has been attempted since at least the turn of the
century in one form or another. In 1848, the Fox
sisters probably attempted the earliest form of
spirit communication called spirit rapping.
Over the years, EVP has become more sophisticated
and in tune with the times. It began with dual-reel
that were very big and very bulky.
Scientists and other interested persons would
attempt experiments with these items but really
didn't get the results they wanted. Over the years,
manufacturers have updated, improved and condensed
the tape recorders they make only to provide
excellent results when used under controlled
Ghost hunters began experimenting with these
recorders and discovered a whole new world
that had opened up with their use. In an attempt to
share their evidence, they were met with resistance
from the scientific community. There was no way to
prove their evidence and how
they obtained it.
Over the course of time, attempting to obtain EVP
has become much easier and at the same time,
costlier. There are still the tape recorders running
the microcassettes or standard tapes.
These work well and can work better with any
microphone attached to it. The microphone will
eliminate the "motor" sounds obtained caused by the
gears rotating and an internal microphone.
Although some swear by certain microphones, any one
will do. If you can afford the higher end
microphones, get one of those. I always find simpler
These days you can also find the digital recorders.
There are those people that swear these work better
than tape recorders. Although you will get a better
sound quality with a digital and have the ability to
download it to your computer, the digital recorder
can work just as well as a tape recorder.
My suggestion would be not to spend any more than
you have on a recorder. You don't need to go into
debt for a recorder. Any recorder used under the
right circumstances will give you results. So, what
are the right circumstances?
be a house that is reputed to be haunted. It's
better to not have to go looking for spirits. To
know that they are already there helps a great deal.
To have the
right equipment would help. Make sure you have
enough batteries, tapes for the recorder or a
microphone is necessary.
If it's a digital recorder, knowing how to use it is
a must. Although this sounds like a
no-brainer....you would be surprised at the number
of people buying these recorders and then not
knowing how to use them or not being able to
understand the directions.
Another suggestion would be to meditate. Meditation
helps to clear the mind while opening up the mind to
the elements at the same time. I must confess that I
don't think I meditate well but I have been told
again and again that as long as I keep trying, I am
on the right track. It is important that you
continue to try.
Find a spot that you think will work and get
comfortable. You can begin by asking simple answer
questions. Don't expect long, drawn out
explanations. You will be lucky to get simple
Just keep asking questions that are respectful, show
courtesy and are informative. Don't ask questions
that are too difficult to answer. Remember, these
are people and may only be able to answer using one
These simple rules will enable just about any one to
obtain EVP. The point to remember is to keep trying.
Eventually you will succeed. The dead do want to
talk with you.
You need to be patient to receive the message. Also,
too, the dead may come to you in dreams with
messages...but that's another article.
has been a ghost hunter and paranormal investigator
for over 10 years. She has dedicated her life to
researching paranormal activity. She has written,
"Faces of a Ghost Hunter" as well as three other
She founded the paranormal research group,
She has co-produced two documentaries on ghost