My Process- Analyzing EVPs with Andy

5 02 2009

I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking me to post an article about how I go about analyzing recordings I obtain.  Let me start off by saying that I am in no way an absolute expert in this field but I do feel I have enough knowledge to write something about this.

First off, I downloaded a free program called Audacity.  I like this program since it works pretty well with what I am trying to do.  I use an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VN-4100PC, which was fairly inexpensive at about $50.  Yet again, works very well with what I am trying to do.  I first usually upload my recordings to the program that came with the recorder then switch it over to Audacity.  From there I usually label the recordings according to where they were taken and if this is a second or third trip.  From there, I proceed to listen to the recordings with my headphones, which use external noise cancellation.  As for the environment I try to maintain while listening, I try to keep everything as quiet as possible and do nothing but listen.  That means, I do not search around on my laptop, answer e-mails, text people, nothing but listen and devote me full attention to the recordings.  It may be tedious, but in the end it ensures that I am full aware of anything that may or may not occur on the recordings.  When I do hear something that I cannot explain, I listen to the context of the clip.  From there, I isolate the area making sure to include a good amount of time before and after the interested area to give the listeners the clip in context.  I try to make out what the sound could possiblely be and contact both Ryan and Jenn to get their interpretation.  I try not to tell them what I hear first so their opinion is not biased and they are not trying to make it sound like what I heard.  After careful analyzation, if I am still unable to explain the sound, I post it here for everyone to listen to and, hopefully, give their opinion.  I hope this helps all of you who have asked for this and if you have any recordings you would like me to listen to please feel free to e-mail it to our address.  I would be more than happy to help with any of your EVP needs.