“Get that off!”
” I don’t want you staying here!”
An EVP is an Electronic Voice Phenomenon that can be picked up through the use of electrical recording devices.
EVPs are classified into four categories:
- Class A: EVPs are 100% audible. They come through loud and clear and are intelligible words, not just random noises. Nothing is needed to enhance these EVPs as they are able to be understood perfectly by the naked ear.
- Class B: EVPs are audible to the naked ear but there is some doubt as to what they’re saying.
- Class C: EVPs are barely audible, or require enhancement in order to be heard. The voice comes through very faintly; there’s no question that something is there, but it’s not clear enough to make out.
- Class D: These EVPs are not good enough to classify as evidence of paranormal activity. Inaudible whispers, breathing or wheezing noises fall into this category. Class D EVPs typically are not published as they are not definite proof.
There are several proven ways to tape EVP’s.
- Lay the voice recorder down with an exterior MIC extended, ask a question, then walk away for about 10 to 20 minutes, then play the recorder back to see what (if anything) has been taped.
- Lay the recorder down, with the exterior MIC extended, and stay there asking questions and pausing for responses. Wait at least 15 seconds before asking the next question, giving the spirits time to respond.
- Carry the recorder around with you as you walk. Stop and ask a question, pause for answer then move on to the next stop.
1.If you’re using a tape recorder such as reel-to-reel or a cassette use good quality tapes, not department store specials. The better tapes will increase the clarity of the voices you capture and are worth the difference in cost.
2. Wherever possible, use an external microphone. This will drastically cut down on the motor noises and internal sounds from the recording device. Extend the MIC away from the unit when recording. A parabolic mic is great also, and can be easily made at minimal cost.
3.At the beginning of your recording session state your name, names of other people present, your location, the date, the time, and the weather conditions. This can be very helpful later on when analyzing the results.
4. When you talk, do it in a normal voice. Whispering can sound like a ghost voice when playing back the tape.
5. Vary your questions. A spirit can become quite disinterested if your questions are boring. Remember to pause between questions in order to give the spirits time to respond.
6. As you are recording, be sure to make verbal or written note of any sounds or noises so as to not confuse it with something paranormal during playback.
7. If your recording device has a sensitivity level, adjust it to the highest level possible. A ghost voice is usually very faint and anything we can do to enhance the level will help for playback.
8. If your recording device is extra sensitive or has the ability to adjust the sensitivity to high you could feasibly set it to .the voice-activated mode. If it is not highly sensitive, don’t set the v/a mode, as you will more than likely miss the EVP.
9. Be polite. You are trying to communicate with spirits of once-living human beings. Always maintain a positive attitude and expect to get results. Never try to provoke or aggravate spirits in order to elicit a response; you may receive more than you bargained for… And PLEASE — never refer to these spirits as ‘it’. Remember they were once alive, just like we are.
10. During playback it is advised that you use earphones that completely cover your ears in order to prevent distractions when you’re reviewing.
You might feel awkward at first, but speak as though the ghost is right there in front of you. Don’t be afraid to ask open-ended or basic yes-no questions like, “Is anybody here with us tonight?” and “What is your name?”
Give your name to the spirit. You’re meeting someone new, so introduce yourself! Reassure the spirits that you are coming in peace, and mean no harm or disrespect to them.
Try asking for permission as well, saying, “Do you mind if I take your picture?”
Or, ask the spirits if they mind your taking a picture of the room you’re in.
Actually, it is a good idea to stress that you are just there to investigate and observe.
Explain the equipment you are using, for example: “This device I’m holding is an audio recorder. If you come close to me and speak into it, it will pick up your voice. Even if I can’t hear you, this machine can.”
Capturing and analyzing electronic voice phenomena (EVP) is more involved than many people realize, and this lack of understanding results in shoddy results at best.
Properly recording voice phenomena takes thought and preparation. Without appropriate thought and preparation, any analysis of the evidence collected holds little water.
Remember, EVPs are electrical impulses, and are not audible to the participants while the recording session is going on. If voices are audible, then they are considered disembodied voices, not EVPs.
Effective EVP capturing takes into account our sensory shortcomings, and involves methods for countering those flaws. Just pressing record on your device does not accomplish any of this.
Analyzing the Recording Isn’t That Simple Either
Just as pressing ‘record’ isn’t quite good enough to get the kind of results you can share with others to be scrutinized, pressing ‘play’ isn’t quite good enough for seriously reviewing the recording.
This where the complexities of the human brain shines through even more prominently than it does when recording.
During the recording session, it’s easy for us to miss things that we probably shouldn’t have missed because we were focusing our energy on other matters.
Listening to the playback of a recording session opens up a new flaw in our minds, and that is the brain’s desire to make sense of things that might be completely random and nonsensical.
One of the biggest issues to look for when listening back to an EVP recording session is Apophenia, and more specifically Pareidolia.
Apophenia is the term used for the mind’s determination to make sense out of random info by trying to find patterns or something familiar. When it comes to sound and vision, pareidolia is the label given to that specific kind of apophenia. It can cause us to hear words, or voices, in audio tracks where there really are no words or voices to be heard.
When you want to hear voices in seemingly random noise, it’s easy to psych yourself into hearing what’s not really there just because you’re looking for something.
If it’s not psychology interfering with the process of identifying EVPs, it’s the lack of taking appropriate measures to control the environment as much as possible to better prevent the mis-identification of sounds picked up by the recording device.
Without such careful planning and protocol being implemented, very little value or validity can be given to any results that might be captured, no matter how legitimate they might seem or actually be.
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