7 Ghost-Hunting Tools Recommended by Paranormal Investigators

By kat long | oct 26, 2018 | updated: jan 7, 2020, 4:00 pm est.

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My former apartment was haunted. The ghost, who seemed to be friendly, delighted in knocking container lids off the kitchen counter when no one was in the room. Sadly, I never documented the evidence because I didn’t have a night-vision camera handy.

Don’t make the same mistake I did. Whether you're a full-fledged believer in the spiritual realm or a hardcore skeptic looking for some spooky fun, you can conduct your own paranormal investigations with just a few essential tools. “You don’t want to get lost in the gear,” says Jason Stroming, founder and lead investigator of the New York Paranormal Society . “Some people bring so much stuff to investigations that it looks like they’re about to launch the Space Shuttle .”

Here are seven expert-recommended devices to get you started.

1. Olympus Digital Voice Recorder; $32

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On any ghost-hunting TV series— A Haunting , The Haunted , Most Haunted , Ghost Hunters , Ghost Asylum , or Ghost Adventures —the investigators will whip out a digital voice recorder to conduct an EVP session. That stands for “electronic voice phenomena,” but can encompass any mysterious sounds or voices from spirits in the vicinity. These handheld, battery-operated devices are an essential tool for any ghost enthusiast, Stroming says.

He recalls an EVP session at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden in Staten Island, New York: Just before midnight, during an otherwise uneventful investigation, Stroming and his crew heard the distinct creak of footsteps on the old wood floors. “We went to see if the security guard had come back in, but you can’t really get in to the front door without it making a lot of noise. We would have heard that,” he tells Mental Floss. At Snug Harbor a few months later, the crew had his digital recorder running when “the same thing happened—the footsteps. That to us was exciting, because it was the same time and the same activity,” Stroming says. “We all heard it.”

If you’re ready to capture your own EVPs, the Olympus VN-541PC recorder offers 4 gigabytes of storage and a one-touch record button.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Canon PowerShot; $249

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Stroming approaches the paranormal from a more skeptical point of view. “We try to debunk things first and look for rational explanations,” he says, so a digital camera with a night vision function is a must-have. They’re essential for capturing everything from unexplained light anomalies and shadow figures to mysterious creaks, thuds, and footsteps. The pocket-sized Canon PowerShot SX620 digital camera takes still photos and 1080p HD video in low light. Basic camcorders will record movement and sound (and not disrupt electromagnetic fields like a smartphone can). Those adapted for ghost hunting, like the Cleveland Paranormal Supply Co.’s model ( $189 on Amazon), record in night vision and let you switch easily from infrared (also known as thermal imaging) mode to full spectrum mode.

“We try to take a lot of photos,” Stroming adds. “You just never know what’s going to show up.”

3. K-II ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD (EMF) DETECTOR; $60

Electricians use inexpensive EMF meters to locate sources of electromagnetic radiation from homes and offices (common culprits are older appliances and cell phones). Ghosts are also thought to emit EM radiation or disturb the existing magnetic fields in a room. Stroming’s team uses EMF meters primarily to debunk spectral sources of EM radiation. “We’ve had cases where people are sleeping right next to an old alarm clock, or they don’t realize that their fuse box is right below them and could be giving off huge electromagnetic fields. That can cause hallucinations or the feeling of being watched,” Stroming says. “We say, ‘Move the alarm clock for a week, call us back and let us know.’ They always say it stops.”

On the other hand, an anomalous EM field in the middle of a room with no obvious source merits further investigation. While Stroming prefers the basic K-II EMF Meter, the ghost-hunting supplier GhostStop suggests its Rook EMF Meter . This fancier version can block man-made frequencies and indicate EMF disturbances with light and sound alerts, says paranormal investigator Graham Ober, GhostStop ’s customer service tech.

4. Etekcity Lasergrip INFRARED THERMOMETER; $16

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A regular thermometer can measure the ambient temperature in a given environment. An infrared thermometer, commonly used by electricians and HVAC technicians, can take the temp of specific object with a laser. They’re handy for detecting cold spots in a potentially haunted area, which ghost investigators say can be signs of otherwise invisible entities.

Stroming uses an infrared thermometer to identify drafts around windows or air conditioning vents before an investigation begins, as well as for measuring thermal radiation during the session. When held about 14 inches in front of the object to be measured, the Etekcity Lasergrip 774

infrared thermometer can detect temps from a frigid -58°F to a broiling 716°F, although most paranormal entities seem to shift the room temp just a shade in either direction (3 degrees is the threshold for possible spectral activity, Ober tells Mental Floss).

5. Portable Home Security; $71

Any serious paranormal investigator will use motion sensors or vibration detectors to pick up movement in empty rooms. A basic portable home security system, with a couple of sensors and a receiver, is an inexpensive option. Just place the sensor on a table or shelf in an unoccupied room and carry the receiver with you. The receiver will emit an alarm or chime when motion is detected in the empty location, and you can then send in the unluckiest member of your ghost-hunting crew to check it out.

Vibration sensors (sometimes called geophones ) work in a similar way. They can be set on the floor to detect phantom footsteps or other unexplained movement, and will light up when anomalies are sensed.

6. BINARY RESPONSE DEVICE

Binary response devices, or “yes/no boxes,” are another important tool. Investigators can ask suspected spirits simple questions and allegedly receive answers through the device—the theory being that spirits can harness the energy in the machine and use it to respond. Different replies are indicated with lights on either side of the gadget. GhostStop’s Flux Response Device features green and red lights to facilitate yes/no questions (green for yes, red for no) and to obtain answers to slightly more complex inquiries, such as “which corner of the room are you in?” (red for left, green for right). The steampunk-style Gyroscope Digital Talking Board from Paranologies has a yes/no/maybe function along with a full alphabet for longer words, much like a 21st-century Ouija Board ( $17 on Amazon).

7. P-SB11 GHOST BOX; $130

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A ghost box is a catch-all term for a device used to verbally communicate with spirits. Many of these gadgets continually scan radio frequencies, creating a din of white noise. “The idea is the spirit can use that white noise to communicate in some way, either verbally or through EVP sessions,” Ober says. Users can simply listen for disembodied voices, or yell questions into the void and hope for an answer from beyond.

There are numerous models on the market, from the popular P-SB7 Spirit Box (and the more advanced P-SB11) designed by Gary Galka of DAS to GhostStop’s Sbox , a similar device with added recording capability. “A lot of people are interested in recording the audio from the SB7,” Ober notes. “We’ve taken that technology a step forward, so you’re able to record that audio without having to have a second device present.”

One of Ghost Adventures ’s fave devices is the Ovilus , designed by Bill Chappell of Digital Dowsing . Instead of scanning radio frequencies, the various Ovilus models generate words in response to environmental fluctuations or EMF anomalies, supposedly translating the spirit’s communications into English terms. Not everyone is sold on the device (“It’s like a high-tech Magic 8 Ball,” Stroming says), but Zak Bagans , lead investigator of the Ghost Adventures crew, is very fond of shouting rude questions at local spooks through it.

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The Best White Noise Machine

Three of the best white noise machines that we tested, shown with an eye mask and pillow spray.

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White noise machines generate sounds to mask the assorted yapping dogs, clanky radiators, and late-night parties that can leave us anxious, seething, and awake. These machines can also drown out distracting sounds during the day to help you focus. After testing a total of 22 popular devices and apps against an array of annoying noises since 2016, as well as interviewing a range of experts—including sleep researchers and audio engineers—we’ve concluded that the LectroFan EVO is the most effective nuisance-noise blocker for the price.

Everything we recommend

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LectroFan EVO

The best white noise machine.

With its electronically generated sounds, the LectroFan EVO masks a wider variety of noises than the other machines we tested in its price range.

Buying Options

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Yogasleep Dohm

Real fan sounds.

Fans of fan sounds may find the Yogasleep Dohm’s low-tech whir more pleasant than the more staticky white noise of the LectroFan EVO. But its volume range is smaller, and it doesn’t mask noise as well.

Upgrade pick

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Sound+Sleep

More layered, complex sounds.

This easy-to-use machine provides not only white noise variations but also a mix of rich, customizable ambient sounds.

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A white noise app for iPhone and Android

myNoise offers better customization than any other white noise app we’ve found. It doesn’t simply make nuisance noises more bearable—it can make them almost disappear.

If you know you prefer fanlike noises, you may like the Yogasleep Dohm . The Sound+Sleep excels at nature sounds, and if you’re looking for an app, myNoise is the best.

For more ways to find peace and quiet, see our guides to the best earplugs for sleeping , the best noise-cancelling headphones , and the best sleep headphones . We also have guidance on using a white noise machine for a baby .

Thanks to electronically generated noise options in a range of frequencies (including white, pink, brown, and fan sounds), the LectroFan EVO works as well as or better than similarly priced machines at masking squalling cats, barking dogs, and snoring roommates. Its controls are easy to use, its range of volume is wider than that of other devices we tested, and its small size is convenient for travel and won’t dominate your nightstand.

If you find fan sounds calming and prefer a low-tech machine, the Yogasleep Dohm is a good option. Whereas the LectroFan EVO’s strong suit is its range of electronically generated noise options, the Dohm uses a physical fan to create its white noise. Accordingly, it sounds earthier and more natural—like a whir (as you’d expect from a fan), as opposed to static. Some people find this more pleasant, despite the Yogasleep Dohm’s inability to mask noise as well as machines that offer a range of white, pink, or brown sounds. The Dohm costs about the same as the LectroFan, and while the new design makes it easier to adjust the pitch and volume, it’s still bulky, and you need to physically twist the casing to fine-tune the sound.

With 10 sound categories, including white noise, nature sounds, and other ambient non-looping recordings, the Sound+Sleep can mask noise while also helping you relax. Its audio quality is rich and full, and the design intuitive. You can layer multiple noises to create a full soundscape (by adding seagull cries on top of crashing ocean waves, for instance). The Sound+Sleep’s so-called adaptive technology adjusts the volume automatically as your environment changes, making it easier to block out noise. These bells and whistles mean the Sound+Sleep costs twice as much as the LectroFan EVO, but we think its ease of use and pleasant sounds may be worth it, especially if you want the option of relaxing to environmental soundscapes in addition to blocking annoying noise.

We love the free myNoise app (available in the App Store and on Google Play ) because it lets you choose from a range of pleasing white noise and natural sounds, as well as customize the intensity of the various frequencies to better mask the nuisance noise—something neither dedicated sound machines nor the other apps we’ve tried are able to do. The free version of the app offers a decent range of sounds, and myNoise’s full acoustic library (an optional “all you can hear” bundle) is available for a one-time $10 fee. That’s notably more affordable than other white noise apps we’ve tested, many of which require pricey monthly subscriptions for complete access. myNoise’s recorded sounds don’t loop, which experts say is ideal. (Note that the audio quality will depend on how you listen, whether through your phone’s speakers, your headphones , or your Bluetooth speakers .)

The research

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To learn what features to look for in white noise machines, we spoke with Michael Perlis, PhD , director of the behavioral sleep medicine program at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine whose work includes studying the use of white noise machines in treating insomnia. We also interviewed UPenn scientist Mathias Basner, MD, PhD , a professor of sleep and chronobiology in the department of psychiatry who co-authored a clinical review of studies on the use of white noise as a sleep aid, as well as Stanford University sleep researcher Rafael Pelayo, MD , author of How to Sleep: The New Science-Based Solutions for Sleeping Through the Night and a medical consultant to Adaptive Sound Technologies Inc. (ASTI), the maker of two of our picks, the LectroFan EVO and the Sound+Sleep . To understand how noises mask each other, we spent hours talking on the phone and emailing with Stéphane Pigeon, PhD , a sound engineer specializing in white noise and the creator of myNoise , our favorite white noise app .

To learn about using white noise machines with infants, we interviewed Lisa L. Hunter, PhD , scientific director for audiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Harvey Karp, MD , assistant professor of pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine, maker of the Snoo bassinet , and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block , a guide to infant sleep.

Supervising editor Courtney Schley wrote the original version of this guide in 2016. I’m Wirecutter’s senior staff writer for sleep, and I conducted a new round of research and testing for white noise machines over a period of several weeks in 2020 and 2021. In addition to overseeing Wirecutter’s mattress coverage , I’ve written numerous articles on how to improve your sleep , as well as Wirecutter’s “ Five Days to Better Sleep ” email challenge. Brent Butterworth , senior staff writer for audio at Wirecutter, performed a new round of decibel measurements and analyzed the sound quality of our top choices in early 2021.

Traditionally, people have used white noise machines to help them fall asleep. White noise machines can help, first and foremost, by blurring away noisy distractions with boring sounds. As Stanford University sleep researcher Rafael Pelayo explained, boring is good, particularly at bedtime, because we need to feel safe in order to fall asleep easily—and our brains register “boring” as “safe.” What’s more, these machines can help you stay asleep by masking the surprise bits of noise, such as the ding of a hotel elevator or the click of the lock as your roommate enters the apartment late, that might stir you awake in the middle of the night. It’s for this reason that white noise machines can, as the pandemic has shown, come in handy, whether you’re working at home with kids or roommates who can’t keep quiet or in an open-plan office.

Secondly, white noise machines may help you drift off if you find the sounds they make relaxing. (This is a likelier scenario when the machine emits real-life sounds, such as fan or rain noises.) As you turn to your machine night after night, the soothing sounds also become part of your bedtime routine. Routines make you feel safe—and again, feeling safe is important for quality sleep, said Pelayo (who, full disclosure, is also a medical consultant for ASTI, the maker of two of our picks, the LectroFan EVO and the Sound+Sleep ). This isn’t so much a reason for getting a white noise machine, but it explains why many people stick with it once they do.

If you’re primarily looking for a way to block out distractions, try streaming white noise through either a free app (like the free version of our pick, myNoise ) or your voice assistant before you invest in a dedicated machine.

Keep in mind, though, that more research is needed to prove the effectiveness of white noise machines to help you sleep. A clinical review of research on the relationship between white noise and sleep , published in the February 2021 issue of Sleep Medicine Reviews, found that previous studies were too small, too short, and too inconsistent to draw any meaningful conclusions. The truth is, whether you’ll find a white noise machine helpful for sleep will depend on your preferences and circumstances. White noise isn’t an insomnia cure-all, said clinical review co-author Mathias Basner. In fact, some people might find the noises these machines generate as annoying as the sounds they’re trying to block out.

And if your sleep quality has changed suddenly and you’re not sure why, you shouldn’t run out to buy a white noise machine right away. “Sleep is likely a very sensitive barometer of your health status,” said UPenn researcher Michael Perlis. So unless you know for certain that ambient noise (a new neighbor blasting music at 2 a.m., your partner’s snoring) is the culprit, it’s best to talk with your doctor first.

For most people, white noise has come to mean any kind of continuous, unobtrusive background noise. But for audio engineers, white noise is a specific “color” in a rainbow of fuzzy-sounding noises:

  • White noise covers the entire range of audible frequencies in equal intensities. It sounds like the hiss you hear when you can’t get a signal on a radio. Its graph (with intensity as the Y axis and frequency as the X axis, displayed linearly) looks like a straight, horizontal line.
  • Pink noise has more intensity in the lower-frequency range, so it sounds deeper than white noise, closer to rainfall. Its sound graph looks like a downward slope.
  • Brown noise involves even more intensity in the lower-frequency range, so it sounds deeper still, like a waterfall’s deep rumble in the distance. Its graph has a steeper downward slope than that of pink noise.
  • Blue noise is a very bright noise—the opposite of brown noise, with more intensity in the higher-frequency range and a higher pitch than white noise. It looks like an upward slope.

The term “white noise machine” is therefore a misnomer, as these devices often offer a range of sounds. For instance, our top pick, the LectroFan EVO, has shades of pink and brown noises as well as white noise, and our also-great pick, the Dohm, emits a range of fan sounds that, depending on the setting, can sound a bit like brown noise. A better term for these devices would be “sound generators,” said Pelayo, author of How to Sleep .

A line graph showing four nuisance sounds and whether each range will be blocked best by white, pink, or brown noise.

The white, pink, and brown noises you tend to find in sound generators can all mask annoying sounds to varying degrees, if you turn the volume up enough. But a smarter way to mask noise is to choose the color with higher intensity in the frequencies matching that of the noise you’re trying to block, explained sound engineer Stéphane Pigeon. For instance, the rumble of garbage trucks, the sound graph for which looks like a downward slope (as long as the X axis is linear), is handily masked by brown noise even at a relatively low volume, because brown noise is characterized by a lot of low frequencies and a similar downward-sloping sound graph. In contrast, white noise, whose sound graph is a straight, horizontal line, won’t block the high-intensity low frequencies of a garbage truck until you ramp up the volume. That’s inefficient and unkind to your ears. However, if you have the sort of tinnitus that sounds like ringing in your ears, the steady, higher-frequency sound of white or blue noise may offer relief.

Some white noise machines, such as the Sound+Sleep , also offer real-world sounds like that of rain, river, and ocean waves. If you happen to find these sounds soothing, they might help you sleep or focus. But they may also mask offending noises, if they're similar enough. For instance, ASTI, maker of the Sound+Sleep and the LectroFan, was born when its founder noticed while on a trip to the beach that the sound of the ocean reminded him of the freeway noises outside his home (but more relaxing). A musician with an advanced engineering degree, he recorded and analyzed the sounds, then played them back upon his return home, where he discovered that the ocean and its crashing waves seamlessly masked the whoosh of the cars. Similarly, the sound of raindrops may camouflage the chatter of people in the next room (both have a bell-shaped sound graph, said Pigeon); meanwhile, a drippy faucet can be “fixed” acoustically with the gurgle of a babbling brook. Of course, you have to find these “natural noise” solutions calming for this to work, for either sleeping or focusing; otherwise, you’re just replacing one bothersome sound for another.

