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EVP recorder buying guide: let’s catch some ghost communications!

It doesn’t take expensive equipment to record EVPs.  Here are a few examples of different types of EVP recorders, but the one you chose it will come down to your personal preference.  There is also lots of other equipment that can be used, but these are a few of the most popular.

EVP recorder types

  • Cassette Recorders (aka Analog Recorders): As the name says, this one uses cassette tapes on which to record. There are 2 most popular types of cassette EVP recorders: the ones that use regular size tape cassettes and the ones that use micro cassette tapes. Keep in mind that, although cassette recorders are generally cheaper than digital recorders, they require an external microphone. This is because the sound of the wheels in the machine can add unwanted sound.  You also have to remember to buy lots of tapes. You should only use brand new cassette tapes and never use one again after you have already recorded on it!  I suggest opening the cassette tape you plan on using after you have gotten to your recording destination.  That way, you will know that it is an unused cassette and if anyone is watching you, they will know that there are no pre-recorded messages on the tape you use for your EVP recording.
  • Digital Recorders:  This has become the most popular types of EVP recorder.  They do not require cassettes or an external Mic.  Once big advantage that digital recorders have over cassette recorders is that they can record up to hundreds of hours of time, even on the smallest recorder. However, they do require a computer to download and save your recordings. You can also find digital EVP recorders that are smaller and lighter than microcassette recorders. And since there are no moving cassette wheels, you don’t need an external microphone. And finding specific parts of your EVP sound file are alot easier – no more need to rewind or fast-forward!  The downside with digital EVP recorders is that they are oftentimes more expensive than cassette recorders.
  • Computer Recordings:  This type of recording is done completely on your computer. You need a microphone for your computer and some software on your computer that you can record.  All you do is record on the software and listen back to see if you got any messages from spirits!
The TAPS team on a ghost hunt with an EVP recorder
The TAPS team on a ghost hunt with an EVP recorder

Companion products for your EVP recorder

This is a list of products that, partnered with your digital EVP recorder, will improve the quality of your EVP sessions.

  • Spirit Box: an EVP recorder with a Spirit Box are like fries with ketchup: they go together perfectly!  With the Spirit Box, you provide the ghosts with a tool to create the EVP, which you then capture with the EVP recorder.  Two Spirit boxes we recommend are the SB7 Spirit Box and the SB11 Spirit Box.
  • External Microphone:  This is required if you are using a cassette tape recorder to cut out some of the mechanical noise the recorder makes.
  • Headphones:  These are required to hear the Class B or Class C EVPs.  I suggest getting the ones that cover the whole ear because they seem to keep more external sounds out while listening to your recordings.
  • Computer:  I suggest that you use a computer when analyzing what you caught with your EVP recorder.  It makes it possible to edit the lower quality EVPs and enhance them.
  • USB cable or Audio cable:  These cables are used to connect your EVP recorder to your computer.  They are very important and rather easy to use.
  • Software:  If you use a digital recorder it is important to get software to download your EVPs onto your computer.  It is also a good idea to get some sort of editing software to enhance the softer EVPs.
  • Voice Denoiser.  You can also use a Voice Denoiser to remove ambient sounds from your EVP recorder files.
  • Batteries:  These are very important!!!!!  You should always have extra batteries around while recording.  Spirits sometimes drain brand new batteries in seconds, so it is always good to have extras around because this would be a perfect time for recording!
  • Journal:  It is a good idea to keep a journal, not only while recording but also while editing. When recording, you can keep a log on the conditions of the area and any background noises that occur so as not to get confused and mistake them for EVPs on playback.  While editing, it is good to mark in the journal any noises or voices you hear during playback and note their time on the recording, how long the noise lasts, and what you believe the noise or voice is.  Then you can flip through the journal anytime and find the info you are looking for.

Are there any items missing from the list above that you like to use with your EVP recorder?  If so, share this info in the Comments section below.

