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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a FAQ to answer most pre-purchase questions. For troubleshooting, program operation, session effects and other questions, see the extensive documentation provided with the NP3 program.

For technical questions, see the Technical FAQ.

 

General FAQ:

Features FAQ:

Benefits FAQ:

Product Comparisons:

Purchase FAQ:

Text-To-Speech FAQ:

Technical FAQ:

 

 

 
General FAQ

Where can I get more information?

For general information about the program, see the Overview.

Brainwave Research:

Brainwaves
Entrainment
Binaural Beats and Neuro-Programmer 3
Isochronic Tones and Neuro-Programmer 3
A Brief History of Brainwave Entrainment
Technical Information The Beginner’s Guide to qEEG and EEG
The Beginner’s Guide to Binaural Beats
How to Use Binaural Beats for Improved Sleep
How to Use Binaural Beats as a Study Aid
How to Use Binaural Beats for Deep Meditation

Research & Further Reading Area

Learn more about the various benefits

Psychological / Self-Programming
Addiction
Creativity
Cognition / Attention / Focus
Mood
Energy
Persistent Aches & Pains
Headaches / Migraines
Blood Pressure / Hypertension
Sleep Aid
Sports / Athletic Performance
Stress Reduction

Features:

What's New in NP3
Feature List
Audio/Visual Session List
Screenshots / Images

Product Support

Video Tutorials

For Professionals:

Commercial Licenses


What are brainwaves and how does NP3 stimulate them?

See the section on brainwaves.


Who should use the Neuro-Programmer?

Anyone who wants change in their life, more control over their own brain, or wants to improve their mental abilities.



Is it safe? Who should not use the Neuro-Programmer?

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
· Pregnant women
· Those who are wearing a pacemaker
· Those prone to seizures
· Those who are photosensitive

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 Neuro-Programmer™, as they are more susceptible to seizures.

Finally, DO NOT LISTEN TO ANY NEURO-PROGRAMMER AUDIO FILES 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.


What are the side effects, if any?

Use of the Neuro-Programmer has many positive side effects that may or may not be directly related to your goals. You may see more emotional stability, better blood circulation, quicker thinking, heightened awareness, increased energy, and much more. Many people even report a reduced need for sleep.

The only negative side effects that have been reported are occasional temporary negative mood change and for especially intense sessions mild headaches have been reported, but only for the first few uses. Headaches usually occur as a result of increased blood flow in the brain, which is a good thing. After you get used to this, it will go away. Most NP users take it as a sign that the session is doing its job: giving you a "mental workout."


What are the computer requirements?

Minimum Requirements:
Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6+
512 megs of RAM
1GHz CPU
Soundcard

Recommended:
Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10
2 gigs of RAM
2GHz+ CPU
Stereo and microphone capable soundcard
Modern, DirectX 9 capable video card
Microphone
Headphones


Are AudioStrobe glasses included? Are AudioStrobe glasses required?

AudioStrobe glasses and the decoder are not included in the software package. However, the Neuro-Programmer is compatible with all AudioStrobe devices and most Mind Machines. The glasses are not required. In fact, NP3 comes with a "Screen Flashing" equivalent. However, glasses are much more effective than screen flashing and may be particularly useful for cognitive enhancement and ADD.

If you are epileptic or prone to seizures you should NOT purchase or use AudioStrobe glasses.

Click here to explore the Accessories page.


Is there a Mac version available?

NP3 is PC only at the moment, but we are currently working to make a Mac version 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 do so, we will be able to provide you with a free copy of the Mac version when it is available. If you like, you can contact us and we can put you on a mailing list to notify you when the Mac version is released. This list will be used only for that purpose.


What is the difference between the Regular and Ultimate versions of NP3?

Use this chart to help decide which version is right for you.

The primary difference between the regular and ultimate editions is that you can create audio/visual sessions in the ultimate edition. Creating sessions is both useful and fun, since you can customize every aspect to yourself and the people around you.

Note that if you are part of the Transparent Commercial Network you will automatically receive the Ultimate Edition.

