Program The Binaural Beats Of Your Brain With Gnaural

binaural icon   Program The Binaural Beats Of Your Brain With GnauralEvery music fan knows a good tune can change your mood, but is it possible for sounds to actually alter your brainwaves? Believers in binaural beats think so. They claim these sounds, when listened to through headphones, can help relieve fatigue, help with relaxation or even induce meditation.

Does it actually do these things? There’s no scientific study saying so, but feel free to try out for yourself. There’s nothing harmful about it, even if it’s occasionally misunderstood.

Curious? Check out Gnaural, a free program for creating and listening to binaural beats. There’s even a collection of beats to try out, claiming to do everything from replacing your morning cup of coffee to helping you study.

What’s A Binarual Beat?

Discovered in 1839, binaural beats are a fantastic example of how our brains can combine unrelated information in unintuitive ways. Basically, two slightly different tones are played, one through each headphone jack. The human mind, in an attempt to put these two sounds together, produces a rhythm. Check out this example if you’re not sure what I mean – with stereo headphones you can hear a rhythm, through speakers you cannot.

Can these sorts of sounds alter your brain? There’s no scientific evidence to suggest so, though there are believers. It could well be a placebo effect, it could be a real affect that’s no completely understood, but it’s almost certainly benign.

That didn’t stop some particularly irresponsible journalists from calling binaural beats a digital drug in a report complete with scare tactics. The state of Oklahoma even issued a warning to parents about these beats, seemingly based on zero evidence. Sound isn’t a drug, and there’s no reason to believe these beats can act as one any more than music is.

Do you want to find out more? Read about binaural beats on Wikipedia.

Using Gnaural

Want to hear some binaural beats for yourself? Check out Gnaural, a cross platform program for creating and playing binaural beats. Be warned, though – when you first start it up you may feel overwhelmed.

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If all you want to do is hear the beats, simply put on your headphones and hit the “Play” button at the bottom right. You’ll hear some white noise, along with the two slightly different pitches. Your brain will do the work of making the rhythm.

The graph above the play button represents the frequencies being used. You can alter this, if you want, by simply clicking and dragging on the line.

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Are you not sure what any of this means? Experimenting can give you an idea, but you can also check out the Gnaural preset collection. Here you will find presets created by the Gnaural team and enthusiasts claiming to do a variety of things.

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Experiment; see if you enjoy this experience. It can work, and it might be a placebo, but it’s not dangerous.

Do you want to listen to these beats on the go? You can export them to a variety of formats, including FLAC and WAV. You’ll find this option under “File” in the menu.

Download Gnaural

Are you ready to give this a shot? Download Gnaural for Linux, Mac or Windows. There’s even a Java applet you can try out without downloading anything, if you want. Oh, and just to remind you, you can download Gnaural presets here.

Are you an Android user? Check out these Android apps for binaural beats instead.

Does It Work?

Like I said, there’s no proof that binaural beats can induce a reaction anything like taking recreational drugs. They are, however, relaxing, and do have an effect on the human brain. What this means is entirely up to you. To quote the creator of Gnaural:

“As for ‘snake-oil’ claims by profiteers as to what binaural beats can do (ranging from targeting specific drug states to curing disease), my experience is that low frequency brainwave entrainment works as a blanket effect to create a focused mental state similar to hypnosis, in which heightened suggestibility causes expectations to strongly influence experience.”

Basically, these beats help relax you, and can mean whatever you want after that. He goes on to say he “make[s] no guarantees about what the technique can or can’t do for anyone else.”

Did you try out Gnaural? Let us know what you think in the comments below, along with any presents readers should check out.

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GuyManningham.com

I have the feeling its level of effectiveness is due to the placebo effect.

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Justin Pot

You might be right, and it’s a point I make a couple of times in the article. Happily, this software is completely free so there’s no harm in trying it out. Worst case: you hear some trippy sounds.

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Moonraven

Love your worse case… trippy sounds… that’s funny coming from a man with the last name “Pot”!….hehehehehe… good one!

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anaglyph

There’s nothing at all ‘magical’ about the beating phenomenon. It occurs in all wave systems from sound to light to oceans. This ‘binaural’ beat phenomenon is pseudoscience and has not been shown to effect brain behaviour, nor to have any of the effects claimed by its various promoters. You’d truly be better off doing a half hour of walking while listening to your favourite band.

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Richard Millar

i like “Mood Music !”.. Rick !… ;-)

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Richard Millar

Me Too !!.. (uh-oh, now i know i’m Realy “insain !”, i’m talking to My-Self !.. Rick !… ;-O

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smayonak

Great article Justin!

I had been looking for some kind of white/brown/pink noise generator to tune out the sound of people socializing in the library. This is perfect for that. Very relaxing.

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ihatespam

die slowly spammer

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David

I personally prefer meditative or relaxing music over binaural beats. Especially having tried few from BrainWave Research Centre. They allowed free download as they were supporting local charity for some cause

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Tim Buckeer

There is no better binaural program or range of offerings than I-Doser.com.