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General FAQ

What are the computer requirements?

Minimum Requirements:
Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
512 megs of RAM
1+ GHZ CPU
Soundcard

Recommended:
Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8+
2+ gig of RAM
2+ GHZ CPU
Stereo and Microphone Capable Soundcard
Headphones


Can I install Mind Stereo on more than one computer?

Yes! Just follow the activation instructions on a different computer. You do not have to pay again to install it on another computer.

 


Is it safe? Who should not use Mind Stereo?

Yes it is very safe, but only for those not mentioned below:

Those meeting any of the following conditions, whether knowingly or not, should not use this application:

· Epileptics
· Those prone to seizures
· Those who are photosensitive

· Pregnant women
· Those who are wearing a pacemaker

Those who should consult a physician before the use of this product include:

· Individuals under the influence of medication or drugs.

This application is not to be used while under the influence of alcohol or other mood-altering substances, whether they are legal or illegal.

Children under the age of 18 are to be examined by a physician for epilepsy or illnesses that may contribute to seizures prior to the use of Mind Stereo™, as they are more susceptible to seizures.

Finally, DO NOT USE MIND STEREO WHILE DRIVING OR OPERATING MACHINERY.

Although Transparent products contribute to wellness they are NOT meant to replace medical or psychological treatment or consultation. If you have a serious medical condition please consult with your physician. Ask about Brainwave Entrainment and work with your physician to choose the right treatments for you.


Is there a Mac version available?

Our programs are PC only at the moment, but we are currently working to make Mac versions available. In the meantime, you can still use our software with Parallels or a similar program that allows Windows software to be run on a Mac. If you like, you can contact us and we can put you on a mailing list to notify you when we release any Mac compatible software. This list will be used only for that purpose.


Do I need an internet connection?

A connection is recommended but is not required. No additional downloads are needed once you have the program installed. In some cases product activation is required, but as long as you have access to an internet connection somewhere you will be able to activate or register without a problem.

Of course you will need an internet connection if you want to use net radio features, or download additional visual plugins.


Are headphones required?

No, Mind Stereo does not require headphones or special speaker arrangements.

How is this possible?

There is a common misconception that binaural beats, which require headphones, are the only form of entrainment, so we are often asked "How can you produce binaural beats without headphones?" The answer is that we are not producing binaural beats, we are producing brainwave entrainment, which can be induced using ANY repeating stimulus. What makes binaural beats a form of entrainment is that they produce "beats," or pulses of sound which leave individual electrical imprints on the brain. But obviously beats can be produced in ways other than using binaural tones. A drum, for example, could be used to induce brainwave entrainment, if the drummer could keep a very precise frequency for longer than 6 minutes (many cultures, both ancient and modern, have used drums to induce meditative states).

If the method of entrainment does not rely on speaker assignments, it can be used effectively without headphones.

More information available on the Science page.


Can I export to WAV or CD using Mind Stereo?

No. Mind Stereo can play Net Radio, CDs, DRM formats such as WMA and other copy-protected formats. To remain within U.S. legal boundaries, we unfortunately could not implement the ability to export. Mind Stereo is meant to be a computer based media center. It is built to play sound, not export it.

Our other software applications, such as Neuro-Programmer and Mind WorkStation are fully capable of exporting - although those applications do not support DRM or Net Radio.


What audio formats are supported?

 

Mind Stereo supports playing of nearly all popular media formats:

Nearly all Digital Media formats - MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA, FLAC, AIF, AIFF, MP1, MP2. MP4 is also supported via a plugin available in the download area.

Compact Discs (CD) - Play and "brain-enhance" regular Audio CDs. Simply insert a CD into your computer and you are ready to go!

Internet Streaming, Net Radio - Shoutcast, Icecast, Podcasts, PLS, M3U, ASX, WAX and more. AAC/AAC+ is also supported through a plugin in the download area.

DRM (Digital Rights Management) - Mind Stereo is able to play DRM protected music files, or copy protected files ripped from CDs.

Neuro-Programmer sound files - The NPSND format of Neuro-Programmer



Is there a manual included?

Yes, an extensive user guide and manual is included in the Mind Stereo installation, as well as a quick First Use Tutorial that will pop up when you first open the program.


Brainwave Entrainment FAQ

 

What are brainwaves and how does Mind Stereo stimulate them?

See the Science page.


What is a "session"?

A session is an audio / visual protocol used to specify the target brainwave frequencies across a timeline. Chart objects with points are used to edit and represent a session's content. Brainwaves are represented vertically while time is horizontal, starting at 0.

