Is an iPhone an Appropriate Digital Recording Device For EVP?

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You may be wondering if an iPhone an appropriate digital recording device for capturing electronic voice phenomena (EVP). The quick answer, only in a pinch if there's absolutely nothing else available at the moment. Generally speaking, however, no.

Smartphones Offer Low-Quality Recordings

When it is a paranormal investigator's intention to record EVP, she or he should use a recorder of the highest possible quality. A dedicated digital voice recorder, set to the HQ (high quality) setting is usually fine for this purpose. And a good quality cassette tape recorder with high-quality tapes work well, too.

The problem with using the microphones and recording apps on smartphones - whether iPhone or Android - is that they are not really meant to record very high quality. And high quality is what you want when you are seeking EVP.

Capturing High-Quality EVP

Grade A EVP -- voices that are clear and unambiguous -- are relatively rare. Most often they are faint, somewhat hard to hear, or open to interpretation. So having a recording of low quality only adds to these problems: Was that really a voice? Or was it a dog barking outside or a chair being moved across the floor in the next room? A recording of high quality might be able to make that distinction. A smartphone might not.

As a paranormal investigator, you want to gather the very best evidence you can, and that goes for audio recordings, still pictures, and video. So you should always strive to use the best equipment you can afford. Good, solid paranormal evidence - good enough to give skeptics pause - is hard enough to come by, so don't give them ammunition with the reason or excuse that your equipment was deficient.