Isochronic Tones vs Binaural Beats Which is Better?

Isochronic Tones vs Binaural Beats Which is Better?

By the time I experienced Isochronic tones, I was already using Binaural Beats for a few years. So I was used to how they felt.

Isochronic tones were much more robust it seemed, and I was very impressed at the time. But there was always the debate about which was better Isochronic Tones or Binaural Beats?

The truth is there’s no clear, conclusive evidence that Isochronic tones are better than Binaural tones. Most people notice that Binaural beats work better with headphones/earbuds and Isochronic tones work well without any on or in the ear equipment.

The reason for the difference has to do with how they operate.

Binaural Beats takes advantage of the differential between two slightly different frequencies in each ear.

Isochronic Tones work more like binary computer code because it’s one tone flashing on and off at a high rate of speed. For example, if you wanted a 10Hz tone for 5 minutes. That would work out to be 10 beat tones per second for 300 seconds.

So they are different methods to accomplish the same thing. But how can you benefit from the difference?

Use Cases For Isochronic Tones

Since isochronic tones use a single tone instead of two like Binaural beats, it frees you from needing in or on-ear equipment. So you can use them with computer speakers and get the effect you’re looking for while engaged in other things.

Those other things could be anything from Yoga to writing code. Their versatility is as flexible as your imagination.

But the thing to remember is because you’re not tied to any headgear, brain wave entrainment can take place anywhere, and it can fill up the room.

What if you need to focus on school and work. Or you’re trying to do some training to climb the promotion ladder. Using Iscronic music in the background while you’re going through your material will help you.

What if you’re not sleeping well, and it’s causing havoc in your life. Isochronic beats for sleep are almost famous on YouTube, and they work.

Many people wouldn’t think of using Isochronic Tones for date night. But they are an excellent tool for mood enhancement.

And if you’re just starting a meditation practice, Isochronic tones can help you drop into the right state almost every time. You may want to think why even bother with Binaural Beats, but Isochronic Tone can be too harsh for people.

And since the effects are so pronounced and fast, they can also negatively impact the person. Because they just too loopy to have a real, meaningful experience.

So while Isochronic tone does have a place in the toolbox, we have another tool to consider.

Use Cases For Binaural Beats

We need to take a side step here because you must grasp how Binaural beats affect your brain. When you are using the beat frequencies, what’s happening inside your brain is an auditory illusion.

Remember, binaural beats take advantage of the differential between two slightly different frequencies in each ear. The brain recognizes that the tones are different in each ear. And then uses mental subtraction to actually produce its own frequency electronically.

That, in a word, is amazing.

Because if you want to put your mind in a particular state, you can do it indirectly, and your brain will respond with the perfect frequency.

And secondly, with just a little bit of effort, it is possible to train your mind to return to this state whenever you want. The trade-off is you’ll need headphones to begin the process.

But you can wean yourself off of the Binaural beats like training wheels.

In fact, according to Robert Monroe, founder of Hemi-Sync. The goal was and is to get away from the beat frequencies after your brain learns them.

Because once the mind learns how you won’t need the Binaural beats anymore. This is more difficult to do with Isochronic tones because your brain is responding to a single tone.

Whereas with Binaural beats, your brain is making the frequency. Binaural beats are best used for inner learning, Psychic/mentalism training, and internal growth.

Are you a reiki healer and need access to more energy? Binaural beats can help.

Want to explore deep levels of meditation and learn how to go back to that state in moments? Binaural beats can help.

You want to make up your own metaphysical system. You’re going to need some Binaural beats to aid in your program.

So we can say that Binaural Beats are internal and Isochronic Tones and external.

Isochronic Tones Are Stronger Than Binaural Beats, But Does That Make Them Better?

Isochronic Tones became widely known in 1999, and ever since then, Binaural Beats has taken some undue criticism.

Since Isochronic tones are more potent, by comparison, the assumption is that they are better.

But that is just an assumption. Isochronic Tones are stronger, and they can be more convenient. But does that make them better?

The argument is that for brainwave entrainment purposes, isochronic tones are more effective and therefore far superior.

And there was a time when I bought into this line of thinking. But as my sensitivity increased, my tolerance for the tones has decreased dramatically. I’m not alone in that feeling either.

Many people who get into using audio technology begin to notice that Isochronic tones can be harsh on the brain. The first few times you feel your head gently throbbing after a session, you think it’s deep. After the hundredth time, it becomes annoying.

But you feel none of that with a Binaural Beat track.

I’ve been involved in and hosted a couple of at-home Hemi-Sync weekend retreats. Everyone camped out at my house for the weekend with air mattresses and pull-out beds.

We went non-stop Hemi-sync all weekend, and no one got a headache or even a case of a throbbing forehead.

And if I may speculate for a few lines…

The reason that some people think Binaural beats are inferior is what makes them better.

Binaural beats produce a shallow waveform compared to isochronic tones, making for a weaker brainwave entrainment effect. And you can’t target a specific side of the brain, just the whole brain.

But these so-called cons are, in reality, what makes your brain do the extra work to get into and maintain the state of consciousness you are seeking.

“I’ll give you the leather and string, but you have to make the shoes.”

G.I Gurjeef 

At the time of this writing (2021), I’ve been making shoes with Binaural beats for over 15 years. And they just as well as Isochronic tones if not better.

You Need both Binaural and Isochronic But Start With Binaural Beats


Remember I said that you can look at Isochronic as external and Binaural as internal?

Well, there are times when you’ll do better playing a track in a room. And other times headphones and earbuds will work better. So keep both tools with you.

But you are starting out with Binaural beats because they are the best way for you to enter and remain in different states of consciousness long term. And over the weeks and months, your brain will adjust to those various states until they become familiar sensations.

Of course, you can add Isochronic tones whenever you want, and they will add even more texture and depth to all your exercises and meditations.

With time and practice, you will find the right balance for your level of sensitivity. Just remember that all of this is dynamic, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Related Questions

What about using Isochronic Tones with headphones/earbuds?

Sessions that use headphones/earbuds can stimulate each side of the brain with a different frequency of beat. This allows you to change the frequencies in one side of the brain or the other, or both. They call it split hemisphere stimulation, and it is as potent as any audio tech out here on the market. 

Can you mix Isochronic and Binaural beats together? 

I know a few hypnotherapists who do it.

They say it works great, but I’m not so sure. It may just be that if you zone somebody out deep enough, doing hypnosis is easier. We need more testing to be sure.

Does everyone become overly sensitive to Isochronic Tones? 

Not everyone, but many people do. So much so that it’s a major flaw for a technology that should have been superior to Binaural beats. The only workaround I know is to make your own tones with software that you can buy, like Sharm Studio. 

That way, you can control the time and intensity.   

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