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Voice Recorders and EVP

PARANORMAL CORNER

VOICE RECORDER AND EVP!

Hey there! Welcome to our second installment of Paranormal Corner, today I am writing about the Voice Recorder and capturing EVP’s. You have definitely seen recorders used if you watch any paranormal shows. It’s a small black or silver device that fits in your hand and simply records your voice during your investigation.

Lets start with the history of this and what it is used for. So, we start with the fact that years ago this little machine that fits in our hands used to be about 10 pounds and have to sit on a table with a separate microphone and two reels or spools of “tape” that recorded what was happening around it. The machine was expensive and so was the tape that you needed to recorded it, there was no enhancing what you recorded either, you got what you got unless you were an audio engineer. So imagine having to lug this machine around from room to room and having to set it up every time you were ready to record. I would say that you would have to be a dedicated investigator to do that, like Ed and Loraine Warran who you can look up and see lots of photos with them using that exact device.

Today the voice recording technology fits in your hand and can be run continuously for hours at a time without stopping. You can even take out your smart phone and use the application that it most likely came with to record during your investigations. I personally recommend against that if you can, mostly because cell phones send and receive information in such a way that it can give false results to other equipment around it, such as an EMF meter. In a pinch its ok though, if you are in a room and hearing a voice with no recorder break out that smart phone and start recording!

What kind of recorder is best for you? I would say that depends on how often you investigate and your budget. Our team uses a small array of different recorders and they all cost between forty and sixty dollars. Prior to me joining the team they had some expensive recorders, about two hundred dollars or so each and they got away from them due to difficult operation and the super sensitivity of the microphone being used. In paranormal investigations we use things that were intended for other purposes for capturing evidence of possible huntings. I would recommend that if you are a novice investigator get a less expensive recorder, they can be purchased online or in a store. I recommend Amazon.com they have quick shipping and lots of reviews for the products they sell. I will provide a link to the exact recorder that i prefer using.

When you start investigating it is important to use the right tool for the job! Of course we rely heavily on cameras because seeing is believing and evidence on video is almost irrefutable. Not every haunting though has claims of seeing apparitions or shadows or having objects move, sometimes people just experience hearing phenomenon. For that we would go into the situation with a voice recorder to try to capture an EVP, Electronic Voice phenomenon. EVP’s are believed to be a spirit communicating through speech that we can record on a digital or analog device. Going back to years ago an investigator would have to use the reel tapes and record and then rewind the tapes and go over it with headphones in complete silence. Now we have the luxury of digital, record, review and determine! Right on the spot!

That brings us to the next part of this little lesson. The different ways to implement our recorders. First and probably the most cumbersome way to use the recorders is to leave them in a room unattended and running throughout the investigation. This is not the best method, it leaves room for contamination and perhaps getting false evidence. If you have a small team and know that you will not have cross contamination this is an ok method. The second method is to have a recorder with you and activate it only while you are asking questions, this is called conducting an “EVP session.” This will cut down review time and also lets you immediately review it after asking several questions. This method is a great way to conduct this part of the investigation because you can hear potential answers to your questions and can help further your investigation along in real-time. Another way I recently heard someone suggest is to have a recorder for every room and label it with the date and room it is in. The recorder should stay in that room the entire investigation and it can be used and activated by anyone who is in that room. This is a good idea, it can help you keep organized after the investigation wraps up.

A little more advanced way to use the recorders for EVP sessions is to keep one rolling in the room you are in and have a second one that you can do immediate review on. This way you have twice as good a chance of capturing evidence and have a good back up if you capture something. Sometimes a voice is heard on one recorder and not another and I have even found that sometimes the voice at the same time has said two different things at the same time, this is a discussion for another time but I wanted to let you know that it is something that happens. Remember that if you only have one recorder that is ok, I understand that equipment is expensive and you need to build your inventory slowly.

We find that while using recorders, even the less expensive ones it is important to state out loud if you hear something because the recorder does pick it up. This goes for bodily functions as well, especially a hungry belly growling for a Big Mac. A rumble from your stomach can sound like an angry spirit on your recorder, even like people talking sometimes. Make sure that you say nice and loud for the recorder if your stomach rumbled. The next thing is that if you hear tapping, scraping or dragging you mention it. If you hear footsteps or anything that is not explainable around you say it out loud for the recorder, this will aid in your review in helping not wonder what you are hearing. The most important rule I find to follow is to make sure that you and your team do not whisper while talking, you do not want to hear your conversation in a whisper and think it is paranormal. This is important because many EVP’s are whispery and low, unless you get a really nice one.

This brings up classification of EVP recordings. It is pretty well accepted that their are three grades of EVP: Class A is completely audible and understandable and many times a direct response to something an investigator has asked or said. Class B a little scratchy and can be talking or an unexplained noise. Class c is an unexplained noise and generally is not that clear. Anything under C should be filed away and not forgotten. You may capture something better that sounds similar and it will be good to have something to compare it to.

