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Zoom H2
Digital Audio Recorder
The H2 is a true audio recorder.  The other recorders we use are designed for voice, whereas the Zoom is designed for music and other audio.  The microphones are spaced out to give it 360° of detection and can also be used in a 90° front mode or 120° rear mode.  It has a very wide frequency range, is extremely sensitive, and clear.  We have had a lot of success with this recorder.  The sensitivity and lack of background noise have made it much easier to analyze EVP that were picked up by other recorders running concurrently but were not clear enough to understand.  We have also picked up quite a few that were simply too low to be heard over the background noise of any other recorder.

While being very large in file size, the ability to record in WAV format means nothing will be lost or contaminated due to compression.  It can also record in MP3 format in bitrates up to 320 kbps.  Overall, it is a versatile piece of equipment that is very useful to have during recording sessions.

Panasonic RR-QR80
Digital Voice Recorder
The QR80 is an older audio recorder that, for whatever reason, is said to be excellent for picking up some types of EVP.  This particular recorder was donated by Adam Blai to a charity auction at the Stanley Hotel in April 2007.  It has only 15 minutes of recording time on high quality so it is best used sparingly.  The lack of recording space makes it a good candidate for using the voice activated system. 

The usefulness of VAS is a matter of preference and misconceptions.  Some say that it might not pick up on everything and that may be true in some cases.  However, there is no reason why an EVP on a frequency below our hearing threshold would not be picked up by VAS.  This also makes it useful to leave sitting for long periods of time when you don't want the additional 12 hours of audio to review.  If you leave it in a quiet room for 12 hours and it fills up those 15 minutes with paranormal activity, you're already going to have an astounding enough find.  We tend to use our other recorders for full sessions and reserve this one for VAS or quick sessions.

One of the misconceptions about VAS is that it cuts off the first syllable of the word that activates it.  We have tested this numerous times and it is absolutely not true for a digital recorder.  The reason why is that it sits in a passive mode with a small buffer so that when something activates it, the audio from before it happened is still in the buffer.  Once it stops detecting anything, it keeps recording for around 2 seconds to make sure nothing is cut off.
Sony ICD-P320 & ICD-P520 Recorders
Digital Voice Recorders
These are our main recorders for use during EVP sessions.  They are virtually identical, with the main difference being the 520 having a much larger storage capacity.  Unlike the QR80, these allow us to listen live with headphones as we record.  This may allow us to hear some EVPs as they happen, and even if not, having the headphones already there makes reviewing on the spot a simple task.

Sennheiser PX-100 Headphones
Collapsible Open-Air Headphones
These headphones are very easy to carry around but are also somewhat noisy due to being open-air in nature.  Their main advantages are very light weight and being collapsible to around the size of a glasses case.  They are very convenient for live monitoring of EVP sessions or quick reviews before a full scrutiny is performed at a later date.

Sennheiser HD-280 Headphones
Closed-Ear Headphones
The HD-280 headphones are the headphones we use to review all of our audio in detail, from our FLIR recordings to our EVP sessions.  They close around the ear in order to eliminate all but the loudest background noise and enhance perception of more subtle noises that may be subconsciously dismissed with open-air headphones.  They can be a bit too bulky to use in the field and uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time, but they are invaluable when it comes to reviewing.

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