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Do ghosts exist? 9 Reasons they hang around

Generally, we can say that there are two types of spirits:

  1. Those who go to cross over to the other side directly after death – these are the majority of spirits
  2. Those who are lost or choose not to go to the light – these are a minority and are what we call ghosts

Here are nine (9) reasons why do ghosts exist, choosing not to cross over.

Do ghosts exist? Reason #1: Belief they’re still alive

One reason that you may encounter a spirit may be that it fails to realize, or refuses to believe, that it has died. This can often seem to be the case, but not always. It is assumed that if one suffers a sudden or unexpected death, in disbelief, they may not pass on to the dimension they are supposed to go to even if it is what is called ‘Heaven’ by many. Denial or not being aware may be the key to someone remaining behind.

The tendency appears to be that they will continue to go about their daily lives as though nothing happened. There are documented cases of this instance. Take for example; a mother dies unexpectedly, obviously she would want to be home with her family. Soon, the family begins to notice strange things. They wake up one morning and the dishes have been moved to the sink. Or the aroma of Mom’s perfume permeates the house on occasion. Cases like this, coupled with the repeated documentation of similar haunting activity has reinforced the theories of denial or unawareness.

Do ghosts exist? Reason #2: Attachment to a location or object

Some spirits, seemingly exhibit their inability to let go of places or objects to which they have an emotional attachment. Some say this can be the case with ghost pets as well. For some ghosts, it could be a location that brought them much joy in life or a gift that had special meaning to them.

Do ghosts exist?  Credit: Carina Flickr
Do ghosts exist? Credit: Carina Flickr

Do ghosts exist? Reason #3: Attached to the living

A great love for someone is another reason why do ghosts exist. Love can prevent a spirit moving on to the other side. Some spirits feel compelled to continue their role as a protector of a living person. An example might be the parent who remains to watch over their children.  

Some spirits remain or return to communicate messages of hope to those they left behind. A surviving loved one’s excessive grief can keep the spirit of the deceased from crossing over. The ghost sees the grief and keeps from moving on because of the pain that their death has caused. They may feel that as long as they stay close to the survivor that is grieving, they can help alleviate the situation. After some time, the earthbound spirit may realize that their remaining earthbound is not helping the situation. They may choose to leave or to stay. For that reason, it is important that even when we are grieving a loved one’s death, we must communicate to them that it is time for them to cross over. Once they crossover, they are free to return to visit loved ones that are still alive.

On the flip side, a ghost may also remain if it harbors anger against someone who is still alive. In these cases, they may seek some sort of vengence.

Do ghosts exist? Reason #4: Attached to another ghost

Each spirit has free will and can only be attached to another ghost if they believe they must. An example might be an abusive man who dies before his wife. After she dies, if she believes the ghost of her husband still has control over her, that perception may keep her from crossing over.

Do ghosts exist? Reason #5: Unfinished Business

We all have outstanding issues such as promises we’ve made to other people or things we’ve wanted to accomplish. If we carry this sense of responsibility with us after death, it can prevent us into the Light. We all have to learn to let things go at some point, particularly when it’s time to cross over.

Do ghosts exist? Reason #6: Guilt

A spirit, to see the effect of their actions on the loved ones may feel guilty about the choice they made. They may be afraid to cross over. This is most common with the spirits of those that have committed suicide.

Do ghosts exist?  Credit: Badrs Flickr
Do ghosts exist? Credit: Badrs Flickr

Do ghosts exist? Reason #7: Violence

It is suggested that spirits, just as the living, often feel the need for justice. Seemingly, a ghost will try and communicate to the living in search of justice, sometimes leading to their killer. There is a documented case of a ghost of a woman who, every morning, would be seen searching for something at the edge of a field. After witnessing this several times, the landowners wondered why does this ghost exist. They decided to follow her. She led them to a stream in a wooded area nearby. From a distance, they saw her bend over as if reaching for something. After she had gone, the men went over to investigate. They turned up a rusty gun lying in the stream. The gun was traced back to a man who lived on an adjacent property and later admitted having killed his wife. Upon this resolution, the apparition was never seen again. It is believed that she can now rest in peace.

