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Brainwave Entrainment Features

Isochronic Tones, Harmonic Box X and more
All tone-based brainwave entrainment methods are supported, including Isochronic Tones. For the first time, other methods such as Harmonic Box X are supported natively, without having to use additional tracks or work-arounds.

Sound Filtering
Sounds and playlists can be used directly as carriers for brainwave entrainment by using Mind WorkStation's built-in audio filters. And, using all-new features, this can be done without distorting the music.

AudioStrobe
AudioStrobe is integrated, making Mind WorkStation compatible with every AudioStrobe device. A configuration utility makes it easy to get the right levels for your device. Brightness, phase, waveform and many other features can all be controlled individually.

Screen Flashing
Using the computer monitor for photic stimulation has been perfected in Mind WorkStation, increasing performance and adding to the overall effect. The only limit is your computer screen's refresh rate.

Control Frequencies In Real-Time
Brainwave stimulation and other session components can be controlled in real-time (as the session is playing and the client is listening), enabling a level of client-therapist interaction not possible before. A special tool called the Console makes the process easy for a therapist but more importantly creates a smooth transition between frequencies, to prevent the client from being startled.

EEG & Biofeedback Driven Stimulation
A range of EEG and biofeedback devices can be used to drive the brainwave stimulation. For the first time, built-in features of the software make it easy to use and configure this. Using a revolutionary modular interface, you are able to experiment with a range of popular protocols for EEG-Driven Stimulation, as well as build your own. Example sessions are included.

 

Biofeedback Features

Connect to Multiple Devices
Mind WorkStation supports a wide range of both personal and professional biofeedback devices. The ThoughtStream, LightStone, emWave, Emotiv EPOC, Emotiv EEG and NeuroSky EEG are supported, along with the myriad of devices supported by linking to software BioExplorer, BioEra and BioGraph.

Optimize With Biofeedback
Any device can be used to "BioOptimize" a session, meaning it will use the physiological data from a biofeedback device to optimize a session's entrainment frequencies. You can also optimize the pitch, volume, or any other effect, using the same principles.

Use EEGs for EEG-Driving
Emotiv EPOC is directly supported as a device that can be used for EEG-Driving and a wide range of other neurofeedback methods. No other software is required for it's use, and it can be used in any version of Mind WorkStation. In the Enterprise version, BioExplorer, BioGraph and BioEra can be used for more advanced setups.

Gather Data and Information From Biofeedback for Research
Use data collected from biofeedback and EEG devices as an aid in research. Built-in graphing and research tools make it easy to chart data from multiple sources.

On-Screen Visual Feedback
The screen display features can be used as a feedback mechanism for any supported biofeedback device. The complex visualizations used can act as a biofeedback game. Example sessions are included, with instructions on how to construct your own feedback and games.

Content & Brainwave Frequency Control
Biofeedback can be used to control nearly any part of a session, such as the pitch, brainwave frequency, phase, and so on. Built-in templates and example sessions make this easy for beginners, and advanced users have unlimited flexibility in how the feedback is used in the session.

 

Content & Creation

Sound Files, Playlists
Add unlimited sound files to any session, and place them anywhere on the timeline you like. Also add playlists for special features such as crossfade, looping and shuffling (randomization).

White Noise
Generate white noise of multiple "colors" and configurations. Low-pass filtering makes it easy to further smooth the output.

Ambience Generation - Randomly Generated Content
Mind WorkStation incorporates some very unique content types, such as the Ambience Generator, which arranges thousands of small audio samples to produce a unique ambient environment, such as a forest, a beach, crystal bowls or wind chimes. The best part about this type of content is that it is different every time you use it.

Piano Controls
Use the piano controls to harmonically arrange tones for special types of stimulation, or simply to create a more pleasant session.

Exporting
Export to MP3, OGG or WAV. Compressed exports (MP3, OGG) are automatically configured depending on the content of your session. This is very important with brainwave entrainment content, where incorrect compression settings can negatively affect the signals, or strip them out altogether.

