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Thank you to everyone for leaving us great reviews.

Paul Midcalf

Owner, Audio Sorcery Recording Studios

I had a wonderful experience coming to sing and record my songs I chose. Paul made me feel very comfortable and at home. It was very fun and enjoyable. Would recommend to my friends and family without a doubt!

Lauren

from Tunbridge Wells, Singer Gold Plus, 12th December 2019

Fantastic Experience. Loved every minute, very professional but relaxed atmosphere. We will be back!

Amber

from Crowborough, Singer Silver Plus, 5th December 2019

Paul was amazing! Made it great fun for everyone. A terrific experience. A very special + memorable birthday treat. Thanks!

Rock Sensations

from Forest Row, Pop Star Party Silver, 1st December 2019

Thank you for an amazing experience - This is our second time here and hoping to be back soon xxx

Crystal & Elena

from London, Singer Platinum, 1st December 2019

Amazing experience personalised to work with Paul who is so fun and entertaining too.

Bobster and the Wailers

from Tonbridge, Pop Star Party Silver, 30th November 2019

A really fun and enjoyable experience from beginning to end. Relaxed and professional atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

Sophia

from Bogner Regis, Singer Gold, 30th November 2019

A very good experience full of fun and laughter. Paul made me feel very comfortable and made me laugh a lot! Would definitely recommend! Thank you for this great experience! See you soon!!!

Elena

from Oxted, Singer Gold Plus, 20th November 2019

Amazing experience! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Very professional and friendly. Thank you for making my dad's birthday extra special. We will be back watch out!!! 🙂

Rachel and Ian

from Bidborough, Singer Gold, 20th November 2019

Third visit and they get better each time. Strangely, as the technology improves so does the quality of my singing! I hope to be back again soon.

Ian

from Reigate, Singer Gold, 20th November 2019

A wonderful way to spend two hours. A fantastic experience

Tim

from Brighton, Singer Gold, 19th November 2019

What an amazing experience. Paul really set us at ease, and we felt like stars! We have never done anything like this before. We loved it and would recommend anyone, young or old, to come and have a go - you won't regret it. Massive thank you 🙂

Emma and Kate

from Nuthampstead, Herts, Singer Gold Plus, 19th November 2019

Very professional. Would recommend. Enjoyed my experience at the studio. Many thanks!

Viv

from Maidstone, Singer Gold, 16th November 2019

A fabulous experience for our 10 year old singer! Paul made Franki feel relaxed, confident and she really enjoyed it. With amazing results. Franki - The experience was great.

Franki

from Almodington, Singer Gold, 16th November 2019

Amazing experience. The girls had a fabulous time. Lots of giggles and singing!

Simply Sisters

from Tunbridge Wells, Pop Star Party Gold, 9th November 2019

Great service. Very welcoming and made our 13 year old feel at ease. Will definitely be back. Highly recommend.

Megan

from Caerphilly, Singer Gold Pro, 9th November 2019

Had an amazing time here today! Always welcoming and friendly. Will be back again. Thank you.

Carly

from Chatham, Singer Gold, 2nd November 2019

I've really enjoyed the experience today. I was very nervous to start off with but Paul soon made me feel very comfortable, and to sing with my daughter Emily has made me very proud. Thank you so much.

Emily and Debbie

from Portsmouth, Singer Gold, 1st November 2019

Fabulous experience! Warm and friendly atmosphere, everything explained as we went along and ended up with a fantastic end product - Very pleased and a happy singer!

Jessica

from Broxbourne, Singer Silver, 1st November 2019

Princess - It was very fun, good facilities, kind staff and an overall great experience - I enjoyed the experience. Firoz - the staff are likeable and nice, would come again and recommended.

Princess & Firoz

from Bromley, Singer Diamond, 30th October 2019

I have loved this experience so much it was an amazing present and I have had so much fun! I would love to come back here again and Paul was amazing and made my song a whole new level!

Josie

from Wandsworth, Songwriter Platinum, 29th October 2019

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.recordingexperiencegifts.com. Sessions cost between £49.95 and £289.95. W&H

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

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