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Capturing Ghost Voices

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (PRWEB) October 8, 2005

“Since the movie ‘White Noise’ and the show ‘Ghost Hunters,’ the amount of suspected EVP’s Western New York Paranormal receives for analysis from the general public has skyrocketed” express Sandra Heglund, a researcher for Western New York Paranormal of Rochester. “Unfortunately, people base how they do it on what they have seen on television and in the movies” said Heglund. There’s a better way to capture electronic voice phenomenon.

EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomena – it’s one of the most remarkable and exciting things that can captured during an investigation. “The only problem is that unless you’re using a professional grade audio recorder, you don’t here it when it happens. The EVP is discovered after you review your evidence” said Heglund. She explains that capturing “ghostly communication” doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby and is not difficult to do. It is time-consuming – and boring – until that unexpected voice or sound pops out at you.

According to Heglund, “First, new investigators will need a tape recorder.” It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive but she explains that according to her experience an analog recorder (one using magnetic tape) works best. “Everyone’s body is composed of energy. When a person passes, that energy has to go someplace because energy is neither created nor destroyed. It’s simple physics. We believe that electronic voice phenomenon is created when a spirit uses that energy and ‘physically imprints’ a message by rearranging the iron particles on the tape” explains Dwayne Claud, an EVP specialist for Western New York Paranormal of Rochester. “We’ve used digital recorders in the past, with limited success” said Heglund. It still seems you can get higher quality the good old fashion way with regular cassette tapes. Most recorders need to be listened to after the recording is made. The Marantz recorder can actually record and the operator can hear what is being answered at the same time. So you get to hear the answer in real time, allowing you to tailor questions instead of using stock ones. These recorders are top of the line, however, and very expensive.

Heglund explains that the second item an investigator will need is a good “omni-directional external microphone. The external microphone cuts down on the possibility of recording motor noises from the tape player. “By choosing one that’s omni-directional, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up sounds from all sides and not needing to worry about pointing it in any one direction” said Heglund. She jokes that “you never know when a spirit is standing behind you.”

She suggests that you prepare yourself with a list of questions before you begin recording. “As you ask them, it’s important to pause for about 20-30 seconds between each question, to give time for an answer.” You can stay in one place, or walk through an area – your choice. “We’ve also been known to set up a recorder in a room, invite spirits to use it to communicate, let it run while you go elsewhere” said Heglund. She elaborates that this technique is particularly useful when wanting to record something in your home while you sleep – like when there seems to be activity in the wee hours of the morning.

The most critical and exciting part is listing to the recording. “You need to listen carefully to everything” explains Heglund. The use of good quality headphones is essential in this process with a very quiet place. “I try to pick a time when I won’t be interrupted or distracted” she states. Listen closely, because what you get can come in any form – a whisper, normal tones, or a shout. Or it may be an unidentified sound, one that has no logical explanation. “I’ve recorded voices, animals, and even the sound of a shaman’s rattle, drum beat and cry” Heglund explains.

“You may also find EVP’s captured on a video camera” said Heglund. She suggests that when you watch your video of your own paranormal investigation to listen carefully to the audio along with it. “I once saw a video that had been set up in an attic in Gettysburg. On that tape was recorded an orb, flying across the attic, a voice saying “catch me,” then a second orb flying by. I’d like to think they were playing tag” said Heglund.

Bottom line, it doesn’t take expensive, state of the art equipment to capture that ghost voice. All it takes is a recorder, a microphone, headset, and patience. As you advance in your skills, there are also many software programs out that can help you enhance the sound of the EVP to make it sound cleaner. “There are some great articles on http://www.wnyparanormal.com about cleaning up EVP’s with software” said Heglund. Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. Eventually, you’re going to be very surprised. “When you do succeed, send me a copy to hear at Western New York Paranormal” encourages Heglund.

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