Add Binaural Beats to Music Using Valhalla FreqEcho

I looked for a way to add binaural beats to my music, and I found it in the most unusual place – Valhalla’s FreqEcho. It is so easy, it is unreal. Oh, and it’s free.

Valhalla wrote it themselves in a blog post here: https://valhalladsp.com/2010/05/28/valhallafreqecho-binaural-beats-and-the-strange-mechanism/

But, I can tell you how I used it to make music that you can relax or even fall asleep to. Binaural beats can entrain the brain into a slower frequency of brainwaves. If you pick a frequency that is at one of the brain frequencies of interest (like Delta for sleep, for example), you can induce that state.

  1. Download the free FreqEcho plugin from Valhalla DSP. Put it on a mix bus like one that has a bunch of pianos or synths.
  2. Make these settings:
    1. Delay at the lowest.
    2. Feedback zero.
    3. Low cut lowest.
    4. High cut highest.
    5. Output mode should be Stereo.
    6. Set the shift to a value that is half the frequency you want.
      1. Delta waves (sleep) are at 1-4 Hertz, so set the shift to a range of 0.5-2.
      2. Theta waves (relaxation) are at 4-8 Hertz, so set shift to a range of 2-4.
      3. Alpha waves (stress reduction) are at 9-11 Hertz, so set shift to 4.5-5.5.
      4. Beta waves (engagement) are 12.5-30 Hertz, so set shift to 6.25-15.
    7. The mix knob is where it gets interesting. I like to automate it to start from 0 (no beats) and ramp it upwards to as high as 50% (half mixed beats with the music). Even lower ranges such as 30% seem to cause an induction of the desired wave function. For example, I can sleep when I mix in about 30% of a Delta wave frequency, but will often mix it in slowly or sporadically throughout a song to give the listener time to acclimate to it. Towards the end of a song, I will ramp it to near 50% for full effect.
My settings are shown above. Vary the mix (right now it is set at 0) up to about 50% or whatever seems correct to your ears.