What is AudioStrobe?

7 Sep

Symphony by paul (dex)

Symphony by paul (dex)

Audiostrobe is one of the coolest aspects of Sound and Light Machines/Mind Machines, yet one of the most underutilized and least talked about. (I must admit myself that while I own a boxed set of Audiostrobe CD’s for my Sirius, I am guilty of hardly ever using them! D’oh.)

 

But let’s back up and take a look at defining this technology.

What is Audiostrobe?

Here’s a proper definition.

“Audiostrobe is a method of encoding light control signals in an audio file, developed and patented by Adrezj Slawinski, and currently the defacto standard for sound/light stimulation.” (source)

If you own a mind machine like the Proteus or Sirius (and many others), what this means is that you can buy specially made CD’s full of instrumental, relaxing, and sometimes trippy music, put in in a CD player (remember those old things?), and then connect that to your mind machine. Press play and everything starts working together: the music, the light, the sounds, it’s all one interconnected experience.

It’s really quite awesome.

There’s a mini-industry of Audiostrobe products out there to use with sound and light machines. So far, I’ve only had a chance to get my hands on the popular boxed set with 4 or 5 CD’s (shown in the picture above.) I wish there was a way to try the others first without buying more to see if I liked the music.

If you’re curious to see what’s out there, here’s a bunch of Audiostrobe CD’s and mind machines from Amazon..

I also wrote a little bit here about my Audiostrobe Sirius sessions.

New: Also check out my extensive Sirius Mind Machine Review.

My only qualm with Audiostrobe CD’s: I wish the music was a little bit better. In a fantasy world, I’d get Future Sound of London, Aphex Twin, and Dieselboy to make an album with Audstrobe pioneer Dr. Jeffrey Thompson! Ha!

Photo by Paul.


4 Responses to “What is AudioStrobe?”

  1. Jedi Mind Traveler November 20, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Interesting – have you thought of encoding your own tracks? There’s a program out there that you can try for 15 days, and it allows you to make and record audiostrobe tracks. I have to procyon and have toyed with this idea, as you said, the audiostrobe CDs kind of stink for music quality. The hemi-syncs are much better.

    I’m really wondering why there aren’t glasses that just plug into a USB port? that’d be swell to see that.

  2. Ben November 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Hi Jedi Mind Traveler!

    Yea, I’ve thought some about doing my own tracks, even making the music to go with it. (It’s amazing what one can do on a $2,000 keyboard by pressing a single button and getting a flurry of interesting, relaxing new age sounds.) I’ve not made the time to actually put all this together though.

    It’s puzzling there are no USB LED Glasses. I just googled it out of curiosity but found nothing…..maybe it would mess up the business model that most all the mind machine companies have built up: i.e. a hardware box + glasses, and they make money at both ends and control everything. I think we’ll see something like this soon though. Would be flippin’ sweet if there were general purpose USB LED glasses that would work with any type of brainwave entrainment software.

  3. Sylvia April 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    there are so many sound/light machines out there now which aren’t that expensive and there is that Laxman light and sound which made me wonder if it’s any different from the cheaper machines out there. Have you used it? or heard anything about it? i was gonna buy one just to test it and give review on it but it’s pricey $650. do you think that sirus is sufficient enough?

  4. Ben April 7, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    Hi Sylvia,

    I have not had a chance to use the Laxman Light and Sound Machine. I would love to hear about it if you end up buying one! IMO, if you’ve never used a mind machine, I think it makes more sense to go with a more economical choice such as the Sirius or other equally priced models as opposed to shelling out $650. What do you think you’ll end up doing?

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