I’m a bit new at this, I would really appreciate your thoughts about the evidence I’m prepared to present.
I have reviewed the evidence from the investigation we did last weekend. Caught one extraordinary EVP. An RF detector I was using was drifting. I was asked about it, and commented that the device was drifting. Then I went to zero the device. I had video running on the detectors. The video was from a small panasonic LX7. The LX7 is pointed right at a bunch of detectors, the idea being that if anything happened with the detectors, the LX7 would capture the activity on video. Of more importance was the two digital stereo channels of audio the LX7 uses. While I was bent over the detectors (they were just above the floor) a really tremendous EVP was captured. 2.2 seconds of outstanding EVP audio. I was right there at the time (my hands were visible zeroing a detector), the camera (with it’s audio) was about a foot away from me.
This audio was so good I took a good, hard look at it.
Five channels of audio in the room (two channels, EOS 7D, two channels, Panasonic LX7, one channel analog audio) EVP only captured on the LX7. Difference in amplitude, L/R channels -6dB
Log spectrum plot, audio peaks at 4.5kHz
Frequency rolloff, beyond recorder passband
Ambient noise, room sound, less -24dB, 168Hz peak
The spectral plot looked unlike a male voice. Male voices don’t usually peak at 4500 Hz. Analysis of a portion of the spectral plot look like AM radio. There was a 14Hz “carrier” with the “sidebands” being modulated. Spectral plots of identifiable voices in the room looked as they should. No “subcarriers”, no “sidebands”, peaks around 800 – 1000Hz.
The EVP voice was almost 30% slower than normal conversational speech. When I sped up the audio to 125%, and compensated for the change in pitch, what I heard sounded close to what a normal male voice would sound like.
I put myself through all this because the EVP is so extraordinary that I figured there had to be a logical explanation for it. I just can’t find one. Call it beginners luck. I plan on presenting this evidence.
Here’s where I struggle. My partner (my darling wife) asked a question; “Is there anyone here other than Mararet?”. After the question was asked, a (soft) “Yeah” was captured. Analysis of the “Yeah” makes me comfortable presenting it as evidence. Here’s the thing. Once the EVP was ready (noise reduction, 170Hz notch, parametric EQ favoring 4kHz) I played the audio to my wife. She heard the EVP. So far, so good..
Following the “Yeah” (actually, on top of the ending of the word “Yeah”), a male voice was heard saying “Oh Sh!t”. I dismissed this as someone in the room (when people on my team make a sound, they identify it at the time. Nobody on my team said anything), that “Oh Sh!t” was wickidly loud. My wife said she thought that phrase sounded like an EVP. (If it is an EVP, I have something extraordinary here) I looked at the spectral plot of that “Oh Sh!t”, and it looked *almost* like normal conversational speech. My wife swears nobody in the room with us said that, she so wants this to be a part of this EVP evidence.
My feeling is that if something seems too good to be true…
What I plan on doing is presenting the entire audio clip to my clients. I’ll point out the “Yeah”, if they don’t hear it, I’ll loop it a few times and see if they hear it. Then, I’ll bring up the “Oh Sh!t” and ask them if it’s a voice (human or otherwise) that they have heard before. If there is a possibility that I have something here I would hate to throw it away.
So what would a more experienced investigator do? Chuck the “Oh Sh!t”?
On a sidenote, my clients believe and embrace the notion of spiritual activity in their home. They both claimed personal experiences (voices, objects moved, partial apparition). They’re far from skeptical, they *want* to believe that something’s going on. Because of this, I was extra careful. I took a good set of baseline audio, video, photographs, and environmental readings. Despite the fact that I was as skeptical as I could possibly be, in the short time we were there (3 hours) we did catch two good EVP’s and one extraordinary EVP (if I could embed the EVP in this post, I would). I hate to admit it, but my clients may be on to something. To date, the evidence I have gathered has been sparse, and quite subtle. This investigation really blew my mind.
I would really appreciate your thoughts.
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