Feature
Regular Version
Ultimate Edition
  Common Features
120+ high quality audio/visual sessions included
Yes
Yes
Text-To-Speech editor
Yes
Yes
Microphone recorder with noise reduction
Yes
Yes
Hypnosis scripting capabilities
Yes
Yes
AudioStrobe glasses support
Yes
Yes
Extensive documentation
Yes
Yes
BioOptimization (using biofeedback to optimize sessions)
Yes
Yes
Access to the Member's Area
Yes
Yes
Setup Wizards
Yes
Yes
Sensory Modality Test
Yes
Yes
Collection of built-in suggestions (affirmations)
Yes
Yes
Script examples, simple & dual induction
Yes
Yes
   Ultimate Edition Features
Session editor
No
Yes
Ability to view the inner workings of any session
No
Yes
Import BWT and MSES files
No
Yes
Session editor templates
No
Yes
Share your sessions with other users and add your files to the Library
No
Yes
Ability to view BioOptimization data (biofeedback-optimized session data)
No
Yes

How does your product compare to others?

We are often asked to compare our product to others. Although we cannot speak specifically about any particular product here, we can say that our product is the most up to date and well researched brainwave entrainment product on the market today. No other product, to our knowledge, compares (and we have tested nearly all competitive products).

There are a few major differences between us and other companies:

1) We are reasonably priced - Do not be fooled by expensive products claiming that the benefits or "experience" will be worth paying hugely expensive prices. We know what it costs to engineer sound and provide meaningful support for our customers - and it does not cost thousands of dollars. We will make you this promise: our products will ALWAYS be priced as low as possible. We are also well known for our speedy, meaningful support. We develop real relationships with our customers, and don't feel that people should have to break the bank to make a real change in their lives.

2) We pay close attention to research and truth - We will never release a product that is not sufficiently researched to the highest standards. We are one of the few companies to have employed a neuroscientist and to have invested heavily in peer-reviewed research. Most of our research is included in the documentation and on the website. Instead of hiding behind "secret" methods and techniques, you can view the content of any NP3 session in the editor. You are given the chance to evaluate our methods for yourself if you choose.

If you decide not to purchase from us, take this advice with you: Look for references, ask for hard science. If a company makes impressive claims, they should take the time to back up those claims with equally impressive evidence. And if the company claims that a single audio CD can cure everything imaginable, do not be fooled. Save your money, time and effort for something supported by research and marketed as a realistic solution.

3) Our products are designed for long lasting positive change - We have designed all of our products with the hope that someday you won't need to use any product to accomplish your goals. Much of the research on which are our products are based have followed up with their subjects months or even years after the initial study. This research has consistently shown the lasting effects of properly implemented entrainment technology.

4) Our products are more flexible and full featured than any others - While competitive products include only audio components, and a set of static, non-customizable suggestions, the Neuro-Programmer 3 includes everything and is 100% customizable. You can control every aspect of NP3, even create your own suggestions, hypnotic scripts, sessions and more. If not, you can use what is built into the application or available in the Member's Area. It is all up to you!

Also, our products simply contain more content than others. The basic version of NP3 alone includes over 120 high quality Audio/Visual sessions, the equivalent of well over 100 audio CDs. And even more are available through the community. Why include so many sessions? Because that is what it takes to get a product on the market that can truly be flexible enough to make a real difference in people's lives. There is a session for everyone in NP3.

5) Our methods are up-to-date. Instead of researching once and creating a static product, we are constantly updating our products according to the latest research from peer-reviewed scientific journals, industry experts and even some of our own internal testing. There has been a huge body of research conducted since the 70's when entrainment started to pick up steam, yet most products to this day are still based on the same antiquated research from that era. This is a dynamic industry and new research presents itself every day, so the product you choose to use should reflect that.

6) Our customer service is speedy, personal and top notch - We give personal attention to every customer. We are devoted to not only helping you use our products, but also to helping you transform your life.

7) We have a large, public, online community. Not only is the community a great place to get additional resources like sessions and scripts, but it is also just a great place to chat. You will never visit with a more friendly and hospitable group of people than on our community forums.

Features FAQ

Is there a way to use this away from the computer?

Yes, you can export any session to MP3, OGG or WAV. From there you can burn it to CD or transfer it to an mp3 player (like an iPod).

You can safely convert any of our sessions to MP3. Unlike other companies, we designed our sessions with modern compression methods in mind.


