Seriously – here are 5 major things you need to do every time you do an EVP session for the best, clearest and valid responses.
Buy the best voice recorder you can afford.
The Tascam series is considered the best (at the time of writing) you need a good voice recorder for a high quality recording. Cheap recorders compress the audio causing data to be lost and you lose valid EVP’s.
For the best recording, you need to record in a lossless format, the most common format being WAV and in the highest bitrate possible – usually 192bps. The Tascam also allows you to record in stereo. A stereo recording can help pinpoint possible audio interference from draughts or noisy group members.
Control your environment and make notes.
This means – close all doors and windows. Tell everyone what you are doing and that they will need to stay absolutely still and silent or ask them to leave the area – back in the car preferably or as far away from the EVP session as possible.
Make notes about where everyone is in the room, where the windows are, doors, everything. If you think the building may have animals, note that down as well. This ensures you can debunk accurately during the review and not get carried away by the wind whistling through a window.
Put. Your. Recorder. Down.
Don’t wave it about, don’t talk into it like a cheap microphone at a karaoke bar after too many margaritas. Put it on something solid – not the floor (vibrations) – a table is good. if you can put the recorder on something that adsorbs vibrations even better. It needs to be in the centre of the room. Windows and doors create draughts & walls will amplify vibrations from other parts of the house.
Verbally mark noises during a session.
If you hear a fox outside screaming (they sound bloody eerie) then verbally note that, if someone moves – say so. If someone whispers – (clip them upside the head) say so… You get the picture.
Stand STILL and don’t TALK.
Ask a question but keep it short and simple, don’t ramble on and on (I used to do this as I felt silly talking to an empty room). You are going to talk over any EVP’s. Also leave enough time for any voices to answer. About 10 Mississippies are long enough. If you have to move, make note of it out loud “Moving from X to Z” is good enough.
During the evidence review, if you have to amplify more than 10x the original level then it is not a valid EVP. It is considered an recorder bug and is not admissible as valid. Sorry.
Take your time, but don’t take too long. If you think you hear something, then by all means repeat play that section, but if you still can’t make out what it is and your buddy can’t either then move on to the next.
I firmly believe that if you need to modify (by that I mean amplify +10db, noise reduction/hiss reduction a lot) then the evidence is far to compromised to be more than an interesting case of audio paredolia.
Get a buddy to listen. Don’t tell them what you think you hear, let them tell you. If their thoughts and yours match up then you might have got something there friend.
Debunk, debunk, debunk.
Can what you hear be explained in a rational obvious way – a scream from a fox? If so then the evidence is not valid. You shouldn’t be showing it off as proof. It isn’t.
YOU as a paranormal researcher have the responsibility to tell the truth. The people who listen to your evidence weren’t there, they don’t know what could’ve caused the noises. They trust you to tell the truth, to review your evidence properly, carefully and rationally. There are far to many charlatans in the paranormal world that are just out to get a rise out of others. They seriously undermine what serious researchers are trying to do. Don’t be one of those rejects.