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Paul Midcalf

Owner, Audio Sorcery Recording Studios

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I had so much fun thank you! Watching the editing afterwards was also really interesting

Molly

from Withyham, Singer Gold, 16th February 2022

Bloody brilliant afternoon with Paul. Never been in a studio before + would 100% return to see Paul. Leaving the studio on a high!

The Disciples

from London, Player Platinum, 12th February 2022

Amazing! Paul is so friendly and he made Sophie feel relaxed & confident. Very professional. Felt like a pop star! What a special experience! So much more involved than just recording a song.

Sophie

from Tunbridge Wells, Singer Silver, 10th February 2022

Best experience! Thank you for all your help, friendliness and professionalism, Paul. This means so much to me - Thank you!

Dehlia

from Horsham, Singer Platinum, 10th February 2022

I really enjoyed this and it was the second time I've been here. Paul is really friendly and patient. He goes the extra mile and I would definitely recommend doing this experience.

Kyla

from Bromley, Singer Silver Plus, 9th February 2022

I came in a 57 year old bloke who could barely sing a note and left, a superstar! The best afternoon I've had for years

Martin

from London, Player Gold, 4th February 2022

We loved it! Great fun

Cara

from Kings Hill, Singer Gold, 30th January 2022

Amazing. Paul's very good. Very worth it. Second time here and can't wait to come back again

Holly

from London, Singer Gold, 30th January 2022

It was fun and would love to do it again! I sounded AMAZING!! The producer was very nice. I recommend it

Nico

from Walton-on-Thames, Singer Silver, 29th January 2022

As always Paul made me feel welcome and relaxed. Very professional experience, would highly recommend!

Antonia

from Medway, Singer Silver Plus, 29th January 2022

An amazing experience. I was nervous and excited when arriving. My nerves where soon gone and I really enjoyed singing and recording. Paul made me really feel at ease. We had a laugh at some of my 'pitchy' moments. Highly recommend.

Hayley

from Basingstoke, Singer Gold, 29th January 2022

Paul is very helpful!

Paul Scarlett

from Watford, Singer Cut Diamond, 15th January 2022

Great fun recording today thank you!

Boney

from Richmond, Singer Silver, 13th January 2022

Excellent experience

Ben

from Sevenoaks, Songwriter Platinum, 3rd January 2022

Very friendly and professional environment - and lots of fun!

Chloe

from Snodland, Singer Gold, 16th December 2021

I loved my experience here. I felt so comfortable and wasn't afraid of making mistakes!

Geordie

from Shipbourne, Singer Gold, 11th December 2021

As always an amazing experience recording my first dance for my wedding & a very tricky duet with my dad. Thank you!

Garry & Melody

from Balcombe, Singer Gold Plus, 8th December 2021

Third visit to Audio Sorcery and definitely won't be my last! Had such a laugh 🙂 Thanks for putting me at ease... again

Hannah

from Hailsham, Singer Gold, 8th December 2021

Had a fantastic day recording with Paul. He made me feel very relaxed from the start and gave a lot of attention to the editing. I've ended up with CDs I am proud to give to family and friends.

Gerri

from Bexhill on Sea, Singer Emerald Plus, 30th November 2021

Excellent day. Paul was fantastic bringing my song idea to life. Would highly recommend!

Paul featuring Rob

from Maidstone, Songwriter Platinum, 25th November 2021

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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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