Laptops are quickly becoming essential pieces of gear for the intrepid paranormal researcher. Many places you may be going to investigate may have WiFi or some kind of hook-up for the internet. Indeed, you may even have a 3G compatible card in your laptop or netbook already. Now you can “wired” anywhere! That means you can record and catalog data and with an online server, save it virtually unlimited amounts of information. But, I am getting ahead of myself.
I am big fan of Pro-Measures, the manufacturers of the Mel-Meter, for their multi-tasking devices such as the before mentioned Mel-Meter. The model I have has an EMF meter, thermo-coupler thermometer and vibration sensor built into one tough and durable little unit. You know, if more people thought along long those lines, we would need a lot less equipment bags and smaller budgets.
Here is where I get back to the laptop, or more specifically, netbooks.
Netbooks are everywhere now and they are getting cheaper all the time. It is not uncommon to see a sleek Asus netbook on sale at for under $300. Although they usually do not have a built-in DVD or even a CD ROM drive, they are nevertheless not short on features. Tons of RAM and 250 gigs of HD space or more in many cases. Netbooks are the killer hardware app until the pad PCs catch on. Now let me ask you this: If you could have either a Netbook or a $300 voice recorder for EVP, which would you go for? Many of you may say, “The voice recorder! I already have a laptop.” Sigh… With a netbook you can have all the goodies of that voice recorder plus MORE!!!
Think about it… If you bought a Behringer Podcast Studio setup and hooked it up to your new netbook, you would have the quality of a small recording studio in your carrying bag! Check it out:
- High-resolution 2 In / 2 Out USB audio interface with plug-and-play for Windows XP and Mac OS X operating systems.
- Studio-class 5-input 2-bus mixer with premium mic preamp and 2-band “British” EQ.
- Table microphone stand
- XLR microphone cable and 2 stereo RCA cables.
- Get a full recording studio “out of the box” including USB audio interface, mixer, microphone, headphones, professional audio software!
Download the audio software Audacity for free and start recording the best EVP you ever got! Use Skype to talk to colleagues and ask their advice. Even upload EVP to the web for the public’s opinion (You have the original file, don’t worry about people “stealing it”). With a small Aiptek HD video camera, you can upload and analyze data on the fly with a built in SD card slot.
Trust me on this, get a netbook, you’ll be happier!