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Digital voice recording involves using electronic devices to capture and store audio in a digital format. Capturing EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) during ghost hunting can be an intriguing aspect of any paranormal investigation. Here's a guide specifically tailored to capturing EVPs for ghost hunting:

  • Choose the Right Equipment:

    • Digital Voice Recorder: Select a digital voice recorder with high-quality microphones and a wide frequency response to capture both low and high-pitched sounds effectively.

    • External Microphones: Consider using external microphones for better directional sensitivity and to reduce handling noise.

    • Headphones: Use headphones during playback to listen for faint EVPs that may not be immediately audible.

    • Choose one with a built-in USB connection for downloading onto your computer.

  • Select a Location:

    • Choose a location with reported paranormal activity or a history of ghost sightings. Locations with minimal background noise and electromagnetic interference are ideal.

    • Ensure all participants are aware of the recording session to minimize unintentional noise contamination.

  • Set Up the Recording Session:

    • Place the recorder in a stable position on a tripod or a flat surface to avoid handling noise.

    • Begin the recording and announce the start of the EVP session, stating the date, time, and location for documentation purposes.

  • Conduct the EVP Session:

    • Ask clear and concise questions in a respectful manner, allowing sufficient time for potential responses. Pause between questions to give spirits a chance to communicate.

    • Encourage any entities present to speak into the recorder or make their presence known through sound.

  • Review and Analyze:

    • After the session, transfer the recorded audio to a computer for analysis.

    • Use audio editing software to listen closely for EVPs. Enhance and amplify sections of interest to identify any anomalous voices or sounds.

    • Note the timestamp of any potential EVPs for further reference.

  • Verify and Cross-Check:

    • Cross-check any captured EVPs with the experiences, history, and known facts about the location. Look for correlations or validations that support the captured EVPs.

    • Share the recordings and findings with fellow investigators or experts in paranormal research for additional analysis and validation.

  • Document and Report:

    • Document all findings, including the date, time, location, circumstances, and any relevant environmental conditions during the EVP session.

    • Compile a report summarizing the EVP session, including any captured EVPs and your analysis of their potential significance.

Remember that capturing EVPs requires patience, a critical mindset, and thorough analysis. Not every sound captured will be paranormal, so it's essential to rule out natural explanations before considering something as evidence of EVPs in ghost hunting.

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Various Voice Recorders Used In Paranormal Investigating

Olympus DM-720 Voice Recorder with 4GB Micro SD Slot and USB Charging Connection

  • 4GB built in memory (985 hours)

  • USB Direct connection to PC 

  • DM 720 can also be charged via USB

  • Transcription mode

  • Micro SD slot

  • Zoom microphone for recording from a distance

  • Large audio files can be divided 

  • Intelligent auto mode function automatically adjusts the microphone sensitivity according to the input level

Olympus DM-720 Voice Recorder

The DM-720 features a three microphone system that includes both directional and omnidirectional microphones to faithfully capture the depth and fullness of the sounds recorded. The stereo microphones are arranged at a 90° angle to produce a natural stereo experience, with an added central microphone to compensate for low-range sounds. 

The DM-720 can connect directly to your PC via the built-in USB connector. This makes it possible to save data anytime, anywhere. Not only can you save and share data, but the DM-720 can be charged via USB. All operations of recording, saving, sharing, and charging can be performed on this single, smart and easy-to-use voice recorder.

Using the latest technologies, zoom microphone unleashes the power of proximity in noisy environments or when recording from a distant position. The zoom microphone allows you to expand and contract the microphone range by adjusting the direction with the '+' and '-' buttons on the recorder.

NOTE: Olympus has rebranded this product line to a new name, OM System. The product you receive may say Olympus or OM System. It's the same exact product.

Tascam DR-40X Four Track Audio Recorder with USB Audio Interface

  • Recording media : SD card (64MB to 2GB), SDHC card (4GB to 32GB), SDXC card (up to 128GB)

  • Number of channels : 4-channel (2 Stereo)

  • Bulit-in microphones : Unidirectional, Stereo (switchable between A-B and X-Y positions)

  • Power : 3 AA Batteries, USB bus power, AC 100 to 240V (optional AC Adapter)

  • Up to 17.5 hours of operation from 2 x AA batteries

Tascam DR-40X Four Track Audio Recorder

The Tascam DR-40X Audio Interface features dual Neutrik XLR/TRS combo jacks that support both mic-level and +4dBu line-level. These inputs can accept balanced microphone or line level from Mixers or the FOH console. 

Versatile Four-track Recording: In addition to normal stereo channel recording and dual recording mode, the DR-40X has 4CH Mode that can record two different stereo feeds simultaneously. The combination of the sources are flexible; recording the built-in microphones along with a pair of external Mics such as close-up and ambient microphones, or recording the built-in Mics along with a balanced line input such as the feed from a mixer along with the sound in the room

Wide Covering Range: The DR-40X Audio Recording Interface allows high-quality recording with its stereo built-in condenser microphones. Every detail is captured from small whispers to loud sounds up to 125dB SPL. These built-in microphones are adjustable unidirectional microphones for recording in an X-Y pattern for tight stereo imaging or in an A-B pattern for a more ambient recording.


Sony ICD-UX570 Digital Voice Recorder With Built-In USB Interface

  • Enhanced sound quality

  • Newly updated slimmer design

  • Built-in stereo microphone and voice operated recording

  • Three recording options: wide/stereo, narrow/focus and normal

  • Quick charge; up to 1-hour recording time, with 3-minute charge

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Capture high-quality audio with this easy-to-use high-sensitivity S-microphone which lets you record various sound frequencies, while 4GB of built-in memory and an expandable microSD card slot provide ample storage.


This voice recorder includes a lithium battery and USB port for reliable power and faster data transfer. Three recording modes. Normal, Focus, and Wide-stereo recording gives you the ability to record the audio that you need to capture, no matter the setting. The ICD-UX570 features improved sound quality over previous versions, making everything you record more flexible and clearly distinguishable. 

Built-in USB allows for direct connection charging to your laptop or other devices with USB ports. The inclusion of a MicroSD card slot allows for expandable storage in addition to the 4 GB of included memory, while the inclusion of a headphone jack enables you to easily listen to your recording, and the mic input provides an easy connection for an external microphone. Record for up to 159 hours with 4GB of internal memory storage.Easily navigate through and search for different recordings by date and time. 


Olympus WS-852 4GB Voice Recorder With Built-In USB Interface

  • High quality recording

  • USB direct connection

  • MP3 recording format

  • 4GB internal memory for over 1,000 hours of recording

  • Micro SD card slot for added storage

  • Live EVP Listening Capability (when using headphones or external speaker)

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Stereo recorder that is easy to use. High quality recording with 90 degree microphones to capture true, clear sound. Simple mode for beginners ensures ease of use with quick access to the most frequently used features. For Live Listening plug in headphones or an external speaker into the headset jack. 


To make listening to your recordings more comfortable, Intelligent Auto Mode automatically adjusts the recording level to match the volume of the sound source. When a speaker is talking very loudly, the recorder reduces the input level, and for soft voices the recorder increases the input level – to always provide an even level of volume. Simple Mode displays only essential information in large font and limits the menu options to frequently-used functions. For advanced users, full functionality of menu options is available in Normal Mode. Save data easily and conveniently with the built-in USB connector.

NOTE: Olympus has rebranded this product line to a new name, OM System. The product you receive may say Olympus or OM System. It's the same exact product.

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