Do ghosts exist? Reason #8: Do not believe in the afterlife

If a ghost does not believe there is a place where we go after death, it can remain stuck on this plane of existence.  Similarly, some ghosts realize they are dead, but are afraid to move on for fear that they will cease to exist.

Do ghosts exist? Reason #9: Profound fear of judgment

A spirit can believe that if there is a place of light, there must be a place of darkness. The fear that they could end up in the darkness (called ‘Hell’ by some) is powerful enough to keep them from crossing over.

When you encounter a ghost, you have to choice to help them cross over or not. You are free to decide what to do. In the case of wanting to help, please visit The Soul Rescue Site for information on how to get these souls back on track.

Are there any reasons missing from this list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Laser Grid: a Ghost Hunting tool to drool over

The laser grid

It’s been a few years since we began ghost hunting, but already the technology has taken a huge leap forward. There are many items out there that can give you higher quality ghost hunting experience and stronger evidence of paranormal activity.  One of these new and innovative items is the laser grid.

In this video, you see a pair of paranormal anomalies traveling through a laser grid. This video was taken during a private investigation of a home in Louisville, KY. In the video, you see what appears to be two entities, one following the other.

How the laser grid works

Laser grids are used to detect entities that move in front of a stationary video camera.  A laser grid works by distributing a laser through an optical glass lens. The lens scatters the laser beam into patterns of light including a grid of dots. The pattern of the laser grid can be adjusted by turning the cap. A tripod-mounted video camera can then be set to monitor and film any movement within the laser grid pattern.  The laser grid is small and easy to carry to your next ghost hunt; it’s also easy to quickly set up. Just set up and ask the ghosts to disrupt the light or move across the area and cause the grid to move.

Since the camera isn’t moving (or the tripod on which it’s mounted), the only movement that can be recorded is of anything that moves across the stationary set of green laser dots, causing them to appear to have moved.

Laser Grids to detect shadow people

Laser grids can capture the presence and movement of ghosts or other visual disturbances during a ghost hunt investigation. This is especially helpful in cases where you may be dealing with shadow people. This is because the darkness of their form is much more likely to interrupt and be tracked by the light beams of the laser grid.

You’ve most likely seen the laser grid used on ghost hunting television shows. A recent episode of Ghost Hunters showed the laser grid being used to detect the presence of spiritual entities. The result? The recording of the laser grid revealed the distinct outline of a shadow person walking through the targeted area. The lights visibly bended as they landed on a dark and possibly semi-physical presence that passed through the grid. This is something a standard camera probably would not have been able to catch on it’s own!

Do’s and Don’ts for using a laser grid during your ghost hunt

  • Do make sure everything is stable. The laser grid is designed to detect movement. For that reason, it’s important that it isn’t moving itself. You need to make sure that you are using a stable video camera and tripod that won’t wobble or move while being used or if a person is walking nearby. The slightest movement will corrupt your data since the dots will look like they have moved when they haven’t.
  • Don’t cast the laser on movable objects. Since the laser grid is being used to track any movement of entities through the area, make sure to only cast the light on non-moving objects like walls or furniture. Do not let the light fall on curtains, flags, fabric or other items that could change their position due to air movement.
  • Do keep the laser out of everyone’s eyes. According to the FDA“The light energy from a laser pointer aimed into the eye can be more damaging than looking directly into the sun. In addition, the startling effect of a bright beam of light aimed at someone driving a car or operating other machinery can cause serious accidents.”  For that reason, make sure to use a lower-powered laser (5mW), which has less potential to cause damage.  Also, don’t let the laser shine into your eyes, into the eyes of other people or pets.  This will ensure that you operate a safe ghost hunt.
  • Do make sure to buy a laser grid with a clamp. It’s key that you buy a laser grid with a clamp. This will allow you to keep the laser’s “on button” off whenever needed..

Next: Read our article on Ghost Hunting Equipment

Have you used a laser grid?  If so, did it help your investigation?

laser grid - ghost hunting device
laser grid – ghost hunting device
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