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Feb
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Are you a Paranormal Thrill Seeker?

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Over the past several years the paranormal field has been flooded with new groups springing up every day at an astonishing rate. With new shows popping up every season, it seems to have encouraged many people to explore the unknown. Although these shows have really opened some doors it has also created a nightmarish reality for clients looking for real help and for the people who are dabbling in the paranormal as a hobby.

First off let’s examine the shows themselves. All of these shows that are currently on television have been produced by people who have never ever been a paranormal investigator or actually researched the paranormal. These producers are out there to entertain and have no idea what it actually is like to be a paranormal investigator. All of the paranormal teams receive emails from producers looking for locations. They are very quick to fly out to a location and interview clients without following any protocols or concerns for their actions. I have personally received complaints of location producers interviewing clients with negative hauntings in their home and making false promises to help them. Of course they leave and all hell breaks loose in the client’s home and they never hear back from the producer. These shows are out there for ratings, nothing more than that. They are happy to exploit the teams for personal information on case files. No team should ever give up client information without contacting the client first. Even then it makes me question the teams themselves and wonder if they are media hogs wanting their 15 minutes of fame. These producers have no morals and are happy to exaggerate, exploit and stage evidence in order to gain more ratings.

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13
Feb
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Obsessed with the Dead

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Separating the dead from the living

For many paranormal investigators, we began this fascination during our childhood. Then we have Hollywood shows inspiring many new groups that seem to be popping up on a daily bases. With our minds so absorbed in what new location to hit, what event to sponsor or what new gadget to develop, we tend to forget how it is to live. I have been directing 3:33 Am for several years now and I know this downfall all too well. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the dead that sometimes we forget to live. When dealing with the spiritual world, living is vital to say the least and to maintain a healthy balance.

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11
Feb
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Lonely Child

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Throughout the years, we have all heard tales of child spirits playing and frolicking around, unable to cross over to the other side. Many places have these tales of children that seem to be looking for someone to pay attention to them. As a sensitive and an inexperienced medium I still have many questions: why can they not cross over; are they truly children or something much more malevolent?

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11
Feb
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Is it really that hard to believe in Ghosts?

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Skeptic’s always amaze me on how hard they try to explain why spirits do not exist. Main stream science discounts work within the paranormal field as nothing more than imaginations or people with mental illness. Some part is true; that our field does attract some offbeat characters that put a damper on the field itself. The thing that puzzles me are the so called scientist who discount spirits yet there is so much evidence that points that they might just be wrong for not believing in ghost.

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11
Feb
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Human spirits

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As we see many teams popping up each day we also see some major mistakes that many make. Most of these teams stumble into the field by being fans of television shows without actually having any education or proper training. One of the biggest mistakes is “making false promises.” You might wonder what I mean by making false promises. Well, many individuals seek our assistance in personal hauntings. Some teams claim to be able to rid a home or person of entities. The truth is you cannot make such promises. Although many shows will have some sort of ritual showing ways to cleanse a place, there are so many variables that go into what type of cleansing to do, if any. I want to address just a few of these things.

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11
Feb
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An Experiment in Studio Recording Techniques and EVP - Part 8

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Pro Audio and the Paranormal

So… Our downtime around the holiday season started out quiet enough. I had a couple of projects that I was interested in tackling based on the results and observations from this year’s investigations. The goal was to improve the quality of the evidence we were capturing, help validate that the evidence was indeed paranormal, and make the EVP session a little more interactive. In the process of doing so, the scope of these projects became much more elaborate and complex, but we could be onto some very exciting stuff.

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11
Feb
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An Experiment in Studio Recording Techniques and EVP - Part 7

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Apologies for the gap between blog entries, it’s been a busy fall in terms of case load and keeping up with the day job that enables me to have paranormal habits.

I promised you a trip report from Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. And well, it was AWESOME! What a great place to investigate, I can’t wait to go back. This trip certainly underscored the issue of noise contamination. Granted, it was a public event with 100 people, most of them inexperienced investigators or mere thrill seekers, so I wasn’t expecting ideal conditions for EVP. But those large diaphragm condenser microphones sure do pick up everything, including people on other floors, so it is important for a group to develop the discipline to be quiet during an investigation, you can unwittingly contaminate your audio evidence.