Different models of white noise machines that we tested to find the best one.

We first tested white noise machines in 2016. After considering nine devices, supervising editor Courtney Schley zeroed in on six for further evaluation, including three white noise machines made by Yogasleep (formerly Marpac): the Dohm Classic (then called the Dohm DS), the Rohm , and the Hushh . She also tested the ASTI LectroFan Classic , the HoMedics Deep Sleep II , and the Sleep Easy Sound Conditioner .

Over a period of several weeks in late 2020 and early 2021, I assessed new models and retested our current picks, several of which had been updated. These included:

  • five new offerings by Yogasleep: the Whish, the Duet, the Nod, the Dohm Connect, and the Dohm (a slightly redesigned version of the Dohm Classic)
  • two additional models from ASTI: the Sound+Sleep (which includes environmental sounds) and the LectroFan EVO (similar to the LectroFan, but with a smarter design and the addition of an ocean-wave option)
  • two popular budget options on Amazon: the HoMedics SoundSpa SS-2000 and the Letsfit Sleep Sound Machine T126L
  • a high-end fan-sound machine called the Snooz

I started by testing the control buttons both in broad daylight and at bedtime, identifying the machines that were the most intuitive to use and the easiest to handle, even in the dark. I also considered the array of masking sounds each machine offered, the acoustic quality of the sound, and whether the sound itself was pleasant (not all babbling brooks are created equal; some sounded like a leaky toilet).

I then evaluated the best of the bunch—the Yogasleep Dohm, the LectroFan, the LectroFan EVO, the Sound+Sleep, and the Snooz—against recordings of common nuisance noises, including a drill (video) , a party (video) , a barking dog (video) , and vehicles on a freeway (video) , played at the highest volume from a laptop set on a table in the living and dining area of my apartment. I placed white noise machines on a dresser in an adjacent bedroom with the door closed. One by one, I searched for a sound that best masked each of the noises when played at a moderate to soft volume (a decibel level no higher than the mid-50s and preferably in the 40s, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorizes as unannoying and not likely to cause hearing damage).

A bedside table holding a white noise machine and a tripod with a decibel meter.

I also sent these five models to Brent Butterworth, Wirecutter’s senior staff writer and in-house audio expert. He set up a sound-level meter 18 inches away from our top contenders in a quiet room to measure each one’s decibel range. He also further assessed their sound quality and slept with each machine.

The LectroFan EVO, our pick for the best white noise machine.

The LectroFan EVO is a small but mighty machine, with an intuitive design that offers an abundance of rich-sounding options that are likely to shield you acoustically from any bothersome noise. The EVO, an updated version of the LectroFan Classic , our previous top pick since 2016, offers everything the Classic does for the same price and has several thoughtful design upgrades. Two electronically generated ocean noises (one calm, the other with rougher surf) join the 10 colored sounds and 10 fan sounds. The top of the heptagonal-shaped machine is sloped and holds all the buttons (the Classic’s buttons were on the side), so it’s both easier to access and see from your bed, or to navigate by touch in the dark. The on/off switch no longer shares a button with the timer, which eliminates confusion and mishaps. The EVO’s surface feels more grippy and less slippery, and there’s a connector for headphones or speakers.

But we especially like the LectroFan EVO for the same reasons we liked the Classic (which is still a good choice if you can’t find the EVO). Ranging from “dark noise” (low-frequency brown noise) to “white noise” (high frequency), the EVO’s colored-noise settings sound like variations of low rumbles, rushing wind, or static—neither pleasant nor unpleasant. Compared with other contraptions of similar size, the sound is noticeably better: clear and rich, and not at all tinny or muffled.

Brent’s 2021 sound-level test confirmed that this little machine has great range—from “almost nothing” to a maximum volume of 87 decibels (about as loud as a garbage disposal). Compared with other white noise machines we tested, including the Dohm, the LectroFan EVO provides a greater range of frequencies and allows for finer volume control, letting you pick the best match to mask noise at the lowest possible setting. In our most recent tests , where we kept the dBA levels to a moderate mid-40s to high ’50s, the EVO’s calmer ocean setting sufficiently diminished freeway noise; “cinnamon” (a slightly higher-pitched brown noise) smoothed out the hard edges of a hammer drill; and “champagne” (a touch lower pitched than white noise) drowned out party chitchat. The loud sound of barking dogs was more difficult to block, but it was at least made less annoying with the machine set to “coral” (a bit higher pitched than pink noise).

Close view of the top buttons on the LectroFan EVO, our pick for the best white noise machine.

For those soothed by fans, the LectroFan drones and whirs in 10 different ways, including as a box fan, an attic fan, and an industrial fan. Its exhaust fan, though electronically created, sounds close to Yogasleep’s real fan. It’s nice to have options, but those who like the specific whoosh of an exhaust fan might prefer the audio richness of the Yogasleep.

Measuring just 4.7 inches in diameter and about 3.3 inches high, the EVO is slightly larger than the Classic but still takes up little room on a nightstand, and it’s small enough to fit in your luggage when you travel. The EVO’s new interface is more intuitive than that of the Classic, and certainly more so than that of the competition. Once turned on, it will play indefinitely (as is the case with other white noise machines), though you can also set a timer. With 60-minute increments (up to eight hours), the EVO offers more flexibility than most. For instance, there’s no timer at all on the Yogasleep Dohm, and the slightly cheaper Yogasleep Duet provides only three timer choices (45 minutes, 90 minutes, or eight hours).

We wish the EVO had a built-in battery, which would be helpful for travel or when you don’t have an outlet nearby. And while toggle-button controls are intuitive, we wish it had a labeled dial like that of our upgrade pick, the Sound+Sleep (our upgrade pick) does, so you can see what noise you’ve switched to. And, unlike with white noise apps, you can set the timer only by the hour and not by the minute. Finally, while the electronically generated ocean noises are fine, they don’t sound too different from a colored noise—more a soft ebbing and flowing “shhh” than the harder-edged sound of water lapping onto distant shores. If you’re looking for naturalistic environmental sounds, you may prefer the Sound+Sleep.

The Yogasleep Dohm, our also great pick for the best white noise machine.

If you find the rushing sound of a fan pleasant and relaxing, the Yogasleep Dohm is a reliable choice for masking noise. With a devoted following for more than 50 years (Yogasleep, formerly Marpac, touts it as the “original white noise machine”), the Dohm relies on an actual fan to make noise. We think it produces a slightly more pleasant and earthier sound than the LectroFan’s electronically produced fan and white, brown, and pink noises. It’s something akin to what you hear when you hold a seashell over your ear, or to the sound of wind rushing through a field, though we also noticed a slight whining undertone when running the Dohm on its high setting.

Close view of the power button on the Yogasleep Dohm, our also great pick for the best white noise machine.

As is expected with white noise machines that generate sounds from a single physical fan, the Dohm is more limited in its masking capabilities compared with its digital counterparts. While it masked softer noises like the freeway traffic as well as the LectroFan EVO when behind a closed door, sounds such as barking dogs or talking people required higher volume just to blur the noise, let alone completely mask it.

The Dohm also has a narrower volume range than the other machines we tested, including the LectroFan EVO and the Sound+Sleep. Brent found that the Dohm’s lowest setting registered about 62 dBA when measured from 18 inches away, much louder than the softest setting on the other contenders (our pick, the LectroFan EVO, goes down to “near nothing,” he noted). On the higher end, the Dohm can reach only 69 dBA—other machines can run louder, but we doubt you’d want a white noise machine louder than that.

We understand why the Dohm has a loyal following: Besides the widespread appeal of fan noise, there’s something innately comforting about its low-tech, no-frills, analog build. It’s a great choice if you want to keep your bedroom a tech-free haven. A single button lets you switch from low volume to high volume to off, and you can make subtle adjustments to the tone and volume by twisting the plastic housing, which opens or closes the cutouts. Though the original design (the Yogasleep Dohm Classic , our former pick), is still available, we prefer the revised 2020 version even though it costs a few dollars more. With a more contoured shape and a ridged surface, it’s easier to twist and adjust (though it can still be a challenge if you have dexterity issues, in which case you’ll want to consider the LectroFan EVO or the Sound+Sleep , which use buttons). Neither version has a timer—for that you’d have to spend $70 for the app-enabled Yogasleep Dohm Connect, something we don’t recommend because for just $10 more, you can get the (also app-enabled) Snooz , which has a more stylish look and produces a cleaner fan sound. Both of these pricier choices allow you to adjust the volume with your phone too.

The Sound+Sleep, our upgrade pick for best white noise machine.

The Sound+Sleep offers a customizable range of both authentic environmental sounds and white noise variations, with better sound quality than the other machines we tried. Whether you need to mask noise or relax (or both), this machine could probably do it all. As senior audio writer Brent Butterworth said, “If you can’t find a sound on this that works for you, a noise machine is probably not your answer.”

You’ll find much cheaper models that provide a similarly large range of sounds, but the Sound+Sleep’s nine ambient noises (including a waterfall, a fireplace, a train, and meditative music), recorded from real life, sound more robust and organic—and thus likely more pleasant for most people—than the LectroFan EVO’s electronically generated surf (which sounds similar to pink noise), or the muffled-sounding surf on the Yogasleep Duet , which is also naturally recorded. Located on top of the machine, the Sound+Sleep’s larger speaker contributes to its fuller, richer acoustic quality. The raised buttons and dial are clearly labeled and easy to navigate in the dark. They’re also more responsive than most, so those with strength issues shouldn’t have a problem.

In addition, the Sound+Sleep has a couple of extras you won’t find in other machines: You can “enhance” each of its sounds with the “richness” button, which layers in additional recordings to create a more complex, non-looping soundscape. For example, if you choose the simple roar of ocean surf, you can add the sound of seagulls, or go all in and include the occasional foghorn. (I personally found the foghorns too distracting for bedtime, though.) The resulting mix is different every time you listen.

You can also press the “adaptive” button to enable the machine to automatically adjust the volume as the noises around you change. This takes some of the guesswork out of finding the best volume level and saves you from fiddling with the buttons once you’re in bed. I found the volume shifts almost too subtle to notice, but perhaps that’s the point—you don’t need to raise the volume too loud to blur away the nuisance noises.

Close view of the knobs and buttons on the the Sound+Sleep, our upgrade pick for best white noise machine.

You could cover a wide range of sounds at half the cost using LectroFan EVO. But the Sound+Sleep offers arguably better-sounding solutions—and more of them. For instance, its crackling-fireplace sound handily camouflaged the tapping of my apartment’s heating unit at a softer, more soothing volume than any white noise variation I tried on LectroFan EVO.

A button turns the display lights on and off, and, like the LectroFan, it has a headphone jack so you can listen without disturbing your sleep partner. We also like that the timer can be set in 30-minute increments (as opposed to only 60-minute increments on the LectroFan EVO). Some machines, like the Snooz, which costs about the same, offer even more precision via a Bluetooth-enabled timer. But there’s something to be said for a tactile machine after a long day spent swiping and tapping on screens.

A smart phone screen showing the myNoise app, our favorite white noise app.

If you have decent-quality headphones or Bluetooth speakers, you might find peace simply by downloading a white noise app, many of which offer an impressive array of sound options for free. A lot of the apps we found allow you to program a timer precisely to the minute, something the physical machines we recommend don’t offer. And even if you decide on a dedicated white noise machine, we think a downloaded app is handy to have as well, whether for a more peaceful train commute, help focusing in a noisy office, or a better night’s sleep in a hotel room.

After testing 12 smartphone apps in 2016 and another three ( White Noise Lite, Deep Sleep Sounds, and Relax Melodies ) for this update, we still like myNoise best. Created by research engineer and sound designer Stéphane Pigeon, whom we interviewed for this guide, myNoise is available on both iOS and Android as well as on the myNoise site . The app offers a core collection of eight real-life sounds (rain, ocean, and temple bells, for example) and colored noises for free; you can purchase the “all you can listen” bundle, an ample library of additional sounds, for a one-time fee of $10, or download individual sounds for 99¢ apiece. (All sounds are available for free on the browser version .) Similar to the Sound+Sleep, the environmental sounds on the myNoise app are generated from real-world recordings versus electronically, so they’re richer and more realistic than those of the LectroFan EVO. (Pigeon created many of the recordings himself. On the app’s website, you can even view photos and read about some of his soundscape-gathering trips—for example, this soothing sea-wind-rain mix he captured along the Irish coast.)

The soft hiss of sea spray masks the sounds that white noise might, but we found myNoise more relaxing. In addition, an algorithm mixes the recordings to avoid discernable loops, and you can also layer soundscapes (bells chiming in the rain, for instance). This prevents your brain from anticipating patterns so you’re more likely to relax and fall asleep, said Michael Perlis, the UPenn sleep researcher. Besides manually pressing the off button, you can also stop the sound via a timer or an alarm.

myNoise also allows you to adjust sounds to better mask the din that’s annoying you. How? As explained earlier , different noises have higher intensities at some frequencies and lower intensities at others. With myNoise, you can customize the intensity of the individual frequencies within the recording you’re listening to, letting you block the offending noise without having to raise the volume. None of the machines or other apps we tested offered this degree of customization and control. It’s like being able to wrap a large, oddly shaped gift with tissue as opposed to cardboard. A sheet of tissue molds and covers closely and efficiently, while the cardboard leaves gaps and may require extra cardboard to fully envelop what you’re trying to wrap.

This is huge, as I discovered recently during a restless night’s sleep in a hotel. Plagued by an eclectic range of snoring noises from more than one family member, I put on my headphones, tapped on the “Tibetan choir” option, and played around with the frequencies. Even without an overall volume increase, the offending noises seemed to vanish—and I was instantly transported to a monastery, where I eventually fell asleep.

Many parents (including me) have used white noise machines to help their babies sleep. White noise can block intrusive sounds that could startle a baby awake, so it’s especially helpful during daytime naps and at bedtime, when the rest of the household is still active. We think the LectroFan EVO and the Yogasleep Dohm could work for babies, too, even though both companies also make baby-specific versions, which offer the usual ambient sounds along with womb or heartbeat sounds or lullabies.

While we didn’t test any of our picks with babies specifically, we did reach out to experts for some guidance on using white noise with babies. And, of course, it never hurts to talk to your pediatrician before adding one of our picks—or any other white noise machine—to your baby’s sleep routine.

Harvey Karp, MD, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block (which has an accompanying streaming video ), has long recommended that caregivers calm babies down with loud shushing, either directly or with a device (his company, Happiest Baby, offers a bassinet as well as a teddy , both of which play a series of specially designed sounds). Babies are exposed to loud and low-pitched sounds in the womb, and in the first few months after they’re born—Karp calls this the “fourth trimester”—those noises still sound soothing, he said.

You should be careful about volume, however. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends (PDF) that newborns in neonatal intensive care units be exposed to sound levels no higher than 45 dBa to avoid potential hearing damage. However, it doesn’t have an official guideline concerning continuous-noise machines, which emit noises with a far lower pitch compared with typical hospital beeps and alarms.

Lisa L. Hunter, scientific director for audiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, cautioned that some devices are capable of putting out noise far higher than that. One 2014 study (PDF) she cited found that all 14 of the machines tested were capable of producing sounds in excess of 50 dBa, and several went up to 85 dBa (this is in line with the maximum decibel output of the machines we tested, as well).

Hunter advised turning down the sound machine to a soft level so that it doesn’t interfere with hearing quiet conversation, and choosing a machine with a timer setting in order to further limit how long the infant is exposed to the sound.

If you have a voice assistant in your room, you already have a white noise machine, and it will pretty much play for as long or as little as you’d like it to, depending on the platform. Access Alexa’s offerings via its Ambient Noise skill , or peruse Google Home’s 14 built-in options on the company’s support page . You can also use your smart speaker to stream nature sounds from Spotify playlists, as Brent has done. We’ve found that the sound quality of these smart speakers rivals that of our picks and easily exceeds those of cheaper white noise contraptions, thanks to the resources available to these tech giants. “Having a decent smart speaker (like a standard Amazon Echo or Google Home, but not the Echo Dot or Google Home Mini) will give you more of the low frequencies, which I find more soothing,” Brent says. But beyond the hardware, you may or may not like your voice assistant’s particular rendition of ambient sounds. For instance, Brent prefers the ocean option on Google Home over Amazon Echo’s because the crashing waves sound less distinct, whereas I like more variation in my surf sounds. Also keep in mind that because the sounds aren’t part of the hardware, the options may change, and you can’t take the device with you when you travel.

Finally, privacy may be an issue for some users. Both Google Home and Amazon Echo work by responding to your voice commands and, to improve accuracy, sometimes record your interactions with it—something you may not want to have happen in your bedroom or your child’s. Thorin Klosowski , a lead editor on Wirecutter’s PC team who covers privacy and security, advises perusing your device’s settings to make it more secure and slightly more private. (CNET offers more explanation on this for both the Google Home and the Amazon Echo .) “In general,” Thorin explained, “a device can theoretically ‘mishear’ the wake word and start recording, but we’d guess the white noise recording would make that unlikely while it’s playing.” (If you’re trying to fall asleep, you’re not likely to say something that sounds vaguely like “Alexa” or “Hey, Google.”) Neither Brent nor I noticed any recording during testing.

We ’ re currently testing several new white noise machines against our current picks, including the Honeywell DreamWeaver , the Sweet Zzz White Noise Machine , the Douni Sleep Sound Machine , and the Dreamegg D1 , among others.

We also plan to test updated versions of two existing picks: Yogasleep’s Dohm Nova , an updated version of our also-great pick, the Yogasleep Dohm , and the Sound+Sleep SE , an expanded version of our upgrade pick . Yogasleep launched the Dohm Nova in February 2022, adding new functions like a night light and timer option. We’re evaluating the Sound+Sleep SE, which includes an expanded sound library with more than double the number of sounds, to see if its higher price is worth it. 

