My name is Joe. I am a self-employed man in the San Diego area who dabbles in the strange world of paranormal research in my spare time. In layman's terms, I'm a "Ghost Hunter."
Of the many areas of interest in this odd hobby, I concentrate my efforts on "EVP" or Electronic Voice Phenomenon. EVP is not normally heard with the human ear, but rather, it is captured in recordings, and only heard later on, when the recording is played back through a quality audio device, sometimes requiring computer enhancement of the EVP portion of sound. Without going into great detail, suffice it to say that I am developing a technique for using EVP to assist law enforcement in solving cold cases.
Basically, questions that are asked by a researcher (such as myself) are answered by what is thought to be voices from "the other side." Those answers are heard when the recording is played back, and they are real.
It is thought by some, that if there was a way to monitor the recording being made such that the EVP could be heard by the researcher at the moment it is recorded, a pseudo "real-time" conversation could be achieved. The obvious problem is that EVP is normally VERY faint, while a researcher's voice is rather loud in comparison. To monitor a recording using headphones in the hopes of hearing "live" EVP, the volume in the headphones must be very high. Obviously this creates a problem as the researcher's voice would ALSO be recorded, and then BLASTED back into the headphones.
This is where the problem arises. If a single recorder is used, it will capture the voice of the researcher and the resulting EVP, if any. However, if that recording is played back through headphones AS the session is being recorded, the playback of the researcher's voice would be far too loud, or if the volume was adjusted for his voice, the EVP would be too faint to hear.
Thus far, I have been using digital and analog recording equipment, studio mics, and computers to extract the hidden sounds, but I am looking for some means of HEARING the EVP in "real time" without hearing my own voice in the headphones.
I know very little about multi-track recorders, but my question is, can a 4-track or 8-track reel-to-reel recorder be configured in such a way that a tape will capture the researcher's voice AND the EVP (perhaps on separate tracks), but only play back the EVP track at a high volume through headphones used to monitor the recording session? Perhaps a kill switch could remove the mic input to the EVP track while the question is being asked, allowing ONLY the potential EVP response to be recorded?
I have looked into the digital multi-track recorders at places like the Guitar Center, but for some unknown reason, EVP captured on analog media such as tape is much better in quality. This is why I am trying to use a tape recorder, and the small cassette machines, and the lower end "Mission Impossible" portable reel-to-reel machines cannot accomplish my goal.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. You can respond here, or send an email to joejones (at) ghostconnection.com
Thank you for your time.