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Isochronic Tones in Neuro-Programmer™ 3

The Neuro-Programmer 3 (NP3) is an innovative software application for the PC, built to help you stimulate your brain and achieve lasting personal change using isochronic tones and other advanced forms of neural stimulation! We hope that this page, and the links below, will help to answer the questions you have about isochronic tones and their use in our unique software:

What are isochronic tones?

Why use isochronic tones/brainwave stimulation?

What does this software let me do with isochronic tones?

What science and research is this software supported by?

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What are isochronic tones?

Isochronic tones are a very effective audio-based method of stimulating the brain. You may have heard of another method called binaural beats. Both of these methods are examples of a complex neurological process known as brainwave entrainment, which enables the use of audio or visual stimuli to affect the brain and help people with a variety of problems. To learn more about brainwave entrainment, click here.

At it's simplest level, an isochronic tone is just a tone that is being turned on and off rapidly. They create sharp, distinctive pulses of sound, as seen in the pattern below:

Isochronic tones

The volume or intensity of the sound goes almost directly from 0 to 100 and back again in an evenly-spaced manner. This leaves a stronger impression on the brain, compared to binaural beats or other methods that use wave-like pulses.

Additionally, isochronic tones differ from binaural beats in that they use a single tone, not two. The pulses that affect the brain are created manually by the software, so only a single tone is needed. This has several advantages. Headphones are no longer needed. And if headphones are worn, different frequencies can be sent to each ear, which is important for protocols used in certain studies.

Learn more about brainwaves, entrainment and neural stimulation!


Why use isochronic tones and other brainwave stimulation?

Isochronic tone EEG results
Alpha brainwave in the middle of an isochronic tone session

When isochronic tones are utilized as a stimulus under specific circumstances, research has shown evidence of beneficial outcomes such as anxiety reduction and increased concentration. Here are just a few of the reasons one might use NP3, with links to even more information and supporting research. Each session in NP3 have been meticulously designed to produce the greatest neural response during EEG tests.

Cognition / Attention / Focus: A growing body of research is showing that brainwave stimulation can be an incredibly effective tool to promote attention and focus. Learn more...

Stress Reduction: The sessions included in NP3 are designed to be naturally relaxing, but it also comes with sessions specifically designed for stress and anxiety. Learn more...

Emotional Stability / Mood Support: Decades of neurofeedback research have revealed specific brainwave patterns characteristic of negative moods and overly emotional mental states. Based on this, brainwave entrainment sessions have been developed and recent research is showing it to be a very promising aide in this area. Learn more...

Study help: NP3 can help optimize the brain for studying- users consistently report being more productive and learning more quickly while using NP3. Learn more...

Motivation / Energy: Many users report experiencing a great boost in energy as a result of NP3 sessions, including a "Wake Up" session that can replace caffeine! Learn more...

Deep Meditation: Using NP3 can be likened to a form of "high tech" meditation, where audio and visual patterns are used to guide your mind to the relaxed, focused state experienced during meditation.

Head to the NP3 benefits section for more information and the full list of applications that have been verified by our research and our users!

Wondering how we know so much about the experience our users have with our software? It helps that thousands of Transparent software users are also members and participants on our Forum - one of the largest online communities dedicated to this technology.


What does this software let me do with isochronic tones?

The NP3 session editor in action.
  • Listen to over 120 included sessions
    Each uses a combination of brain stimulating audio (including binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones) plus relaxing sounds to help you meet a wide variety of goals for mental improvement. Learn more about built-in sessions...

  • Customize your experience with a powerful session editor
    NP3 includes many of the features seen in professional sound editing tools- only this editor is designed specifically for brainwave entrainment sessions! Change the length of sessions or the pitch of tones, use copy/paste/undo functionality, and more!

  • Add your own sounds and music to sessions
    Using NP3 you can add an unlimited number of background sounds to your session and NP3 will automatically filter the sounds to entrain the brain using a patented and exciting new method of neural stimulation- once you get acclimated to how this works, any music you own or relaxing sounds that you like can be enhanced with scientifically designed neural stimulation!

  • Export the results to create your own MP3, OGG and WAV files

Learn more about the advanced session editor and industry-leading features included in NP3


What science and research is this software supported by?

It is a recent development that the potential benefits of brainwave entrainment and isochronic tones have generated enough interest in the scientific community for research to be done. Despite this fact, there are already a number of published studies available documenting results from experiments with isochronic tones and additional entrainment methods (such as binaural beats, monaural beats, and photic stimulation - all of which are utilized in NP3).

Here are three conclusions to published and peer-reviewed studies on brainwave entrainment:

"Findings to date suggest that BWE [brainwave entrainment] is an effective therapeutic tool. People suffering from cognitive functioning deficits, stress, pain, headache/migraines, PMS, and behavioral problems benefited from BWE." Huang, T., Charyton, C., 2008. Alternative Therapies. Volume 14.1

- "The eight students from the SPALDING reading program who received AVE [Audio and Visual Entrainment] improved their reading scores more than their classmates who served as controls. The data suggests AVE was a useful experience for the participants. Parents and teachers reported the children were calmer and could focus better. The results met or exceeded our expectations." Joyce, M, and Siever, D., 2000. Journal of Neurotherapy. Volume 4.2

- "Results suggest that this technology could greatly enhance the quality of life for learning-disabled individuals who, absent appropriate intervention, are at risk for social, psychological, and a multitude of personal disappointments and life-long failures." Olmstead R. Use of auditory and visual stimulation to improve cognitive abilities in learning-disabled children. Journal of Neurotherapy. 2005;9(2):49-61

If you're interested in reading up on the relevant studies, we've created a page dedicated to research and suggested reading to help you get started!

If you want to go beyond our site, Google Scholar is an excellent free resource for locating credible, peer-reviewed articles on any topic. Try running a search on "brainwave entrainment" or even "binaural beats" for an unfiltered look into the newest research being done to advance the scientific understanding of the benefits that can be gained from this technology.


Using a unique approach that combines the best methods from many different fields, the Neuro-Programmer is the premier software application for playing, editing, and creating entrainment sessions using isochronic tones and advanced brainwave stimulation- it even includes options for photic (light) stimulation using your computer screen! Although it is incredibly simple to use, Neuro-Programmer remains one of the most effective self-help tools on the market today.

We encourage you to explore everything available on this site and then try the Neuro-Programmer out for yourself!

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