Lastly, we ’ re testing the Dark Noise app to see how it measures up against our current favorite white noise machine app, myNoise .

The sleek Snooz white noise machine, showing rounded sides and a large white power button on top.

If you want a stylish, upgraded fan-sound experience: While most white noise machines have a hard-edged, clinical appearance, the Bluetooth-enabled Snooz is curvy and stylish, with a satisfying whoosh that only a real fan (encased inside) can make. Brent loves the Snooz almost as much as the similarly priced Sound+Sleep. You can adjust the volume settings in 10 gradual increments—from whisper-soft to nearly 75 dBA, per Brent’s measurements—via the app, which features an automatic scheduler that lets you time the sound to fade in and out on a schedule of your choosing, right down to the minute. You can also manually rotate the machine’s outer ring to achieve tones ranging from a tabletop fan to an airplane-cabin rumble. Compared with the Dohm Connect (which costs $10 less), the whir is more robust, without a trace of whine even at its highest volume—just the pure, clear sound of whirling air. But $80 seems like a lot of money for one main sound, so we didn’t make the Snooz an official recommendation. Then again, if that’s the sound that soothes you (and it adequately masks the noise bothering you), this is your upgrade pick.

If you’re not choosy about sound quality but want lots of noise options at an affordable price: Shaped almost like a mini Google Home, the Yogasleep Duet slides unobtrusively onto any nightstand, no matter how small. It offers 30 sound variations, which is as many as the Sound+Sleep, our upgrade pick, and it’s Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream your own music. However, a third of the offerings are melodies (including Brahms’s “Lullaby” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”), and the audio sounds a bit muffled and less organic overall compared to that of the Sound+Sleep, even though we’re told the Duet’s ambient sounds are indeed recorded from real life, albeit tweaked electronically. And while you can stream your own music into the speaker, the app doesn’t allow you to set a precise schedule (your only choices are 45 minutes, 90 minutes, or eight hours). Still, the seven white noise variations can block a range of nuisance sounds, and at $40, it’s a pretty good deal if you’re not too picky about the sound quality and can find use for it with small children. It comes with a USB cord but no wall plug.

If you want an affordable option for a baby: The Yogasleep Nod is essentially the Yogasleep Duet but designed for babies, with a dozen white noise, fan, and environmental variations in addition to the eight infant-friendly options (lullabies, shushing, and womb sounds). At $25, it’s a good value for a nursery, and it doubles as a dimmable night-light. But for grown-up use, you’d get better sound quality and options with the Sound+Sleep , or at least more sounds to choose from with the Yogasleep Duet .

If you want an eclectic range of ambient-noise options that you can mix and match: The free White Noise Lite app (available in the App Store and on Google Play ) is your portal to a literal world of sounds, ranging from the usual nature favorites and colored noises to oddball options such as a dishwasher and cars. You can create playlists, mix and match sounds (heavy rain plus city streets, for example), and record your own looped sounds—or listen to and share those from other users’ creations—in the White Noise Market companion app, where you’ll find such eclectic offerings as “Kona rainforest rain” and “Icelandic wind.” The basic version of White Noise Lite comes with (annoying) ads; the 99¢ “full” version eliminates them, while the $2.99 “pro” option includes the generator tools you need to create recordings on your own. Both one-time fees are a real steal compared with the costly subscriptions for the other competing apps we tried in 2020. myNoise , with its customization options and professional non-looped recordings, is a better choice if you’re more concerned about masking noise with quality sounds. But if you simply like to open your ears to different soundscapes, White Noise Lite may be worth a listen.

The HoMedics SoundSpa SS-2000 is the flattest machine we tested (like the tip of a sphere shorn off), making it easy to slip into the side of a packed bag. It also had one of clearest control panels we’ve tested, with an on/off/volume knob, a timer button, and a button for each of its digitally recorded nature sounds and white noise, all spaced apart for easy access in the dark. However, the sound quality is tinny; more importantly, compared with our pick, the LectroFan EVO , it doesn’t provide the variety of colored sounds you might need to efficiently mask the varied noises that might come your way. The encasement also feels flimsy.

The LectroFan Classic is the original version of our pick, the LectroFan EVO . With 10 variations each of colored and fan sounds, it’s still a good choice for masking nuisance noise. But the placement of controls on the side of the machine (instead of on a sloped top) and a more slippery texture mean the Classic isn’t as easy to use as the EVO, which costs about the same and offers two ocean sounds to boot.

The sound on the Letsfit Sleep Sound Machine T126L is surprisingly robust—and the options tremendously varied—for a machine that costs barely $25, and there’s a night-light too. You can choose from 14 options, including white, pink, and brown noises; lullabies; and nature and fan sounds. Compared with those on the LectroFan EVO, the ocean waves on the Letsfit actually sound more real, albeit also terrifyingly aggressive. The Letsfit’s biggest drawback, though, is its ill-conceived controls, which make mishaps inevitable, especially if you’re using it in a nursery or shared bedroom. It’s too easy to accidentally tap the top to turn on the night-light, and if your touch inadvertently lingers on the button for too long, the machine will unleash sound when you might not want it to. The button for volume selection is the same for sound selection, depending on how long you touch it, so that too invites mistakes that can startle others awake. Finally, the timer button doesn’t set quietly but instead announces itself with a robot voice. We found the frustrations not worth the savings.

The Sleep Easy Sound Conditioner , which features an internal fan and looks like a Dohm knockoff, was a total bust in our tests: It jittered and rattled uncontrollably when we switched it on. Amazon reviews indicate this is a common problem.

The Sound+Sleep SE offers the same features as our upgrade pick, the original Sound+Sleep —but with six additional sounds, each with four (instead of three) variations, for a total of 64 choices versus the original’s 30. That said, you’ll have to pay almost twice the price for more than twice the options (though the SE is often on sale). We haven’t tested this machine yet, but we think most people won’t miss the extras, which include two fan sounds as well as more colored-noise variations. It does come in a fresh white encasement, however, as opposed to the original’s circa-1980s-style black, and includes two USB charging ports and an external audio-output jack.

The Yogasleep Dohm Classic is the renamed older model of our also-great pick, the Yogasleep Dohm . The Classic sounds the same and costs a few dollars less, but it also retains the original, less ergonomic design.

The Yogasleep Dohm Connect is the Bluetooth version of the Yogasleep Dohm . With the companion app, you can time your noise to the minute and adjust the volume from your bed—which is helpful, given that these machines work best when they’re several feet away, placed between you and the source of the nuisance noise. However, it’s expensive (around $70), and we think it’s worth spending the extra $10 for the better-sounding, better-looking, app-enabled Snooz.

The Yogasleep Rohm , which blocked sound well in our tests, has 25 discreet volume levels that allow for precise adjustments. But it has just two colored-noise options (and a crashing-waves setting), and the controls are on the side of the machine, which means you have to pick it up to make adjustments. We also found the buttons a bit stiff. Although it’s designed as a travel device, it’s not much smaller than the LectroFan, which we think is already small enough to take on the go. If you need a white noise machine only for travel, you’ll probably be fine with a smartphone app.

The Yogasleep Hushh is identical to the Rohm, except for a few baby-specific features (a night-light and a lock). We didn’t test it with babies.

Despite costing $10 less than the Dohm, the Yogasleep Whish seemed like it would be a logical upgrade. It offers a wide range of sounds, including six fans, two white noise options, and eight nature noises. Each is clearly marked and easy to access with the press of a button. However, the response is delayed and the buttons are crowded, making it a challenge to find what you need in the dark. The noises also sound harsh and synthetic, particularly compared with the Dohm .

Noisli used to be our app recommendation for Android users, before myNoise , our iOS pick, came out with an Android version. The simple icon-based interface offers 13 ambient sounds and three colored-noise options. You can’t adjust color-coded frequencies like you can in myNoise, but you can layer multiple colored-noise sounds, adjust their volumes to create a custom blend, and set a timer. Of the eight Android apps we tried in our original tests, it had the least-distracting and easiest-to-use interface, but we like the Android version of myNoise better. Noisli’s developers haven’t updated the app since 2017, and you can get a more vibrant experience with the browser version .

Relax Melodies (available in the App Store and on Google Play ) focuses on sleep and meditation, and puts sound front and center as the solution. Whether you’re looking for breathing exercises or bedtime meditations, you can set any of the tools to the soundscape of your choice. With 62 free sounds across 10 categories—including the usual nature and white noise options, but also less-expected offerings such as a vacuum cleaner, rustling leaves, loons, and a purring cat—plus the ability to layer them, you’ll probably find something soothing and masking, even if you don’t opt for the $40 annual subscription. However, unlike with myNoise , the sounds do loop, and you can’t “sculpt” them to better camouflage nuisance noises. You’ll also have to endure an onslaught of ads, which feels less than relaxing.

Tapping on the Deep Sleep Sounds app (available in the App Store and on Google Play ) unleashes a long scroll of noises, thanks to categories and subcategories of sounds within sounds. The free version gives you limited (but still satisfying) access; if you want the full library of 80-plus sounds and the ability to play them continuously for longer than eight hours, you’ll need to pay $50 every year, which we don’t find necessary for those who simply want to mask noise or find something to relax to. (With free “light rain,” “medium rain,” “driving in the rain,” and “rain on tent” sounds, we think we’d be okay without “rain on umbrella,” “heavy backyard rain,” or “urban rain” options.) As with other white noise apps, we appreciate the range and timer flexibility, but we think myNoise offers a more versatile and pleasant sound experience for free.

Mathias Basner, MD, PhD , professor of sleep and chronobiology in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, video interview , November 10, 2020

Andrew Dimitrijevic, PhD , director of cochlear implant research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario, email interview , November 11, 2020

Lisa L. Hunter, PhD , scientific director for audiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, email interview , November 10, 2020

Harvey Karp, MD , assistant professor of pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, and founder of Happiest Baby, video interview , November 9, 2020

Roneil Malkani, PhD , assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, phone interview , November 16, 2020

Rafael Pelayo, MD , clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, consultant to Adaptive Sound Technologies Inc., and author of How to Sleep: The New Science-Based Solutions for Sleeping Through the Night, phone interview , November 6, 2020

Michael Perlis, PhD , associate professor of psychology and director of the behavioral sleep medicine program at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, email interview , October 30, 2020

Stéphane Pigeon, PhD , research engineer, sound designer, and creator of the myNoise app, video interview , November 16, 2020

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All About EVP: Talking with Ghosts Through White Noise

by JoHarrington

Have we hacked into Heaven? The proponents of Electronic Voice Phenomenon claim that we have done just that; and conversations with the dead are the result.

It is said that ghosts need energy to contact the living. Rooms become freezing or develop cold spots, because the spirit has converted the heat into the energy to manifest.

As technology has advanced, then this power can be gifted right to them. Phantom voices have been heard in the white noise of radios and televisions tuned away from a station. They have been discerned at the end of a telephone line.

More recently, paranormal investigators have developed bespoke equipment for conversations with the dead.

What is Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP)?

It is when the spoken voice is heard in places where it shouldn't be..

Those who say that they don't believe in Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) are missing the point.  This is an auditory thing that happens (or appears to happen) whenever there is white noise.

What is open to debate is WHY it occurs AND what causes it?

For some it's easily enough dismissed as snippets of radio broadcasts or static on the line.  It might even be nothing at all, but an audio version of pareidolia.  For others, it's much more than that. 

EVP is most often used in a paranormal context, which is why you get ridiculous statements like people saying that they don't believe in it.  No.  They don't believe that it's ghosts talking to them! Semantics. I know.

If every voice heard in this was gabbled and incoherent, then the field really would be wide open to personal interpretation.  But occasionally some have been recorded which are harder to explain without resource to the supernatural.

For example, the Galka family not only recognize the voice of their deceased daughter (or sister), but have held conversations with her.

That is no stray radio show.

Is This the Voice of a Ghost?

The equipment used is a ghost box, designed especially to create white noise through which the spirit may speak., books about evp and tech. for paranormal investigators, buy these guides to delve more deeply into the world of ghost hunter geeks., h4xx0ring heaven and hell, how some of the biggest names in pioneering communication were also deeply involved with the paranormal..

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In 1920, Thomas Edison was interviewed by Scientific American magazine. As a man with a reputation for prolific patents and inventions, he was asked what he had next in mind.  The response may be quite startling.

'I have been thinking for some time of a machine or apparatus which could be operated by personalities who have passed on to another existence or sphere.' Edison told the reporter B.C. Forbes. 'I believe that if we are to make any real progress in psychic investigation, we must do it with scientific apparatus and in a scientific manner.'

He thought that some kind of telephonic system might be the way forward; and hypothesized that 'life was energy'.  Despite writing in his diary that he was working on the apparatus, he concluded that it was unsuccessful.

Edison wasn't the only famous name connected with such undertakings. 

It is intriguing to contemplate what Alexander Graham Bell was up to.  If Edison was pointing towards the telephone as the likely route for supernatural communication, then that shines a spotlight on Bell's frequent visits to séances.

Was he also working in this field?  Or was he content to use telephony merely to talk with the living?

Guglielmo Marconi is largely known for inventing long distant radio transmissions, the telegraph and devising Marconi's Law .  What most people don't realize is that none of this was his initial intention. 

What Marconi was trying to do was invent a device through which to speak with the dead.  Thus proving that some of our better moments come while side-tracked!  

During the course of his experiments, he recorded that he received some 'strange signals'.  But there was nothing definitive to say that he had made conclusive contact with the other side.  However, his involvement does destabilize the usual explanation for EVP, which is that the voices are stray radio shows.

There is also hearsay evidence that says that Nikola Tesla was interested in using electricity to facilitate conversations beyond the grave.  But this wasn't his main goal in life, if the stories are true, then nothing came of it.  He did purportedly also hear strange voices, through radio waves, for which he couldn't find an earthly origin.

(NB Much of the information here has come from John G Fuller's out of print book The Ghost of 29 Megacycles .  Go me for never chucking a book away!)

Books about Science and the Paranormal

Read these histories, studies and reports to discover more about how some scientists have continued investigations into communicating with the afterlife., breakthrough at last enter the raudive voices, dr konstantīns raudive used the laboratories at the university of uppsala to test over 100k ghostly voices on his machine..

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Holed up in a university laboratory, he was feverishly moving a reel-to-reel tape back and forth on their loops.  He would experiment with the insertion of various radio frequencies. Then he would listen to the white noise.  All of this over and over again for six years.

It was 1965 and Raudive had had to flee from his native Latvia. His country had been invaded by the Soviet Union and, as a practicing Catholic, he didn't fancy his chances there much.

An intelligent man, and a qualified psychologist, Raudive soon found work in Sweden. The University of Uppsala appears to have been very indulgent in allowing him lab time to pursue his interest in parapsychology. 

At first, it was merely an interest.  He had read a book by Friedrich Jürgenson entitled Rosterna fran Rymden ('Voices from Space'), which had fascinated him.

Amongst his many other jobs and hobbies, Jürgenson was a recording artist and a documentary film-maker.  As part of a project, he had set up a tape recorder to capture the sound of bird song. It was a peaceful location, just himself and the avian chorus all about him.

So it came as a bit of a surprise when he played the tape back and heard human voices on it.

By attempting to recreate the same conditions in various locations, Jürgenson was able to capture many more voices just like them.  However, he didn't assign a paranormal explanation to the phenomenon until he recorded one in the house in which he grew up.

It was his mother's voice and she had been dead for years.

What Raudive did, after meeting with Jürgenson, was to try and repeat this phenomenon under test conditions in a laboratory.  He too was reluctant to attribute it to ghosts, until he also heard a voice that he recognized.

Six years later, Raudive had over 100,000 snippets of what later would be called EVP recordings. They had been heard simultaneously by various people in the group (there were eventually over 400 people working on the project).

By documenting the frequencies in such a way, the academic world, then the popular press, were alerted to the field. 

Using Raudive's methodology, Professor Imants Barušs, at King's College University of Ontario, was able to reproduce these voices in 1997.  His experiments were described in the October 2001 edition of the Journal of Scientific Exploration , where they were open to peer review.

Barušs established that, while he could replicate what Raudive had done and heard, he found nothing that could be 'attributable to discarnate beings'.

Buy Breakthrough by Dr Konstantin Raudive

Only purchase this seminal text if you are a serious student of the paranormal. it is written by an academic for academics, therefore it can seem a little dry in places., dr raudive's conclusions about evp voices, i'm being anachronistic in that title. they were called raudive voices at the time.

Dr Raudive did come to believe that he was hearing proper ghosts in the wires. 

His visitors spoke in a variety of languages, including Latvian, German, Swedish, French, English and Latin.  Fortunately for them, they had picked a clever man, who was fluent in most of them!

What they had to say was usually fragmentary and often cryptic. There was no indication that a conversation was taking place.  The Raudive Voices were decidedly one-way. However, there were plenty of witnesses, all hearing the same thing. 

Their number included Prof Hans Bender, a psychology and clinical psychology lecturer at Reichsuniversität Straßburg, who also had a long history of parapsychological investigations.

Raudive found that, with the right frequency and white noise introduced, his voices could be recorded using three methods:

  • Microphone Voices :  Despite the name, the microphone didn't actually factor. It could be removed from the machine without losing the voices in the static. This involved simply leaving a tape recorder running and listening back later.
  • Radio Voices :  This involved setting a radio to a frequency that had no station broadcasting on it. The voices would be discerned in the static.
  • Diode Voices : Very similar to the radio voices, but set up using a crystal set.

He concluded that there were certain rules in place, which dictated what the deceased could or couldn't say.  It also determined how they said it.

