When getting ready to record for EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon), it is always a good idea to spend at least a brief time in prayer and/or meditation. I, personally, ask for protection, and for God to only allow those entities to come through that have the best intentions in mind.
If for any reason you get a recording with a “negative” EVP, stop recording, and tell the entitie(s) that you will not tolerate their interference. I also suggest that you ask your angels and guides to keep that type of entity away.
If you do think you received a negative EVP, listen to it several times, and if necessary, slowed down. It is very, very possible that you may have misunderstood what was said. When I first started recording for EVP, I would very often mistake benign EVPs for negative ones. When I listened to them again, I was very chagrined to realize that what was said was not negative at all. I did many unnecessary cleansings of my home in the very beginning.
All you need to do recordings for EVP is a recorder (either analog or digital). I recommend using a digital recorder with a USB port so that you can download the recording to your computer. I also recommend using a program like Audacity to listen to your recording, and pull out any possible EVPs. Audacity is also good for cleaning up your EVPs (removing static, slowing them down or speeding them up as needed, etc). It also allows you to label your EVPs within the Audacity project. This way you can refer back to the project in the future, and easily find your EVPs in your recording.
When saving your EVPs as either a .wav or .mp3 file, remember to give it a meaningful name so that you can reference where it came from.
This name when broken out, tells me the following:
- DW: DW is the initials for Digital Wave Player, the software I use to download my recordings from my Olympus recorders. In this case I used my Olympus 3100PC digital recorder (I have both a 3100PC, and a 4100PC recorder. When I use my 4100PC I will change the first part of the name to DW41. You can use what ever naming convention works best for you to distinguish your recorder).
- C0040: The original recording is in folder “C” of my Digital Waver Player project, and is recording number 40 (once again, this has to do strictly with my recorder, and the software I use to download it. You may use a different naming convention to distinguish how you store your recording).
- Bedroom: I did this recording in my bedroom
- 070220: I did the recording on February 20th, 2007
- Drumming: The EVP contains the sound of drumming. If words are spoken, I will try to include what was said in the file name; or at the least part of what was said so I know what this clip contains.
Some people even recommend including where the recording is located in the file. I.E. 00:03:45 (three minutes and 45 seconds into the recording). Since I use Audacity to find my EVPs in my recordings, I label them within the file, and thus don’t find this step necessary. I do, however, use it when I use the ITC Video technique. I will include in the file name the location of the video frame that includes a ghostly image.
Here is the actual EVP, if you’d like to hear it:
Keep a log of your recordings. In your log try and include as much information about how and when you did the recording as possible. If you at least include the date and time, you can then go back later and enter the phase of the moon and the weather by looking up the date and time on the internet.
I, personally, keep my log information in a Microsoft Access database that I designed myself. However, you can keep your log in any fashion that works for you. Some people simply write it down in a journal, others keep it in spreadsheet format. Do whatever works best for you. Just remember to keep one so you can reference it later if needed. Plus it allows you to keep track of the different entities that come through, and what they are saying to you.
Many investigators recommend playing the same song or music, just prior to doing a recording, as a sort of “signal” that you are about to do so. In 2010 I started playing the song “Change the World” from the movie “Phenomenon” before my recordings. For the first recording I tried using this technique, which was a radio sweep, I also spent time meditating on what I could do to bring change to the world. I received the following amazing response even before the radio sweep started. In it you hear the entity I call “Mr. Clicky” (because he always comes through with lots of pops and clicks) say: “I want you to know .. the Great Council .. happy.”
Then the first radio sweep EVP I received came immediately after I said, “someone asked if I really wanted to change, wanted to make a change, in the world”. The EVP said, “You would surpass 12 cycles in all”. I thought that very intriguing, too.
So what I learned was that playing an intro song or music before doing a recording can have very positive results. But also spending time meditating on what you want to talk about increases your chance of getting amazing captures.
Besides playing an intro sound, you can also just let the entities know when you’re going to do the recording, so they will know when to show up. For instance, on holidays like Thanksgiving, I like to do a recording while cooking, and while visiting with my family. Before-hand I will let the entities know that they can participate by commenting on my cooking, and interjecting in our conversations during the day. I get some of my best EVPs during family gatherings and functions: it is very likely that departed loved ones come back for a visit during times like these.
I have only used “white noise” or a constant sound a couple of times during my recordings. There are some, however, that swear by it, as they say it gives the entity something to work with to form words. Possible sources for “white noise” are:
- An electric fan
- Running Water
- Recordings of actual white noise found on ITunes
If you own an ITouch or IPhone, you can download from ITunes actual white noise generation programs. Or the following site has white, pink and brown/red noise for free:
When recording for EVP, remember that the entities sometimes start talking as soon as you turn the recorder on. With that in mind, you might want to pause a few seconds before saying anything. After pausing about 15 seconds, then state the date and time of the recording, and if possible why you are doing the recording (i.e. investigation, or name of the event, etc.). You might also state where you are (i.e. what room, etc.).
When asking questions, keep them as brief as possible, and pause long enough for the entity to answer. Sometimes it takes a few moments for them to get enough energy up to respond, and their answers will occur 10 or 15 seconds after your question. So pause long enough for that, and for the answer to come through (I recommend at least 30 seconds). However, if you are simply recording during an event (i.e. Thanksgiving), you can talk normally as the entities will interject when they want to.