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Paul Midcalf

Owner, Audio Sorcery Recording Studios

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It was really fun and the songs came out really well, very happy with the result.

India

from Uckfield, Singer Gold, 6th March 2024

Paul you are a wizard, thank you so much for what I thought would be a nervous session that actually turned out quite brilliant and fun!

Andy

from East Grinstead, Singer Gold, 6th March 2024

The best birthday party! The kids had an amazing time and the adults got to enjoy the experience from The Green Room. A huge recommend!! Thank you

The Spark Girls

from Tunbridge Wells, Pop Star Party Platinum, 3rd March 2024

Wonderful experience. Very friendly, welcoming and encouraging. Would definitely come back. Thank you

Olivia

from Waltham Cross, Singer Silver, 1st March 2024

{all at Audio Sorcery used his wizard to turn my meagre vocals into a complete song that I'm rally proud of. Fun to work with, Paul has made the process simple and rewarding 🙂

Josie

from Hurstpierpoint, Songwriter Platinum, 29th February 2024

'I was struggling to come up with something special and different for my daughter's 10th birthday party and then came across the Pop Star Party website and it sounded like the perfect option. Paul was warm, welcoming and accommodating from the very first contact and clearly loves what he does. The whole booking process was straightforward and efficient and when I told my daughter what I had planned, her excitement levels were off the scale! On the day of the party Paul was wonderful with my daughter and her friends (8 very excited but slightly nervous girls) and he immediately put them at ease and made them all laugh while he got to know them and explained how the studio session would work. When the girls went into the recording studio we were able to set up party food and cake in the 'Green Room' while watching and listening to them on a TV screen. It was wonderful to see them all laughing and enjoying themselves, and with Paul's encouragement they fully embraced their new girl-band status! They were absolutely buzzing when they came out of the studio and we were all able to enjoy some food and cake while Paul expertly mixed the tracks to produce the final CD for them all. The whole experience was brilliant from start to finish; all the girls had a blast and haven't stopped talking about it since. All the parents loved it too and many are even considering booking grown-up parties to celebrate special birthdays and anniversaries! We loved how different it was to anything we had done before and that we will always be able to play the song and remember how epic her 10th birthday party was - in my daughter's words; 'Mummy, this is the best party you've ever organised!' I would also highly recommend paying extra for the unedited video of the studio session - I was able to send it to the rest of the parents (great for those that weren't in the Green Room) and we all had a proper giggle watching it - a brilliant keepsake and definitely one to drag out at their 18th birthday parties! Thanks so much Paul, we had the best time and will definitely be back!'

Girl Squad

from Tunbridge Wells, Pop Star Party Platinum, 16th February 2024

Paul was really helpful with suggestions for improvements and made an excellent mix of my song, really going for what I was looking for. A very friendly guy, nice to do business with.

Tim

from Lingfield, Songwriter Silver, 15th February 2024

Wonderful experience, put my daughter at ease. Great energy! It was an an amazing experience and I loved singing and having fun! Mevsim - 9

Mevsim

from Dartford, Singer Gold Plus, 14th February 2024

Wonderful experience, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to sing in a studio. Very professional, informative and felt very comfortable in Paul's company.

Nat

from Snodland, Singer Gold, 13th February 2024

I loved it so much, really friendly and so much fun! Can't wait to record my next track!

Chloe

from Maidstone, Singer Silver Plus, 13th February 2024

Fabulous! Great party for children who love to sing. Welcoming and great fun. All the children were brought out of their shells so their personalities shone. Wonderful afternoon. Thank you.

The Sumo Singers

from Faversham, Pop Star Party Silver, 11th February 2024

Thank you! A wonderful experience - such fun. Brilliantly organised with loads of memorable moments. Can't wait to see the Tilly Leapers reach global fame!

The Tilly Leapers

from Maresfield, Pop Star Party Platinum, 28th January 2024

Fabulous party! Paul interacted with the kids brilliantly! Best party ever! Best day ever! 😉

Musical Doughnuts

from Godstone, Pop Star Party Platinum, 28th January 2024

Great day, never rushed, polite, professional, more than happy with the results. I would definitely use again. Many thanks

Ronald

from Halstead, Singer Platinum Plus, 26th January 2024

It is a very nice studio and it is very easy to be relaxed and to enjoy the experience.

Mia

from Burgess Hill, Singer Gold Plus, 24th January 2024

Thank you Paul for a truly phenomenal day. Not only did we have a blast, the songs produced genuinely blew our expectations out of the water. Can't wait to release them to the world and come back for the next tracks.

Kingsgate

from London, Band Gold, 23rd January 2024

Absolutely amazing experience! Paul really knows his stuff and made me feel so at ease. Would 100% recommend to anyone thinking about recording at Audio Sorcery. So magical, thank you so much!

Lexie

from Lingfield, Singer Gold, 20th January 2024

Enjoyable experience, made to feel relaxed and at ease. Look forward to coming back. Our 8 year old loved it.

Casey and Lily

from Ramsgate, Singer Gold, 20th January 2024

Very good party for my 8 year old. They all had a great time and Paul is so patient!

Sparkly Crew

from Maynards Green, Pop Star Party Silver, 13th January 2024

Beautiful, fun and happy experience. So enjoyable, professional whilst being kid friendly. Thank you

Luna Lightning

from Tunbridge Wells, Pop Star Party Silver, 13th January 2024

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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 £119 and £569. W&H

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

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