Recording EVPs the Smart Way

**Want to know more about EVPs? Listen online tonight at 8 pm EST to David Rountree, an expert in the field, who will be talking about EVP analysis.**

I have learned an enormous amount from the best EVP specialist I know, a man on the team, API, that I recently joined. I have admired his work in the field for years and he has taught me much about the best methods. You can hear many of his amazing EVPs on the site (API link above).

Recorders: Digital recorders and analog (cassette) are the two most popular devices for EVP sessions.

The pro's of digital recording devices are that they are easy to handle and have little in the way of mechanical noise and are easy to plug into your computer and listen to on programs like Audacity.

With cassette, some people believe that the magnetic tape can be better affected by ghostly imprints, but they need an external plugged in dynamic mic to record away from the noisy motor and cassette. They also need to have their tapes often changed, do not have a time stamp, and are much more difficult to transfer into an audio version for online.  

1. You should use about 4 or more recorders around the periphery of the room. The reason for this is that typical EVPs will show up on one recorder and not the others. If an EVP comes out on all recorders, it was something in the room that sounded, not an EVP. You have a better chance to record an EVP if you have more devices and you cover more of the room in case this phenomena is actually location-dependent.

2. You need to tag. When you do recordings, give 15-20 seconds between questions. And, tummy rumbling, cars going by, someone coughing, all need to be called out so the person listening to the recording later on can determine what was phenomena and what was explainable. Stomach growls can really sound like voices. Be careful about that.

3. Do not whisper. It sounds like an EVP. If you are speaking at a clear speaking level, then whispers can be determined more easily as EVPs.

4. Do not hold the device in your hand and walk around, your hand, your clothing, the air movement all cause unexplained noises.

Classes of EVPs
A: Sounds like language and people need no prompting to figure out what it is saying.
B: Sounds like language, but everyone hears something slightly different.
C: Sounds, but not necessarily language.

I was lucky enough to help out on teaching an EVP class with my mentor recently and it was fascinating to listen to him explain the methods and let people know that they should just toss out what they see on TV ghost hunting shows--it's entertainment and not method.

I hope to bring you a lot more amazing findings and experiments the team will be doing in the future. Y'all know me. I'm all about the theories and experiments!


  1. I am looking forward to our next ghost hunt. It is nice watching others set up equipment who know what they are doing. I have learned much on the couple of ghost hunts we have done with POE.

  2. interesting, maybe this will make for a whole new series of ghost hunting tv shows

  3. I like that-"conversations with ghosts" now there's a cool show.


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