 

Effects

Designed For Brainwave Stimulation
Effects are implemented and designed specifically to be used with brainwave entrainment. Sound effects in other programs can often act to degrade the precise patterns necessary for effective neural stimulation. In Mind WorkStation, everything has been meticulously designed to ensure that sound and visual effects will promote brainwave entrainment, not impede it.

Echo, Reverb
Echo and reverberation are able to add an important psychological component to a session, particularly ones that incorporate verbal guidance or hypnosis.

3D Positioning
3D positioning is a unique Mind WorkStation feature allowing you to position audio content in 3D space. When the listener wears stereo headphones, the sound will appear to be positioned in relation to them. The sound can even be moved along a path, such as around the user or from side to side. Doppler, echo, reverb and other 3D effects are used to enhance the effect.

Pitch & Tempo Adjustments
Adjust the pitch and/or tempo of any sound file or tone.

 

Special Effects & Filters

Phase Control
Unique phase controls in Mind WorkStation allow you to not only control the phase of brainwave stimulation, but also ramp or change that phase as the session progresses! This offers some very interesting research opportunities.

Waveform Editing
A waveform editor allows you to literally "draw" the waveform of your choice. Choosing from different waveforms can completely change the outcome of a session. The ability to create new and original waveforms offers virtually unlimited possibilities. Waveform presets are included; some specifically designed for brainwave entrainment.

Band-Pass
Use band-pass features to single out specific frequency ranges for use in the session.

Low-Pass
Use low-pass features to smooth out white noise, reduce harmonics in tones or for special effects with sound files.

Frequency Band Selection
A unique, patented feature in Mind WorkStation, frequency band selection allows you to actually select a specific part of a sound file to use as the carrier for brainwave entrainment. For example, you could select only the bass. Or, you could single out a specific instrument. This greatly reduces the distortion caused to music by entrainment frequencies, and enhances the effectiveness by allowing increased intensity levels.

 

Screen Display

Screen Flashing
Use the computer screen to stimulate the brain in or out of sync with the audio. The color, waveform of the flickers, phase and everything else can be controlled. Flashing can also be added on top of visualizations.

Visualizations
Mind WorkStation supports a common visualization plugin format, with hundreds of visual plugins available.

Color Display
Colors can be displayed on screen and even changed (ramped) as the session progresses.

 

Light/Sound Devices

AudioStrobe
Using AudioStrobe signals, Mind WorkStation is able to communicate with most mind machines on the market today. In doing so, you will be able to control the lights of mind machines directly from the computer, while enjoying the robust audio and biofeedback features Mind WorkStation offers.

 

Graphing

Chart Session & Biofeedback Information
Graphing features allow you to easily chart any part of the session and also data coming in from biofeedback mechanisms. An intuitive interface makes this a simple and powerful tool for personal and professional research.

3D & 2D Graphing
Extensive graphing features are included. Both 3D and 2D are supported. You can easily zoom in or move the graphing area. In 3D you can rotate or affect the 3D depth.

Lines, Area, Points and more
The way the data is formatted and presented in the graph is entirely up to you. Presets include lines, area and points, but you can also customize the chart in any way you like.

Export to Images
The graph can be exported to any popular image type, such as JPG, BMP, PNG, TIFF or even PDF.

Export to XML, HTML, Text, Excel
The graphed data can be exported to common formats such as Excel or XML. HTML and delimited text are also supported.

 

Editing

Simplicity & Convenience
Add binaural beats, isochronic tones, playlists, ambience, AudioStrobe and virtually any other content type from a single menu. Mind WorkStation will handle all of the filters and configuration for you.

Presets / Templates
Presets for entrainment make it simple and fast to create any type of session. Templates give you an even easier starting point.

Spline Ramping
Easily change the "curve" of a ramp to adjust how one point advances to the next.

Steps
"Steps" are unique to brainwave entrainment, where in many cases it is more effective to step from one level to the next instead of directly ramping between frequencies. Mind WorkStation makes this easy to accomplish.

