What is Mind WorkStation?

Mind Workstation is a complete studio for the creation of psycho-active audio-visual content. It also happens to come with some of the best entrainment sessions I’ve come across – all open for you to tweak and play with.

It’s often asked whether it’s better to get, say Holosync, or to get MWS. That’s asking the wrong question. The question that needs to be asked is whether you want a document or the whole word-processor. Any package that is “published media” is nothing more than a document created with a media-processor, in this case, a brain stimulus-processor.

Once you have MWS, you have a tool at your disposal that will allow you create or recreate almost anything you hear in commercial entrainment and personal development CDs (many are created with MWS). It will allow you to create sessions that follow any published therapeutic protocol. In conjunction with biofeedback devices MWS opens up the whole gamut of feedback protocols – a rich field, far better researched and documented than AVS.

MWS is the heavy-weight of brain stimulus processors, it’s the brainwave equivalent of the publishing industry’s InDesign. With power comes responsibility and MWS offers two faces.

One is the launch/file open/browse samples/pick one face – it is absolutely completely simple to open and play the preset sessions, even to make minor tweaks and customisations. The sample sessions will do their job as well as anything else you will find on the marketplace.

The other aspect is met when you unleash MWS on a creative project. This should not be undertaken lightly. MWS has the tools to convert almost anything you can think of into patterns of sound and light. It is unusual to have natural talent as an author, musician or artist – no more or less should be expected in the creation of AVS. Each piece you successfully create contains the statement, “This is what helps me feel the way I want to feel”. It’s sad to see cynical sessions marketed which are poor imitations or the most vanilla interpretations of ‘research’. Copying the masters is a great way to learn, but there comes the time to develop your own style. MWS has a steep learning curve, and it is unreasonable to expect to create a masterpiece on the first attempt.

Understanding differences in tastes and visions is important. I am a member of a small subset of humanity that likes certain types of AVS – most of the material I write for myself is too intense for others. I’m also a member of the small subset of humanity who can pick up a piece of software and find my way around it without any great fuss or difficulty. I tell you this because you need to know that I don’t represent any particular “average” – my opinions are from an apparently somewhat skewed perspective. Nevertheless, Adam Hewitt, the MWS architect and head-honcho of Transparent Corp, is a very, very clever man. He has a great team around him too. Adam obviously set about to include every tool he could imagine an AVS artist might want to use, and I’ve got to say, I’ve had to work really hard to find anything useful it can’t do! The thing is, you can’t offer this sort of flexibility without burying some features and controls pretty deep. There’s a bunch of stuff that I really don’t find intuitive, mostly only little things like having to turn on things like ‘balance’ from the FX dialogue, but over time I feel that I grasped Adam’s mindset a little better and I can see why he’s done the things he’s done. My work-flow is now become quite fluid and my admiration of Adam’s foresight and understanding (not to mention technical abilities!) has grown.

I can’t speak too highly of MWS. If you’re serious about AVS content creation or want to explore advanced techniques and protocols, it is without peer. But anything beyond playing the presets is going to take some serious time with the excellent help and the resource library on the Transparent Corp site. When all else fails there’s a great bunch of people on the Transparent user forum and Adam is but an email away for the real sticky ones.

Somewhen I’ll get around to doing a nuts-and-bolts review and get down to some details of the niftier-yet-obscure features that I’ve alluded to here. If it’s something you’d find useful, leave a comment to nudge me along.


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  • Bill Bartmann  On September 3, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Great site…keep up the good work.

    • craigtavs  On September 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks Bill, I’ll do my best.

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