An audio/visual session is structured to affect the brain in very specific ways, through a complex neurological process called brainwave entrainment (click here for more details). Brainwave entrainment has over 70 years of research behind it. During this time, a variety of brainwave patterns have been associated with specific mental states, disorders and even bodily functions. As a result, sessions can serve a huge variety of purposes, from relaxation, hypnosis and meditation all the way up to improving cognition and helping with mood disorders.

A wide variety of sessions are included with Mind Stereo, and many more are available in the Member's Library, which you will have access to after purchase. You can also create your own completely unique sessions using the session editor.


What Sessions are included?

Relaxation / Meditation

  • 15 Minute Relaxation Break
  • Alpha (No Ramp) great for Visual Plugins, Hypnosis, Insight
  • Alpha Dissociation, forget about daily worries [Headphones Required]
  • Alpha Relaxation for Meditation, Visualization, Creativity
  • Alpha Relaxation with Binaural Beats
  • Schumann Resonance, Visualization, Hypnogogic Twilight state
  • Delta (No Ramp) for Meditation, Relaxation, Sleep
  • Delta Meditation with Binaural Beats
  • Theta (No Ramp) for Creativity, Hypnosis, Visual Plugins
  • Theta Dissociation, deep detachment from emotions, reality [Headphones Required]
  • Theta Meditation with Binaural Beats
  • Theta Meditation, Deep Relaxation

Academic

  • Beta Session for Mental Speed and Acuity
  • Calm Mental Relief
  • Concentration Study Help
  • Concentration & Frustration Anxiety Reduction [Headphones Required]
  • Creative Focus for Art work, Writing, Reading, Brainstorming
  • SMR for Focusing, Calming and Insomnia Help

Altered States (Experimental Sessions)

  • Altered States Dissociation, Gamma Bursts [Headphones Required]
  • Altered States, Theta with Gamma Bursts, Lucid Meditation, Mental Phenomena

Special

  • Energy / Motivation
  • Sleep Induction
  • Depression Reduction [Headphones Required]
  • Sub-Delta for Meditation, Chronic Pain, Headaches, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension
  • Deep Delta with Binaural Beats
  • Deep Delta, Healing, Athletic Recovery (HGH), Restorative Nap

 

More sessions available! Check out the user-supported Library!

 


Can I create my own audio/visual sessions?

Yes, a powerful and comprehensive audio/visual session builder is included. You can add tones, use background sounds, control AudioStrobe signals, visualizations, generate noise and much more.


Can I use my mind machine device with Mind Stereo?

Yes, if your device is Audiostrobe-compatible (most of them are).

You don't need any special equipment to use the device with MS, simply plug the device into the computer speaker or headphone port in the same way the speakers are plugged in now.


 

Visual Plugins FAQ

Should I close my eyes using visual plugins?

Closing your eyes is not required when using visual plugins. The visual plugin feature of Mind Stereo is meant to be easy on the eyes, unlike screen flashing, strobe lights and LED glasses where closing the eyes is required. Most people will find the visual plugins profoundly relaxing even with their eyes open. We recommend that if you start to feel tired then let your eyes close naturally - the audio entrainment will then take you into a deeper state.


Are the light flashes in the visual plugins synchronized with the audio?

Yes, we developed a new technique for Mind Stereo. The visual plugin flashing is processed in a similar way to AudioStrobe signals, ensuring that a pulse of sound is precisely synchronized with the light. Even if your computer "skips" and misses a flash it will not desynchronize, because the light directly corresponds to the audio pulses.

You have the option of manually desynchronizing if you choose, but by default all sessions have synchronized light and sound.


How do I install visual plugins?

In the downloads section, there is a Visualization Pack that automates installing a number of popular visual plugins for you. You can access it on this page: Downloads

Installing a visual plugin manually is easy. Assuming you have downloaded the plugin, simply extract its contents into a folder in the Visualizations directory of your Mind Stereo installation. This will typically be: C:\Program Files\Mind Stereo\visualizations

After you have done that, the visualization will show up on the Change Visualization menu (right click the visualization screen).


Where can I find more visual plugins

In the downloads section, there is a Visualization Pack that automates installing a number of popular visual plugins for you. You can access it on this page: Downloads

Here is a large community site with compatible plugins: XMPlay Visuals

INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS: The plugin installations for the above site are in EXE form and are meant to be used with the XMPlay application, which is another media player. To install a plugin, download its EXE file and run it. It will ask you for a destination folder. Specify your desktop or some other easy to remember location. After it extracts the files, go to the location you specified. You will see a Vis folder. Open the Vis folder and you should see another folder with the name of the visualization. Copy that folder into your C:\Program Files\Mind Stereo\visualizations folder and you are all done.


Net Radio FAQ

Is Net Radio free?

