I’m sort of borrowing from something I’ve seen on the New York Shadow Chasers Facebook page. They do tech reviews each week. (Mostly on Wednesdays, though.) This isn’t a review, but perhaps they’ll swing by and help me out with a reader’s question.
Don asked the following:
I’m looking for recommendations on voice recorders (EVP) suitable for recording ghost voices. Some places recommend certain audio characteristics and I’m trying to get sufficent quality equipment at reasonable prices. Can you help with that information? Apparently some voce recorders are better for this activity. Years ago you could pick up a simple tape recorder for 30 dollars. Now it seems the digital variety are easily over 100 dollars.
I like gadgets, but I’m no tech geek. In fact, I recently shared on HJ’s FB page the new voice recorder I bought –my first. It shocked many of my fellow jaunters.
However, I’m a jaunter, not a researcher or investigator. I don’t really need any other tools besides my camera and computer. (I’d love to have some, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not patient enough to investigate like many do. I’m more interested in the soul and history of a place and why souls may have chosen to linger there.)
At any rate, I bought the Olympus VN-801PC Digital Voice Recorder.
One of my sister’s had given me an Amazon card for Christmas so that’s how I spent it. I’ve been wanting a digital voice recorder because I’d finally hit record on my old mini-cassette recorder one too many times. I use it a lot for noting blog, book, and article ideas. However, I also figured a digital one would be pretty cool to have in case I ever did feel an urge to investigate.
A NOVICE USER’S REVIEW
I bought it because the price was right, it allowed me to upload sound files to my computer, and it had good reviews from others who’d bought it. Many of the comments seemed to agree it was easy to use, had very good clarity, and plenty of space.
So far I’ve really enjoyed using it. It’s light and the compact design is so much nicer than the old, bulky thing I’d been using. I can easily stow it in my purse or even tuck it in a pant pocket if need be. I feel the quality of what it records is great. (Much better than the cassette-based one I had been using.)
ANSWER’S TO DON’S QUESTION
However, my assessment of my voice recorder is basic at best. As far as trying to capture EVPs, that’s (a) a matter of luck and (b) most devices will do it. Will some capture them more clearly than others? That’s where the extent of my help fades. I’m hoping others can offer their insight. (See the next section below.)
However, when it comes to answering Don’s question about price, I would suggest he look on Amazon. There are a lot of voice recorders for under $100. (Mine was under $50.)
For those who prefer not to shop online, I know Best Buy sells some too. I was eying a couple there that were also under $100. I don’t know what their prices are, but I imagine Radio Shack would also have a couple.
WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
Do you own a voice recorder? If you do, can you answer what kind it is, pros and cons, price range you paid for it, and whether or not you’d recommend someone like Don buying one?
Also, if you were to upgrade your voice recorder, what would you go with next and why?
Thanks for your help with this one.