Posted May 4, 2013 by Selfhelpable in Brain Entrainment

Best Self-Help Audio Equipment for Hypnosis, Subliminal and Brainwave Entrainment

not recommended for brainwave entrainment
not recommended for brainwave entrainment

The internet is awash with many peddlers of self-improvement programming, so its hard to filter out the rubbish from the best self-help audio. A small proportion of these providers do create effective programming. They use cutting edge digital recording techniques reinventing decades old psychological concepts for a new generation of self-improvement enthusiasts.

The very best self-help audio programming generally falls largely in three categories:

Brainwave Entrainment

Brain Entrainment alters the brain state by aligning brain frequencies with audio frequencies. When one frequency is played in the right ear, and another in the left, a third frequency is naturally found between the two – the brain. Depending upon a) the frequency range selected and b) the difference between the two frequencies, different levels of brain alertness and moods are created. A combination of binaural beats (the buzz) and isochronic tones (the beeps) are combined in the best brainwave entrainment programmes.

best self-help audio equipment

Brainwave Entrainment audio is often very dynamic and rich. Recordings are complex and detailed, requiring quite high end stereo headphones to get the best out of the experience. (There are many cheap providers of Brainwave Entrainment which do not create professional recordings, and so their audio is less involved (and it just so happens equally less effective – but this is due to the amateurish recordings. I say this in despite, the real force behind the brainwave entrainment are the specific frequencies, and not the dynamic sound effects and 3D environment created so any cheap set of earphones or headphones will work just find. Provided both these, and the sound system being used is also capable of reproducing stereo effect.

Guided Meditation and Self-Hypnosis

This also includes guided meditation programming. Many hypnosis recordings combine 3D effects, beautiful sounds and intricate music. The main feature of the recording of course, is the hypnotists voice, and the power comes from the execution and design of a specifically worded hypnotic inductions, NLP guided imagery and affirmations. Any other sounds are secondary and often just superficial. At the most, the assist in creating a relaxed state of mind, one more conducive to the suggestions contained in the script. The top hypnosis providers reviewed here do record in recording studios, and some use the latest recording equipment available for maximum effect – however, because the main feature is the hypnotists voice, the recorded audio is highly compressed and as such doesn’t warrant you to go out and buy top end personal audio equipment.

 The most basic, bargain basement sound systems on the market will suffice.

The exclusion to this rule is if the recordings use stereo confusion, in which case the hypnotists seeks to keep both right and left ears busy on different suggestions. As your conscious brain can only focus on one channel at a time, leaving the other suggestion to sail into your unconscious largely unimpeded. In this case, you will need similar equipment to that required for Brainwave Entrainment (above), again, bargain basement stereo equipment is fine as long as its its capable of playing in stereo – check both the player and the speakers. If one is mono, then your system is appropriate for Brainwave Entrainment nor hypnosis tracks using stereo confusion.

While Brainwave Entrainment requires personal audio equipment (that is headphones or earphones), in order to create specific frequencies, basic hypnosis scrips can be played on a any speaker system, like Hi-Fi or Laptop Speakers. Most hypnosis providers will still highly recommend using personal audio equipment but mainly to block out extraneous sounds from your environment which may disturb you (like the traffic outside, the birds or your crash-bam-boom neighbor). If you’re unlikely to be disturbed by these things, then personal audio equipment is not an absolute requirement.

listening to subliminals

Subliminal and Silent Subliminals

Subliminals hide the verbal suggestions underneath and sometimes above masking track. In the first instance, the subliminal recordings are made at lower volume than the backing track. The backing track is music or the ‘sounds of nature’ which hide the frequencies of the subliminal affirmations from your conscious mind. That is, you don’t hear them. The sound waves are capped underneath the backing track. Modern subliminal recordings also include layers in the audio which are not subliminal, but rather supraliminal. Silent subliminals are usually not subliminal but supraliminal. (Otherwise if you just turned the silent subliminal up, you’d just hear the suggestions – which defeats the point altogether.) There is some empirical evidence to suggest that supraliminal recordings are more effective than standard subliminal mp3s.

These are recorded above the range of conscious hearing (human) but not high enough that are not reproduced by most audio equipment. They can upset young children and family pets, so do be careful. Never play them at high volumes, as they will damage your inner ear, even though you can’t hear them.

You’ll find most supraliminal recordings above 16kHz, but not much higher than this. Some providers to go a little higher, but then they will be very clear on the type of audio equipment you need. As a rule of thumb you need a system capable of playing up to 20kHz. If you find a personal audio system that goes up to 22KHz you’ve done well. The range should be indicated on the packaging of the headphones.

That is, so if you’ve got an iPod, (which will decode into these frequencies) do ensure the earphones you use are capable of these higher ranges. Also don’t confuse the frequency range, with how well audio equipment can produce each frequency, with the price tag. Some of the leading, top price tag docking stations don’t reproduce high frequencies but focus there effort on producing a rich overall sound. As frequency range has less to do with the latter, some of the top systems don’t even quote this figure, which can be troublesome. On the other hand, you’ll find bargain basement ear buds, will happily reach to the high frequencies.

Combination recordings

Make sure you understand what you’ve downloaded, some hypnosis recordings, also contain subliminal messages and Brainwave Entrainment. Some subliminal offerings also include Brainwave Entrainment (e.g Subliminal Today). Often a single provider can have different combinations – so have a good read of the subliminal mp3 downloads page or their FAQ section before you begin.

Finally never ever listen to self-help audio on your car stereo! The vast majority of audio will make you slightly woozy depending on your environment, and operating heavy machinery, and self-help audio don’t mix.

More about Sound and Audio Equipment

So what we’ve been speaking about so far, is that the best self-help audio equipment doesn’t really have to do much then reproduce the sound frequencies required for the type of self-help audio you are using. It does not necessarily mean than the more expensive tech is going to better for you. If you’re only in the market to try out one or two hypnosis tracks, for heaven’s sake, don’t spend a small fortune. If you’re looking at silent subliminals or subliminal programming with supraliminal elements, you might find yourself searching through the whole shelf until you find something with a sufficient “frequency range” – usually from that point on, the more you spend, the more dynamic and alive the recording will sound (this is especially true in the case of high end brainwave entrainment, which relishes dynamic and quick response headphone or “in ear” speakers.

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