- Common Investigative Equipment.
- Ghost Hunting Equipment.
Q: Where are ghosts found?
A: Virtually anywhere: ghosts have been sighted in houses, cemeteries, businesses, old locations, ancient grounds, Churches, and outdoors. EVPs have been collected in natural environments; in fact, some of the first EVPs ever captured were captured in the woods while taping bird song.
Q: How do you find places to investigate?
A: Via referrals and requests made both in person and on the Internet. We do not recommend that people investigate if they are not knowledgeable about the paranormal. Investigations are not for entertainment.
Q: Where can I find ghost hunting equipment?
A: There are numerous places to purchase equipment both on and off the Internet. We recommend that you shop around for the best prices. Radio Shack and EMF For Less (located in Albany New York: they have a website too) are good places to start.
Q: Temperature readings: What do they mean?
A: Temperature fluctuations can determine the location of cold/hot spots during investigations. Unusual spikes in temperature could mean the presence of spirit.
FAQ’S about EVPs
Q: What are EVPs?
A: EVPs or electronic voice phenomena, are sounds and/or voices that appear on a recording and are usually only discovered after playing the tape back. Myriad theories exist pertaining to exactly how EVPs are formed and what their origins are. The most common belief is that EVPs are voices and/or sounds produced by spirits.
Q: How are EVP’s collected?
A: EVPs can be collected with a tape recorder and an external microphone or a digital recorder. External microphones are recommended to lessen or omit the sound from internal gears working within the tape recorder. If you use a digital tape recorder, this issue is eliminated. Many investigators are now using digital recorders which offer their own benefits (not having to buy tapes and easier file conversion) but EVPs can be easily captured on a standard recorder.
Q: What software does your team use to analyze EVPs?
A: Our team uses Acoustica 4.0. The program is simple and affordable at a price range of about $30.00. There are other, more expensive programs that can be invested in as well as free sound editing software. Check out our article on available software for EVP analysis entitled EVP Downloads.
Q: Why do some EVPs sound clear, while others sound digitalized or mechanical?
A: Unfortunately, some EVPs appear with a lot of noise in the raw data file. The more noise that is removed, the more digitalized the sound becomes. In addition, if a EVP file is saved as an mp3 files instead of a wav files, the sound becomes compressed and more difficult to hear due to diminished quality. Wav files are more detailed and less compressed than mp3 files and therefore provide a better sound quality than mp3's.
Q: Why do you classify EVPs?
A:EVPs are classified based on their clarity. We notate the classification on our site to let viewers know what to expect when they are listening to the EVPs we have captured.
Q: What do the classifications A, B, and C mean?
Class A: This class of EVP is easily heard on a raw data file. No improvements are needed for better listening.
Class B: This class of EVP may require volume improvements or noise reduction to hear it.
Class C: This class of EVP is difficult to hear without significant clean up, noise reduction and/or volume improvements. This class also identifies a clear sound that is unidentifiable or words that cannot be made out.
FAQ’s about Demonology
Q: What is demonology?
A: Simply put, demonology is the extensive study of demons or inhuman spirits.
Q: Aren’t demons singularly a Christian concept?
A: No. In fact numerous religions have beliefs pertaining to demons and/or inhuman entities. Many people mistakenly believe that in order to believe in demons, one must also believe in Christian theology: this is not the case.
Q: What are the psychological symptoms associated with demonic possession?
A: There are a number of different psychological symptoms associated with a demonic haunt. For more information, view our article Psychological Signs of Demonic Possession.
Q: What is an incubus? What is a succubus?
A: Incubi and Succubi are defined as a creatures that attacks an individual while the individual sleeps, seeking sexual intercourse with the victim. For more information about incubi and succubi, visit our write up on Incubus and Succubus.
Q: What is a banshee?
A: The screaming banshee is from Irish and Scottish lore and is a creature that is also referred to as the White Lady, the White Lady of Death, the White Lady of Sorrow, and the Lady of Death. For more information, review our article on the Banshee.
Q: What is a calling ghost?
A: Calling ghost phenomena is when a ghost of a dead calls the name of those who are living in order to get their attention. For more information, read our article about Calling Ghosts.
Q: What are poltergeists?
A: The term poltergeist is rooted in the German language and is a combination of two words: poltern and geist. Poltern literally means “to make a loud noise or uproar, to rumble, to thud,” while geist translates as ghost. For more information about poltergeists, read our article on Poltergeists.
FAQ’s About ISIS Paranormal Radio
Q: I want to be a guest on the show; how do I schedule a spot?
A: Email us at ISISINVESTIGATOR@aol.com.
Q: How long is the ISIS Paranormal Radio show?
A: The show is an hour long, commercial free episode.
Q: What time does the ISIS Paranormal Radio Show air?
A: The show airs 6 pm Eastern Time, live, every Sunday evening.
Q: Is the ISIS Paranormal Radio Show archived?
A: Yes; archives are accessible on our Blogtalkradio and on our site on our Past Guests page.
p>Q: What kinds of guests are you looking for?
A: Our show has a pagan/paranormal slant. Members of the pagan and paranormal communities, pagan leaders, paranormal investigators, paranormal groups, and organizations, and authors, as well as movie directors are welcome. We also like inspiring subjects too. Email us at ISISINVESTIGATOR@aol.com for more details or questions.
p>Q: Does your show have a call in line?
