How to record an EVP

I know I know… this information seems like it’s every where. But in my opinion there are a few key pieces of information missing from most all publications of it. Starting with but not limited to personal experience. The interesting thing, for me, about the paranormal field is it’s one of those things you both have to study and conduct first-hand. So why not write advice articles on how to record an EVP based on experience?

With the decline of mainstream paranormal we’re beginning to see a resurgence of the genuine side of things. Those few getting into the field now are seemingly the ones who are in it for the details and not for the fame.

So you want to know how to record an EVP? Let’s get down with the basics.

An EVP, or electronic voice phenomenon, is believed to be the recorded voices of those who have passed away. This is typically done, now-a-days, with a digital audio recorder. In most people’s experience using a lower-end recorder (vs a high-end hq recorder) yields better results. This is due to the typical innate background noise generated due to their lack of quality. Which leads to the next point…

EVP requires an existing noise to pass through. Be it white noise, ambient background noise, or someone talking it’s a fact that an existing sound is required. Because, for those in the know, those that capture the best EVP evidence, low quality audio recorders have this noise already most of the EVPs captured with them sound mechanical and deep in the static. This is probably the most important part. It’s the reason the article is even being written. So I can have something to point others to instead of having to explain it day after day.

Assuming you have your background noise handled then give enough time for something to answer. I honestly will wait 1-3 minutes before proceeding to the next question. Thing of how difficult it must be for a spirit to speak in this manner. It cannot be a walk in the park. This actually makes evidence review particularly easy because with the most silence you can mustard per investigation and per session it’s more easily to see potential spikes in your audio editor. If you give a spirit 2 minutes to answer and make no other noise than what’s needed there should be no unusual spikes unless you’ve got something.

Do not whisper and be ever mindful of what’s going on around you. This one should be common sense. Don’t whisper cause then you could fall prey to the old “I’m sure that wasn’t us!” routine. Avoid whispering and you minimize your false-positives. Just as important be mindful of what’s going on. If someone yawns loudly, coughs, makes any noise then call it out so the recorder picks you up. Again… minimize those false positives.

That’s really it. I would hope from here you test and play and see what works best for you. Experiment, do your own thing, make it your own, and always work on improving your technique but always remember these basic but simple rules.

Background noise is required.
Low-end recorders work best.
Give them enough time to answer.
Don’t whisper and call out interruptions.

About the author


Billy is an active paranormal investigator with more than 10 years experience in the field. He's currently the director of The Paulding Paranormal Society and has completed work on two full length paranormal documentaries.

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