Many have asked us what kind of equipment we will bring into their home. Duluth Paranormal Society has the largest inventory of equipment in the state and are continuing to grow that inventory. Please note that each investigation is different and we use a unique tactical approach at each investigation. It does vary what equipment we bring and use depending on claims, the environment and locations. Below is a description of equipment we may bring to an investigation.
AUDIO RECORDERS Audio recorders are probably the most essential piece of investigative equipment. Each team investigating always has 1 or more audio recorder with them. We also stage audio recorders in several areas throughout the investigated property. Audio recorders will often pick up noises and voices heard during an investigation that we cannot hear with our own ears. These are called EVP’s(electronic voice phenomenon). After an investigation each minute of audio is carefully reviewed. It takes about 3 times longer to review as it does to conduct an investigation.
NIGHT VISION VIDEO CAMERA’S We have several video cameras, most with night vision capabilities. Video cameras are strategically placed throughout the property according to the claims. Teams investigating will also carry a video camera while investigating. We also have Camera’s that will stream a live view to a monitor.
4-CAMERA LIVE FEED DVR SYSTEM DPS recently purchased a 4 camera live DVR system. This DVR system allows our control center to monitored during the entire investigation live. All screen are recorded in high definition and is also later reviewed as we comb through evidence. This system is designed to help our investigators catch evidence as it happens so we may coordinate tactics to s specific location.
ELECTRO MAGNATIC FIELD DETECTORS There are many types of EMF detectors we use. An EMF detector will tell us areas that have a higher amount of energy. The theory is that entities will sometimes be made up of energy, and EMF detector will notify us of spikes of energy. Theory also states that entities will collect energy from high energy areas in order to manifest or communicate. EMF detectors are an essential tool. Although it is all theory this tool can work hand in hand with other investigative tactics to find consistencies. One type of EMF detector called a Mel meter will also read air temperature. If there is an entity present the air temperature has been known to change.
SPIRIT BOX This piece of equipment is considered experimental for Duluth Paranormal Society. The Spirit box is a great compact tool for attempting communication with paranormal entities. It uses radio frequency sweeps to generate white noise which theory suggest give some entities the energy they need to be heard. When this occurs you will sometimes hear voices or sounds coming through the static in an attempt to communicate.
SLR DIGITAL CAMERAS Single Lens Reflective high definition cameras are also used. In each investigation hundreds of pictures are taken. A camera has the capability of capturing light in different ways then the human eye can capture. If there is an entity then the hope is a photo can capture it.
LIVE EVP This new technology gives us the capability to speak digitally with spirits. In many cases we can only hear a voice digitally through a recorder after an investigation is complete. This device allows us to talk and listen in real time. The sounds are digitally transferred into the software, while having headphones plugged in we can actually hear live what is happening around us. This gives us the capability to have real time conversations.
There are many pieces of background equipment used on investigations. On an investigation we will also bring 2-4 laptop computers, several headphones, television monitor, flashlights, batteries, power cords, and communication radios.