Next is the review! After capturing your evidence it is important to do a slow a deliberate review. Make sure to use headphones, if you are reviewing on the spot it is ok to listen to the recording over the built-in speaker but this is usually not the best method as it sounds very scratchy. After capturing anything that you perceive as evidence you should mark the times you heard it at, write down what you think it is or what it is saying and then transfer the evidence to a computer for storage. After you have done that bring your evidence to someone else and give them the times of the evidence without telling them what you think you have heard. Let them come to a conclusion and tell you what they think they have heard and then compare notes.

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That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this little lesson and can put it to use on your next or first investigation! If you have any questions of course you can contact me here at scottythenjmedium.com or on Instagram at Scotty The NJ Medium and heck even over on Twitter @scottynjmed Thanks for reading and I look forward to writing my next lesson on night vision cameras!

Scotty

Dreams and Premontions

What may the future hold, for any of us? With the turbulent times we live in it is tough to predict what’s going to happen day to day let alone a week from now or a year and especially years from now. Sometime though we get a glimpse into the future and it could be any time ahead of us, seconds, minutes, hours and sometimes even days. The notion can come in form of a day dream or night dream and it can be so vivid we believe that it has happened already and we have just recalled a memory. These sometimes are called premonitions. A look into the future of our own lives or other people’s lives. I myself have had many premonition dreams and have had gut feelings about my life that I have acted on. For example I was about fourteen and I had a dream about my parents being in a car accident where neither of them survived. I told my mom and had begged them not to be in the same car for at least a week. My mom knew that I had some sort of gift and she was able to convince my not so believing dad into the idea of separate cars for a bit. Nothing ever came of the dream and both of my parents are still alive and well, I’ll never know if they just avoided fate by listening to me or if it was never in the stars.

Think back now, think back to a time when you had a dream or a feeling and acted on it. What did you do? What was the outcome? Recently I was contacted by a gentleman I did a reading for who had a story for me. He told me that he had a dream that he was in a cemetery standing over a body wrapped in a sheet and on the forehead of the body was a name, Gregory. (Name changed for privacy) My client woke up and sent a text to his friend and co-worker, Gregory. He told Gregory about the dream, to which he was replied “ok.” Gregory was late to work that day by about 2 hours. He explained that he was up with his sick children and wife and had no sleep at all and had felt that if he drove he would fall asleep at the wheel. Gregory changed his mind and decided to get some rest before driving thanks to the text message. So a life could have been potentially saved due to someone listening to that premonition dream. Even at the risk of sounding crazy an adult man sent a message that could have been a lifesaving due to a dream and that is fantastic.

To add to that story and just to illustrate how we are all truly connected I will give you a little side story. As I have said before I am a paranormal investigator and help out anyone I can in any way that I can, sometimes I receive photos to analyze and they are sent from all over the United States. My partner Patrick forwarded me a photo of a man and woman in a cemetery standing over a headstone with a strange white mist in the background of the photo. I didn’t think much of the mist but did pick up on some details of the photo. Now this happened about two days prior to the story above, I saw the name Gregory, then I saw a car accident and felt pain in my upper right leg. I saw in the same person death linked to another health issue and also that someone was shot. I sent the info back to Patrick who got back in touch with the sender of the photo. She said she was visiting her brother who was in a motorcycle accident and broke his femur (upper leg) and found that he had a heart condition which he later passed from. He was buried next to their cousin who was shot to death. They did not connect Gregory to anyone. It wasn’t until two days later that I found out why, Gregory was in need of some guidance which he got.

There are many stories like this all around the world and the reason I decided to take some time out and write about it is because I wanted anyone who read this to be aware that it is important to pay attention to premonitions and dreams and always your intuition. I know you have heard to always go with your gut, this is just a little story to help you understand that doing just that can be a major factor in someone else life, not just your own. I’d not be doing anyone any favors if I didn’t say that you can’t always change the course of events about to unfold and that is ok.

I couldn’t say why we sometimes get information and cannot do anything with it, I once did a meditation and saw my sister’s car and it had bandages around the tires. I couldn’t get in touch with her so I called my mom and told her to tell my sister to watch out for a flat tire and my mom laughed, I was a day late. She had a flat tire the day before. So who knows why we get some things, even up to really major events. I had a dream of a terror attack in a city near a big river, I didn’t know where it was really or what I could do about it but a few days later Chattanooga TN had an attack happen. I felt bad but I didn’t know he whole story and could not have prevented it, I just knew it was going to happen in a certain setting. In another example I had a woman come to me and she told me she was “abuela.” She was in a white gown and had a mint green wrap around her shoulders. I went to work and spoke to someone who I thought the message was for, I asked him if he had a grandmother with a “Lu” type of name. He told me that he had a neighbor who was like a grandmother growing up and her name was Lucy. He also told me she was alive but on hospice care. A few days later he called me after her wake and told me there was a photo on a board where Lucy was with all her grandkids and the boarder of the photo was mint green.

We are all connected one way or another and we can change people’s lives when we listen to our instincts and pay attention to the signs and promotions. How can we train ourselves to be more aware of when to act? Start by acting on the small things and keep doing the meditations I have given you. Keep being peaceful and wanting a stronger and better connection with the living and with spirit. You can and will influence others once you have yourself better in tune.
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