Isochronic Tones, Monaural Beats and Brainwave Entrainment To Make You Smarter

This is part two of a two-part series about intelligence and ways to become smarter through scientifically proven method of brainwave entrainment with monaural beats, binaural beats and isochronic tones.  Read part one - Binaural Beats – How to be Smarter here.


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A Quick Recap Of Binaural Beats

In the previous post I went into depth to explain Binaural Beats, their benefits, purpose and my experience using Binaural beats from the Unexplainable Store and other sources. Examples of the benefits of binaural beats include increased intelligence, creativity and a deep state of relaxation together with stress-relief.

Just in case you don’t remember the detail very clearly, let me give you a very brief summary of binaural beats:

  • Binaural beats are an auditory form of brainwave entrainment. Brain entrainment is a form of synchronising brainwaves to an external stimulus, in this case auditory (related to hearing).
  • Binaural beats need to be listened to with stereo headphones. Each ear receives tones of a slightly different frequency resulting in the brain perceiving a beating tone as if the two tones were mixed naturally in the brain.
  • Listening to binaural beats gives a wide range of benefits.  These include: increasing creativity and concentration to achieve deeper states of meditation and total stress-relief. You can even get binaural beat tracks for the purpose of losing weight, gaining confidence or inducing Lucid Dreams.

As you know, brainwave entrainment can be done through 3 auditory methods: monaural beats, binaural beats and isochronic tones. This article is going to explain monaural beats and isochronic tones in depth.

What Are Monaural Beats?

Monaural beats are similar to binaural beats in the sense that they also use two tones to entrain brainwaves.

Binaural beats use two tones of different frequencies that need to be listened to via stereo headphones.Monaural beats also use two tones, but they can be listened to via speakers (although headphones are recommended) because with monaural beats, the two tones mix before they reach the ear.

Monaural beats are easier on the brain than binaural beats.  It is said that monaural beats have a stronger effect on the brain. It takes less time for the brain to adjust to the tones and thus you can get results fairly quickly.

HINT: When listening to monaural beats, one needs to take care to have a quiet environment so background noise does not interfere with the tones and disrupts the entrainment process.


What Are Isochronic Tones

Isochronic tones are the most powerful method of auditory brainwave entrainment.

Like monaural beats, the pattern of interference that produces the beat is created outside of the brain so there is no requirement of using headphones to listen to them (although it is recommended). Isochronic tones consist of entirely separate pulses of a tone and differ from monaural beats that only have sine wave pulses.

The reason why isochronic tones are so powerful is that they increase the speed of the pulses and use equal intensity tones meaning they get the desired result much faster than monaural or binaural beats.

Here is a nice example of a brainwave entrainment through isochronic tones with a visual stimulant. Although it is not quite the same experience as the isochronic tones from The Unexplainable Store, it is a good sample to get an idea of what this whole brainwave entrainment concept is about.

(It does take 8 minutes to go through the entire video, but after just a few minutes you can already feel a difference in your state of being.)

(Read more on Wikipedia)

Click here if you are unable to see the Youtube video.

Monaural / Binaural Beats and Isochronic Tones

Now that I have explained binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones, you may just be wondering what the difference is between all three. Which one should you choose? Is any one of them better than the other?

Firstly, binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones are each a form of (auditory) brainwave entrainment. They each have the possibility and potential to sync your brain and brainwaves in a positive manner.  Results such as increasing creativity and concentration, creating states of deep relaxation and removing stress and even aiding in weight-loss and gaining confidence are all possible.

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Binaural Beats (above) are the cheapest to purchase. They are effective but are said to be the slowest form of brainwave entrainment available.

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Monaural Beats (above) are similar to binaural beats but get the desired result faster. However, some people prefer the sound of binaural beats over the sound of monaural beats.

isochronic tones
Isochronic Tones (above) are the most powerful form of brainwave entrainment but also the most expensive to purchase. They get the desired results very quickly and are very effective.

Carl from Binaural Beats Geek has put together a very good (free) guide that explains auditory brainwave entrainment in detail.

