So let’s talk about EVPs. Electronic Voice Phenomena or EVPs for short, are a staple of any ghost hunter’s evidence library. The official definition of an EVP is: sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded” per Wikipedia. Let’s just say that for the most part, the paranormal community is pretty aware of this concept. I won’t go into great detail as to the history and origin of EVPs but it’s an interesting history and and a pretty divisive subject. There are lots of people on both sides of the fence as to whether EVPs actually represent intelligent response from paranormal entities or if it’s simply wishful thinking on the part of the people recording. As a paranormal enthusiast, I’m pretty sure you can guess where I sit on this issue. Just in case, I have included a visual cue to help you. I present RP Doge
Let’s discuss how to best collect those stellar EVPs on your next ghost hunt. There are many ways to collect audio, but most in the paranormal field opt for DVR (digital voice recorders.) You can spend any amount of money on one of these, but for the most part a middle range DVR will serve you perfectly well. For the sake of convenience, get one with a USB port. This will make exporting your files to a computer much much easier. This matters if you want to easily share your findings with Aunt Esther in Minnetonka when she disputes your paranormal obsession.
Throughout the course of your investigation at whatever locale, your DVR should be up and recording for the most part. You can also attempt to engage any spirit activity at a location by pointedly asking questions of them or inviting them to manifest in any way they choose. Keep in mind, even if you hear nothing at the time, that doesn’t mean there is nothing going on.
This is where the tedious chore of audio review comes in. Once you have collected all your video and audio recordings, pack up, and head home; there is still the task of reviewing all the footage for anything that wasn’t readily visible or audible at the time of recording. This can be monotonous but it comes with the job. We all knew there had to be a downside to the constant glamor and glitz that is paranormal investigation.
Pay particular attention when investigators are directing questions towards any resident spirit entities. Listen for any intelligible sounds in the background. Often they may be very difficult to make out due to background noise, so make sure you do your review with headphones on in a fairly quiet environment. Once you hear something, try not to influence yourself to determine what is being said. This is an easy mistake to make. We all have the tendency to ascribe responses to our questions, but try to just listen for sounds with an open mind. I’ve included a link to past EVPs collected by Riverbend Paranormal to give you an idea as to the sorts of questions you might lead with and also to demonstrate some of the types of responses you might be listening for. http://www.riverbendparanormal.com/audio.html
There are three classes of EVP. Type A would be completely clear and legible. This is obviously the rarest type of EVP one will encounter. There second class is Type B and probably the most common type. It is less clear and often there is background noise or masking sounds present, but one can still hear the response with little difficulty. Class C EVPs are ones in which the response can be heard only with great difficulty and are obviously the least legible.
So just be ready to sit and listen to hours of yourself asking repeated questions in lots of locations. It is then and only then that you can have the opportunity to garner those EVP’s that will astound you and raise the hairs on the back of your neck.