If EVP is a very real phenomenon, why can't it be heard in real-time? We've so often heard of the trying ordeal investigators must endure after a long vigil at some haunted locale: the hours of audio to sift through. But why can it only be heard once he or she has returned home? Is there not a way to hear the voice right away? These are the experiments I never hear about. Has such a procedure been tested with various equipment, perhaps parabolic microphones? Investigations into these questions might lead us to a clearer understanding of just what EVP is. I remember just a few years back, everyone was warned not to use digital recorders for EVP work because they wouldn't capture the sounds. But now most everyone uses them. I think it's a field of study that's not really being studied at all. There's no science backing the decisions, just trial and error. Wouldn't understanding how and why something works make for better research in the future? It is time we start asking these questions in order to not only have a clearer understanding of the phenomenon but also, maybe, a clearer understanding as to just what is being said - and by whom.