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Feb
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An Experiment in Studio Recording Techniques and EVP - Part 6

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Microphones and Electromagnetic Fields

Anyone who was paying attention in fifth grade science class knows that if you hook a coil of wires up to a battery, you can create an electromagnet so immensely powerful that it can lift a paper clip up off your desk. A current passing through a coil of wires creates a magnetic field in the air around it. A second coil of wires in close proximity to this magnetic field can generate a voltage proportional to the magnetic field. This is called inductive coupling or electromagnetic induction.

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11
Feb
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An Experiment in Studio Recording Techniques and EVP - Part 5

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Results from The First Rounds Of Field Trials

The rig first saw action at the Gettysburg Orphanage in April 2011. We used the Zoom H4n with an external dynamic microphone (Shure SM58 knock-off) and one of the Audio Technica AT2020’s. The one thing that became immediately clear is how much of a problem noise contamination was going to be.

The Gettysburg Orphanage is not that big to start with, and 19th century architecture was not particularly concerned with acoustically isolating floors of the house from each other. The focus of the investigation was two areas in the basement, “the pit” and the large room in the front of the building at the bottom of the stairs. The increased sensitivity was a mixed blessing, the good news was that we could hear everything! The bad news was that we could hear EVERYTHING. That included whoever was doing the other session, people up at base camp, and even people out on the street.

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11
Feb
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An Experiment in Studio Recording Techniques and EVP - Part 4

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Zen And The Art Of EVP Analysis

The third pillar of our experiment is the analysis environment. I think this is just as important as the environment and methods you used to make the recordings in the first place. The disembodied voices are in there! You just have to draw them out of the recording!

Software. I use Adobe Audition, if for no other reason than because I like Adobe Audition. If you’ve ever seen the sound board at a big concert, you know that we sound guys like knobs, and buttons, and blinking lights, and more knobs, and more buttons and more blinking lights. So I feel right at home in front of Audition. I know it can look a little intimidating, and to be honest, it’s kind of like using Photoshop just to crop the pictures from your digital camera. But when you get down it, it has features that blow away the shareware audio editors.

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11
Feb
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An Experiment in Studio Recording Techniques and EVP - Part 3

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Microphone Types

Microphones are what we call transducers where they take one type of energy (in this case, acoustic) and convert it into another type of energy (in this case, electric). For now we’ll focus on the two major types of microphones, dynamic and condenser.

Dynamic Microphones have an internal surface called a diaphragm which is attached to a coil of wires suspended in a permanent magnetic field. When sound strikes the diaphragm, it causes the coil to move back and forth in the magnetic field and induces a small electric current. Dynamic microphones are relatively simple and robust, but the downside is that it takes a lot of acoustical energy to move the diaphragm and generate the electrical signal. Even then, the signal is relatively weak and requires a lot of amplification to get it to a useful level.

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10
Feb
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An Experiment in Studio Recording Techniques and EVP - Part 2

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Choose Your Recorder Wisely

 Woe be the ghost hunters from the late 1800’s who only had Edison’s phonograph to capture disembodied voices on a wax cylinder. OK, while that’s not entirely true, magnetic recording first came about in the 1920’s with machines that recorded on a steel wire. The 1930’s saw the introduction of magnetic tape and the technology advanced rapidly over the next 30 years. It was embraced by the broadcast and recording industries but remained largely impractical for widespread consumer use. That is until 1963 when Philips introduced the compact cassette and later the microcassette. The 1980’s gave us the advent of digital recording and revolutionized how we captured sound. Arguably, we have seen more advances in the technology over the past 20 years than we did in the first 80.

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10
Feb
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An Experiment in Studio Recording Techniques and EVP - Part 1

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From Humble Beginnings

I can trace my interest in the paranormal back to one Saturday morning when I was a young child. As I watched Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby go tromping through some creepy old place and solving the mysteries it held, I knew right away that’s what I wanted to do with my life.

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09
Feb
0

Debunking

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Although debunking is a very valuable assist to the paranormal field I have to ask myself if we have gone too far. After all we are supposable researching, right? How many of us so called paranormal researchers are actually doing research and following scientific protocol?

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09
Feb
0

Communicating with the Dead

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Paranormal Investigators do communicate with the dead to a certain extent. There are risks involved with what we do, no matter what type of protection methods we use. We still understand the risk that we take not only for ourselves but our families. Now there are certain methods that we use in order to lessen the chances of developing some sort of attachment or attack. A good director will train each investigator how to protect themselves and their families. Even with protection methods there are risk!!!

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