One of his major deductions was that the voices had to keep to a set rhythm, which sometimes upset the syntax of natural language.  It made them all sound like they were reading out a telegraph in a robotic tone!

The film White Noise borrowed heavily from Dr Raudive's work.

Trailer for White Noise (2005)

This movie sensationalized the whole field of evp. while voices have been heard in such a way, only in hollywood do they follow through with demonic manifestation, watch white noise on dvd or amazon instant video, michael keaton stars in this ghost story. if you buy the widescreen format, you get an instant viewing on amazon thrown in free., bill o'neill and the spiricom: fact or fraud, his work with evps convinced john g fuller. 'the ghost of 29 megacycles' was all about the spiricom..

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It appears that an eighth grade high school drop-out and spirit medium from America was much more trustworthy than a staid academic from Latvia.  At least in terms of public perception, press coverage and an up-dating of the paranormal lexicon!

From the 1980s, we can talk with impunity about EVP in ghost hunting.  The writer John G Fuller seems to have tapped into the zeitgeist, when he dismissed Raudive Voices.  He wrote, 'I had listened to a short tape of them, and found them to be rather unconvincing.'

On the other hand, he wrote a whole book about O'Neill!

There was a much more sensational story here.  Bill O'Neill was a spirit medium by trade, but he was also a bit of a recluse, living halfway up a Pennsylvanian mountain.  His great passion was electronics and he tinkered away creating his very own machine with which to converse with ghosts.

The story of the Spiricom's construction was also interesting.  As a psychic, O'Neill could already have discussions with people beyond the grave.  Two of whom, Dr Mueller and Dr Nick, had given him the blueprint for his device.

It was highly successful.  The clearly audible conversations here were ALL in American English.  None of this multilingual rubbish.  Moreover, they were two-way.  With O'Neill at the helm, anyone could ask a question and get a response.

Unfortunately, it only worked with O'Neill present. 

His associate and publicist, the businessman George Meek, believed that O'Neill's psychic energy was a necessary ingredient in making the Spiricom work. Which is why it died a death along with its inventor.

Nevertheless, a lot of Spiricom machines were sold by Meek; and a lot of books shifted by Fuller. 

George Meek Presents the Spiricom

The audio is all meek, but the visual images have been added by mrevprecorder. this youtube user appears skeptical about o'neill and meek's credibility., do you find bill o'neill and the spiricom to be convincing evidence of ghostly communication, evp in modern paranormal investigation, today, discerning the voices of the deceased is a staple of ghost-hunting. it has been featured on many tv shows and the technology got better..

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One of the more immediate reactions was the foundation, in 1982, of American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena.  Its Maryland founder Sarah Estep views her not-for-profit organization as a way to collect the evidence, offer training in the procedures and explore every related avenue.

Over the years, it's grown into a huge, international concern, with members in twenty countries; and changed its name to Association TransCommunication .  If you want to know more about EVP, its website is a good place to begin.

The Holy Grail has always been a combination of Raudive's methodology and the two-way conversations espoused by O'Neill's Spiricom. 

The Ghost Box, developed by Frank Sumption in 2002, seems to have cracked it.  The latest model is marketed as the P-SB7 Spirit Box, though many enthusiasts refer to it simply as 'Frank's Box'.

In addition, the Mel Meter, created by Gary Galka , is another ghost-hunting favorite.

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Buy a p-sb7 spirit box, this is seen as one of the better evp recorders on the market., articles about paranormal investigations.

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I remember the olden days, when education was free...

Yup vicious cycle - dominant theories get the research funding usually - so they remain as dominant theories

Which is really sad, when you think about it. Largest money gets the research.

Very true Jo. Funding is hard enough to get for mainstream research let alone things that fall outside it.

I'm glad that you liked it. I think that there was such a pioneering spirit and quest for knowledge at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. People sought out knowledge for knowledge sake. These days they do it only where they can get the funding.

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Wow. Nice article, Jo! Very interesting. And it's amazing how at the end of the 19th century, then at the turn of the century, and then a little after that, paranormal stuff was almost mainstream! Now the Zeitgeist has changed, even though we know of more "weird" stuff. SusanM's story, for one, is pretty amazing.

Yes, it most certainly is. Thank you for sharing.

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Light sleepers understand how noises—such as the din of a city street, the hum of a radiator, or simply the sound of another human quietly existing next to you—can get in the way of quality sleep. The best white noise machines are designed to combat these grating noises with pleasing, soothing sounds like rainfall or softly crashing waves. The idea is to help drown out unpleasant ambient whirs and jarring sleep disruptors.

But how do you know if a white noise machine will work for you? And what’s the difference between models that cost $18 and those that ring in at $130? To find out, five Consumer Reports staffers (managing editor Ginger Cowles, enterprise editor Kevin Doyle, home and appliance reporter Tanya Christian, deputy director of lab operations Mike Visconti, and myself) who are light sleepers purchased and used four of these machines. The models tested are some of the most popular available. We also tried the Loftie Clock, which is having a viral moment on social media.

Below, we present the best sleep machine overall based on our tests. We also share thoughts on whether the most basic model is effective and whether the pricey and luxurious models are worth the added cost. To help make sense of the sciencey bits for CR readers, we asked three clinical sleep experts about white noise machines and their benefits. They also shared plenty of golden sleep advice, so stick around for that after the picks.

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Ghost Box: Pareidolia Through White Noise

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Ghost Box: Pareidolia Through White Noise

In the 1920 October issue of The American Magazine , Thomas Edison said the following during an interview:

“I have been at work for some time building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us.”

This statement has served as a catalyst in today’s search for communicating with the afterlife. Many people believe that a contraption can be build to help us communicate with the other side . That is to say, if you believe in life after death.

  Well, according to MassMostHaunted’s YouTube video, the “Ghost Box” does just that.

Scary Ghost & Demon Voices Caught On Camera – First Ghost Box Session. Truly Compelling Evidence of Paranormal Activity With Voices of Ghosts, Demons & Restless Spirits – Best Ghost Box EVP Responses Caught On Camera!! Please Rate, Comment & Subscribe To Watch More Ghost Box Sessions & Comment To Tell Us You Hear If We Missed Anything. Our First Ghost Box Session — Before Taking The Ghost Box To Investigate Haunted Places, We Wanted To Understand How It Works, So We Decided To Use It In Our Own Home. We Thought It Was A Good Idea, But Now I Don’t Know Just What I Got Myself Into. There Are Several Spirits In My Home, And I Believe They Follow Me And Are Possibly Somehow Attached To Me, And What Concerns Me Is That One of These Spirits Seems To Be Evil, And Is Possibly A Demon or Some Kind of Dark Demonic Entity. Now, Before You Critique Me For Using A Ghost Box In My Own Home, Please Understand That I Have Been Haunted For Many Years Now, And I Finally Have Decided To Take Action. I’m Moving Forward With Having A World Renowned Paranormal Team Investigate Me and My Home… And I’m Going To Capture As Much Paranormal Evidence Possible To Show Who and/or What Is Haunting & Following Me. I Will Continue Using The Ghost Box In My Home & Our Paranormal Investigations of The Most Haunted Places! Ghost Box Sessions By: Mass Most Haunted Productions — ATF Paranormal Investigations

If you’re not familiar with a “ghost box” let me explain how the device works. Or at least give you an overview.

The device is a receiver that scans, or cycles, through the radio spectrum. Since it is constantly scanning the airwaves, it generates white noise that is infused with AM/FM stations. The theory is that a “ghost” could then manipulate the spoken words and through the white noise, communicate with the living. The device has dials and other trinkets that help the user “tune in” to the other side. That’s it .

I’ve always said that this “ghost box” just works on the principals of pareidolia. A user will hear what they want to hear when they press their ears to the speaker that is generating white noise and non-stop radio chatter.

That being the case, then why do people use these devices while ghost hunting?

To answer that question, we should be asking other important questions like:

“What is a ghost? Is it unexplained residual energy” “How do you measure that energy?”

Almost all “ghost hunters” use electro-magnetic readers, but do they really know what they are “reading”? Sure a spike on an EM device says that there is some strong magnetic forces at play, but so what? My bathroom has a lot of strange electromagnetic fields due to the wiring, but that doesn’t mean that it’s haunted. Or does it? Oh shit…

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Whether it’s sirens or unexpected loud noises outside, your partner snoring, neighbors shuffling around upstairs, there are many distractions that can lead to you not sleeping well. That’s where the best white noise machines come in to mask all that unwanted ambient noise—or lack of—so you can get more rest.

When shopping for a white noise machine, Korina Bukhard , sleep expert and board advisor at Dozy Sleep says it’s important to consider sound options, button style, convenience and portability, timers, and looking for one which comes with an audio jack in case your partner doesn’t want to listen to white noise. 

For our best white noise machine picks, we researched the market extensively, looking at a range of factors, from the number of different sounds available, to price, functionality, size, and power. We also spoke to two sleep experts about what might help us nod off.

Best Overall

Lectrofan evo sound machine.

This compact, stylish, and affordable white noise machine is very easy to use. With a timer, headphone connector, and large range of sounds, you’ll be able to find the right setup for you.

The device isn’t battery-operated, so it’ll need to stay plugged into a power source.

Our pick of the best white noise machine is the LectroFan EVO . While it might not be the most technologically advanced gadget on our list, it still does everything you need it to, and then some, for a very reasonable price. It plays non-repeating digital noise in a range of colors: It has 10 fan sounds, 10 ambient noise sounds—including pink and brown noise—and two ocean soundscapes. 

The device is super simple to use, and once you’ve picked your favorite type of noise, it will be saved in the settings, and the machine will auto play that sound each time you turn it on. The speaker produces a clear and crisp sound, and there’s a wide volume range. It also comes with an optional timer you can set between one to eight hours, or play continuously, plus a 3.5mm connector for headphones if your partner isn’t quite as keen on white noise as you are.

It’s compact enough to travel everywhere with you, and as white noise machines go, it looks pretty good, too. It certainly won’t look out of place on your bedside table . You can power the LectroFan EVO via USB or the included A/C adaptor, but it doesn’t have an internal battery, so it does need to be plugged in.

Product Details: Dimensions: 4.7 x 4.7 x 3.3 inches | Sound options: 22 | Timer: Yes | Power: Plug-in

Best Budget

Homedics soundspa sound machine.

This super compact and lightweight machine is easy to use.

It doesn’t offer an attractive design.

If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the HoMedics SoundSpa . This compact machine is super easy to use, with no complicated menus or settings, which is one of its big plus points. It can also run off electricity or four AA batteries, which, when coupled with its lightweight design and small size, makes it a good choice for travelers . While it’s not the prettiest machine out there, we’re willing to sacrifice some style for the affordable price.

The SoundSpa only has six sound options: white noise, thunder, summer night, ocean, brook, and rain. While the speaker does a pretty good job of covering noise overall, and each sound is distinct, you won’t find the same sound quality as a more expensive machine. However, the volume is controllable, and it does have a timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes, or you can leave it on all night.

Product Details: Dimensions: 10 x 2.25 x 7.5 inches | Sound options: Six | Timer: Yes | Power: Battery

Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300

The Lumie has a large range of sounds and the additional functionality is impressive.

It’s very complicated and fiddly to set up and we would like the speaker to be higher quality for the money.

If you're looking to splurge, we think the Lumie Bodyclock Shine 300 is worth the cost. This clever device can manage your entire evening and morning routine, which you would expect for the money. The only thing it can’t do is put the kids to bed. 

With a range of 15 sleep and wake sounds, including blackbirds, thunderstorms, tree frogs, plus your standard white noise, you should definitely be able to find something that works for you. You can listen to your preferred sound for 15 to 90 minutes on a timer. While the speaker delivers good quality sound, we would expect it to be a little clearer for the price tag.

The Lumie Bodyclock comes with a lot of additional functionality. In fact, the white noise machine aspect is just one feature of many. However, with all those features, including a radio, a low-blue light, tap-control snooze, sundown/sunrise light, and more, comes a lot of settings to adjust. Unless you have a regular routine and like to stick to the same timings and sleep sound, it may be frustrating to continually navigate the many possible settings. 

It’s not a small or compact machine, but we think it looks pretty smart with its inviting glow and sculptured, curved shape. 

Product Details: Dimensions: 5.1 x 9 x 7.9 inches | Sound options: 15 | Timer: Yes | Power: Plug-in

Best Portable

Adaptive sound technologies lectrofan micro 2 sound machine.

It’s tiny, and the rechargeable battery can last up to 40 hours playing sleep sounds, so it’s perfect for traveling.

It doesn’t have auto-off timers, and the buttons are small.

Good things really do come in small packages. The LectroFan Micro2 white noise machine is only 2 inches tall, so it’s the perfect companion for your travels. The only problem is that it’s so small, you might lose it in your bag!

This tiny-but-mighty machine offers 11 digital sounds, including fan noises, white noise and rainfall sounds, which play on a loop. However, the loop isn’t discernible so you won’t be distracted by it. It also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker if you’d prefer to nod off to your favorite audiobook. Chargeable via USB-C, it will last up to 40 hours playing sleep sounds or up to 20 hours if you’re using it as a speaker. 

It’s available in several colors—black, white, red, and blue—and resembles a small jar. You can twist the black speaker grille on top for directional audio. The device is easy to operate, with a few buttons, including volume adjustment. The buttons are quite small though, and may prove a little fiddly for some people. 

The downsides are that there’s no auto-off timer, so the device will play all night. Plus, the carrying case is sold separately , if you want to keep it protected while out and about.

Product Details: Dimensions: 1.97 x 2.09 x 1.97 inches | Sound options: 11 | Timer: No | Power: Battery

Best Design

Hatch restore 2.

It has lots of additional functionalities to improve your overall sleep routine.

It’s pricey, and if you want to access all the sleep sounds, sleep stories, and morning stretches, you have to buy an additional $5-per-month subscription.

The Hatch Restore 2 is a white noise machine, sunrise lamp , and smart alarm clock in one seriously smart-looking package. This is one white noise machine that will blend in with most interiors: It comes in three neutral colors, is relatively compact, and looks and feels high quality. It uses a combination of lights and sound to help you with both your evening and morning routines. 

Many of Hatch Restore 2’s functions are accessed through an app. There are options if you don’t subscribe, but you’re given access to more sounds, sleep stories, and morning stretches if you pay an additional $5 a month, on top of the device’s initial cost.

There are plenty of white noise options though, which can be used in conjunction with colored light. Under the Sleep tab in the app’s library, there’s everything from white and pink noise, to a vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, and evening crickets. The sound quality is good, and it’s easy to control through your phone, or by using the two big buttons on top of the device. However, due to its size and lack of rechargeable battery, it’s not particularly portable. 

Product Details: Dimensions: 7.24 x 2.43 x 5.31 inches | Sound options: 37 (with membership) | Timer: Yes | Power: Plug-in

Best for Babies and Kids

Dreamegg portable white noise machine.

It’s good value for money, portable, has a decent nightlight, a rechargeable battery, and a range of sounds designed for babies and children.

Although it has 11 sounds available, there’s only one white noise and one fan option, with no rainfall either.

The affordable Dreamegg D11 can definitely be used as a white noise machine by adults, but is geared towards babies and young children. It comes with 11 sound options, including lullaby, shushing, fetal tone, vacuum, music box, and a fairground sound. Unlike most white noise machines that have multiple white noise and fan options, the Dreamegg D11 only has one of each and also doesn’t come with a rainfall sound, which is a popular option.

The sound from the speaker is good quality, with realistic natural sounds, and can be turned up surprisingly loud as well. Although it can be left plugged in, it comes with a rechargeable internal battery so is great for traveling and settling babies on the move. The small rope and plastic loop also means it can easily be attached to cribs and cots.

A warming glow from the nightlight also helps to deliver a soothing sleep. The light is in a spiral design, and can be dimmed, or set to ‘breathing’ mode, where it repeatedly changes from dim to brighter. Even at night, the Dreamegg D11 is easy to use and operate, with clear buttons. And there’s a timer, which can be set to 30, 60, 90 minutes, or play continuously. 

Product Details: Dimensions: 5.48  x 4.81 x 3.82 inches | Sound options: 16 | Timer: Yes | Power: Battery

Best with Alarm Clock

Loftie clock.

It looks stylish, and includes a variety of sounds, stories, playlists, and meditations.

It’s expensive, and despite having an app, the sounds must be selected manually.

As well as getting you up in the morning, The Loftie Clock will help you to fall asleep peacefully. The intention of The Loftie Clock is to keep smartphones out of the bedroom, to enable a better night’s sleep. We love how chic and smart it looks, and the fact it wakes you up in two phases, rather than jolting you awake with an unpleasant noise. The first alarm introduces soft sounds, followed by melodic sounds nine minutes later, which apparently mimics a natural wake up. You can switch it into blackout mode if you’re sensitive to light, or there’s a warm night light if you need it. It is recommended you leave The Loftie Clock plugged in, but in case of a power outage, it does have a backup battery which will last a few hours. 

Unlike other devices, all the content is available for free on the Loftie app, and doesn’t require an additional subscription. There’s a huge range of content, from white noise, through to pink and brown noise, naturescapes, southbaths, customizable bedtime stories, and loads more. Apparently there are more than 100 sound options in total. The volume settings are also impressive, and you can easily drown out unwanted sounds.

We don’t love how complicated the setup is, and the fact there’s no real use for the app once you’ve gone through the setup process. To choose sounds, you have to click through them on the device itself, which is a bit annoying and would be better to do on the app.

Product Details: Dimensions:   6.5 x 2.75 x 6.5 inches  | Sound options: 100+ | Timer: Yes | Power: Plug-in

Best with Night Light

Reacher r2 white noise machine.

It has 31 sounds and doubles as a mood light.

