5 Barriers to a good EVP Recording

5 Barriers to a good EVP Recording

by Pam Williams

First of all, what is an EVP?
An EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomenon, is described as an intelligible voice, found on any recording media, which has no physical explanation. Many voices are thought to be from a deceased person, or sometimes many people. This is the primary reason that once one was found, people began to experiment with recordings, trying to repeat the circumstance where voices were supposedly heard.

What types of recordings are there?
Some, but not all, types of recording devices are: Radio frequency devices (ghost box or spirit box), hand held recorders, digital voice recorders, cell phone apps. (such as EVP maker), and computer programs with built in mic..
There is also a new one-Environmentally stimulated speech synthesis-but it is a relatively new technique, and it should be noted that all speech synthesis approaches currently being tried do not support speaker recognition.

OK, so now I have my recording….what barriers will I find?
EVP’s are one of the most controversial subjects in the history of ghost hunting.

1) While listening, you may become frustrated. Some may come in as a whisper, some sounding like another language. One person may hear one thing said, while someone else hears something totally different.

2) Background noises may distort what and how you hear something. It could be a car driving by, people outside, water dripping, an owl hooting or dog barking, or bugs or rodents moving about.

3) EVP’s may be distorted by cheap or poor quality hearing devices. Static from electric or telephone wires, or other electronic devices, can disturb the sounds you hear. If you have a poor device, it can make it hard to understand the voices, or noises you hear.

4) You, yourself, or people with you can cause hearing issues. They may step while you are recording, talk to someone in a whisper, run into objects in the dark, or breathe close to you, causing inaccurate EVP’s. If you have others with you, or even if you are alone, always document your movements, breathing, if you or someone runs into, or moves objects, or is talking. This will allow you to keep a record of “false positives”.

5) When you have done your recording, always try to listen back on headphones that cover your ears (earmuff style), and in a quiet spot. This blocks out background noise, and allows you to hear if anything was caught. ALWAYS get a second opinion, and if you question something, take it to someone with extensive audio experience to listen as well, to verify or debunk what you think you heard.

Be sure to set up a method of saving your recordings in you computer that will allow you to easily relocate them. A good practice is to date the recordings, with time and date, and where they occurred.

Sources:
The insufferable Whisper and other EVP problems
News article, Supernatural Magazine
Technique:Basic Recording EVP
Association TransCommunication website:transc,org/evptips
EVP Recording Tips
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