Does NP3 require headphones?

No, NP3 does not require headphones or special speaker arrangements.

If you are interested in how NP3 can do this, click here.


Can I mix my own music with NP3?

Yes, you can customize any session and specify any sound file you wish to use as a background. This can be done in either the Ultimate or Regular versions at the click of a button.

And one of the great and unique features of NP3 is the way it modifies the background sound to entrain the brain. This means that if you prefer to use the background sound alone, you can. No tones or other sounds necessary!


Can I record my own suggestions instead of using the ones that come with the program?

Yes, NP3 includes Microphone Recording features (with noise reduction), Text-To-Speech tools and you can also import any sound file type (mp3, wav, ogg, wma, etc).

The noise reduction features of NP3 make even the cheapest microphones sound professionally recorded.

If you don't like the sound of your own voice, you can use the Text-To-Speech tool, which comes with a number of free voices that you can alter to your preference. You can also purchase higher quality voices from AT&T or NeoSpeech, even some in languages other than English. There is a topic on the forum about this


Can I make hypnosis scripts with NP3? How about dual induction scripts?

Yes! What used to take months of tedious mixing and layering in other programs now takes only minutes with NP3. The script creation features of NP3 can meet even the most complex hypnosis script challenges.

Click here for a look at all the scripting features.


What is a "session"?

A session is an audio / visual experience, often consisting of relaxing sounds and, optionally, visual effects coming from the screen or connected to LED light glasses.

Sessions are the foundation on which the Neuro-Programmer is built. The audio/visual experience 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 enhancing cognition and helping with mood disorders.

There are over 120 top quality sessions built into NP3, and even more in the user library. Additionally, you can create your own sessions or edit the sessions already available (such as changing the pitch or background sound).

For a full list of sessions, click here.


What sessions are included?

Click here for a full session list.


Can I edit built-in sessions in NP3?

Yes, all sessions can be edited in NP3, even those that come with the program.

Can I create my own Audio/Visual Sessions?

If you have the Ultimate version you have access to a powerful audio/visual session editor. You can generate noise, tones, use background sounds, create screen visuals, control AudioStrobe signals and much more. You can easily create isochronic tones, binaural beats, or monaural beats. Unlike other programs, NP3 allows an unlimited number of voices and layers. The full feature list of the Session Editor can be found here.

The session editor is also very easy to use, nearly plug and play!

If you have the Regular version of NP3, you will not have access to the editor, but you can still easily customize any session to your liking. For example, you can change the pitch of the tones, add a background, adjust the volume, add scripts, affirmations and much more. Everything is customizable.


What is BioOptimization?

BioOptimization uses input from biofeedback devices to optimize session frequencies. It does this by collecting biofeedback data during a session and analyzing it to determine what frequencies your brain responds best to. It will do this every time you use a session, so that the more you use the session, the more effective it will become.

Which biofeedback devices are supported?

Currently you can use BioOptimization with these devices:

  • Emotiv EPOC or Emotiv EEG (no SDK required)
  • NeuroSky EEG
  • The LightStone Device (comes with Wild Divine)
  • The IOM Device (comes with Healing Rhythms)
  • ThoughtStream Device
  • ThoughtStream USB
  • Mind-Reflection

Can I make subliminal messages or "silent sounds" with your product?

There are no limitations to what you can do with NP3. You can easily adjust the volume of any sound, decreasing it to a point where it is "subliminal." You can also adjust the tempo and pitch of any sound.

However, we have not found subliminal messages to be all that effective. Therefore we recommend our customers use audible hypnosis or, better yet, visualization techniques to accomplish their goals.


Can I use my mind machine device with NP3?

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

You don't need any special equipment to use the device with NP3, simply plug the device into the computer speaker or headphone port in the same way the speakers are plugged in now.


Can I sell CDs made with NP3?

Yes, if you have a Commercial License. Otherwise, NP3 can only be used for personal purposes.

All versions of NP3 allow you to export any session, hypnotic script, recording or mix you make, which can then be burnt to a CD or transferred to an mp3 player. If you have a personal (non-commercial) license, you can use the output of NP3 for your own personal use, in any way you see fit. If you have the commercial license, you can use NP3 to sell CDs or in a professional setting.