It’s not the most robust or expensive-looking white noise machine.

The Reacher R2 may not be the prettiest white noise machine on our list, or the highest quality, but it offers a large number of sound and light options for a very reasonable price. In total, there are an impressive 31 sounds to choose from, with no additional subscription needed to access them. You can choose from white, brown, or pink noise, seven different fan sounds, plus 17 natural non-looping sounds, including thunderstorms, heartbeats, waves, or crickets, which all sound realistic.

You can set both the sound and light through a timer to automatically switch off in one, two or three hours. The light can be set on white, or switched to red, blue, yellow, pink, green, orange, or purple, so you can find which color works for you. It’s easy to dim so it’s perfect to use as a night light for children or adults . It can be powered by USB or AC, but doesn’t have a rechargeable battery, and is small enough to travel with.

Product Details: Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 4 inches | Sound options: 31 | Timer: Yes | Power: Plug-in

Best Sound Library

Sound+sleep se sleep sound machine.

It has 64 rich sounds, which appear to be genuinely non-looping. Plus, it has an adaptive volume function.

It’s one of the more expensive machines on our list and isn’t particularly portable.

The Adaptive Sound Technologies Sound+Sleep SE blows other white noise machines out of the water when it comes to the number of sounds it offers. Not only does it have a huge number—64 in total—each sound is high quality, with no discernible loops. On the device, the sounds are split into 16 sections, with four sounds in each section. The categories include rides, crowds, meditation, as well as different types of fans, white noise, pink noise, and brown noise. However you like to enjoy your sound, it’s likely you’ll find your favorite. With the auto timer, you can set it for 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

The ‘adaptive’ in the machine’s name refers to a clever form of external sound masking. It features an internal microphone that listens out for noise. If the volume of traffic rises, for instance, the Sound+Sleep SE will turn up the volume to drown it out. When the sound reduces, so does the volume. This is an optional feature, and you can set it to one volume if you prefer. If you like to listen to white noise privately, there’s a headphone jack, as well as a 3.5mm audio input so you can use it as a speaker. There are also two USB-A charging ports included. 

The teardrop shape is stylish and looks smart. Overall, the device is also easy to use, with clearly labeled buttons. 

On the flipside, it’s one of the more expensive white noise machines on our list, and it does need to be plugged in. It’s also not particularly portable due to its larger size, so it wouldn’t suit someone who wants a device to travel with regularly.

Product Details: Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 inches | Sound options: 64 | Timer: Yes | Power: Plug-in

Best Battery-Operated

Yogasleep rohm portable.

It’s small, portable, lightweight, and masks unwanted sound well.

It only comes with three sound options, and the buttons will take a while to get used to.

The Yogasleep Rohm only comes with three sound options: bright white noise, deep white noise, and gentle surf. But if you know white noise is what helps you to sleep, you likely won’t be looking for a machine with a vast number of fancy sound options. The available sounds are good quality with no obvious looping, so you won’t be distracted, and the volume can be turned up pretty high to mask any unwanted sound.

You can charge the Rohm via USB. It takes four hours to fully charge, and can run up to eight hours on a full charge, so will need charging every day if you play it all night. It doesn’t come with many bells or whistles and doesn’t have a timer. 

It’s super portable: the machine is very lightweight, compact, and also comes with a lanyard so you can hang it on cots, infant car seats, or door handles. In terms of price, it’s not the cheapest, especially when you consider it only offers three sounds, but what it does do, it does very well. 

Product Details: Dimensions: 8.15 x 4.25 x 3.84 inches | Sound options: Three | Timer: No | Power: Battery

Our pick for the best white noise machine is the LectroFan EVO for its wide range of sound options, clear speaker, value for money, and compactness and robustness. It can go anywhere and help you to get a good night’s sleep wherever you are in the world.

What to Know About White Noise Machines Before Shopping

Sound options.

The best white noise machines go beyond just playing white noise. Many have a range of sound options so you can find what works for you. This could include soothing sounds like cat purring, a crackling fireplace, rain, gentle waves, a babbling brook, whales, or a tumble dryer. It could also include various fan sound settings, meditations, or sleep stories. 

You may have heard people refer to different colors of sound. What “color” a noise is depends on its frequency and strength:

  • White noise includes all frequencies and is also known as broadband noise. It’s the hiss of TV static or the sound of an oscillating fan (a fan isn’t technically white noise but has the same effect). Jeff Kahn , published sleep expert and CEO and co-founder of Rise Science says that a quiet fan “can be a useful substitute for a white noise machine because it does double duty on noise management and temperature regulation. A quiet fan can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep by cooling you down.” 
  • Brown noise has a deeper sound than other colors and is often described as the sound of heavy rain or a waterfall.
  • Green noise is compared to the sound of a gentle flow of water or a breeze. 
  • Pink noise is a mixture of white and brown noise, and covers things like waves, steady rain, or leaves being rustled by the wind. 

Portability

If you’re someone who travels frequently, you may want to find a white noise machine you can easily take with you. Bukhard says, “a portable machine is more convenient since you can move it to your side of the bed or carry it along when traveling.” This will mean finding a machine that is small enough to fit in your bag, and potentially one with a rechargeable battery rather than one which plugs into the mains. 

While looking for the best white noise machines, it’s important to find one which has adjustable volume. Khan says you need “to ensure the noise level is comfortable and safe.” The level of volume is a personal preference, and will depend on your sleeping environment to some extent. If you live in a quiet suburb, a lower volume may be enough to add ambient noise in your room, while a city apartment may require a louder device to drown out outside noise.

There are lots of factors to consider when shopping for white noise machines. You might want a simple and cheaper product that offers white noise and nothing else, or you might be looking for something with a range of features and extras. Some things to consider are volume control, good buttons, and a timer—which can be useful to turn off the noise automatically after a certain period, and potentially enhance sleep after you’ve fallen asleep, according to Kahn. 

You should also consider the range of sounds: “White noise itself can come in a variety of sounds like rain falling or a fan whirring, while some people may find they prefer pink noise or brown noise,” Kahn says. Some white noise machines digitally generate sounds, and some play recordings. Bukhard says, “White noise machines have a real fan inside, recordings of the noise, or digitally generate the sounds. If the user prefers the authentic sound, they should get one with a mechanical fan inside. If they don’t want one with the fan or prefer listening to different natural sounds, consider one with recordings, as they come with white noise options with different frequencies.”

What type of noise is best for sleep?

Most experts and studies suggest that silence is the best “noise” for sleep. Bukhard says, “Ultimately, black noise silence is the best for sleep. But if you want to manage distractions, you can try white noise, which makes other sounds less significant. So, for example, if you live in an area where loud outside noise disrupts your sleep, white noise will help. You can also use brown noise to mask distracting sounds if they are not too loud. If you want better-quality sleep, pink noise is your best option.” 

Kahn agrees. “When it comes to sleep, there’s lots of evidence to suggest the best “noise” is silence. That’s because noise can interfere with falling asleep and disrupt the quality of sleep you get. … When silence isn't possible, or perhaps invites anxious thoughts, white continuous noise—or other colors like pink or brown—may improve sleep by masking other noises that would otherwise disturb your sleep.”

Are there sound machines that play all night?

There are white noise machines that play all night. “Most sound machines have timers, and you can select them to play for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes, or you can also have it play continuously for the whole night,” Bukhard says. While it is possible to have a continuous white noise machine, it’s potentially not the best idea. “I don’t recommend it [an all-night white noise machine] necessarily," Khan says. "While we don’t have evidence to suggest playing white noise all night is unsafe, per se, if you need it at night to fall asleep, it’s worth setting it on a timer. However, if you live in a noisy environment, then it might be worth leaving it on all night to protect your sleep as much as possible.”

How loud should a white noise machine be?

According to Bukhard, white noise machines “should be a maximum of 50 decibels, even though the best range is 44-48 dB. The white noise gets a little annoying for most people at dB any higher than that, and it becomes a nuisance.” For context, 50 decibels is equivalent to a quiet refrigerator. Khan broadly agrees, saying white noise machines should be quiet. “I recommend a volume that is just loud enough to mask unwanted noise.”

This article was written by Rachael Hogg , a freelance writer and editor with more than a decade of experience writing about food and drink and lifestyle, including kitchen and home products. While researching this guide, she considered a variety of white noise machines at different price points, looking at functionality, effectiveness and ease of use. She also spoke with published sleep expert Jeff Kahn , CEO and co-founder of Rise Science and Korina Bukhard , sleep expert and board advisor at Dozy Sleep to find out what users should look for from a white noise machine.

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The latest sleep aide: brown and pink noise

Many of us like to fall asleep to the sounds of a white noise machine, but according to TikTok , brown and pink noise may be the sleep aides of the future. The hashtags #brownnoise and #pinknoise have already racked up more than has over 175 million posts.

White noise is a nonspecific sound often compared to static or distant rain. The new color sounds, on the other hand, “describe the strength and frequency of a noise signal on the power spectrum,” explained Shelby Harris, Psy. D. , a clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral sleep medicine at Sleepopolis .

Brown noise

Brown noise contains sounds from every octave on the sound spectrum; however, the “power behind frequencies decreases with each octave.”

Brown noise sounds help drown out background noise and may sound low and rumbling like a thunderstorm, waves crashing on a shore, an airplane engine or wind.

Pink noise, explained Today, “has a decreasing high frequency and sounds like gentle rain or a waterfall.”

While pink noise isn’t as low as white noise or as deep as brown noise, it’s still great for helping someone fall and stay asleep. This type of noise settles in the middle with “softer, quieter and more flat” tones.

According to sleep experts, this new TikTok trend might be onto something as pink and brown noise can be helpful depending on the person and the type of sleep help they need. A study by Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, found sleeping with pink noise improves sleep quality and memory.

“The effect here, at least for memory, is quite related to the ability of the sound stimulus to enhance slow-wave sleep,” Zee told TIME . “That’s very much tied to what part of the slow wave the stimulus is hitting on.”

Siest Sleep explained that brown noise can “clear your mind of chatter and calm your mind before sleep. Also, they help mask other sounds so your brain is not interrupted when you sleep.”

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Talk To The Dead

Ever wondered what it's like to have a conversation with a ghost? You're ready to ask the questions that have haunted you but are you ready to hear the spine-tingling answers?

You've heard the tales of ghosts walking through walls, rattling doors, and causing cold spots. But what if we told you they could speak with you through radio frequencies?

You've probably seen those daring ghost hunters on TV, wielding a mysterious device known as a spirit box. They're a key player in any ghost hunter's toolkit, and we're here to tell you all about them!

How Spirit Boxes Work

In paranormal investigations, radio-based technology has become a ghost hunter's best friend. Ghost hunters have tossed out traditional Ouija boards and adopted a more tech-savvy approach to communicate with paranormal entities.

Paranormal researchers and investigators use various gadgets when it comes to exploring the unknown, some are based on the idea that ghosts can influence things like temperature and electromagnetic fields. And then there is the belief that ghosts can manipulate radio waves.

Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation which is key to spirit communication.

Enter the spirit box, also known as a ghost box, which is one of the most popular ghost communicators . Now, we know you're already asking: " How does a spirit box work? "

A spirit box is essentially a modified radio that rapidly scans through radio frequencies. As it does, you'll hear bursts of white noise and static. Now, it is believed that hidden among this radio frequency static and white noise is the voice of spirits.

But how? Well, some paranormal researchers - and enthusiasts - say that spirits can manipulate this static audio to form words or even sentences.

Naturally, not everyone ( erm, sceptics ) agrees on this. Some think spirit boxes just produce random noises. But is there more behind the radio frequencies?

Genuine Spirit Box Communication vs Random Radio Interference

So, how do you separate spirit chatter from the radio jabber?

Well, in an ideal world, spirit boxes would work flawlessly. But let's be real - ghost boxes aren't perfect. What we might think is electronic voice phenomena (EVP) could just be stray radio signals.

So, here are some helpful tips for the curious ghost hunter:

Listen for complete words and phrases: One telltale sign that the noise you are hearing is not from ghosts is when there are complete words, sentences, or phrases that escape the box's frequency sweep without being broken down. If it sounds just like regular human speech, you might have a stray radio broadcast on your hands.

Listen for uniform and familiar sounds: Human speech has its own distinct rhythm and tonal quality. When you hear words from the box spoken in a fluid, uniform tone, much like regular speech, it's a strong indicator of a stray broadcast.

Listen for a patchwork of syllables: Communication from the other side isn't a smooth, continuous flow of sound, especially when it comes from a spirit box. Instead, it's a patchwork of syllables from different sound fragments. When it sounds like a jumble, you're likely dealing with genuine ghostly communication, not radio noise.

Remember, spirit boxes use radio signals, so signals can fluctuate due to changing conditions. If a particular station suddenly gets an energy boost, it might overpower others. This can lead to the same signal being heard across multiple stations simultaneously.

Chatting The Ghostly Gab: How To Conduct A Spirit Box Session

So, you've brought a ghost box (plus a spare set of batteries) and are keen to communicate with the other side. We get it, it's thrilling! But first, you need to know how to do it.

Before you start, ensure you tick off all these boxes:

Fresh batteries - No one wants their ghost box to go silent mid-session.

Headphones or a speaker - For amplifying those ghostly whispers.

EVP recorder - EVP recorders capture any sound or whisper you might miss.

Decent radio reception - Find a spot with good radio reception for a clear session.

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1. Set the scene

Start by deciding the focus of your session and the questions you intend to ask. Speak your questions out loud – it's like sending out a cosmic invitation for paranormal entities to join the chat.

2. A little paranormal protection

This one's optional but it wouldn't hurt. Consider incorporating a protection ritual into your session and request the help of your spirit contacts to ward off any unwanted guests from the spirit world.

3. Introduce yourself

Fire up your recording device and introduce yourself. Mention your name, the date, the ghost box model in use, and the session's subject - ghosts love to know every detail about what's going on.

Once you've tuned your radio band, either to AM or FM, say hello and ask any spirits if they want to communicate with you. Remember, spirits were people too, just in a different form, so treat them with respect and courtesy.

4. Wait after each question

Now, here's the golden rule: After each question or statement, give about 30 seconds to a minute for a response. Listen closely – you might catch their words in real time. If you hear something, repeat it to validate it during playback.

5. Keep the chatter going

Continue your chat, ask your questions, and listen for responses. A session of 10 minutes should do the trick, but you can extend it up to 20 minutes if the energy flow remains strong.

6. Wrap it up

As your session concludes, ask that any spirits return to their side of the veil, ensuring none are left hanging on our side after the box shuts down. Wait for a real-time response to confirm it's okay to close shop.

7. Review and edit

Congrats, you've completed a successful ghost box session! Now, it's time to review and edit. Load your recording onto your computer and use audio editing software to fine-tune your data.

Listen carefully, isolate individual files, and get ready to share your spectral discoveries with the world!

The Best Spirit Boxes For Paranormal Investigators

Now that you're armed with the know-how on spirit boxes, it's time to find the best spirit box for your paranormal investigations at SpiritShack!

If you're hungry for more communication with the other side, consider exploring other ghost detectors and communicators. There are even ghost-hunting apps that serve as a spirit box!

Just remember that there's more to your paranormal research than just a spirit box. Pairing it up with savvy tools like REM pods , an Ovilus , and EMF meters is a smart move for amping up your paranormal investigations.

FAQ 1

What is a spirit box?

It's a modified radio used for paranormal investigations. It scans through radio frequencies without stopping and creates white noise. It's believed the white noise provides a medium for spirits to communicate through.

FAQ 2

How does a spirit box work?

It's a modified radio that scans through various radio frequencies in the FM and AM radio spectrum. The purpose is to create white noise. People believe that spirits can use white noise to communicate by manipulating the radio signals to form words or phrases.

FAQ 3

Can anyone use a ghost box?

Of course, anyone can use the spirit box. But, it is crucial to use it responsibly and with caution. Understand that the responses heard through it are not paranormal in nature every time. It may pick up broadcast radio stations, as well as walkie-talkie signals.

FAQ 4

Can the Franks box be used to contact spirits?

Yes, you can use the spirit box to contact spirits, but there is no guarantee you can contact a specific spirit. Many people believe that spirits communicate through the device at their own will. And they may only sometimes be able to respond to specific requests. You may get random spirits coming through.

FAQ 5

Are the voices heard through a sweeping radio paranormal in nature?

No, responses are not always paranormal in nature. It's vital to rule out any potential human-made sources of the voices before considering them as paranormal.

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Posted by Thirdeye Admin | Apr 7, 2019 | Gear Reviews , Ghost Hunting , TEPS Blog

5 Free Spirit Box Apps That Actually Work (2022)

Maybe you want to experience paranormal activity and go on a ghost hunt .

Whatever your reason for wanting to contact the spirit world, whether it’s to gain knowledge about the afterlife or to communicate with the dead, these spirit box apps, also known as ghost box apps, will give you the opportunity you desire to experience life after death.

It used to be that only people with psychic ability could contact the spirit world.

Now with all the technological advancements out there, we have the ability to tap into the realm of the dead with advanced phone apps that use technology similar to if you went out and purchased a spirit box (or ghost box ) yourself.

What Is A Spirit Box?

Nikola Tesla (who many people think is the greatest inventor of all time), is accredited with saying “if you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibrations”.

Since energy cannot be destroyed, when we die, it’s only our physical body that dies. Our consciousness still remains alive and can sometimes become stuck between the spirit realm and the physical realm.

Audio vibrations and frequencies are a form of energy. Much like spirits, it’s not something that we can touch or see. It’s something that can only be heard and felt.

Spirits are energy that can shape and form the energy around them into audible sounds or voices. This is a very basic understanding of how spirit boxes work.

The spirit boxes can help the dead communicate with us by giving them a medium to talk between the world of the dead and the world of the living.

