Make Binaural Beats With Audacity

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Awhile back I was looking online to download some binaural beats to help me study but I found that most of them weren't free or had background music mixed in. I, personally, find that the background music can be distracting while I'm working so I decided to make my own binaural beats.

Binaural beats can be useful for many different reason. They have been found to help study, meditate, and even boost creativity levels. Without going to far in depth, binaural beats are the resulting pitch created in your mind when two pure tones are played in each ear. The goal is to have your minds current brainwave state match the frequency created by the binaural beats. So what does that mean? Say your mind is in a very active or stressed state. If measured, many Alpha or Beta waves would be found on an EEG. Using binaural beats, however, one can potentially lower their brainwave state to something more relaxed.

Step 1: Download Audacity

If you don't already have Audacity click here to download it. If you have never heard of it, Audacity is a free, easy to use audio editor and is what we are going to be using to create binaural beats.

Step 2: Generate the Base Tone

The first thing you need to do is generate a base tone (This is usually around 100-200Hz depending on the desired waves produced). To do this go to Generate -> Tone, then type the frequency and duration you want. *Make sure the other options look the same as the picture.

Step 3: Create the Left Stereo Channel

In order for the binaural beats to work, the left and right audio need to be separate. To do this select the drop down arrow at the beginning of the newly created audio track and the select "Left Channel".

Step 4: Generate the Second Tone

Next repeat the second step only set the frequency higher or lower than the base tone. **Make sure you deselect the first audio track by clicking away from it before generating the second tone. You should see a second grayed out audio track before you select "Ok".

Step 5: Create the Right Stereo Track

Repeat step 3 only select "Right Channel" not left.

Step 6: Export and Finish

To finish this and turn it into an mp3 file go to File->Export Audio and then name it. Set the audio quality to what you want but make sure the Channel Mode is set to "Stereo" and not "Joint Stereo". I also I attached a video I made using the audio from audacity if you want to hear what it's supposed to sound like.

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    sarah.l.moors

    Question 16 days ago on Step 5

    The dropdown menu is different and I don't know how to assign the tracks to left and right. I'm assuming this is different than "pan to left/right" on the track itself?

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    Pymersarah.l.moors

    Answer 4 days ago

    Did you ever find out how to resolve this?

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    Pymer

    Question 4 days ago on Step 3

    I have the same problem as Sara.l.moors, i don't have "Mono>Left channel>Right Channel" can anyone explain how to get this to show?

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    alexstanhamnmb

    6 weeks ago

    got lame_enc.dll error , so you cant export using mp3 files , which i need to use , so need to audiocity to fix this error in the software , if not need to export in wav and then use another program to convert from wav to mp3 , too much work , going to search for other softwares , this one , i wont recommend if you plan to use mp3 files