A: Yes: 646-595-2676.
Q: Where can I listen into ISIS Paranormal Radio?
A: ISIS Paranormal Radio can be accessed on Blogtalkradio, on MySpace, on our ISIS Paranormal Radio Page, and as a downloadable iTunes® podcast. .
Q: Where can I find more information about ISIS Paranormal Radio?
A: ISIS Paranormal Radio information can be accessed on Blogtalkradio, on MySpace, on our ISIS Paranormal Radio Page, and as a downloadable iTunes® podcast. .
FAQ’s for the ISIS Team
Q: Why do you investigate hauntings?
A: We investigate the paranormal because we want to know about the unknown. We want to learn everything we can about the origins of paranormal activity, we love what we do, and we want to help others experiencing paranormal events and activity.
Q: How do I request an investigation?
A: You can request an investigation via email. We recommend email us if you want to discuss your case privately at ISISINVESTIGATOR@aol.com.
Q: What kind of places does your team investigate?
A: We investigate businesses, private residences, and cemeteries. We also are willing to investigate historic locations.
Q: Do you maintain a confidentiality agreement?
Q: What does an investigation entail?
A: An investigation involves the following:
1. Initial paperwork ~ Members of the ISIS team will conduct an initial interview. Those who request an interview are required to sign a release allowing ISIS to use any information they discover in any media form. Note: ISIS maintains a serious respect for the privacy of others and we offer people the opportunity to change their names if they do not want their identities revealed. Why does ISIS request a release? The answer is simple: we require that we have the full cooperation of those who request and investigation and that we are allowed to later use any information we uncover in an investigation in print form for our website and/or future media works. We also request written permission to examine any location.
2. After the initial interview the ISIS team will examine to location, take EVP samples, take photos, and do EMF and temperature readings of the location, if feasible.
3. Examination: Evidence is then examined by the team for any discovery we may uncover.
4. Once the ISIS team has evaluated the evidence, we will notify the individual who made the request of any discoveries. We offer full disclosure of any evidence to our clients upon the completion of examination of the evidence collected.
Q: Are your team members Wiccan?
A: Many, but not all, of our members are Wiccan.
Q: Do you charge for investigations?
A: Presently, we charge a minimal fee for travel expenses. If we are asked to travel a particularly long distance we may request travel expenses and such expenses are discussed before an investigation occurs. Our team also except donations to help defray the cost of equipment.
Q: What regions do you provide investigations in?
A: Currently we provide investigations in the New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont areas. This does not mean we will not give due consideration to performing investigations in other areas. If we cannot help you, we will be happy to refer you to another group we can.
Q: Do you perform exorcisms?
A: We do not perform exorcisms. Exorcisms are a matter that is handled by a Christian Church. We do offer cleansings, which in our belief system is the equivalent. Your religious affiliations will determine what actions you should take in the event that the attempted removal of entity is required.
Q: Will you pay me if I allow you to investigate or if I allow you to use my information?
A: No. We cannot pay individuals to allow us to investigate nor can we pay for any information we collect.
Q: Do you do interviews for school reports and for the media? If so, what is the best way to contact you?
A: Yes, we are willing to be interviewed. You can contact any of our members at ISISINVESTIGATOR@aol.com
Q: What happened to your forums?
A: We did away with our forums due to continual spam and message board abuse. Until we can create a forum with better security, we will forego offering a forum for the time being.
Q: How can I find out about website updates?
A: You can visit our you can sign up for our free monthly Newsletter.
Q: What happened to your What’s New Page?
A: The What’s New Page is temporarily closed due to an ending of the domain that the page was hosted on. We are in the process of repairing the situation. In the meantime, you can sign up for our free monthly Newsletter for our latest site updates.
A: We do accept submitted evidence for review however we can only make assumptions to their validity. For example, if an EVP sample of photograph is sent to us via email we cannot say if the original files are authentic or not. We make no guarantees that any evidence that has been submitted to us is genuine, but we are willing to look at evidence and provide our opinions on the matter.
Q: How can I become a member?
A: Currently we are not accepting new members. The ISIS Paranormal Investigations group is a closed group and does not accept membership requests.
Q: Can I go on a ghost hunt with your team?
A: No. We apologize, but we cannot take along non-members on a investigation. Our members have been trained and know that uncontaminated evidence is crucial to our findings. Someone who is untrained may accidentally contaminate evidence. In addition, our investigations are not done for entertainment purposes.
Q: What does ISIS stand for?
A: When we were deciding on a team name, because many of our members are Wiccan, we wanted our logo to reflect that. Wicca is primarily, although not exclusively, a form of Goddess worship. Some traditions focus on Goddess reverence more than others, but we decided that the name of a Goddess would be an ideal choice for our group. We also wanted to select a name that could form an acronym of what it is our team does. Thus, ISIS represents they Egyptian Goddess of 10,000 names and the letters in ISIS mean: Intuitive Supernatural Investigative Services. Of course, in the long run the team name proved to be a bit cumbersome and we have shortened our logo to the acronym ISIS.
Note: As new questions arise, we will update this page. We appreciate the questions and viewer feedback. Thank you.
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