With the power of a computer (your phone) at the tip of your fingertips, they now have advanced apps out there that will let anyone who’s brave enough, tap into paranormal activity by giving them access to technology that can help them connect with the dead.

How and Why Do the Dead Connect with Us?

The dead can look to connect with us for many reasons. Oftentimes they want to communicate with us to send us a message, or sometimes it’s just because they’re looking for a way to stay connected with their loved ones that they too lost.

If we are looking to speak with them, then it could be a good sign that they want to speak with us too. First, we must learn to control our own energy before we can look to tap into the energy of the lost.

The dead look to communicate with as through as many means as possible. With technology so widespread and available all over the world, it’s no wonder that spirits often use this as a measure to talk to the living.

People have seen their TVs unexplainably flicker on and off, voicemails with eery messages left on them, or fully powered devices being drained in an instant. There are some things that science can’t explain and that’s because it’s from the supernatural.

What to Do If You Want to Contact the Spirit Realm

If you’re interested in contacting the dead, one of the best, most available methods to do so is by downloading a spirit box app . This is a free way that you can try to contact any spirits that might be lingering around you.

When you first start using a ghost box app, you might think that any noise that comes through the app is a spirit trying to contact you. Make sure that you learn how to differentiate between white noise and spirit noise. It might take a little while to get used to but the more practice you get, the easier it will become.

These ghost hunting apps are nice because instead of having to use an actual ghost box (spirit box) and a recorder to play back the noise, they have everything done for you already.

Some things to keep in mind when using a spirit box app to help you get better results

• Keep sessions brief (longer sessions can require higher levels of concentration and are not recommended for beginners who don’t know what to look for)

• Pay close attention to any other noises that occur when recording (that way you know what to ignore when playing the audio back)

• Don’t try to invoke any bad spirits (the spirit realm is very real and so are demons, they will try to latch on to any souls that are vulnerable and looking to welcome them into their lives)

• Make sure to have some sort of protective gem, charm, or crystal that will help ward off evil spirits. Some gemstones that are best known to have protective properties are black tourmaline, agate, bloodstone, peridot, black onyx, emerald, and labradorite (with black tourmaline being known as the most effective)

• Always be mindful of the spirits you’re communicating with. The more willing to understand them when communicating with them, the more likely they will be to consider communicating back with you.

• Be considerate and patient when trying to speak with the spirit realm, the more you desire to communicate with them, the higher chance you will have of hearing them (if you try one time it might not work, the more you attempts you make, the higher your odds will be)

The 5 Best Spirit Box Apps Available Right Now

1.) sv-2 spiritvox app (best for android).

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This app comes in at the top of our list. It was specially designed by ghost hunters and has some of the most sophisticated technology out there when it comes to connecting with the spirit realm.

With four recording channels, two noise banks, and a channel sweep to monitor frequencies, it’s everything that you need for going out on a ghost hunt.

In our opinion, the SV-2 SpiritVox App is the best application you can download right now. It isn’t free, but it’s probably the closest you can get to connect with the spirit realm without actually purchasing an actual spirit box.

Click here to download the SV-2 SpiritBox App from the Android Store

2.) SGK-1 Ghost Hunting Kit (Android)

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This app will convert your android phone into an EMF (electromagnetic field) detector that can be perfect for detecting where to go to pick up any paranormal activity.

It also comes with a spirit box and an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) recorder, which will give you everything you need when it comes to communicating with the dead.

The great thing about the SGK-1 Ghost Hunting Kit is that it’s free to download. However, there is a small subscription fee if you want to remove the ads and get access to some additional features.

Click here to download the SGK-1 Ghost Hunting Kit from the Google Play Store

3.) Sono X10 (Best for iPhone)

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The Sono X10 is without a doubt, the best alternative for iPhone users. It is great for both amateurs and professionals alike. It’s both easy to use as well as advanced and sophisticated.

They developed this app with a voicebank to help spirits create words by using small bits of the alphabet (called phonemes). Remember that spirits don’t have physical bodies or voice boxes to communicate with us, they manipulate the energy by using the technology within the app to make us understand what they are trying to convey to us.

The Sono X10 is another free spirit box app you can download on the App Store.

Click here to download the Sono X10 Spirit Box App from the App Store

4.) Ghost Hunting Tools (iPhone)

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Ghost hunting tools is a popular free app that has an EVP detector, EMF meter, as well as a word analysis feature that will attempt to decipher any words that it thinks the spirit is trying to speak to you.

By analyzing audio files in combination with the sensors from the EMF meter and the environmental readers, it attempts to interpret and display the words it believes the spirit is trying to communicate.

There are some mixed reviews on this app but most of them are good. It also says that the app is for entertainment purposes only, so just keep that in mind when purchasing it.

Click here to download the Ghost Hunting Tools Spirit Box App from the App Store

5.) Ghost Sensor EM4 Detector (Android)

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The self-proclaimed most accurate ghost detector on the market uses an EM4 algorithm that can measure and detect both good and bad energies of paranormal entities nearby.

Most of the reviews about this app are very positive, and some people share their own personal stories of contacting their dead relatives.

The Ghost Sensor EM4 Detector app is a free spirit box app as well.

Click here to download the Ghost Sensor EM4 Detector App from the Google Play Store

Why should you use a spirit box app?

It’s by far the most effective and affordable (free is always good) way to communicate with spirits. Whether you’re looking for a one-time communication to speak to a dead relative, or you’re looking to constantly speak with spirits from another realm, these apps can do it all for you.

With having a way to communicate with the dead at a moment’s notice, you’re not going to want to miss out on this awesome opportunity to stay in touch with the ghostly world.

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a high-quality spirit box, you can simply download the app on your phone and then set your mind and heart on connecting to the spirit realm.

It may take a couple of sessions to get used to, but if you keep in mind all the tips that I gave you earlier, you should be able to make contact in no time.

Don’t get dismayed if you have trouble talking to the dead the first time. Keep an open mind when it comes to contacting the dead. If you don’t believe that you can talk with the dead, then believe me, the dead won’t be as likely to want to talk with you.

They are usually only open to speaking with people that are in touch with what their mind is capable of and know that they can use their mind to achieve what seems impossible. The mind will work wonders when it comes to finding a way to accomplish what it sets out to do. When you believe in something strongly enough, all the forces of the universe will gather to make it happen for you.

The SB-7 Spirit Box

It is important to note, however, that spirit box apps are not as effective as actual spirit boxes . If you really want to be a paranormal investigator or ghost hunter, you should definitely get an actual spirit box. If you’re interested in purchasing one, we recommend the P-SB7 Spirit Box . Check out our review here .

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By Pluto-x October 12, 2007 in Ghosts, Hauntings and The Paranormal

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What does anyone prefer to use when using white noise? Do you like a white noise machine, or do you use natural minerals such as the sound of water? We have noticed that an even flow stream of water ( like from a sink ) can be a great source of white noise and have gotten great results from it for doing EVP work.

Does anyone else recommend anything that they use?

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Hi Pluto-x,

This is completely new to me. Are you able to describe some of your better results using water as white noise for the uninitiated.

You can get software that generates white noise then burn it to a CD and play it back on a portable player.

The main problem with white noise is you have to filter it out on play back. Not easy. It's catch-22: White noise can work (not always) but then you're also purposely contaminating your audio.

We found out that we did not have to filter anything using the flow of water for white noise. We do not touch our EVP's, or alter them in anyway. We leave them as is... simply because we do not want to contaminate them or have critics ridicule us to death for techniques.

On one investigation, by turning on the sink we even motivated a presence to physically manipulate the sink by turning the faucet lower. We tried to debunk the reaons for the knob to make it turn down lower, but could not come up with one as the sink worked great, and no faulty anything. It only happened twice on the same night, at the same sink. If it was a plumbing issue, wouldn't it do it more than two times? Maybe not, but its possible. Not saying it was a spirit, but it was strange.

Lucid Mark

I thought the the term "white noise" was strictly in association with the use of televisions for both audio and video apparitions? Wouldn't anything thing else be in the EVP category?

I have always found EVP very interesting and I would think that a soft hum would work best.

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I thought white noise was the absence of noise being recorded.. if you sat in a completely silent environment (silent according to our hearing ranges)... recorded it then played it back with super high volume you can then "hear" the white noise

There is a lot of diffrent types of noise. White, Pink, Orange, they are all labeled by their frequnces(sorry about the spelling I'm tired) The sound you hear when you play back on high does have whitenoise, with an evp...you have to record with whitenoise background. I looked on the net too see if I can hear the diffrent freq. LOL..I can't find them!!

spiridion

Educate me! How does white noise help you to hear Evp's more easily. I am confused about the sink thing. (I thought Evp's could only be heard with special equipment because supposedly the voice range is lower than the decibels that a human can hear.
Well..have you ever heard evps that sound sort of robotic?? It all depends on the background noise that is used because spirits do not have voice boxes so they use sound waves from the backgound noise to speak. I have picked up an evp at work...which was at a phosphate plant. The pressure release from the sulferic plant was the background noise. You can actually hear speaking but it was very robotic I heard alot of laughing sounded female so I guess she was having a great time!

:huh:

Hey, who wouldn't have a great time at a sulfuric plant?

:lol:

Some people believe white noise helps attract paranormal activity. Like a light attracting a moth. I've seen some evidence of this.

As for EVPs, there is a theory that entities use random background noise as "source" material for speaking. Somehow they are able to rearrange random noise into coherent words. White noise provides lots of "source" for them.

You can also try to use white noise to mask out ambient noise to better hear EVPs. Noise-cancelling headphones work that way.

Regency

Can't white noise cause a type of audio paradolia?

Can't white noise cause a type of audio paradolia? It's like people pushing a glass at a seance - why doesn't the ghost just push it? Those Most Haunted folk have very speedy ghosts at their, ahem, seances - every week in fact.
I am not really sure about that one. MasterPro stated earlier that whitenoise attracts spirits. If that is the case than the whitenoise might not be what is pushing the glass. It could be the spirit.

Sorry Veliska I don't think I put that very clearly. It was two seperate questions.

1) Wouldn't white noise cause a kind of auditory peradolia.

2) why do people put their fingers on a glass at a seance - why doesn't the ghost just push it? I know about spirits using the energy of the participants, but really it's more likely to be the people pushing it themselves isn't it?

The link between the two is using an outside influence - the water and the person's finger? Does that make sense?

Sorry Veliska I don't think I put that very clearly. It was two seperate questions. 1) Wouldn't white noise cause a kind of auditory peradolia. 2) why do people put their fingers on a glass at a seance - why doesn't the ghost just push it? I know about spirits using the energy of the participants, but really it's more likely to be the people pushing it themselves isn't it? The link between the two is using an outside influence - the water and the person's finger? Does that make sense?

Oh I am sorry I read your post wrong. I really don't know about glass pushing in a seance. I thought people would put thier fingers on a glass or even a table to make it rise, by using their minds. I heard of that. Ummm people put their fingers on a Ouija board to push the communication piece around. (I do not know what that is called. But I never heard of people pushing a glass. Seances are usually done to call out spirits, not too push glasses. Someone might put a glass on the table and ask the spirit too push it. And as your first question Regency I never heard of white noise to cause an auditory peraolia.

I think spirits or entities are attracted to certain things, where they can draw energy the strongest. I think there are different levels of energy involved. For example, from what I have heard from other investigators, spirits are attracted to certain light. Some investigators use a laser pointer, and have had success in capturing EVP's or having a light anomaly appear following the laser pointer. A couple of members in LIGHT including myself have noticed that when the flash from a digital camera goes off that strange anomalies happen the second the flash stops. Like an ignition switch for them. Same goes for when using white noise. Some spirits are attracted to the dfferent levels / sounds of white noise whether you use water or any other resource that attracts them to it. Same thing in a seance. When doing a group event like a seance or group EVP session I noticed more results myself. We do not do seances as its a form of provoking. But when we do group EVP sessions I believe that the energy from the group is greater and that is why you might have the possibility of initiating Paranormal Activity. Spirits will be attracted to where ever there is a greater source of energy.

I don't know if that makes sense, but its another thought behind it.

I think spirits or entities are attracted to certain things, where they can draw energy the strongest. I think there are different levels of energy involved. For example, from what I have heard from other investigators, spirits are attracted to certain light. Some investigators use a laser pointer, and have had success in capturing EVP's or having a light anomaly appear following the laser pointer. A couple of members in LIGHT including myself have noticed that when the flash from a digital camera goes off that strange anomalies happen the second the flash stops. Like an ignition switch for them. Same goes for when using white noise. Some spirits are attracted to the dfferent levels / sounds of white noise whether you use water or any other resource that attracts them to it. Same thing in a seance. When doing a group event like a seance or group EVP session I noticed more results myself. We do not do seances as its a form of provoking. But when we do group EVP sessions I believe that the energy from the group is greater and that is why you might have the possibility of initiating Paranormal Activity. Spirits will be attracted to where ever there is a greater source of energy. I don't know if that makes sense, but its another thought behind it. ?

It makes since that from a group of people could provide enough energy for paranormal activity. I wouldn't think they would have to put their hand or finger on something to move it. When people do that it would make think someone is moving the glass. As far as a Ouija board I have heard of the piece moving by itself..I don't know why anyone would have too put their fingers on it.

When it comes to a seance or ouija boards, if you have enough people concentrating on an object to move it will move. It might not be because of a spirit or entity. The mind can be a very powerful thing, and when a group of people are combined, there is a great deal of energy and thought process. I think its possible in this instance regarding seances or ouija boards it can be more of an explanation of power of suggestion. Here is a group of people concentrating on expecting something to move. Depending on the great deal of concentration and energy involved, is it possible that people are moving it? Sure... It does not mean a spirit is moving the objects, our energy and thought are. There's a show on Sci fi called Mind Control. Its a very cool show, and there is a guy who knows how to utilize his mind well and as well as others. Perfect example!

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. There's a show on Sci fi called Mind Control. Its a very cool show, and there is a guy who knows how to utilize his mind well and as well as others. Perfect example!

Is this guy named derren brown or is it someone else > just so i can look him up thanks i don't get sci fi channel where i am .

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Spirits gain energy from water, and electricity, and feed off people's emotions to manifest themselves. I heard white noise on my digital clock radio for example, and it sounded as if it was between stations but it was SO loud it woke us all up, all night long, even when unplugged. Then the sounds came thru the fan, so decided to listen to what it was, but little did I know. It only took me 3 mins of recording my alarm clock to hear that disembodied voice say my name. Every room in this house was tested, but the voice could only be heard in my bedroom, because thats where it gained energy, thru the electricity, but soon it started with real voices in whispers in the tub room, while we ran water. It would whisper my sons name in his ear, or punch him in the back, or it would sound like someone who was deceased coming into the house talking when I was bathing, but no one was here. So white noise is usually associated with the spiritual world whether its a spirit or Demonic remains to be seen, but they do talk as well as thru the TV and my pc speakers..JN..

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The 5 Best Spirit Boxes (Communicates With Real Ghosts!)

There are several factors to take into consideration when looking for the best spirit box .

It all depends on the level of investigation you’re deciding on.

If you’re an armchair enthusiast who wants to check out an abandoned house, then a simple, cheap spirit box is your best bet.

Otherwise, if you’re a serious paranormal investigator who wants to collect awesome evidence and spend quality time communicating with ghosts, a purchase from the other end of the spectrum might be a perfect choice.

If you’re in a hurry, here’s our two favorite spirit boxes – Updated 2/9/2020 :

  • Spirit Box SB11 Radio Sweep Ghost Box  – Used on Ghost Adventures
  • P-SB7 Spirit Box – Best budget option

Choosing The Best Spirit Box For Your Needs

Table of Contents

  • 1 How Does A Spirit Box Work?
  • 2 Communicating With The Dead
  • 3.1 1) Spirit Box SB11 Ghost Hunting Equipment Radio Sweep Ghost Box
  • 3.2 2) P-SB7 Spirit Box ITC Research Device
  • 3.3 3) SoulSeekersUK Ghost Box App
  • 3.4 4) Sono x12 Spirit Box App
  • 3.5 5) BooBuddy Ghost Hunter Interactive Bear – Ghost hunting trigger object

How Does A Spirit Box Work?

Also known as a ghostbox or “franks box” – a spirit box is a device used to communicate with spirits.

Using radio frequencies and white noise through an electronic medium, it’s believed that ghosts can manipulate this energy to relay messages and answer questions.

The majority of these devices sweep AM or FM radio bands, through audio fragments and white noise, which relay spirit voices – either changed in pitch and tone or perfectly original and clear.

Communicating With The Dead

Spirit communication involves more than asking questions like, “Who’s there?”

Do some background research to get an idea of who you could be speaking with, to discover trigger words and to develop a psychic link.

Begin by advising that you mean no harm and that you’d like to help them tell their story.

Ask what they want, how they died, how they’re feeling etc.

Be respectful, unless you’re provoking a bad spirit by chastising them for heinous acts.

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The 5 Best Spirit Boxes On The Market

1) spirit box sb11 ghost hunting equipment radio sweep ghost box.

Considered the most advanced spirit box, this device is used by Zak Bagans on Ghost Adventures.

Communicating with the dead becomes much more fun with the option of single or dual AM/FM adjustable sweeps, hot and cold spot detection as well as a high intensity LED flashlight .

Along with forward and reverse sweeping functions, this spirit box can be used hands free in dark places with night vision and can be upgraded when new features are developed.

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2) P-SB7 Spirit Box ITC Research Device

If you’re looking for the best spirit box from the top shelf of ghost hunting, then this is a great choice.

This updated version is easy to use, with seven different scanning speeds and dual AM/FM frequencies.

For improved ghost voice detection, it also has noise cancellation for clear transmission.