Node Looping
Node patterns can be looped, making it easy to alternate stimulation.

Multi-Track
Add unlimited tracks to your session and arrange them using a powerful multi-track editor.

Modular Interface
This "modular" interface allows an unprecedented level of flexibility, while remaining intuitive and easy to navigate. Sub-programs known as engines are displayed as icons at the top. Each engine can control content or entrainment frequencies, or gather information from external biofeedback devices. The entrainment frequencies are also edited on separate tracks, independent of the content.

Designed For Brainwave Entrainment
The interface is specifically designed for brainwave entrainment professionals. All the tools you need are at your fingertips, with additional enhancements to make it even easier and much more flexible.

 

Recording & Text-To-Speech

Microphone Recording
Mind WorkStation includes microphone recording capabilities. While recording, a new track will be added to the session and the recorded sound will be displayed as the recording progresses.

Noise Reduction
Noise reduction features automatically filter out noise that is not your voice. This feature has been improved over other software, and now allows adjustment of the noise reduction level in order to better adapt to your microphone configuration and recording environment.

Playing While Recording
In the professional version and above, a microphone recording can be played through the headphones or speakers, as it is being recorded. This is a feature specifically requested by therapists, so they can speak to their clients through the microphone while a session is ongoing. The best part? Reverb, echo, pitch effects and even brainwave entrainment can be used on the live recording!

Text-To-Speech
For those who don't have microphones or don't like the sound of their voice, text-to-speech features are implemented.

 

Flexibility / Programmability

Editing frequencies, waveform, phase, intensity
Mind WorkStation provides a revolutionary amount of flexibility. Everything can be controlled independently - frequencies, waveform, intensity, phase. Not only that, but these options can be changed mid-session. Even separate waveforms can morph into each other. This allows for research and experimentation possibilities never seen before.

Engines
Mini-programs called engines are used to exert an expert level of control over the content and brainwave frequencies. They allow you to set up your own formulas, data sets, randomization, and algorithms. Advanced users and researchers will find engines to be an invaluable asset. Templates and example sessions are included.

Expression Editor
Expressions can be used all over the application, enabling advanced users to create their own formulas for synchronization, filtering of biofeedback data and more.

Microsoft .NET Plugin Interface
An innovative plugin interface allows Microsoft .NET programmers the ability to interact directly with Mind WorkStation. The programmer doesn't have to worry about generating sound, controlling mind machines or communicating with biofeedback devices - Mind WorkStation does all that for you. The plugin interface is a way for the programmer to implement new, innovative and/or proprietary algorithms. Plugins can also be used to communicate with other devices not yet supported by Mind WorkStation.

 

User Guide

An extensive 350+ page detailed documentation and user guide provides you with all the information you need to operate the program and give your clients an effective brainwave entrainment experience. The manual is easily searchable and can also be printed out.

 

Other Features
  • Export sound while playing
  • Option to automatically standby/shut down computer after the session ends
  • Automatically keep screensaver or power options from interrupting a session
  • Zoom In / Out
  • Undo / Redo
  • Make and apply changes to the session as it is playing
  • Rewind or move forward in the timeline as the session is playing
  • Logging features notify you of problems and keep track of software and hardware events
  • Fade session in and out
  • Session countdown before start
  • Session instructions / description
  • Therapist-controlled "fade out" features to stop the session at any time without startling the client
  • Headphone testing tool
  • Import Neuro-Programmer, Mind Stereo, BSS, NNS files
  • Import GNAURAL files
  • Synchronize tracks together
  • Node generation features make it easy to create many nodes, complex node patterns or randomization
  • Node adding tool makes it easy to add nodes simply by clicking anywhere on the track
  • Easy time-editing allowing you to switch between minutes, seconds and milliseconds
  • Snap settings make it easy to edit content without having to manually enter values
  • The session scaling tool allows you to easily scale a session according to the time you have available, without negatively affecting upward and downward ramps
  • Flexible interface that allows customizable window and inspector configurations
  • Color scheme that can be changed to suit the user