Understanding Monaural Beats and Isochronic Tones


Monaural Beats and Isochronic Tones are a newer more effective form of brainwave entrainment. Although binaural beats are much more well known and far more widely used, monaural beats and isochronic tones are actually more powerful and intense and are capable of producing better results in a shorter time period.

What are Monaural Beats?

Monaural beats are when there is only one tone that pulses on and off in a specific pattern. With only one tone (as opposed to two tones with binaural beats) your brain has a much easier time adjusting and there is no need to balance separate tones.

Monaural beats are not only easier on your brain but they also produce the altered mind state very quickly. They are actually far superior technology to binaural beats and it is not even necessary to use headphones with them… but it is still recommended for best results.

The effects you achieve will depend on the specific patterns of the pulsing tone. The tone pulses on and off at whichever frequency it is programmed to.

This beating sound programmed to a specific herz will tell your brainwaves to create a certain state of mind and allow you to experience the desired results very effectively.

What are Isochronic Tones?

Isochronic tones are the most powerful type of brainwave entrainment available. They use equal intensity tones that pulse on and off at different speeds. When the speeds are increased they synchronize your brain with the rhythm. Depending on the pattern of the tones as well as the speed, you can achieve all sorts of altered mind states quickly and very effectively.

The distinct and clean wave form that isochronic tones use will synchronize with your brain far more efficiently than other types of brainwave entrainment.

At the moment there are not many companies that offer isochronic tones. I would guess that they will become much more mainstream in the very near future as more and more people start to rave about the beneficial effects they have experienced with isochronic tones.

Why are They Superior to Binaural Beats?

There are a few reasons that binaural beats are lagging behind other forms of brainwave entrainment.

  1. Binaural beats require headphones. Monaural Beats and Isochronic tones can be used very effectively without headphones although for best results it is recommended that you still use them.
  2. Binaural beats cannot entrain the Hemispheres individually. They cannot do this because they require both ears. With separate stimulation in each ear it is much easier to achieve deeper meditation and is particularly useful for ADD reduction and depression.
  3. Your brain can only process the intensity of binaural beats at around 3db, or 1/10th the volume of a whisper. Monaural beats and isochronic tones can be perceived at a much greater depth and intensity and therefore have far greater potential.

This is a very short video showing the difference between binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones.

How Can They Benefit You?

They can produce all of the same results that you can achieve from binaural beats just on a more efficient level and in a quicker time frame. Below are just a few of the most common benefits:

  • Less stress
  • Deep sleep
  • Improved memory and IQ
  • Pain relief
  • Stronger spiritual connection
  • Better health
  • Sharper focus
  • Improved sense of well being

In Summary…

Given the choice I would use Isochronic tones any day over the other two forms of brainwave entrainment. I have used all three but consistently use isochronic tones more often in my daily life.

I have had great results with each but definitely notice a superior difference with the isochronic tones. I find the results to be practically instant as long as I am focused and able to tune out any distractions or noises… headphone are extremely useful for this.

Where to Find Quality Monaural Beats and Isochronic Tones

It is very possible to get excellent quality monaural beats and isochronic tones for an affordable price.

For the past year we have been using the brainwave audio MP3’s and CD’s from Unexplainable Store and have found them to be easy to use and very effective. 

To experience their great benefits for youself explore their large selection of unique monaural beats and isochronic tones.

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4 Responses to “Understanding Monaural Beats and Isochronic Tones”
  1. Peggy Cervantes says:

    I’ve been interested in and have been reading up on all this “mind entrainment” and I’m confused about a couple of things. I hear that it’s not a good idea to overlap affirmations while listening to these but at the same time I’ve learned that it is suggested we should incorporate affirmations or positive thinking as in the Holosync program. Because of this I am unable to make a final decision as to which program to start. Also, one program contains a number of discs to listen to for a specified time-frame and another company just has alot of different CD’s to listen to depending on what you want to accomplish. Which is better? the set program or the individual CD’s? and for how long do you listen to the individual ones before moving on to the next, or does it matter???

    • admin says:

      Hi Peggy,

      I don’t think it is a big deal to overlap affirmations as long as when you are focusing on one of them, you really focus your energy on that one affirmation. I have worked with several affirmations at one time and definitely still believe it to work.

      As far as whether to go for a multi-disc program or just to use seperate CD’s it depends on what you want to accomplish. Typically the multi-disc longer programs are going to be more intensive and work at “re-training” the brain so that the positive effects you get from the entrainment will last longer and have deeper effects. The individual CD’s can be equally as good except that they tend to focus on one area as opposed to dealing with the brain as a whole… if that makes sense. The individual CD’s are great and can be very useful for reaching one type of mind state but the multi-disc programs will usually have a far stronger effect. Hope that helps!


      • admin says:

        Hi Peggy,
        One more thing… it doesn’t really matter how long you listen to the individual CD’s before you move on. You can basically just listen to each one when you feel you need it. I have listened to two seperate CD’s in one day before and there are no problems.


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