the event, I chose Yesterday by Paul (the other one) because I felt it would be easier to tackle than Nessun Dorma and more engaging than Needles & Pins. 

We drew up outside a pretty house set in a fantastic valley with great views and various buildings dotted about. John (my second maestro/singer/teacher) was waiting for us with a twinkle in his eye, a smile and a cup of coffee. So far, so very good. Next, I was standing in a warm, wood-panelled studio with a microphone stand, a music holder thing and OMIGOD - earphones! Once those were on, I knew there would be no going back.

John suggested breathing out to empty my lungs in order to fill up nicely. I felt like a pair of fireside bellows - all very cosy and at home and not at all self-conscious. In fact, it was only when I heard those famous guitar chords spilling into my cans that the panic set in. I was to sing the words to Yesterday over Paul McCartney’s guitar backing. It felt ghostly and awe-inspiring at the same time.

I tried to get a grip and adopt a “Kylie-Minogue-being-filmed-for-comic-relief,” type of stance, but I wasn’t very convincing. Suddenly, I heard Paul’s cheery voice in my cans say “Here we go, after four bars…”

I struck out into my first yodel of Yesterday. This was fine. but then I got fixated about whether I should go up or down on the words “far away,” which were still in the first line.

This took some sorting out. Then it got better, especially when the power of the famous music took over. In fact, there were bits of the song that really made the whiskers stand up on the back of my neck and beyond.

After several “takes,” I went into Paul's section to recover and watch him twiddle knobs. This was where he was going to make the song sound less like a hamster solo and more like, well, a CD.

When I first heard myself back. I did the decent thing - I screamed. "I sound like I'm 10!" John agreed that singing was like releasing the inner child. Trouble was, I wasn't sure I was ready to share mine with the rest of the world, so I said, “Can‘t you do something to alter it, Paul?” Paul replied. “I have already." Luckily, he had a sense of humour and resumed knob twiddling until my inner child sounded less Brownie pack and more womanly.

Meanwhile, John was strumming his guitar to a tune I'd become inspired to tell him about. It felt glorious. Here I was strumming, humming and jamming with real musicians! But finally, I had to tear myself away, clutching my CD, as well as one of John's band, The Varlies.

My family were amazed that it sounded so “real”. Their reactions were wide-eyed and open-mouthed in the main with only a tiny amount of laughing. In fact, I‘ve taken to keeping it in my handbag in case anyone has a portable. And, I have to say, that while I've grown fond of The Varlies - I've grown even fonder of the sound of my own voice.

If you’d like to record your own CD, call Paul Midcalf at Recording Experience Gifts on 0800 567 7197, or visit www.recording.gifts. Sessions cost between £99 and £529. W&H

Re-produced with kind permission from Anouschka Meredith, features editor.

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