many many ways of recording for and capturing EVP. For decades,
people all over the world have successfully recorded spirit voices
in their own individual way. There are basic techniques and there
are techniques that are rather complicated, some requiring more
equipment and more explanation. There are also techniques that due
to times changing and new technology, are just
My experiences with
EVP began as a paranormal investigator, but more recently it comes
from research and conducting various experiments and seances,
mostly in my home.
I want to make it
clear that my intention for this episode is to share how I
typically go about recording for EVP during experiments in my own
home, specifically. The process might be a bit different during a
paranormal investigation, especially if you are investigating with
And before I really
get into my process, I have to give some credit to the following
researchers/authors who have influenced me in recent years: the
late Sarah Estep, one of America’s great EVP pioneers; Tom and Lisa
Butler, directors of Association TransCommunication; and Randall
Keller, a wise and experienced researcher who has been a great
mentor. And he’s also a former guest of the podcast, from
Episode #8 from
August 14, 2014. A lot of what I know and the
“how to” came directly from these folks in one way or
My technique for recording EVP
- Quiet and
- Avoid bad energy/pick
a feel good place
- Be familiar with your
surroundings (noises and sounds)
- Ideally, you will
want to record when you are alone in the house or
- Document the location
and details of others in the house if you're not alone.
- Pick a time of day
where the neighborhood (if that is an issue for you) is at its
- Document specific
equipment you’re using (if it’s out of the ordinary).
- Document anything you
may be trying or changing as far as technique goes.
- Document anything odd
in your surroundings for a session.
Recorders and their placement
- Use a digital audio
recorder with USB capabilities
- I use the Sony ICD
PX-820 and Sony ICD PX-720, and they’re nearly identical. They’re
also old models, so don’t go looking for them on Amazon, unless
you’re wanting a used one. I also use a nicer and techier Tascam
DR-07 with an external Tascam microphone.
- In my opinion, it is
important to use two recorders at the same time for sessions. These
recorders should be different models or brands. This may help you
to rule out questionable sounds that could be picked up or more
easily explained in another recorder.
- EVP are not often
recorded in multiple recorders at one time. If I hear something or
a voice out-of-place in one recorder, but not in the other, I’m
more likely to believe it is truly paranormal and possibly an
- Place your recorders
near you, probably on opposite sides of the room, but far enough
away where you won’t hear your every breath.
- Using headphones or
ear buds? Maybe. Maybe not.
Advice for saving time and frustration later
- Starting both
recorders at the same time (or close to it) will be very helpful
when comparing time stamps during analysis.
- Get in the habit of
“tagging” while investigating or during an EVP
Just before the session
- Brief meditation or
- State intentions. I
invite spirits/guides/loved ones to help in sending or inviting
appropriate spirits to help with research and to learn about life
on the other side.
- Sometimes before a
session I’ll simply play relaxation or meditation music lightly in
the background to help me chill out.
- Be in a good place or
frame of mind when practicing any form of spirit
Actual EVP Session
- Click record and
allow for at least 30 seconds of silence.
- Re-state verbal
request for protection/invitation
- State the date and
- Briefly describe the
equipment used and where it is placed
- Document anything
unusual in the environment
- Once again state
- Begin by asking some
basic identifying questions.
- Give 100%
- Don't assume you're
smarter because you're alive.
- Don’t assume they
want or need your help.
- Don’t assume they’re
- Don't assume they're
“earthbound”, troubled, or in need of help.
- Do not jump to the
conclusion that because you've captured an EVP, your home is
haunted. Some very impressive and historic examples of spirit
communication have come from spirits reporting to be communicating
from a kind of station used for communicating from the other
- Further questions
might be more specific, possibly relate to a specific spirit, or be
no different than elements of a conversation you'd have with a
- Allow plenty of time
(20 to 30 seconds) in between questions.
- If you have a
complicated or deep question in mind, consider breaking it up into
you experience activity during the session
- I don’t always
instigate it, but as you may know from a previous episode of the
podcast, often I get spirits who like to let me know of their
presence by knocks or “rapping”. I guess it’s just the best way for
some spirits to communicate with me. When this happens, I roll with
it, and I try to continue the communication through the rapping. In
my opinion, this kind of communication is just as fascinating and
noteworthy as EVP.
- Sometimes at the end
of a session I’ll ask for some kind of validation through touch or
the moving of an object. If you’re comfortable with it, why not
ask? I know that when I get two or three loud knocks or raps when I
ask for it, or if I ever capture a recorder being moved across the
table, I’ll be way more likely to be confident about any EVP
captured in that session.
- To hear examples from
my sessions where I communicate with spirits through rapping and
knocking, be sure to listen to Episode #6 from July
Before ending a session
- Give any
spirits present the opportunity to give feedback or suggestions to
make the research, or the communication in general, more
those present for their energy and presence and invite them to
return for future sessions.
I think my
sessions are longer than most people prefer. A typical session for
me is 15 to 20 minutes. Just remember that depending on how
thorough you are during the analysis of your audio recordings, it
will take at the very least twice as long to listen and analyze as
it took to record. Some of my more complicated and longer sessions
can take a day or more to get through. And that’s just with one
recorder. You get the picture.
Other techniques and tools that you can combine with your EVP
- The use of background
noise, such as "white" or "pink noise", or even taking advantage of
explainable noises in the environment. Many believe, and some are
convinced, that using background noise during EVP sessions may help
entities to communicate.
- I will sometimes use
a “spirit box” or any device that will help me practice the “radio
sweep” method of capturing what is an example of “opportunistic
EVP”. Avoid falling for pareidolia.
- One last tool that I
tend to use now, won’t surprise most of you at all. But I will also
spend some time in my session, often by myself, but sometimes with
a partner, using the Ouija board. As of this date, after around 3
years of occasional use of the Ouija, I’ve yet to experience or
capture movement on the board. With that being said, I have
captured a possible EVP that I’ve shared with listeners in a past
episode. This communication seems to say “Ouijee… board” after I
asked “what am I touching” during a Ouija session. Pretty cool, if
you ask me. That was in Episode #5 from July
23rd, 2014, and was my first interview with Karen
So as you can see…
there are so many things you can do with an EVP session. You can
have a very basic session, or you can be very detailed, go crazy
with it, and pretty much make a full-time study of it. But as I
always say, as long as you’re being respectful and have good
positive intentions, there’s nothing wrong with it. Just be smart
and have fun.
a future episode, I’ll get into how you can listen to and analyze
your recordings, in search of those possible spirit
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