Experience Binaural Beats
Binaural is an App which lets you make your own binaural beats and isochronic tones. You select a carrier frequency and a binaural beats frequency (or isochronic tone frequency). From there, you can listen to the tone as long as you wish, or you can set a timer. The app also has buttons at the bottom to limit the binaural beats/isochronic tones to within certain frequencies. Not sure what any of that means? Well, here's some background!
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What are Binaural Beats?
Binaural beats are simply two sine waves played at two different frequencies into two different ears. Listening to binaural beats through headphones has been scientifically shown to alter a listener’s biofeedback of brain wave patterns known as EEG [1,2,7]. The theory is that the brain interprets the mathematical difference between the two waves and “synchronizes” with it. This “brain wave synchronization” or “brainwave entrainment” has shown great potential for human health [3,4,5,6]. For example, you can use these tones to help you relax, fall asleep, be creative, be focused, or even connect to higher levels of consciousness!
What are Isochronic Tones?
Isochronic tones are similar to binaural beats, but they only use a single sine wave. This sine wave is turned on and off rapidly the same number of times as the frequency interpreted by the binaural beats. For example, at 8hz, the tone is turned on and off 8 times per second. Unlike binaural beats, isochronic tones do not require headphones and work if you are deaf in one ear.
How do I use these tones?
Binaural beats and Isochronic tones are frequency-specific. Certain frequencies relate to certain brain wave patterns and therefore certain feelings. Often, binaural beats are used within larger productions, such as the meditations offered by Guided Meditation Treks. For example, the CDs on this web site and their iOS application counterparts have the binaural beats programmed into the material. For example, if the meditation is trying to get you to focus on a visualization exercise, then the appropriate frequencies will be used within the meditation at that point in time. The frequencies often shift through the course of a meditation to continue you on your “trek.” However, the Binuaral application lets you create your own frequencies. This gives you total freedom, but it also means it helps to know what you’re doing. This page is meant to give you a reference so you can pick frequencies for states you which to achieve on your own, as well as learn about the concept. We can give you a fish with the CDs, but this app teaches you how to fish!
Binaural / Isochronic Beat Frequency
Arguably, this is more important than the carrier frequency. It is the frequency at which your brain “synchronizes.”
Android: You can enter the beat frequency in the text box on the right above the “beat frequency” label. The number below shows what’s playing
iOS: If you click on one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen, then the Binaural / Isochronic Frequency slider will be limited to that range. Otherwise, the slider operates across the entire range. You can also directly enter the frequency by tapping on the “Binaural” button.
Select a frequency that is best for your situation. Then, simply sit with your eyes closed and your headphones on, and let the program do the rest!
|.1hz – 4hz
|Makes you sleepy; good before bed with a timer
|4z – 7hz
|Relaxes you after a long day. Lower frequencies make you drowsy
|7hz – 13hz
|Good for writer’s block or problem solving
|13hz – 30hz
|This is where your brain normally operates. Higher frequencies make you more anxious
|30hz – 60hz
|Frequencies of zen masters transcending the physical plane or connecting to the universal mind
Android: Simply type in the carrier frequency into the text box on the left.
iOS: As you slide the slider up, you’ll notice that the pitch increases. Slide it down, and it decreases. Click on “Carrier” to directly enter the frequency.Scientific studies have shown that the lower frequencies are more effective for brainwave entrainment, so you might want to stick to those. For brain wave entrainment, the exact frequency you choose is not as important, but some schools of sound healing say that the carrier frequency has its own healing effects. There are less scientific studies to explore this, and the knowledge is mostly esoteric, but if you set intentions when setting the frequencies, it will definitely help!Here are some examples of common carrier frequencies:
|Releasing emotional patterns; Liberating guilt and fear
|Breaking up crystallized emotional patterns; Transmutation; Undoing situations and facilitating change; Situation Reversal
|Love Frequency, DNA Integrity and repair
|Whole brain quadrant, Interconnectedness, Connecting Relationships
|Intuitive states & non-linear knowing, Awakening Intuition
|Pure Love, Unconditional Love, Returning to spiritual order
|supports cheerfulness and clarity of spirit
|Balance between intellect and intuition
|supports intelligent communication
|relaxing, soothing, balancing
|advances the feeling of centering of the magic
|supports erotic communication
|resonates with 8hz, approx Shumann Resonance
|128 Resonates with the Inner Ear, 256 Resonates with Human Voice and is Odu Ifa’s Frequency; 512 = green ray light frequency
Those are some common tones used. This website has a big list of carrier frequencies that you might also want to explore.
And, that’s really all there is to it. Now, go create your own binaural beats!
Presets (android and web only)
 Foster, Dale S. EEG and subjective correlates of alpha frequency binaural beats stimulation combined with alpha biofeedback. Diss. Memphis State University, 1990.
 Oster, Gerald. “Auditory beats in the brain.” Scientific American 229.4 (1973): 94-102.
 Huang, Tina L., Christine Charyton. “A comprehensive review of the psychological effects of brainwave entrainment.” Altern Ther Health Med 14.5 (2008): 38-50.
 Padmanabhan, R., Hildreth, A. J. and Laws, D. (2005), A prospective, randomised, controlled study examining binaural beat audio and pre-operative anxiety in patients undergoing general anaesthesia for day case surgery. Anaesthesia, 60: 874–877.
 Use of binaural beat tapes for treatment of anxiety: a pilot study of tape preference and outcomes. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (2001, 7(1):58-63)
 Binaural Auditory Beats Affect Vigilance Performance and Mood: Physiology & Behavior Volume 63, Issue 2, January 1998, Pages 249–252
 Siever, D. (2000). The rediscovery of audio-visual entrainment technology.