Electronic Voice Phenomenon Exposed- Truth about EVP
Panasonic RR DR60 – Chasing Tales with False Positives
With the increase of interest in the paranormal field and the show me something
on demand attitude on the back of various TV shows, we are seeing an ever
increasing rise in false positives presented as real phenomena.
EVP falls directly into this and even some researchers are being advised to buy certain types of recorder to gather voices of the dead. This is a worrying situation and one that will do more harm than good, we want it all real whether this is boring to some or not. First and foremost we are serious researchers and we should not lose sight of this, so let's squash some misconceptions and advise on one recorder NOT to buy or use for EVP.
The Panasonic RR-DR60
This is not a gift from the supernatural gods, this is not made to tune into the voices of the dead and it's pretty poor unless you wish to dazzle people with false positives.
It is an excellent Dictaphone mind you and will record notes which will save you from writing notes. Apart from that I would stay well clear as you will be chasing your own tale and wasting valuable time better spent elsewhere.
I have looked into this recorder and used information from experts and academics in the field with qualifications in various professions. Sound engineers, parapsychologists, electronic engineers and EVP specialist on an international level.
In my opinion I would be highly suspect of anything it captures. One of the main reasons it is so effective is that it has extremely high sensitivity. This makes it likely to pick up very weak or otherwise hard to hear signals. While this may be a plus for EVP work, the fact it does not use increased shielding from RF (radio frequencies) and extraneous sources means it will be more susceptible to them.
High gain is a good thing in EVP research; however special techniques must be utilized when dealing with that type of equipment. Double shielding and differential amplifiers are two of the most important. That will increase common mode rejection, a major source of interference. This recorder uses neither. And as with any recorder, digital or analog, the idea of carrying it around promotes extraneous noise as well. Better to set it down and let it record in a stationary location. The high gain makes it even more important to be aware of extraneous noise.
In conclusion, I would recommend this recorder for note taking and interview applications. The high gain makes it easy to hear what a witness is saying. Overall sound quality is good, Voice is easy to understand. But for EVP work, I would stay away from it. The chances of false positives is already high enough on any digital recorder, this one is even worse due to its high gain.
While chatting with an academic who happens to be in Scotland at the moment working on other experiments, I asked about the recorder above and if they had any additional information for us. They basically backed up everything we found out.
Use a standard recording device or even better; go analogue and get a good microphone which can be set up away from the device to reduce inner working being picked up.
In addition to this model recorder, other Panasonic
models have been testing. They are
falling into the same category as this one.
The older model Panasonics are not meant for recording EVP. There is too much room for outside interference.
Would you want to know that when you got
a really good class “A” EVP that you could back it up when it comes under the scrutiny of the public. Or better yet,
wouldn’t you want to make the client feel more at ease to know that you know
what you are doing and not presenting them with false information. Stay away from
things like this. If it sounds too good
to be true… it probably is. You just don’t
record 100 EVP’s at 1 location. Edison,
Raudive, and Juergenson would love to prove you wrong J
By scrutinizing our own work and being truthful with our captures, we help progress the field and raise the standard in preparation for collaboration with the scientific community.
Let's keep it real and push aside the very equipment that may be holding us back
DO NOT BUY-
- Example of Ebay Auction
Seriously? It's close to $1300. This is just an example of the type things that are going on with this false product.