Click here for more information on Commercial Licenses.


Can I use NP3 with my customers?

Yes, if you have a Commercial License. Otherwise, NP3 can only be used for personal purposes.


Do I need an internet connection to use NP3?

A connection is recommended but is not required. Online product activation is required, but as long as you have access to an internet connection somewhere you will be able to activate and register the program. No additional downloads or online access is needed once the program is activated.


Are other languages supported?

You can record suggestions in your native language using the microphone recorder, and you can obtain Text-To-Speech voices in other languages from NeoSpeech and AT&T. There is a forum topic on additional TTS voices here


Is there a manual included with NP3?

Yes, an extensive, e-book-sized manual is included in NP3. We tried to make the manual interesting as well as informative. More than a few users have said that the documentation alone is worth the price of NP3.

A User Guide is included, complete with detailed screenshots and instructions. More importantly, all of the concepts behind NP3 are explained in detail.


Benefits FAQ

How can NP3 help with sleep? Are there any sleep induction sessions that do not require headphones?

There are many ways NP3 can help you sleep. For one, a large number of sessions included are meant to produce deep relaxation. Additionally, there are sessions are meant specifically for what is called "sleep induction," or a session meant to guide you down to a deep, healthy sleep. A unique feature of NP3 is that most of its sessions can be used without headphones, so you can simply export the session to CD and play it from your bedroom stereo. You can even specify a background soundtrack you find most relaxing (such as noise, nature sounds, ocean waves and more).

If you are a chronic insomniac, a normal sleep induction session may not work for you, so we have provided special insomnia sessions for this purpose. Instead of guiding your mind to sleep, it helps train you to have better control over your own sleep patterns.


I am a student, how can NP3 help me?

There are dozens of ways NP3 can help students. In fact, cognitive enhancement is one of the most well documented uses of brainwave entrainment. There are features included such as the Study Focus session, meant to be played while studying, reading or performing complex mental calculations. There are also ADD reduction and cognitive enhancement sessions, meant to help speed up the brain and increase concentration.

There is a section in the documentation called "Academic Strategies for Students" which outlines the benefits of many sessions as well as many practical psychological techniques for increasing academic performance.


I am an athlete or performer, how can NP3 help me?

Brainwave stimulation and psychological techniques have been used for decades by coaches and athletes with startling success. Not only can brainwave entrainment help you enter the "zone" and help with workout recovery, but using visualization and other self-programming methods you can better prepare yourself psychologically. Instead of being nervous, tense and full of anxiety during an athletic event, you can be fully confident and relaxed.

There is a section in the documentation called "Sports Performance Strategies for Athletes" which outlines the benefits of many sessions as well as many practical psychological techniques for increasing athletic performance.


I have a mental disorder, how can NP3 help me?

First, we should say that in no way is NP3 a replacement for professional medical or psychological treatment, and if you have any doubts about using NP3 you should consult your physician.

That said, research suggests that NP3 may be able to help with certain mood and attention disorders, such as seasonal depression, anxiety or ADD. By utilizing a complex neurological process called brainwave entrainment, NP3 can help stimulate mental states that will be beneficial to specific mental disorders. In over 70 years of brainwave entrainment research conducted so far, dozens of positive studies have been conducted on its usefulness for aiding with a variety of disorders.


I have a number of bad habits and behaviors I would like to get rid of, how can NP3 help me?

Behavior modification is one of the primary purposes of NP3. NP3 can help rid you of bad habits (such as smoking), obtain new, healthier habits and will allow you to change your emotional reaction to any situation.

How does it do this? There are a number of ways. You've probably heard of hypnosis. In one sense, NP3 can act much like a digital hypnotist, guiding your mind down to a level of receptivity and then presenting affirmations and suggestions of your choice.

In another sense, NP3 helps you take conscious control of your mind using a number of proven, time-tested and practical psychological techniques, such as visualization methods and auto-suggestions.


I am an artist, can NP3 help me increase my creativity?

Certainly. Creativity increase is a very common use of brainwave entrainment. Just as people often find themselves coming up with creative ideas in the hazy state in between dreaming and wakefulness, so do users of NP3 often report bursts of creativity using our technology.


Can I use NP3 for meditation?

