Popular Devices for Recording Paranormal Phenomenon Earlier we covered EVPs. But failed to mention that EVPs were the passion of Thomas Edison who invented the ability to record sound in his attempt to build a spirit communication machine in 1928. In the 1970s, Sarah Estep begin picking up what she believed to be voices on a reel-to-reel tape recorder, and went on to found the ‘The American Association Of Electronic Voice Phenomenon’ in 1982. She also coined the term, 'Electronic Voice Phenomena,' and created categories in which to classify them (Withing ITSPP we choose to use the KM Scale.  A much simpler methodology for classifying the mysterious phenomena that was created jointly by Doug Kelley and Jari Mikkola). Although many researchers have attempted to record spirit voices since them, would say it was pretty much a success. Our experience has shown, that EVPs – and not orbs – that are the most common kind of true spirit manifestation we can capture. In fact, EVPs are currently the best hard evidence, and most widely accepted, we have that spirits do exist. Thus EVPs may just be the only real avenue we have for acquiring more answers to the phenomena we have, regardless of the other technological constraints – ‘empirical evidence.’ Of course, the skeptics are out there, but they always will be, but understand, we can?t live our lives under the shadow of the naysayers. We believe that the In the Shadows Paranormal Project team has identified two of the best digital recording devices on the market, both ironically manufactured by Olympus. Almost the entire team has given up their analog tape recorders, which are cumbersome, time consuming, and difficulty to transfer as data (mp3) to a computer, and via the USB port, can be easily transfered to the computer, even by the novice. The stereo microphones provide a sound quality that is impeccable and allows for an audio analysis of two separate tracks, together or separately. (KM Photo-Video Classification Scale.)  Hands down, our team prefers the Olympus line of Digital Voice Recorders, and here’s why. Olympus Digital Voice Recorders  Low-Cut Filter The Low-Cut Filter feature can be turned on to filter-out low frequency noise that users do not want to record, such as background noise in meetings created through items such as air conditioners, computers or projectors, to name a few. With "Direct Recording" the Olympus WS-321M or Olympus WS-311M digital voice recorder can function as a USB microphone with optional DSS Player Version 7 Software. In this manner, direct recording on to your PC hard drive is possible and none of the recorder's own memory is used. Playback Features Users of the new WS-Series will benefit from the different playback settings. After capture, the slow playback option allows recordings to be listened to efficiently with playback that is 50 percent slower than real time. The fast playback option allows recordings to be played 50 percent faster than real time. Traditionally, users will keep rewinding to hear what was said, but with slow playback they will be less likely to do so, and they can skip ahead to the sections that are important with fast playback. Also, a repeat playback option enables repeated playback of just the selected part of the file being played. SRS WOW XT Technology For added convenience, both MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) files can be downloaded and played back. SRS WOW XTTM effects add higher quality to these popular file formats. Specifically designed for small devices with speakers that are physically located close together, SRS WOW XT technology enables the speakers to capture full-panoramic stereo sound. As a result, the reproduced sound is much closer to what the artists originally intended and delivers the same immersive and powerful 3D audio experience over headphones, which are included. Mass Storage & File System The new WS-Series has a wide range of flash memory capabilities, which enable the devices to capture long recordings. The Olympus WS-321M digital voice recorder has 1 gigabyte of memory and holds up to 277 hours of recording time or 250 songs. The WS-311M has 512 megabytes and holds up to 138 hours of recording time or 120 songs. They also incorporate PC Link via "USB Direct," a unique design by which the device actually separates from the battery unit and plugs into the USB port located on most computers. This saves time and simplifies operation as there is no need for a docking station or cable. Additionally, the Olympus WS-311 and Olympus WS-321 digital voice recorder offer USB 2.0 download speed for faster downloads, and because the Olympus WS-321M and Olympus WS-311M digital voice recorder are portable, mass storage-class devices, they are ideal for anyone downloading large files including documents and images in addition to audio files, with no software required. File management allows for music, voice or text, and is a snap with the new WS-Series thanks to an enormous amount of storage space and fingertip accessibility. The new WS-Series delivers an easy-to-use interface that allows users to organize digital voice recordings and music. It has five separate file folders that allow up to 200 files per folder for unmatched organization. For added convenience, users can lock a file, safeguarding important data from being accidentally erased. Overall Design An enlarged, backlit LCD is easy to read and much more useful when navigating the menu screen. It reveals file information, recording time and events clearly. A stereo microphone is located on the top, and a speaker for audio playback is located on the front of the devices. The WS-Series' ultra-compact design (3.73" x 1.51" x 0.43") and light weight (1.65 ounces, including alkaline battery) make them ideal for travel. These devices are outfitted with an ergonomic dial thumb pad allowing the user to easily play or stop a recording, adjust the volume level, fast-forward and rewind with the touch of one button. The Erase and Folder/Index buttons are positioned individually below the thumb dial for easy access during use. Olympus WS-300M 256 MB Digital Voice Recorder and Music Player (older version, still available on the market - Main difference is the recording time and memory size. Otherwise the features are about the same and sold for approximately $20 USD less than the new WS-311M) Take it here, there and anywhere. The compact brushed silver WS-300M is equipped with 256MB of internal memory for up to 68 hours of recording time and stores up to 120 music tracks. Users can enjoy a great sense of freedom, not being bound by cables, docking station or special software, simply plug directly into any PC and you are ready to upload and download your files as you choose. Take it here, there and anywhere. The compact brushed silver WS-300M is equipped with 256MB of internal memory for up to 68 hours of recording time and stores up to 120 music tracks. Users can enjoy a great sense of  freedom, not being bound by cables, docking station or special software, simply plug directly into any PC and you are ready to upload and download your files as you choose. The Olympus WS-311M Ideal for the paranormal investigator who wants to travel light. The WS-311M saves all file types to its memory in an instant - voice files, music, presentations or text documents. With its 512MB of internal memory it allows you to store over 138 hours of recording time and the WS-311M is USB direct so no driver installation is required. Andy Flagg added: "Whether you use it to record your daily meetings/lectures, store important work files or just listen to your favorite artist, or capture EVPs ghost hunting, it makes downloading and recording simple." The WS-Series boasts high-quality audio while in record or playback mode, offers up to six recording modes of increasing quality and uses Windows Media Audio file format - without needing additional software. The Olympus WS-321M and Olympus WS-311M digital voice recorder provide the highest quality mode: Stereo Extra-High-Quality (STXQ) with dynamic stereo recording capabilities. The Noise Cancel and Voice Filter features can also be turned-on during playback to enhance the recordings' sound quality. When activated, Noise Cancel enables users to select the high or low mode depending on the amount of background noise. The Noise Cancel feature cuts the surrounding background noise digitally during playback. Also, by removing the low and high frequency noises, Voice Filter enhances the human voice, which is a moderate frequency. Thermal Profile Loggers Are available with up to 16 channels, Thermal Profile Loggers can provide Engineers with vital data when checking for temperature hot and cold spots within ovens, kilns and chillers. The Digitron ThermaPro can be installed within its own thermal barrier and placed inside the oven for a thorough test and logging period. Results are downloaded using free-issue software. Thermocouples can be provided in lengths to suit individual requirements. This equipment can be quite pricey, however, there are smaller units that will log temperature readings over an extended period of time...Great for those investigations that have a long history of cold spots in a haunting. Digital Recording Devices The Choices Can Be Daunting – This Should Help Ghost Hunting 101 The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011