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Paul Midcalf

Owner, Audio Sorcery Recording Studios


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Very fun experience. Paul was lovely and very supportive. I loved every moment!!!


from Maidenhead, Singer Silver Plus, 22nd July 2024

A brilliant experience in a lovely modern recording studio. Paul was lovely and knows his stuff. He helped to make me feel more comfortable. I really enjoyed the experience

Singer SIlver

from Forest Row, Singer Silver, 22nd July 2024

Thank you Paul. As always a great experience and now it feels like all is coming into play 🙂

Paul Scarlett and the Gypsies

from Watford, Singer Cut Diamond, 20th July 2024

The children had an amazing time. Full of fun and laughs and great energy. The finishing track and video was epic!!

5 Direction

from Four Elms, Pop Star Party Silver, 19th July 2024

The new studio set up is stunning. From my first session 2008 to my session today, the whole experience remains incredible. Big thanks to Paul, as always.


from Dagenham, Singer Gold Plus, 19th July 2024

Enjoyed it! New experience, very relaxed atmosphere. Look forward to the next session.


from West Malling, Singer Platinum, 17th July 2024

Very good session and very professional


from Wateringbury, Singer Gold Plus, 16th July 2024

My session was extremely enjoyable and professional.Fantastic environment, relaxed feel and expert technical support and mixing man Paul. I will return!


from Penshurst, Singer Platinum, 16th July 2024

Second time here and another amazing experience at Audio Sorcery! The girls had the best time - thank you so much!

The Lonelys

from Tonbridge, Pop Star Party Platinum, 6th July 2024

Thanks Paul for a fantastic day, always something to look forward to and you're a magician for sure!

Stuart & Jon

from Hoo, Rochester, Singer Platinum Plus, 6th July 2024

Great day. Very friendly and welcoming. Fantastic equipment and experience. Would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you Paul.


from Sidcup, Singer Cut Diamond, 3rd July 2024

A brilliant experience and so pleased with the outcome. Would highly recommend.


from Sittingbourne, Songwriter Platinum, 2nd July 2024

Very fun and interesting. Very professional studio with industry standard equipment


from Eastbourne, Songwriter Silver, 26th June 2024

Amazing! Always such an amazing experience. Would recommend! Best environment to sing


from Chatham, Singer Silver, 24th June 2024

Fantastic day and we cannot wait to come back. Thank you so much for all your help and encouragement, what a wonderful experience.

Henry & Fiona

from Staplehurst, Singer Gold, 23rd June 2024

Absolutely fantastic experience. My daughter and her friends had the most amazing time. Paul was very professional had a rapport with the girls, making it a really fun experience.

Pretty Pink

from Sidcup, Pop Star Party Gold, 23rd June 2024

Today has been an amazing day. Paul was fantastic and made me feel at ease. Would highly recommend. Will be back. Very professional set-up


from Rochester, Singer Diamond, 20th June 2024

I had a fantastic experience. Paul is so friendly + professional and made my nerves go away with good advice & patience. Top man! I will be back.


from Rotherhithe, Singer Platinum, 19th June 2024

An outstanding experience. Paul was very supportive, professional and ensured perfect quality of our recordings. We felt very welcome and was such a fun environment. The brand new studio is impeccable. We will definitely be back.

Doris & Claire

from Sandwich, Singer Emerald, 18th June 2024

Absolutely outstanding - the girls lived their dream! Thank you for making us all feel so welcome Paul, you are amazing!


from Tonbridge, Pop Star Party Silver, 31st May 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 Sessions cost between £119 and £569. W&H

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

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