Electronic Voice Phenomenon
The equipment above is used by Ron of the team to conduct EVP/ IRC experiments. He has been collecting EVP since the early 1980's. Some of the items in the pic are: AM/FM radios, two way radio, Listen up device, (used as a mic) a stereo amplified listener (used as a mic) also shown is a set of speakers with a jack for headphones. The sources are run into a mixer from there out to a computer. Ron also received additional training and guidance from Dr. Hauck the consultant for the movie, "White Noise."
This phenomenon occurs when a recording device registers unknown voices or sounds that were not heard at the time of the recording. When the media is played back these anomalies may be noted by the researcher.
Edison and others felt that there would come a day when the dead would be able to communicate with the living as technology developed. We at PROS feel that EVP may be some of the best proof of life after death. There are several sources from which EVP's could come: ghosts, spirits which have never occupied a body, angels or demons. Other sources may be extra terrestrials, created entities, and possibly AI (artificial intelligences). Over time you will develop a sense for hearing EVP's. Occasionally the voices will have an odd sound to them much like a mechanical or computerized sounding voice. Others may have a weird annunciation which can vary from syllable to syllable. Some are fast, slow, or raspy in nature. At times they can sound like a normal voice. We have captured many that were in a "sing-songy" voice. It is important to know what is happening at the time of the recording and instruct any one else in the room to be silent. Note on the recorder anyone talking or whispering and what was said. ( This will help prevent "False Positives")
EVP's are not difficult to capture, you just need the right equipment and have a basic understanding of how to use your equipment. PROS uses digital recorders due to the convenience of downloading the information to a computer. Should you choose to use a "Tape Recorder", you will most likely need a external microphone. The reason is so that the mechanical operations of the recorder isn't picked up by the internal mic. Other points include: read your owner manual prior to use so that you can operate your recorder, and experiment with your recorder before hand, so you will know the best settings for the use of the recorder in the field. One setting you want to make sure you have right is the recording level of the microphone. There are free audio review and enhancement programs you can download. WavePad is a good one which some of the PROS Team Members have used for years along with other programs.
There are several reasons one may not get any voices on a recording. PROS has found that if the presence somehow understands that it is being recorded it will often stop speaking. We have learned not to talk about the voice recorder until we are ready to conduct active IRC's*. The PROS team listens for interactive comments made by the entity regarding our actions or conversation. If the comment relates to a direct question or an event in the room, this rules out a random EVP. We have documented numerous examples of interactive voices appearing on the recordings.
On one occasion, a member's daughter called late at night from the parking lot of her college campus. She wanted her dad to keep talking to her on her cell phone while she searched for her car. The team was conducting an investigation in Stillwater and the member continued to record his conversation with his daughter. Upon listening to the recordings later, a male voice is heard saying, "I want her car out." This EVP can be found under "Hauntings-Stillwater Residence".
PROS uses several different editing programs for EVP. We make it a policy NEVER to alter the recordings in any way. The software we use to analyze the data is primarily used to enhance the voices so we can understand what they are saying. The recordings you hear on our site are the original raw recordings. There are some researchers who believe that any EVP heard in the human vocal range is a false positive. This is not always the case. EVP's can spike above or below our voice range and above or below hearing range; which usually falls between 60 to 20,000 Hz. When it falls outside these ranges, you truly have something unexplainable. The question that intrigues most researchers is how the voice became recorded on the recorder. Some theorize that spirits can manipulate existing sound waves such as white noise or that they can actually impact or imprint recording media through energy. There is no easy or indisputable theory although there is evidence both for and against what exists now. There does seem to be a slight measurable fluctuation in the EMF (electromagnetic field) as a voice is recorded. This was discovered by Konstatin Raudive who conducted EVP research in the 70's utilizing a Faraday Cage as a control factor in his experiments. Amazingly, the voices still appeared on the tapes! This indicates that there is possibly another medium that the entities master to transfer their messages.
PROS has a theory which may put to rest all those people who have reported hearing voices. Many people have been diagnosed with mental illnesses and have been shunned by society. We believe it could be possible that there are certain people who have a wider hearing or reception range than most and these people can actually receive auditory information in the range in which the voices are captured. This would generally fall below 60 Hz. According to experts in the auditory field, the human brain only processes sounds that fall in the range around 60 Hz and above. This means most of us may actually "hear" these voices but our brains determine the information to be irrelevant and do not bring it to the forefront of our minds. Perhaps this is what happens when one of these voices is ordering a visitor to leave a location. The visitor suddenly feels it necessary to leave and does not know why.We have documented disembodied voices in locations that were rude and combative. In some cases the words were very vulgar to say the least.
The PROS Team will continue to collect and study EVP and post them as we gather them. Some members of the PROS team have studied this phenomenon for 20 years or more and have taken courses in EVP and related subjects of the paranormal in order to have a better understanding of techniques used in documenting the voices and the latest discoveries.
PROS uses the standard classification system for rating EVP's: A, B and C. Class A is loud and clear like someone very close to the recorder. Class B sounds like someone is close, perhaps across the room. Class C is like the person is in another room and can be difficult to make out. The system rates the clarity not volume. We also use a relevance rating. For example: we ask during a session of EVP's, "Is there someone here?" A voice replies, "Yes, Jim is here." This EVP would show interaction so we would rate it as a 1. A 2 rating could reply with a "Yes" and a 3 rating would be a random response like "It's cold." We also keep in mind what was happening during the session to see if what is being said in the EVP is a comment about us or our actions. One should keep in mind accents should be take into account when listening. So it's possible someone from another English speaking counrty might now hear exactly what a person from the US might due to the diferences in how we speak. So an A class here may not be one in England.
We do have EVPs which show interaction among several of the disembodied voices. One good example is on our "Hauntings Page" under Research Information at the top of the page.
The PROS Team dedicates many hours each week to listening to EVP. Some of our staff would be considered "Experts" in the field of EVP and the on going research into these disembodied voices and their nature.
Should you have any questions concerning EVP, please contact the PROS Team.
It should be noted that to best listen to EVP a good quality set of speakers or headphones should be used.