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Paul Midcalf

Owner, Audio Sorcery Recording Studios

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I think it was absolutely amazing. A great experience and I would do it again. There was amazing coaching and feedback and I will recommend to all my singing friends.

Elise

from Oxted, Singer Gold, 19th December 2020

Amazing! Really helpful and professional advice and guidance on how to make my tracks the best they can be. Would highly recommend, so friendly and such a high quality service.

Mollie

from Crowborough, Singer Platinum, 19th December 2020

Paul is a great guy and helps you feel relaxed. It was a great experience, can't wait to come back again!

Demi

from Ilford, Singer Platinum, 16th December 2020

What a fantastic experience. Paul made me feel welcome and relaxed despite my nerves at the beginning. Watching Paul do his magic perfecting the song was amazing. Thank you.

Paul

from Chessington, Singer Platinum Plus, 8th December 2020

We had so much fun. Paul was so amazing and I know he'd done everything he could to make me sound like a rockstar (with the zero natural talent I have haha). Seriously though, it was amazing and this is an experience we will never forget. Thank you.

Heather and the P's

from Bordon, Singer Gold, 5th December 2020

I've been too many times to keep count but it was my first time doing Christmas Songs which was great! Thanks for making my version of Mariah sound decent. See you again soon!

Lucy

from Yately, Singer Emerald Plus, 5th December 2020

My second time here. Would fully recommend very professional. Best couple of hours spent out of my day. If you love to sing come and give it a go.

Viv

from Waldeslade, Singer Gold, 4th November 2020

I had a very nice time making my CD. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you, Kevan.

Kevan

from Biddenden, Singer Gold Plus, 3rd November 2020

Darcey had a fantastic time in the studio. Thanks for all the advice!

Darcey

from West Malling, Singer Gold, 23rd October 2020

You have been amazing from start to finish. Made us most welcome & comforting throughout. Couldn't recommend you more to people I know. You are a complete star. You are a genius! I'm so grateful. Thank you - Helen x

Helen

from Arlesey Bedfordshire, Singer Gold, 17th October 2020

An amazing experience, professional and friendly with a fantastic set-up.

Toby

from Whitstable, Singer Silver Plus, 17th October 2020

My first time experience. Was very enjoyable and would love to do it again!

John

from South Ockendon, Player Gold, 13th October 2020

Awesome experience, would recommend to anyone looking for a professional recording. My second visit!

Jon

from Rochester, Singer Gold Plus, 10th October 2020

We love coming to the studio for a warm welcome and a fantastic experience with a true pro!

Stuart

from Rochester, Singer Gold Plus, 10th October 2020

Amazing day from start to finish. Paul made me feel comfortable straight away and less nervous it really is so much fun! Will definitely recommend and be back. Thank you so much

Charlotte

from Welwyn, Singer Gold Plus, 9th October 2020

As always, loved singing with Paul. Made me feel comfortable and a few laughs along the way too!

Rachel

from Aldershot, Singer Gold, 9th October 2020

What an amazing experience! We cannot put into words how professional, caring and enthusiastic Paul is. Thank you so much for making this party in Covid outstanding!

Lucy

from Tunbridge Wells, Pop Star Party Platinum, 26th September 2020

Amazing experience. Very relaxed atmosphere. Glad we did it and something to tick off the 'bucket' list. Highly recommended

Ann-Marie

from Ash, Surrey, Singer Gold, 25th September 2020

A really fun experience with a good result at the end. Paul managed to sort out my stray vocals!

Rob

from Ashford, Player Silver, 25th September 2020

This was an absolutely great experience! Paul is really helpful and reassuring especially for those like me doing their first recording in a studio - and is an absolute whizz at making you sound good.

Martin

from Reigate, Player Platinum, 15th September 2020

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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 £79.95 and £399.95. W&H

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

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