Working with Gnaural

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I have been wanting to play around with Gnaural (an opensource binaural-beat generator) forever but have found the learning curve to be super steep so I figured I’d throw together a quick tip round-up for the program.

  1. To set the length of your schedule select one of the two boxes in the bottom screen. You can select them easiest by clicking in the box and hitting ctrl+a. Right click in the box. Put time length in seconds. [Source]
  2. The X axis always refers to time. [Source]
  3. The Y axis can refer to four different things:  (1)Base frequency (2) Beat frequency (3) Volume (4) Stereo balance [Source]
  4. The Base Frequency is main pitch of the tone you will be hearing, as opposed to the speed of the “wow-wow-wow” pulsating you perceive as set by the Beat Frequency. To make an FM radio analogy, the Base Freq. is the “carrier” you’d dial your radio to, while the Beat Freq. would be the actual music/voice you hear in the broadcast. [Source]
  5. You can pick whatever range you want for Beat Freq, but in general, it is probably most effective to use one between 110 hz and 300 hz. [Source]
  6. The first and last data points in the graph are actually the same data point. Move one and the other moves too. [Source]
  7. Double-click to create a new data point.
  8. Dragging data-points beyond the right-edge of the graph will extend the duration of the schedule [Source]
  9. Using the Magnetic Pointer causes any selected data points to be attracted to the click-and-dragged mouse cursor when it is on the data points Y-axis. [Source]
  10. To create a new voice use the menu entry Edit->Voice->Add, or you can use its keyboard shortcut Ctrl-J. [Source]
  11. FLAC is generally the best file to to export to.