The external speaker needs to be used with ear plugs and this device also has forward and reverse scanning capabilities, along with three triple A batteries included.

3) SoulSeekersUK Ghost Box App

This app is easy to use, has reverse audio, a variable sweep rate and uses sound bank design with human sounds and tones.

It has a proximity alarm for devices equipped with a sensor, so this useful tool is a nifty application to be included in your ghost hunting inventory.

It also has a recording feature to perform EVP bursts when you want to record ghostly voices and the audio can be stored on your device’s internal memory.

4) Sono x12 Spirit Box App

This cheap and simple spirit box app is considered one of the most advanced on the market.

With three different speed settings, improved voice banks which include four big soundbanks and an experimental mode for clear results, you’ll be glad you included this tool in your repertoire.

Understanding how it works is necessary before buying, as this ghost box uses multiple voice banks created from small pieces of the English alphabet to create words and full sentences.

5) BooBuddy Ghost Hunter Interactive Bear – Ghost hunting trigger object

Updated 2/9/2020 – Especially useful when trying to contact the spirits of little children, this interactive teddy bear is more than an EMF detector .

It can ask EVP questions as well as react to environmental changes, with the inclusion of motion and vibration detection capabilities and temperature fluctuations.

Used in conjunction with a video camera, you’ll be sure to capture great evidence as the bear is a universal trigger object for children – particularly those who have passed over.

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Hearing ghost voices relies on pseudoscience and fallibility of human perception

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Nontrivial numbers of Americans believe in the paranormal . These beliefs have spawned thousands of groups dedicated to investigating paranormal phenomena and a proliferation of ghost-hunting entries in the reality television market. Anecdotal evidence even suggests that ghost-hunting reality shows have increased public openness to paranormal research, which usually entails a small group traipsing through reportedly haunted locales at night with various ghost-hunting technologies.

Audio recorders figure prominently in paranormal researchers’ toolkits . Microphones capture ambient sounds during the investigation. Later, the audio recordings are scoured in search of messages from spirits. The premise is that audio recording devices can register otherwise inaudible communications from discarnate entities.

These purported communications have been dubbed electronic voice phenomena (EVP) . The sounds are generally brief – most examples consist of single words or short phrases. Perceived contents of EVP range from threatening (“You’re going to hell”) to bizarre (“ Egypt Air ”).

Part of the attraction of the audio recorder for paranormal researchers is its apparent objectivity. How could a skeptic refute the authenticity of a spirit captured by an unbiased technical instrument? To the believers, EVP seem like incontrovertible evidence of communications from beyond. But recent research in my lab suggested that people don’t agree much about what , if anything, they hear in the EVP sounds – a result readily explained by the fallibility of human perception. Despite the technological trappings, EVP research bears several characteristics of pseudoscience.

What are the EVP sounds?

The chain of evidence for most purported EVP makes hoaxes difficult to rule out, but let’s assume that many of these sounds are not deliberate fraud. In some instances , alleged EVP are the voices of the investigators or interference from radio transmissions – problems that indicate shoddy data collection practices. Other research , however, has suggested that EVP have been captured under acoustically controlled circumstances in recording studios. What are the possible explanations for these sounds?

The critical leap in EVP research is the point at which odd sounds are interpreted as voices that communicate with intention. Paranormal investigators typically decode the content of EVP by arriving at consensus among themselves. EVP websites advise paranormal researchers to ask themselves, “ Is it a voice…are you sure? ” or to “Share results among fellow investigators and try to prevent investigator bias when reviewing data .” Therein lies a methodological difficulty.

Research in mainstream psychology has shown that people will readily perceive words in strings of nonsensical speech sounds . People’s expectations about what they’re supposed to hear can result in the illusory perception of tones, nature sounds, machine sounds, and even voices when only acoustic white noise – like the sound of a detuned radio – exists. Interpretations of speech in noise – a situation similar to EVP where the alleged voice is difficult to discern – can shift entirely based upon what the listener expects to hear .

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EVP in the perceptual research lab

In my lab, we recently conducted an experiment to examine how expectations might influence the perception of purported EVP. Our EVP were audio recordings from a ghost-hunting reality show .

We asked three questions: Do people perceive alleged EVP to be voices under controlled conditions? If they hear voices, do they agree about what the voices are saying without being told what they’re supposed to hear? And finally, does it matter whether or not they think the research topic is paranormal?

Half of participants were told that the experiment was part of a research project on paranormal EVP. The other half were told that we were studying speech perception in noisy environments – a typical (if perhaps boring) perceptual psychology experiment.

In a study trial, participants heard a sound and were asked if they detected a voice in the stimulus. If they responded “no,” the trial ended. If they responded “yes,” they reported what they thought the voice had said. Across the study, participants heard the purported EVP, recordings of actual human speech, recordings of human speech obscured in noise, and recordings of only noise. The EVP and speech-in-noise sounds were inherently ambiguous – they sort of sounded like a voice was present and sort of did not.

Compared to the control condition, the suggestion of a paranormal research topic made people more likely to report hearing voices for both the EVP (48% versus 34% “yes” responses) and the voices hidden in noise (58% versus 40% “yes” responses). For real human speech, all participants nearly always heard a voice (99% “yes” responses), and for noise all participants almost never heard a voice (1% “yes” responses). So suggesting a paranormal research topic mattered only when the audio was ambiguous.

Further, when people said they heard a voice in the EVP, only 13% agreed about exactly what the voice said. To compare, 95% percent of people on average agreed about what the voice said when they heard actual speech.

In one final analysis, we showed that the participants’ interpretations agreed with the paranormal researchers’ interpretations less than 1% of the time. These findings suggest that paranormal researchers should not use their own subjective judgments to confirm the contents of EVP.

But perhaps most importantly, we showed that the mere suggestion of a paranormal research context made people more likely to hear voices in ambiguous stimuli, although they couldn’t agree on what the voices were saying.

A perceptual explanation of EVP

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We concluded that EVP are an auditory example of pareidolia – the tendency to perceive human characteristics in meaningless perceptual patterns. There are many visual examples of pareidolia – things like seeing human faces in everyday objects ( such as Jesus in a piece of toast ).

Research from cognitive psychology has shown that paranormal believers may be especially prone to misperceiving chance events. A face-like configuration in a slice of toast seems meaningful. People ask, "What are the chances?“ But if you add up all of the slices of toast you see over the days and weeks and months of a lifetime, it becomes inevitable that you will encounter some of these human-like configurations in toast due to chance.

Similarly, paranormal investigators record a practically limitless amount of audio and use all manner of sound-processing techniques including filtering the sounds to remove particular frequencies and boosting the volume . Inevitably they’re able to find samples of audio that sound somewhat like a voice.

Assuming some of these voice-like sounds can’t be attributed to shoddy data collection practices, their actual sources likely run the spectrum from ambient environmental noises to electrical interference to audio processing artifacts. If the listener is intently expecting to hear a person, virtually any sound can meet that expectation. One writer aptly suggested that EVP are like an auditory inkblot test : a blank slate upon which the listener can project any interpretation. The tendency for EVP investigators to hear a voice – a meaningful sound with agency and intention – is likely amplified by the suggestion of a paranormal context .

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EVP research bears hallmarks of pseudoscience

In pseudoscience, there is a semblance of adherence to the values of science. Objectivity in EVP research is equated with the use of a technological recording device per se, but subjectivity permeates the critical step of interpreting what the sounds mean. In science, objectivity is a critical value for researchers – an ideal that we attempt to apply to all aspects of inquiry – rather than a feature of our equipment.

Another characteristic of pseudoscience is a lack of integration with related areas of inquiry. There is a rich history of using experimental methods to examine auditory perception, yet EVP enthusiasts are either unaware or willfully ignorant of this relevant work.

Science also values parsimony – the idea that the simplest explanation is preferred. To explain EVP as the result of human auditory perception, we need a theory to account for how and why a human listener sometimes misperceives ambiguous stimuli.

In fact, this very tendency is one of many well-documented cognitive shortcuts that may have adaptive value. A voice may indicate the presence of a potential mate or foe, so it may be useful to err on the side of perceiving agency in ambiguous auditory stimuli.

A paranormal theory is much more complex. We have to explain how disembodied entities acquire agency. We have to explain why they have the ability to produce sound but only communicate in audio recordings instead of simply speaking aloud. We have to explain why they apparently can’t speak clearly in full sentences, but only brief, garbled, often seemingly random phrases.

What’s the harm?

Many forms of popular entertainment require the suspension of disbelief, and viewers of paranormal reality shows are hopefully tuning in for the entertainment rather than scientific value of these programs. There are many important public issues, however, for which pseudoscientific beliefs have harmed public discourse .

Currently, there is only limited, tentative evidence to link exposure to pseudoscience on television to pseudoscientific beliefs. Still, one study showed that people find paranormal research to be more credible and scientific when it is shown using technological tools such as recording devices. Other evidence has suggested that popular opinion may outweigh scientific credibility when people evaluate pseudoscientific claims.

A good ghost story may hold entertainment and even cultural value, but the popular portrayal of pseudoscientific practices as science may be detracting from efforts to cultivate a scientifically literate public.

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Pros & Cons of White Noise Machines

Is the silence, or maybe lack of silence, keeping you awake at night? Whether it is outside noises, anxiety in general or even the dead of silence, your sleep may be effected. Often times the addition of white noise machines become a common suggestion for soothing yourself to sleep. But, what are the short term and long term benefits to these noise inducing machines?

So we took a deeper look into the pros and cons of sleeping with a white noise machine. As you’ll see below, there are several reasons this may be a great addition, and a few reasons you may overlook this option. You’ll also find our top 6 favorite sound machines on the market today too.

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How does white noise work?

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White noise has a broad blanket of frequencies that are buzzing which camouflages other noises as they come and go. Making these random disturbances through the night less disturbing and more likely to go completely unnoticed. It is important to keep in mind that a lot of sounds found in life that are thought of as “white noise” like waterfalls, wind, or the hum of an idling engine are all similar but they are not true white noise. There are other color noises that work in very similar ways with slight variations that also work well for sleeping. We will get to those a bit later.

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Pros of Noise Machines to Fall/Stay Asleep:

1. go to sleep faster.

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You are most easily disturbed by noises right as you begin to fall asleep. Which is why using a sound machine is such a great way to get to sleep faster.

If you are only wanting to use a sound machine for a short period of time (instead of all night) then we suggest falling asleep to it. The sound machine will muffle any potentially disturbing sounds, making it much easier to fall asleep faster than you normally would.

2. Stay Asleep Longer

While sleeping with a sound machine, you are more likely to sleep longer as you will experience less noise disturbances while you sleep.

So no more being startled awake by different sounds like the ice machine, the AC kicking on, or a car horn. Instead you will be able to sleep through those minimal disturbance better and get a deeper longer lasting nights rest.

3. Lowers Anxiety

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Small sounds and disturbances that most people would dismiss immediately can be incredibly disruptive to someone with anxiety. White noise helps to camouflage those disturbances and make it easier to fall asleep with sleep anxiety. It is also nice to have a sound that disrupts and alleviates silence while also not adding extra distractions.

4. Alleviates Headaches

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Headaches and migraines can be difficult to get rid of. However, new studies have come out claiming that Pink Noise (a variation of white noise) can actually help alleviate pain caused by headaches. It is a soothing consistent sound that does not overwhelm you senses. Instead it illuminates external noises that can trigger or irritate migraines.

5. Improves Memory & Focus

When you get a better nights sleep, you have more energy and focus the following day. Getting a good nights rest also helps to move things you learned during the day into your long term memory. Which means getting a great nights sleep is a cycle for improved retainment of the things you are learning, this is vital for children and adults alike.

Cons of Noise Machines to Fall/Stay Asleep:

1. irritating.

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For some, the low frequency buzzing of white noise can be irritating and distracting. While it may blur lessen the impact of other noises around you it is after all a sound itself. While it turns into a background noise that most minds do not try to even process.

Making it feel practically unthought about and essentially “unheard”. Other individuals may work slightly differently, finding the noise to be a constant and unwavering irritation that must cease in order to get some real peace and quiet.

2. Hearing Damage (If too close or loud)

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If you turn up white noise too loudly or place the noise machine too close to you or your little one, then you could be causing hearing damage. While it is a gentle sound, if turned up too loud it is persistent and can absolutely cause hearing damage if left on too loud or too long.

If you are using the sound machine for a young child, you should be especially mindful about this. Your little one won’t be able to express to you their discomfort or move the machine away themselves. You may misinterpret tears as standard nighttime irritation. Be sure to keep the noise machine across the room and at a gentle volume in order to ensure their developing ears remain safe and sound.

3. Not Woken Up For Danger

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The reasoning behind why we wake up to sudden noises is for safety purposes. When you are in a deep sleep, your mind cannot distinguish a loud noise between the ice maker or someone breaking into your home. So it is important you wake up in case there is some kind of potential danger. However, if you are sleeping completely undisturbed, warnings and call for attention may go unnoticed.

This is important to take note of for children, if they are sick or not doing well, they need their parents to hear them in order to receive help. If you cannot hear their cough or cries, then you may sleep through a moment when they really need your to wake up. Or if someone is really breaking into your home, it would be nice to hear them and wake up. A sound machine may block out these alert sounds.

4. Potential Delays in Young Children’s Development

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While these white noise machines may help them sleep, there are now theories that it may potentially cause delays in their developing minds.

The constant input of white noise is blurring and they are not able to listen or process any of the typical sounds they would normally hear throughout the night. Which may set them back in categorizing and developing those sounds.

5. Dependency

By far the most documented and likely con of using white noise machines is that you or your little one will become dependent on using it in order to get a good nights rest. The truth is that we are creatures of habit and if you find it helpful to get to sleep while using a sound machine, then go for it.

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However, you may find one day you forgot to pack it on vacation. It may not seem like a big deal until you find yourself in bed wide eyed and unable to get to sleep. Thankfully their are apps and different portable options so you can have and use sound machines pretty much anywhere you go.

The sleeping habits you set up as children can be much more impactful than sleeping habits we pick up as adults. If you teach your child to sleep with a sound machine every single night, they may find it difficult to sleep without one. Ever. It is important to set your kids up for successful and healthy sleeping habits so they do not have to depend on a machine to get a good nights rest.

Which Noises are best?

There are all sort of different versions of white noise that have been given different colors, such as pink noise, or brown noise. There are 9 prevalent “colors” of these types of generated noises. Those 9 include red, blue, violet, black, green, orange, brown, pink, and of course white. The only colors that are thought to really be beneficial to sleep promotion are pink, white, and brown.

White Noise

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The OG of color noises, white noise features the entire spectrum of frequencies pretty much an even volume all squished together. Sounds like rainfall, or a running fan or humidifier, while very calming and potentially similar sounding to white noise, a true white noise sound is typically generated in a program.

Some research has even suggested that pink noise is a better option for sleeping than white noise is. This is because while white noise contains all of the different frequencies at the same volume, pink features all of the frequencies as well.

However, in pink noise the lower frequencies are louder than the higher frequencies. Making it a more soothing sound overall while still masking other noises.

Brown Noise

Brown noise is rather similar to pink noise, it is heavier on the low frequencies. However, with brown noise you do not have any of the high frequency pitches like the white and pink noise have. So why is this? For one reason, lower frequencies are more soothing and calming than high pitches.

Yet, this is what makes brown the least beneficial to sleep than the other two. By sticking to only lower frequencies, you have cut out the camouflaging of high frequencies. Meaning if there is a sudden burst of high frequency noise, you will be more likely to wake up than with the other two options.

Getting your kids to sleep isn’t always easy, but getting them on a set sleeping schedule can help. Visit our page How To Get Your Kids Back On A Sleep Schedule to learn how.

Our Favorite Sound Machines:

We searched through the top rated sound machines on the market and picked our absolute favorites for getting your best sleep possible. We even slipped in a sound machine app as well. Keep reading to find out what we love about each of these individual sound machines.

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1) SNOOZ White Noise Sound Machine

This is such a unique and effective sound machine. On the inside of the Snooz is a small adjustable fan, it is actually the fan creating the noise, no speakers or looping soundtracks on this sound machine. You can adjust the tone and volume of the Snooz on your phone, they even have a specialized setting made just for babies in order to keep your little ones ears safe and sound.

Click the link to get your SNOOZ White Noise Machine now.

2) iHome Zenergy Portable Sound Machine

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This modern designed sound machine that is compact for easy portability comes with 12 different sound options. This includes white noise, pink noise, and a white noise with added tones. We love the variety this sound machine provides while remaining very intuitive and easy to use.

The iHome Zenergy Portable Sound Machine is available today at Amazon.com

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3) Moico Sound Machine

This is a great sound machine for someone who wants the basics for a great price. You can get this quality sound machine for under thirty dollars. Making it the most cost effective on our list. Comes with 30 different sound options including pink, white, and brown noise. All together this is a great option for the nursery or your own room.

Click the link to learn more about the Moico Sound Machine .

4) Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds

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Our absolute favorite part of this app, is that you can create your own mix of sounds to make your own custom sleep track. We particularly liked the mix of pink noise layered softly with thunderstorm gently playing in the background.

Download the Relax Melodies App by clicking on the link and buying today.

5) Sound+Sleep Sound Machine

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We love that this machine will listen and adapt to the amount of sound in the room currently. Which means if your partner starts to snore it will automatically adjust in order to better cover that noise, and then when they stop it will automatically turn down the volume for you as well.

Get your Sound + Sleep Sound Machine on Amazon.com today.

6) SOAIY Aurora Night Light and Sound Machine

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Not just a sound machine, the Soaiy Aurora is also a projecting night light. The different colors and patterns are projected onto the wall or ceiling to provide a beautiful mood lighting to help you drift off to sleep. (This is especially helpful for those who are attempting to wean themselves off of falling asleep to the television.) Comes with 6 different built in sounds and a Bluetooth connection for if you prefer to play something off of your phone. Young children and adults alike will enjoy the views and sounds of this machine.