Yes, most radio stations are free. There are some sites that require registration (such as Live365.com), but you can acquire a URL to use in Mind Stereo after logging in.


Where can I find more radio stations?

Here are a some radio archive and community sites:

 


 

Music FAQ

What kind of music or net radio should I use with Mind Stereo?

You can use any type of music that suits your purposes. For relaxation, you may want to choose relaxing ambient, celtic or classical music. For energy, a techno or rock tune may be better.


What effect does Mind Stereo have on the music?

Mind Stereo stimulates the brain by filtering and modulating the songs in your playlist. In most cases, you will not be able to tell much of a difference between modulated and unmodulated music. However, some songs do adapt better to this process than others. For example: ambient music can support very high intensity entrainment and still sound quite pleasant and normal, while the sounds of ringing bells or an ocean surf may sound choppy at those same intensities.

To solve this problem, Mind Stereo provides an easy to use "entrainment equalizer," where you can adjust the entrainment intensities as the session is playing. It is recommended to make adjustments until you find a setting that is both enjoyable and effective for you.


 

Benefits FAQ

I am a student, how can Mind Stereo help me?

Cognitive enhancement and help with attention problems are some of the most well documented uses of Brainwave Entrainment. Mind Stereo includes a number of useful sessions for concentration, attention problems, as well as stress relief and increased creativity.

The best part about Mind Stereo is that it can be used passively, in the background. Most people listen to some form of music while studying. Why not make that music work for you!


Can I use Mind Stereo for meditation?

Yes! Mind Stereo includes many sessions suitable for deep, profound states of meditation (alpha / theta). Using the visualization feature is an excellent and effective way to begin relaxing for a meditation session, and the Net Radio and playlists features of Mind Stereo ensure that your meditation is kept fresh and exciting.


I have a mental disorder, how can MS help me?

First, we should say that in no way is MS a replacement for professional medical or psychological treatment, and if you have any doubts about using MS you should consult your physician.

That said, Mind Stereo may be able to help with a variety of mental issues through the use of brainwave entrainment. In over 70 years of brainwave entrainment research conducted so far, hundreds of positive studies have been conducted on its usefulness for helping with a variety of disorders. Brainwave entrainment has demonstrated efficacy in aiding with mood problems, anxiety and stress, difficulty focusing and paying attention, headaches, chronic pain and more.


I am an artist, can Mind Stereo help me increase my creativity?

Creativity increase is a very common use of brainwave entrainment. The great artists of our time have been shown to possess specific brainwave patterns that can be reproduced using specific neural stimulation. Additionally, using the relaxation and meditation sessions you will have access to enhanced visualization abilities. From there you can unlock unlimited creative potential. This has proven to be very effective at relieving writer's block and other creative difficulties.


How can Mind Stereo help with sleep? Are there any sleep induction sessions that do not require headphones?

There are many ways it can help you sleep. For one, a number of sessions included are meant to produce deep relaxation. Additionally, there are sessions included that are meant specifically for what is called "sleep induction," which is a session meant to guide you down to a deep, healthy sleep. A unique feature of MS is that most of its sessions can be used without headphones. You can even specify a playlist you find naturally relaxing.

Unfortunately, the sleep induction session is not often effective for chronic insomniacs. However, Mind Stereo does include sessions to stimulate SMR- a brainwave rhythm that is lacking for some insomniacs- which may prove useful in training your brain for better sleep.


Purchase FAQ

Our 90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee

We are proud to be one of the few companies to offer a 90 day money back guarantee with our software. This allows you to try the program, risk free, for a full three months. If you are unsatisfied in any way, simply contact us and we will refund the full purchase price.

Part of the purpose of this extended guarantee is to allow you to experience the effectiveness of Mind Stereo risk-free over a longer period of time. Although the effects of this technology are very noticeable and significant results are often achieved within as little as a few weeks or less, three months gives you the time to become familiar with the program at your convenience and learn to love it as thousands of users already have. This guarantee will allow you to truly realize the versatility and enormous potential of owning Mind Stereo. It will also give you a chance to experience the friendly, tight-knit community surrounding this innovative technology.

After purchase, be sure to save your receipt and purchase details.


I'm having trouble buying the application.

If you are having trouble purchasing, try using the PayPal or alternative methods available from the Shopping Cart page. If you have any questions, contact us


Do I have to pay for licenses on more than one computer?

You do not have to pay again. After purchase you can install the program and license it on multiple computers without any additional charges. We have a free, automated system for acquiring new licenses.


What if I lose my license or download?

No problem. When you purchase you are given an account in our database that will allow you to acquire new licenses. The installation program itself can be re-downloaded from the website at any time.