Without All The Scientific Terms…

There is no absolute best form of brainwave entrainment. Every person is different and you may prefer one form of entrainment over another. If you start with binaural beats (they are the cheapest and still very effective) you can determine if you enjoy the effects. Personally I found it worth the money to try out one type of each and compare the different effects. I really like the isochronic tones but also have a few binaural beat tracks that are really good.

I have really enjoyed writing this series about brainwave entrainment. I realize that it is rather technical and scientific and I also realize that this may not appeal to many of you.

Fortunately…you do not need to know the science behind these forms of brainwave entrainment in order to use them and to get enormous benefits from them. You can just head right over to The Unexplainable Store. and download a soundtrack that will generate feelings of happiness, confidence, relaxation or whatever else you want to achieve.

Our brains control everything that we do, from the actions we take to the health of our bodies to the emotions we feel. Studies have shown that frequent use of binaural beats has resulted in higher intelligence and a higher IQ, a healthier body and increased confidence.

I have listed some of the many benefits numerous times in this series, but you still will not really understand until you try it for yourself and actually feel and experience the effects on your body and mind.

Get Monaural Beats and Isochronic Tones

As I mentioned in part one of this series, I get all my binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones from The Unexplainable Store.

When you land on the homepage, you will have 28 different categories of binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones to choose from. Each soundtrack has a different purpose and will achieve a different result (see the screenshot below). When you click on a category, for example ‘Meditation’, you will be given an in-depth explanation of that specific type of brainwave entrainment.

For each category, you have the option of monaural beats, binaural beats and isochronic tones.

The great thing about The Unexplainable Store is that you are able to purchase individual soundtracks to test it out and see if it is for you. Even if you are completely new to brainwave entrainment, you can start with just one soundtrack without spending a whole lot of money on something you are not sure about.  You can always add later and slowly continue to build up your collection over time as you reap the benefits from monaural / binaural beats or isochronic tones.

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If you cannot see the image above, CLICK HERE to download binaurals / monaurals / isochronic tones.

  • Dave

    Great article!
    Nice to get a little background about uses and development of these tones.
    Thanks for the enlightenment Diggy!

    I’m a little surprised that these tones cost as much as they do, I do appreciate the link to the free isochronic tones Angel. I can’t afford to fork out 30-60 bucks in these tough times but I find this all very interesting.


  • Tp

    Hi Diggy…

    Really i’ve heard so much about the brainwave entrainment technology. I also bought a subliminal CD on photographic memory cos i am a student with so many tasks and challenges to tackle. It’s working fine, though result is slow and gradual.

    But i learnt with binaural beats and isochronic tones results can be achieved faster and better for the brain.

    What’s your take on this?

    • Diggy

      Hey TP,
      Subliminal mp3s can be really good, and so can binaurals and isochronics.

      I guess it depends on each individual. Personally I really love binaural beats and notice a good effect from them, but on the other hand it might also be a placebo effect due to the fact that I believe in them so much.

      Of course there is no magic pill and you will not become 10 times of a better student by listening to binaural beats once per day, but over time it can definitely make a big difference.

      The most important thing is just choosing something and trying it out on a consistent basis (I suggest daily for 30 days) to really see if there are any notable effects!


  • Angel

    Hey I found a website with free isochronic tones here’s the website “” I enjoy listening to them have fun:p

    • Diggy

      Thanks Angel!!

  • Joe

    Hey Diggy, You didn’t mention the carrier frequency. It has been discovered that if the carrier frequency of binaural beat is lowered it is more powerful. That’s why some systems have levels or stages. Not sure if they are all hip to this but I know Holosync is.


  • Farnoosh

    Diggy, I am super impressed by this article. I have to admit, it is one to reference and read in full over time. I love the meditation part, the area I am exploring. I love the Mozart music bit. I can feel myself zoning out and truly feeling creativity flow when listening to particular classical music. Getting smarter can be achieved after all. Thank you!

  • David

    Thank you Diggy!