Yes! NP3 includes over 60 sessions suitable for deep, profound states of meditation (alpha / theta). It even includes a wizard which will help you choose a session that will most likely work for you, based on your personality, preferences, interests and equipment. All types of sessions are included - background sounds, isochronic tones, white noise, binaural beats and more. You can even customize every session, adding backgrounds and setting the pitch at the touch of a button. So, not only do the NP3 sessions represent the most effective entrainment on the market, they are also customized specifically for YOU, making your meditative experience that much more enjoyable. Even experienced meditators report reaching states deeper than anything they have experienced before, using NP3.


I want more Text-To-Speech voices than just Microsoft Sam or Anna. Where can I find more?

The best place we have found to find additional Text-To-Speech voices is NextUp.com

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 on our products. This allows you to try the Neuro-Programmer, risk free, for a full 3 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 NP3 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, 3 months gives you the time to get to know 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 NP3. 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. Please feel free to contact us at any time.


I have a previous version of Neuro-Programmer, how can I upgrade?

View our upgrade offers.


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Technical FAQ

Where can I get more research information?

Visit the Research & Further Reading Area

Do you have a page where I can get technical information about the brainwave entrainment used?

Yes, click here.


Can I make binaural beats with this program?

Yes, NP3 includes some binaural beat sessions and if you have NP3 Ultimate you can create your own. In fact, using the session editor in NP3 you can create an unlimited number of binaural beat tracks.

However, binaural beats are not the only way to stimulate brainwaves, and we have actually found that other methods tend to be more effective and more flexible, such as isochronic tones and filtered noise or background sounds. By default, most of the sessions in NP3 use the entrainment methods that resulted in the greatest neural response during EEG tests.

For more information on Brainwave Entrainment, click here.


How can your program work without headphones?

There is a common misconception that binaural beats, which require headphones, are the only form of entrainment, so we are often asked "How can NP 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 ancient and even modern day cultures use drums to induce meditative states, though they may not know the science behind what they are doing).

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

More information available in the NP3 Documentation and on the Technical page..


How can you present a stimulus below 20 Hz since that is below the limit of human hearing?

There is often a confusion in regards to the definition of Hertz, or cycles per second. When we refer to Hertz (Hz) we are referring to pulses per second, as opposed to the pitch. The pitch of the stimulus can be anything within the range of human hearing (20-20,000 Hz), but the frequency of sound bursts per second is usually below 20, since the most important brainwaves range from 0 - 20 Hz. It is the pulse, not the pitch, that leaves the electrical imprint on the brain.

Imagine a metronome set at 5 clicks per second. It could be said that the metronome is clicking at 5 Hertz (Hz). You can hear the metronome clicking 5 times a second, because the pitch of the clicks are well within the hearing range.

The confusion here is often because of the marketing of other companies, who claim that binaural beats produce a "third sound" that can be below 20 Hz. This is not true. What occurs is a "beat" or pulse, which consists of the combination of the 2 tones. The same effect can be replicated using monaural beats, drums, flashes of light or any form of repeating pulse. It is the beat that matters, not the pitch.

More information is available in the NP3 Documentation.


Do entrainment methods other than binaural beats result in hemispheric synchronization?

Hemispheric synchronization is a byproduct of nearly all types of brainwave entrainment.

In 1980, Tsuyoshi Inouye and associates at the Department of Neuropsychiatry at Osaka University Medical School in Japan found that photic stimulation in the alpha range produced hemispheric synchronization. In 1984, Dr. Brockopp analyzed audio-visual brain stimulation and in particular hemispheric synchronization during EEG monitoring. He said "By inducing hemispheric coherence the machine can contribute to improved intellectual functioning of the brain."

There is similar evidence that CES (electrical stimulation), motion systems, acoustic field generators and even floatation tanks can increase EEG symmetry.

The Neuro-Programmer takes hemispheric coherence a step further by delivering different stimulation to each ear in certain sessions in order to correct common hemispheric asymmetries. For example, depressed individuals tend to have an overactive right (emotional) brain hemisphere, so the depression reduction session acts to decrease right brain activity while increasing left, the end result being a more coherent, healthy and well balanced brainwave pattern.

More information available in the NP3 Documentation.