Capturing random ghostly sounds or voices:
This method can be used to try to record ghostly
sounds in your home. If you're hearing footsteps or
voices in a part of your home while you're alone,
you can try setting up a tape recorder to try to
capture these sounds. This is how to do it:
Buy tape recorder. Use one with an external
microphone, because an internal microphone will
record the inner gears of the tape recorder itself,
making any EVP attempts worthless.
2. Set the recorder on a flat surface at any
haunted location, using a brand new,
never-been-opened tape. Turn it on. Identify
yourself, the date, time and location. Speak
clearly in normal tones. Leave for a while. We
would recommend leaving for at least the length of
the tape's recording time. In other words, if it's
a 30-minute tape, leave for 30 minutes.
3. Outdoor locations: Leave the tape running and
go take a coffee break somewhere, or just go sit in
your car. Make a mental note of the time it takes
you to get to your car, so that when you shut the
door, you'll recognize it on the tape. Noises can
travel great distances outdoors, and even be carried
on the wind. Distant "normal" noises may be
confused for ghost sounds or vice versa.
Also, try to record on days that are calm. Not only
can the wind be recorded, but so can the sounds of
trees and bushes rustling in the wind.
Indoor locations: Explore another part of the
haunted location that's as far away as possible from
where you're recording. Ideally, close the door to
the room the recorder is in. Again, the best thing
to do would be to leave the location for a little
while. Also, be careful not to set the tape
recorder next to windows (open or closed), air
conditioners, vents or heaters. Glass is thin, and
noises from outside can easily be recorded. And
although the echo may sound killer, trying to
decipher anything said that's echoing in a vent or
duct might be difficult. And if anything like a
vent or heater were to kick on, you will have spent
30 minutes recording just that.
4. While you're setting up your equipment, speak in
normal loud tones. Avoid whispering...you'll find
that that might not be so easy to do, though.
Because we're taping and we don't want to tape
ourselves, it's human nature to try to be as quiet
as possible, which means we'll whisper without even
realizing it. Try not to do this, because sometimes
ghosts on tape will speak as though they're
whispering or far away, and it may be difficult to
discern their voice from your whisper.
Interview with a ghost or ghosts:
This method of recording EVP is useful for "question
and answer" sessions with ghosts, where you're
actually trying to get answers, and not just record
random noises or sounds. In this case, you'll
actually ask questions out loud.
1. Set up your tape recorder. Set yourself up
comfortably. You don't want to be moving around
trying to get comfortable while the tape is
running. The sounds will be recorded, and will make
any EVPs difficult to hear. Also, bring extra
batteries as ghosts can drain them…you may need to
change them during the interview.
2. Politely invite the ghost or ghosts who are
present to talk to you. Let them know that you'd
like to ask them some questions that they are free
to answer should they wish. Remember that ghosts do
have feelings, and that they're not "things" but
ex-people, real people...they're not idiots, so
treat them with the same kind of respect that you
would treat another human being. Be polite. This
about how you'd want to be spoken to, and speak to
them the same way.
3. Turn on the recorder. When asking questions,
ask in a clear, loud voice. You want to make sure
that your voice can easily be identified when the
tape is played back. It would help to have a list
of questions so that you can stay focused. Keep
your list of questions short. If for some reason
you can also hear the ghost responding to your
questions, then by all means, keep asking questions
until they stop responding. Collect as much as you
can when the opportunity presents itself. But if
you can't hear them, don't take chances of pushing
your luck with their patience.
4. Start recording and ask your first question out
loud. Give time for any ghost to answer you...a
good tip is to mentally answer your question in your
head, thus giving enough time for the ghost too. We
usually recommend that you answer the question and
still give a bit of time, just as insurance. You
don't want to ask the next question and run over the
ghost's answer if they answer late. Speaking is an
effort for them, and they don't always answer as
quickly as people do.
5. Be tactful with your questions. Try not to ask
anything that could be touchy..."So, did you really
whack your folks with an axe?" might just hit a
nerve. Good questions to ask would be for names,
ages, family names, why they're here, or what year
it is. By asking "what year is it?" you may get
them to tell you [I]their[/I] year. You can also
ask them if there's anything you can do for them,
and remember that when you end the interview, thank
them for their time whether you could hear anything
or not. Also encourage them not to follow you home
when you leave.
6. Final tip: when playing your tape back for the
first time, have the volume turned down low.
Sometimes ghosts can sound like they're right on top
of the microphone, and the suddenness of hearing
that for the first time can be frightening. Until
you know exactly what is on that tape, we recommend
that you keep the volume low the first time that you
listen to it.