    It’s interesting , I’ve got the effect immediately!!!

  • Lauren

    P.S. You’ve got your finger on the pulse, so to speak, Diggy! :-)

  • Lauren

    Cool articles. I have a light-sound machine and you can set it to different programs depending on what you wish to experience (relaxation, learning, and tons of other things).

    It has been great fun playing with it. Sometimes friends come over and I get it out for them too!

    Aside from fun, I believe it’s a powerful tool. I got it because of its potential for “altered state” which is where I believe most healing takes place!

  • maren kate

    I love it!! I totally am into brain wave studies as well :) Super great stuff though – thank you now I am off to check out the unexplainable store!

    • Diggy

      Hey Maren!
      Thanks for the enthusiastic comment! Hope you have a great weekend and get some benefit from brainwave entrainment :)

  • J.D. Meier

    This reminds me of some testing we did at Arizona State University. It was a combination of testing effects in various brain states (alpha, beta, theta), and using pulses of light and sound. I’m not sure we had the best ways to measure impact, and a lot of it was subjective.

    It was on the bleeding edge, and I was glad I was a part of it, but in the end, I think most of us concluded that it was more effective to learn the relaxation response technique, practice visualization, and just listen to classical music, or whatever music makes you feel good (John Medina, the Brain Rules guy, teaches us how stress kills your brain and how a relaxed mind learns better)

    Thinking back, the most amazing breakthroughs I saw were in the Shamanic journeys. Actually, I don’t do it justice if I just say breakthroughs. I’d have to say transformations … I saw people go from every Joe to super hero. It was unbelievable … they type of thing where you had to see it to believe it.

    • Diggy

      Hey JD!

      Thanks for sharing your experience! Pretty interesting to hear that it actually all comes from the mind. Many people all use different ways to unlock their true potential. It seems to me that anyone can spend time getting to know themself and how you can overcome your own fears and anxieties and unleash your inner genius.

      I still have a lot to learn :)

  • Amanda

    While tones are effective, a more powerful way to achieve brainwave entrainment is to also use pulsing lights along with tones. Pulsing lights are more effective then audio tones for entrainment, and by using both you will achieve better results! David Siever has written many articles regarding the physiology and mechanisms on both auditory and visual entrainment.

    • Diggy

      Hey Amanda!

      Yeah the pulsing lights are and addition or they can be done by themselves. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Diggy

    Hey Everyone,
    I just thought that I would let you know that you do not need to buy monaural beats, binaural beats or isochronic tones before you try them.

    The Unexplainable store (mentioned in the article above) has FREE samples that you can download and listen to.

    Try it out without any commitments!

    Have a wonderful weekend :)

  • Carl Harvey

    Yeah man!

    Binaurals and isochronics are truly awesome.

    I’ve been using them 3 years… They keep getting better.

    PS – maybe you should introduce your readers to “brainwave synchronization” – this is where the magic happens…!

    • Diggy

      Hey Carl!

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ve read your site and you’ve done a lot of work on this subject. I think I will just refer interested readers to you instead of me re-inventing the wheel and trying to explain it all on my site :)

      • Carl @ Binaural Beats Geek

        Hey dude

        Just saw you linked to my ebook – cheers man, much appreciated and I’m glad you liked.

        Hope you’re getting good results with binaurals and isochronics – they are very good for the brain!

        Cheers dude. Shame about S. Africa last night – we in the UK was all rooting for you (although my lady is from Durban so I might be biased)

        • Diggy

          Hey Carl,
          You’re welcome, it’s good stuff man!
          Yeah SA lost pretty bad. I’m still rooting for Netherlands though!

  • Steven Ponec

    Awesome article! I told my friend about it. They thought the effects I had were placebo (I did an energy drink Binaural Beat and was buzzing with energy!) Well, placebo or not, I got a lot done today thanks to Binaural beats. I’d love more posts on audio and brain effects (binaural beats, meditation, NLP, whatever). I think this stuff is really interesting!
    Thanks Diggy!
    Steven :)