Hi gang. At some point, my ghost hunting team will investigate the Old Idaho State Prison near Boise. We’ve got to wait until the quarantine ends but this is some gear I’ll test out.
Old School Ghost Hunting Gear
I almost feel like Hans Holzer but the gear I have stretches back to the 70s and 80s, not the 60s. And it’s recreations not authentic gear from the time period.
Anyway, this is the gear I plan to use at the prison:
- RCA Cassette Recorder with external mic
- Kodak Polaroid OneStep2 with color and black & white film
- Blumway cassette tape-to-mp3 converter
RCA Cassette Recorder
This is exactly what you think (or remember) it is. If you grew up in the 80s, you probably used it to record songs that came over the radio.
I’ll use it (obviously) to record EVP sessions. Sound quality can’t compare with a digital recorder. It picks up the wheels that turn the cassette, drops low frequencies, and has some scratchiness. If you use the external mic, you record a lot more sibilance. That means your ‘S’ sounds have distortion.
Here’s an example of the sound quality:
I tried recording without the external mic and the volume was low. So low, you couldn’t make out what I was saying. The internal microphone picked up a lot of ambient sound. I’d only recommend using this recorder with an external mic.
Polaroid OneStep 2
It was fun to open the Polaroid camera and snap pics. The quality can’t compete with a digital camera. As you can tell from the picture above, it lacks resolution. I also think it will give false ghostly mists. As part of the test, I took pics of Mikey, my dog, and he had all sorts of white haze around him. Mikey doesn’t have any attachments.
I’d worry you’ll have to throw out many pics and the film can get expensive. You only get 8 pics per pack of film. The battery can also die quickly. It doesn’t take batteries, so you have to have a power pack handy to keep it charged if you use it a lot.
The compass will detect EMF on site, but it may not be as sensitive as a MEL meter. You may only see a couple of flicks on it. That means you have to watch it closely while investigating.
In a couple of cases, the needles spun around multiple times. Both times, it dealt with haunted objects.
Blumway Cassette-to-MP3 Converter
After your investigation, you can convert your cassette recordings to MP3 with the Blumway gadget above. It works just like a Walkman, but the output goes to a thumbdrive. After that, you can edit the files in Audacity, GarageBand or your favorite audio workstation.
I found the converted file to pick up a little noise from the Blumway. It doesn’t try to amplify low level recordings or correct distortions.
This gadget sells for less than $30. Thumbdrives are pretty cheap nowadays. It’s something you gotta have to transfer files.
Bring The Modern Gear Too
Of course, I’m going to come with my 4K camcorders, Sennheiser mics, MEL meters and more gadgets. The old school gear just gives me a touch of nostalgia. But I’m a modern-day ghost hunter and I’m bringing my modern-day gadgets.