Click the link to learn more about the SOAIY Aurora Sound Machine and watch a video on what it can do.

7) Big Red Rooster Sound Machine

This sound machine comes in at a great price, costing under twenty dollars. It also has 3 different sleep timers to choose from, 15, 30, or 60 minutes. The Big Red Rooster also comes with a variety of different sounds from white noise to thunder storms. It is simple to use and you can’t beat that price.

The  Big Red Rooster Sound Machine is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

8) SleepyMe Smart Sleep Soother

This adorable chick shaped sound machine/night light is great for kids. It is adorable and features a night light that projects stars in changing colors onto the walls.

We love that this sound machine comes with an optional timer to ensure that your little one can use it to fall asleep but that it will not stay on all night long.

Perfect for a nursery, click the link to get your  SleepyMe Smart Sleep Soother today.

Pros & Cons of White Noise Machines

When used properly, white (and other color) noises can be an effective way to get to sleep faster and improve the quality of sleep you’re getting. It is typically when used improperly is when the potential cons start to have an effect. Making sure the volume and placement is low and far enough away to keep you or your children’s ears safe from any potential damage is a great way to limit the majority of potential risks.

It is also important to ensure that you only use a sound machine when necessary, turn on timers to go off after a certain period of time. This way your little one can get to sleep but isn’t sleeping with the sound machine all night long. Set a timer for you as well, and try to only use it on nights where you really need it. If you sleep with a sound machine every night you may find that you become dependent on using a sound machine to get some rest. While this isn’t particularly terrible thing to be dependent on, you will be wishing you weren’t when the day comes that you are on vacation and forgot to pack it.

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Which Type of Noise Is Best for Sleep? Experts Reveal How to Find the Right One for You

White, brown, pink — each can affect your brain differently.

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Each color of the rainbow (you know, violet on over to red) looks different to us because they have different wavelengths, frequencies and energy. And if you painted your eyes, nails and hair black or picked a happy color to brighten your kitchen, you’ve grokked that colors can influence how you feel (and reflect it, too).

Sounds, too, have these same types of differences. “As sound is not visible, using the color spectrum is a more concrete analogy for these noise colors,” says clinical audiologist Amy Sarow , Au.D. “White, pink and brown noise contain different amounts of energy across all frequencies [and] function in unique ways to influence our mental states.”

In other words, assigning colors to different types of sound is a way to identify and categorize them. And each “shade” of noise offers its own approach to dealing with background noise and other auditory distractions.

How shades of noise can help you sleep

Anxiety , stress and the general chaos of life can keep you up at night (like you really needed to us to tell you that!). Between your own racing brain , street sounds or a noisy bedmate , letting go so you can drift off is a challenge. Between 10 and 30% of adults suffer from insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation , and many more have the occasional bad night.

“The brain is constantly bombarded with external stimuli, which can make it difficult to relax and fall asleep,” Dr. Sarow says. “By listening to a consistent sound like white, pink, or brown noise, the brain can tune out other noises and focus on the soothing sounds, helping the listener to relax and fall asleep.”

Which type of noise is best?

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Most people think of white noise as a sort of consistent, fuzzy sound that, when utilized correctly, can drown out the sleep-destroying car alarm going off across the street or mute the yap-yap-yap of your neighbor’s relentlessly barking dog. “White noise is a combination of all audible frequencies, similar to the sound of a fan or static on a TV,” says  Chelsey Borson , a certified sleep consultant based in White Plains, New York. “It can help mask background noises and create a consistent sound environment, which can be helpful for sleep and focus.” Dr. Sarow, who compares white noise to a “blanket of sound,” praises its effectiveness at drowning out noise, and adds that it’s white noise's combo of frequencies that makes it “a particularly useful tool in noisy, urban environments, enabling individuals to sleep with a sense of tranquility despite the surrounding cacophony of traffic or other distractions.”

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Literally on another side of the spectrum from white noise lies brown noise (also called red noise.) “Brown noise accentuates lower frequencies, has a deeper, more relaxing sound quality that resembles thunder rumbling or heavy rain [and] is suggested to have a significant role in reducing anxiety,” says Dr. Sarow. One possible reason brown noise elicits calming, sleep-inducing relaxation: “As the cochlea develops in utero first in the low-frequency range, exposure to brown noise might trigger early memories in the womb, creating a soothing, comforting sensation,” says Dr. Sarow. “Thus, brown noise could be a powerful tool in managing stress and inducing a state of relaxation.” Out of white, pink and brown noise, Dr. Sarow calls brown “the most calming.” “Brown noise can reduce stress and anxiety levels. It's a great choice for anyone feeling especially stressed or overwhelmed,” she says.

Pink noise: the softest sound

Pink noise is the soft, gentle middle ground between the blanket of white noise and the deep, low tones of brown noise. “Pink noise is filtered white noise and emphasizes lower frequencies,” says Dr. Sarow, calling it “a softer, more calming sound that resembles light rain or wind.” In addition, the sounds of pink noise tend to be rhythmical, “mimicking natural environmental sounds, such as light rain or rustling leaves,” she adds. “Pink noise has been shown to improve sleep quality and memory retention, making it a good choice for students or those looking to optimize their brain function.” If you find the gentle sounds of the great outdoors to be the most soothing, pink noise might be your best bet for bedtime.

If you’re having trouble choosing between white, pink, or brown noise, keep in mind that you’re not committing to a coat of paint for your living room. You can easily alternate between the sounds that work for you, depending on the night.

“In terms of choosing the best noise color, it depends on the specific sleep issues or desired experience,” advises Borson. If it’s unwanted noise that’s keeping you up, you may want to opt for white noise to quiet things down; but “when it comes to using noise colors for sleep, pink noise can promote relaxation and deeper, more restful sleep,” Borson says. “Brown noise, with its deep and soothing sound, can help lower stress levels and create a calming environment for sleep.”

And don’t hesitate to pair your chosen color of sound with another sleep-promoting technique. “We usually tell patients to test multiple sounds and find which one they prefer and pair that sound with relaxation techniques, breathing exercises , sleeping therapy and mindfulness ,” says New York-based audiologist Ruth Reisman-Aguilar , Au.D.

How to find your noise

Of course, there are a bunch of apps for noise shades: The Noise Machine app lets you choose between different colors, as does Simply Noise .

There’s also videos on YouTube that will play the sound of your choice for up to eight hours straight, as well as noise machines (and combo noise-machine alarm clocks, like the Loftie ) that allow you to alternate between colors depending on your needs.

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Cutting through the white noise

Posted: May 21, 2023 | Last updated: July 20, 2023

From L.A. to Chicago to New York, noise is one big reason why 1 in 3 American adults doesn't get enough sleep, thanks to noisy neighbors, ambulances, fire engines or garbage trucks at 3 o'clock in the morning.

Psychologist Matthew Ebben learned all about noisy nights years ago when he bought an apartment in Queens, New York. "It was unbelievably loud," he said. Not only was his bedroom a half-block away from the Long Island Railroad, but "there was a bus that went up a hill in front of the apartment, and there was an ambulance that liked to park across the street," he said. "It was torture."

A desperate man who didn't want to move, he turned to a white noise machine, which emits more noise: "It's the sound of a fan, it's the sound of an air conditioner," he said. "So, if you have a constant noise which is a little louder than these intrusions, you won't be woken up by the intrusions."

The paradox of combatting too much noise with even more noise intrigued Ebben, a sleep specialist at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-Presbyterian. His research confirmed white noise's potential benefits. "What we found in our study is, [subjects] slept more, in general, with the white noise maker than without it, and they also fell asleep a bit faster," Ebben said.

  • The effects of white noise on sleep and duration in individuals living in a high noise environment in New York City (Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine)

At his offices, Spencer sampled an array of machines, emitting everything from basic white noise (sounding like a fan), to so-called "pink noise," which uses lower frequencies, and which some research suggests can help with memory. ("That sounds like the ocean," said Spencer.)

And then there were a bunch of other random noises, from tropical forests and rainfall, to what sounds like a beating heart. "I wouldn't use that," Ebben laughed.

But white noise is often just what the doctor ordered – a lullaby for adults.

Pleasant dreams.

For more info:

  • Center for Sleep Medicine, New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Dr. Matthew Ebben

Story produced by Amiel Weisfogel. Editor: Carol Ross. 

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This is how spirits can speak using Apps and Ghost Box Devices…

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It’s been a few years now since I realized and discovered that the way spirits speak to us is simply by manipulation of audio . In other words, they change the source audio we give them to speak to form their messages and phrases back to us . It does not matter if an app uses internet radio, a bank, or a voice reading from a book. It does not matter if you are using an app, or a scanning radio. This is how they speak and leave messages.

When spirits are present, and you are connected to them (as in you have done this work before with success and spirits come through for you) the way they speak is by changing the audio source you are using. They do this by using energy and electricity (according to them). I have worked for years to truly find ways to give them this energy and the perfect raw audio for the cleanest, clearest most direct voice and replies. It’s starting to pay off as the communication today is so far past what it was two years ago it is startling.

But back a few years ago, no one wanted to hear this . Many thought spirits spoke by using radio frequencies, or white noise. These are myths, and old theories that were good at the time and made perfect sense at the time, but today we have learned much more about the “how”. Today, we are starting to learn what the spirits need to talk more freely, without the noise and static and now without a constant scan like we used in the 2 year old SCD-1 and what many scanning radios use today.

We learn by experimentation . We learn by the messages the spirits leave us (I know I do). We learn by doing , by pushing forward and by ignoring the hate and naysayers who try to stop us for their own agendas. YES….DOING. That is the key. If we only talk and do not do the “do” part, then nothing will ever see progression in life. This goes in every aspect of our lives. If I want a better life, I have to figure out how to make it happen, and do it. If I want to find a way for spirits to speak more clearly and freely, I have to put the time and effort and money into testing and experimenting with ALL KINDS of things, and believe me, I have. This is how progress is made. I am thrilled to see so many now doing this in the ITC field.

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For me, the passion for ITC runs deep. On many occasions, using various apps, radios and devices I have had messages saying “you are chosen”..”this is your destiny”, etc. It scared me when I first heard this as I thought “chosen for what”…to die? To be attacked? To be with them in this strange dimension?

After a year of hearing these messages I feel strongly from within today that when they say these things, it is to tell me that I am the one who is supposed to bring attention to this, awareness to the people so we can have something to believe in again.

THEY CAN TALK TO US! THEY DO TALK TO US. THEY ARE INTELLIGENT. IT IS NOT RESIDUAL!

The problem is that so many minds today are closed in the world. Less and less people today believe in a God or an afterlife. Now I am not religious, not even close. I have no religious affiliation. I believe in a creator, and a higher power as we would not be possible without one, period. Thing long and hard about that, and the miracles of the earth and our body and makeup. We are like a well oiled and tuned machine, and something had to create us. We did not come from nothing. We are too complex. We are a system..male, female, meant to reproduce. To me, anyone who says there is nothing after this or we came from nothing truly is not digging deep in to their mind to see what we are and that it would be impossible for us to be here without something that created us. Our body is the most complex “machine” on earth. It was not created by accident.

The SCD-2 and Wonder Box together are wonderful. A short but impressive session where I received a new bit of info about them I never heard before. 

I never used to believe so much in all of that stuff, but today I do 100% simply because I am more spiritual than ever thanks to this work I do, and the experiences I have had doing it. Ask anyone who knows me. I am as normal and laid back as they come. I am not crazy, I am not weird and I am not the type who is easily convinced of whom I speak to through these devices.

When they tell me my Father is there, or helping me I do not just assume he really is. I believe he could be, and that would be so so special and amazing. But I also know that these voices could be saying this, just to get to me. So I never let any of it get to me ; )

I treat this work with full respect and never ever take it lightly. Some would say I am obsessed, and I agree. It has become a part of me, and I feel there is something pushing me from within to keep it going. I can explain my theory of why this is, but it may be for another post on another day.

But back to the way they speak to us.

For example, the new SCD-2 and the Wonder Box. How do spirits come through using these devices?

The SCD-2 was designed in a way for what I had hoped to be maxim communication.  For those who have been doing this work, and getting replies from devices or apps, you should feel right at home. Simple interface, nothing confusing. Just turn it on, make sure you are connected to WiFi, turn on the reverb and pitch pedals, record your session and review. If you get messages using apps and radios, the SCD-2 will not disappoint. Spirits already know you, and will use the SCD-2 by manipulating the audio either in real-time, or onto your recording device. You will not have a constant chatter or scan, so easier to review the recording (less time consuming, easier to hear) and spirits can speak when they want to.

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If you are new to this, it may take a while. Most who are new usually do not have a fully open mind, or their 3rd eye is closed. They want to believe, but many do not. Going into it like this will usually, 8 times out of 10, be a sure-fire fail. This is when some just feel an app, or box is a “scam”. If they can not get clear direct communication, IT MUST BE, RIGHT? WRONG!

Spirits want to speak with those who believe in them, who feel for them, who respect them and even have love for them. I always have and do, and I have built up trust (they tell me often they trust me) and a relationship with them. This is real, it is 100% real. Sounds insane, I know.. I know…but it is real.

Some go in treating things like this as a toy or game. Do that and spirits will not speak freely. You may get one or two quick replies but the more you dedicate to this, the more you focus and the more you learn about them the better your sessions will be.

So using an app, any good app (SCD-2, Spiritus, Matrix, Portal, Vortex and others) can bring real and direct communication but as I have always said, the operator (you) is a big part of this. There is no miracle device..YOU have to work it just as much as the spirits do.

I see so many who get into this, and really do it for the love of the research and the spirits, getting amazing communication. I then see those who feel they should be able to turn on a device and get instant communication with the dead, even when they are skeptical by nature. Sadly, at this time it doesn’t work like that. The SCD-2 will not turn everyone into a spirit magnet. It is a tool that gives the spirits a much easier way to speak, and they do when you are connected by using the right techniques. It is not a miracle app that brings us a direct line to the dead. If we ever get something like that, it would cost much more than $20, lol.

The way my Wonder Box helps spirits speak is by giving them the energy sources they can use to speak longer, more direct and clearer. They use and need ENERGY to speak, they have told me this so many times. Some of these beings have intense energy, and many say they use MY energy when they speak. They also use electrical energy, crystal energy, orgone energy, magnetic energy and sound waves from things like Reverb and other sources. Combine all of this into one device and you have something that really helps them speak loud and clear. It started as theories, and now has been proven over and over and over again. The Portal and Wonder Box really help enhance any app, or radio. The spirits also know about it. They call it by name. They enjoy using it.

So now that we know how they speak, what they can use to speak, and we are now giving them ways to do this that make it easier on them we are seeing some incredible communication come from many out there in the world of ITC.

But yes indeed..spirits manipulate audio to speak . We have to give them a voice by supplying random raw audio. When they connect, they use that audio and form it and change it to leave their messages. THEY CAN change the voice tone as well, and often do which makes it easy to hear the spirits from other things.

When I do sessions, I look for direct or relevant answers to what I am talking about. I look for relevant answers to my situation in life. I look for names, etc. If I ask them “do you know who I am” and the answer is “Yes, Steve Huff” and I am using an app that scans internet radio, there is NO explanation of this. In fact, NO ONE has been able to debunk it. The only debunkers who think they have just say it is fake without ever meeting me or using the devices themselves. Some truly do not believe and feel it is a scam of sorts. Others know it is real, but say it is fake for their own agendas.

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I see it all but the facts remain. It is 100% real, and only getting better and bigger. More are noticing this. I have been mentioned on TV shows, local news channels,  I have been on a TV show using my device. I have been mentioned on HUGE YouTube channels having nothing to do with the paranormal. People are seeing and hearing what is happening more than ever. I receive anywhere from 200-800 new subscribers a day to my YouTube, and I have NEVER advertised it anywhere. All word of mouth and YouTube searches. So yes, more and more are seeing what is possible, and more and more write me daily telling me they now believe, and feel good after watching my videos. THIS to me is priceless. If I can help ANYONE just by showing facts and real communication, that is the greatest gift of all.

Doing this work has changed my life for the better, and for years now I have no longer been afraid of death. I know today that it is part of our souls journey. This life on Earth as a Human is what I see as a test and learning experience. If we are good people, love everyone and help others we WILL go to a great place. If we are selfish, mean, hurt others or steal from others, we will not. I have seen it, I have felt it. This is fact TO ME 100% though again, most will not believe my words. I am an empath and that can be hard on me at times. I get used often, I can not stand to see any living thing hurting and due to my kind caring nature I often get myself in situations that are not good for ME. But I can not change this, it is who I am and always have been.

Wouldn’t change a thing.

In any case, spirits do speak to use using apps or radios or devices like a spirit box. BUT not all are created equal. With the correct implementation, and the correct raw audio source we can get very close to a “telephone to the dead” scenario. We are half way there and knowing how the spirits speak to us has helped this research move forward dramatically over the last two years.

For those who ask me almost daily if an app has foreign language support, ALL APPS HAVE THIS as it does not matter what the language of the source audio is. Spirits can and do change it to the language you speak when you use corect technique (record sessions, etc). It has been proven by myself and others. I can get English spirit replies by using only a French Language radio scan. Some in Germany get German replies with an English scan. This is possible how? As I said, spirits MANIPULATE audio to speak. ; )

I thank all of you here who read my words, watch my videos and follow my life. It has been an amazing journey so far and for some reason, even though its been 6 years publicly I feel like I am just getting started.

LOVE AND LIGHT TO ALL, so much more to come as always!

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  15. Spirit Box

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