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Electronic Voice Phenomena
Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) have been thought of as unexpected voices found in recording media. The primary technique for recording EVP has been with an audio recorder and the voice is thought to be formed of available audio energy (background noise). Since 2005 I have personally recorded EVPs both privately and with others. Time and time again I hear words and messages that are so specific, I feel there is no other explanation than our deceased loved ones are trying to make contact with us.
Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) is the appearance of intelligible voices on recording medium that has no known physical explanation. Many of the voices are thought to originate from deceased people. This is the primary reason that people first began experimenting with EVP.
Characteristics of the Voices
The recorded voices may be very quiet and are often difficult to hear and understand at first. Most EVP experimenters say that they have developed an “ear” for the sounds after learning to distinguish them from background noise. The voices can often be recognized as male or female, young or old. Messages usually last two seconds or less and are most often two to four words. The words may be spoken very quickly, and there is often a distinctive cadence to EVP voices.
Types of Recording
Controlled Conditions Recording is recording for EVP where it is possible to control background noise, to supply special forms of background noise and to establish a contact field of accumulated energy that is useful for EVP. Field Recording is usually accomplished away from the home and in situations in which it is difficult to provide additional background noise or control environmental conditions. Controlled Conditions Recording is recommended when attempting to contact a specific person.
Recording Equipment— The recording equipment need not be expensive or elaborate to work with EVP. As in any field of interest, some people are better at recording EVP than others. With patience, perseverance and good listening techniques, you should be able to record and hear EVP messages.
Scheduling—Entities will speak at any time of day or night. In the beginning, however, it is advisable to record at a regular time and place. By doing this, the entities learn when you will be recording. After making a connection with the entities, you will be able to collect EVP at any time and in any location. Try to find a place that will be quiet and free of interruptions. Background sounds are okay, but it is important that you are aware of these so that you will recognize what sounds are natural and what sounds are EVP. Keep your recordings short. You will want to listen to each part of the recording very carefully and this can take time.
Background Sound Source—Research has shown that the entities use sounds in the environment to help form EVP messages. Most recording situations have some background sounds, but you may wish to add sound to your recording environment. A fan, a radio tuned off-station or running water will work. Some people use foreign language radio or audio tapes. The lower quality IC recorders have a relatively noisy sound circuit and do not generally require added noise.
Preparation—Begin with meditation and a short prayer and an invitation to friends on the other side to participate. Recording when your energy is the highest is best.
Recording—Vocalize your comments during an EVP session. We have found that the entities will often come through as soon as the recorder is turned on. These beginning messages are often the loudest, so it is a good idea to turn on the recorder and wait a few seconds before announcing yourself and asking questions. Your questions should be recorded, and you should leave a period of time between each comment for the entities to respond.
Some experimenters make an “appointment” with the intended entity the day before during prayer or meditation. Some also provide feedback before the session so that the entities will know how the last experiment went. It is not necessary to record in the dark. You will find that experimenters try all sorts of devices and energy sources to help the entities communicate. You may also want to put written questions in the EVP experiment area the day before. We are told the entities can read these and may respond accordingly.
Playback—The paranormal voice is usually not heard until playback of the tape. Experimenters report that the voices tend to become stronger and clearer as the entities gain in experience, but at first the voices may speak in whispers. Voices may not be recorded in every session and it may take several sessions for you to discover the first voice. Hearing the voices is a learned ability. The entities seem to learn through practice how to come through more frequently and more loudly.
Classes of Voices—A Class A voice can be heard and understood over a speaker by most people. A Class B voice can be heard over a speaker, but not everyone will agree as to what is said. A Class C voice can only be heard with headphones and is difficult to understand. Class B or C voices may have one or two clearly understood words. Loud does not equal Class A.
Keeping a Log—Maintaining a record of recording results is very helpful. Include the date, time, seconds into the recording (place on the counter where the message is received for tape), the message itself, and the question asked. Be sure to label and save the audio file so that you can find it later. Experimenters report that they feel weather may affect results. The aaevp.com site has geomagnetic and solar reports. There is also a link for moon phase information.
We recommend IC Recorders (also known as digital note takers or voice recorders) for EVP experiments because they have been shown to be superior for recording EVP, as compared to cassette or mini-disk recorders. When using an IC recorder, we recommend that the sound track be listened to in a computer and with a headset. One of the reasons IC recorders are believed to be so effective for EVP is the internal noise they produce, and so an inexpensive recorder is probably best. It is important to use the recorder in the lowest quality settings. AA-EVP members have recommended Panasonic, Sony and Olympus brands, but each new model is different. Any brand of IC recorder should work. As the available IC recorders become more music quality, it may be necessary to provide background sound, but most models available today can be used with the internal microphone and no additional sound. More noise is also available when using voice activated recording and high sensitivity settings for the microphone. If your recorder does not come with a USB interface, there are instructions for loading sound into a computer at aaevp.com. Click here to download Audacity, which is an effective, free audio management program.
You can substitute a computer for the recorder if you wish. Your computer should have an audio input jack, speakers, headphone jack and sound player application such as Audacity.
You can either make the recording on an external recorder and then play the sound track into the computer for review, editing and storage, or attach a microphone directly to the computer and use the sound editor as a tape recorder.
When transferring into a computer, make sure the computer is set for “Line In” recording in “Sound and Multimedia” in the “Control Panel” of your Personal Computer. If you must take sound from the “Earphone” jack of your recorder, consider purchasing an “attenuating cord” to match the difference in resistance between the two jacks. But, try with what you have before buying a special cable. Computer sound boards vary.
Analyzing the Recording for EVP
When you listen to your recording in your computer, always use headphones. The earmuff style that completely covers the ear is best. There are also inexpensive noise cancellation headphones that are excellent for EVP.
Be sure to set up a method of saving your recordings in your computer that will allow you to easily locate EVP samples at a later date. We usually save the complete recording session by date and then also save clips containing the EVP in the same folder. Field recordings are saved under the name of the location and the date. It is helpful to keep a separate folder for your Class A examples for easy retrieval for demonstration to friends.
These instructions represent the most common technique for recording EVP. We have found that EVP may occur in any technology that will record voice. With this in mind, it should be clear that there are no hard and fast rules in EVP. There is a growing body of supporting information on EVP at the http://aaevp.com web site, including membership information. We also recommend that, if you do have access to the Internet, you consider taking advantage of the AA-EVP Idea Exchange (a benefit of AA-EVP membership) in which you can ask questions and receive help in analyzing your EVP samples.
AA-EVP is an association of people who are EVP and ITC experimenters and people who have an interest in this phenomenon. Your support as a member is vital to funding our effort to bring information about EVP and its possible implication concerning survival of consciousness to the public.
Below are some of the messages I have recorded using my Sony IC Recorder ICD-SX25. I transfer the recording to the free Audacity program using a $5 Radio Shack cord: one ended connected to the headphone slot on the recorder, the other to the microphone slot on my computer. It a MUST to listen to your recordings using a good pair of earmuff type headphones, ones that fit snugly on the outside of your ears.
99% of Electronic Voice Phenomena recorded are merely whispers. Below are some of the "louder" examples, best heard while using headphones.