A quick look at the Laxman

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The Laxman is special. It is quite unlike any of the other machines I have used. The Laxman is a relaxation machine. It even has its very own pedigree to that effect, in the form of the study conducted by Doctor A. Gabriel of the Psychiatric University Hospital of the Charite.

The study was done using 20 minute alpha sessions each day, six days per week for three weeks. Results, using standard psychometric ratings, improvements of 14%  in concentration/attention, 26% cognitive speed, 12% in memory, 9% in psychomotor speed and 14% in concentration/working memory.

This is all very good. Chances are similar results would have been obtained with any mind-machine. Where the Laxman stands apart is that there’s a good chance that a person would actually do a 20 minute session six days a week. Of the machines I’ve used, none make the AVS experience as beautiful and immersive as the Laxman.

The Laxman is a relatively basic MP3 player with a simple beat generator and a light controller. Sessions consist of a session file and an optional MP3 file. Half the standard sessions use MP3 recordings of what is referred to as ‘psychoactive music’. This music contains no beats as such, but is decidedly engaging. I can’t quite put my finger on what’s going on with these tracks, and some are dangerously close to too weird for me, but they’ve got me hooked. The other sessions use the inbuilt beat generator, which, although very basic, is pleasant enough to listen to. The matching white in-ear phones are a completely adequate, and do quite a good job of suppressing outside sounds.

Laxman-Earphones-LR

The Laxman also has random and user modes. Random generates a new session based on a chosen frequency band, while use mode allows selection of frequencies, beats, light colours, etc. Unfortunately manual mode is not controllable in real time, you set it up and then play, which means it’s not quite ideal for experiments or finding ‘sweet spots’.

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The big news is the light show. The Laxman uses goggles instead of glasses, similar to swimming goggles, but very robustly built with thick translucent rubber ‘lenses’ edge illuminated by tricolour LEDs located at the top inner corners. Used open-eye, the colour spectrum and intensity is stunning, with some of the most spectacular visual effects I’ve seen. One preset does the rather clever trick of simulating lightning to correspond to thunder in the audio track – very cool. Apart from a somewhat brighter patch near the LEDs, the ganzfeld effect is superb. It is this superb light goggle system that allowed the designers to declare that audio was secondary to visual, and that the lights would provide all the entraining effect necessary. It seems to me that they are right. Open or closed eye, the Laxman does a fine job of setting the scene for any mental state you may desire. The goggles are extremely comfortable and well made, with such thoughtful features as slots to store the earphones and a little packet of curly cable ties to keep the earphone and goggle cables in one piece and untangled.

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The unit itself is classy. Somewhat bigger than I expected, but it conveys a sense of quality and good German engineering. The polished metal case looks great, but it’s just as well they supply a polishing cloth in the boutique quality, pristine white zippered nylon storage case. The controls are a set of soft touch buttons, three of which are up/down pairs for volume, brightness and contrast. The on/off button is nicely recessed to prevent accidental operation, however it does occasionally catch on the casing in the down position. The remaining controls are the usual up/down above and below a central select button. Navigating the menus on the blue backlit LCD screen is easy, but I do have to put on my reading glasses to do so. Most of the sessions display ‘cute’ names along with the frequency band. Even with the LCD display, it still helps to have the manual or a cheat sheet at hand to pick the right session. I’m a little suspicious of the German monologue in one of the tracks – if anyone can provide a translation I’d be grateful. [I have just heard that it is Russian, and it’s a short fairy tale about someone who searches for love and finds it under the tree on a hill.]

The Laxman connects to a PC via USB and is seen as a standard disk drive. Sessions are simply copied back and forth, as are any ordinary MP3s you may wish to load. A MiniSD slot, accessible via the battery holder, facilitates memory expansion. Standard power is provided by two AA cells which need fairly frequent replacement (there’s still plenty of juice left in them for TV remotes, etc. when you need to change them). I haven’t quite worked out the logic here, but it appears that the unit can be USB powered if you turn it on with battery power first and then plug in the USB cable.

If your primary desire is for an MP3 player, you’d be better off with a $50 one from the local electronics shop – the Laxman plays MP3s, that’s all. No playlists, no shuffle, just play. An MP3 track of your choice can be used to accompany random or user sessions. This is great for those who use hypnosis or NLP recordings – fire up a random alpha or theta session, decide whether or not to add beats, select the MP3, and away you go.

There is a socket for external audio, but the Laxman has no Audiostrobe or any other sound-to-light capability.

The Laxedit editor, a good clean Windows application, is simple but effective. Comparing it to the editors of machines like the Procyon or the David, it seems rather bereft of controls, and indeed, it really does cut things down to the basics, but the Laxman just isn’t like other machines. It doesn’t need a lot of fancy settings to look awesome. The light control is single channel many-colour. There is no option for individual frame control, and colour is selected from a palette rather than by RGB. With very little effort truly beautiful light shows can be created, and the range of effects, from ganzfeld, to flicker, to high contrast strobe is all you really need. Of all the programmable machines I’ve used, this would be the one I’d rate least likely to intimidate, which means it’s the one I’d consider most people likely to have a go at programming. The Laxedit software can be downloaded free of charge from the Laxman website ( http://www.mylaxman.de/) and plays the audio even without a Laxman.

The supplied dual-language (English/German) manual looks the part with it’s crisp gloss white cover and contemporary typeset and design, and has useful content. The English is excellent, with only a few quirky turns of phrase from the translation.

I haven’t been able to lay my hands on a Hastens MindSpa, which I gather from the literature is probably the Laxman’s nearest peer, but I would say that these machines do a fine job of establishing the luxury end of the mind-machine market. As a designer accessory, and to impress the living daylights out of your guests, the Laxman is simply stunning. As an effective and enjoyable relaxation machine, the Laxman is simply stunning. As a tool for experimentation and research, not my first choice. I’d like to see a few improvements in MP3 player functionality and the manual mode changed so that it can be tweaked in real time, but these are changes that should be readily accomplished by firmware upgrade, so I’ll look forward to seeing what emerges as the product matures.

I love the Laxman. It’s the visuals that have really captivated me; everything else about it ranges from okay to perfectly fine, but the visuals have to be seen to be believed. As a complete package, I could see it gracing any boutique and it would be perfect in any dayspa. Expensive, but then, luxury goods are.

Cheers,
Craig

P.S. You’ll find a few more of my ramblings on the Laxman user forum.

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Comments

  • Rob  On October 10, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Hello,

    Can you say what type of connector the laxman goggles use? Is it possible to use them with the David Pal with an adapter?

  • Rob  On October 10, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Also,

    I’ve tried the Voyager only of all the AVE devices. Between the Voyager, the David Pal and the Laxman, which felt the most effective for alpha/theta? If you are not comfortable stating which is best, can you provide some pros and cons. For example if I were to use hemisync for audio, would the glasses of each of these devices sync to it or would I have to do that manually through software?

    Thanks for your help

  • craigtavs  On October 10, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Hi Rob,

    The Laxman uses the same non-standard four-pin flat connector as the Procyon, however the wiring is different – Laxman goggles work on Procyon but Procyon glasses don’t work on Laxman. There is an adaptor cable from MindPlace to use their bicolour (3.5mm connector) glasses with the Procyon, but I have no idea whether it would be useful with the Laxman (suspect not).

    I’m not familiar with the Voyager, but the Pal and Laxman are so very different that comparison isn’t practical. Neither does AudioStrobe, so synchronization to commercial AS content isn’t possible with either. Laxman are in the process of converting current AS titles to Laxman format. Systems such as Hemisync and Holosync don’t have, as far as I know, any light encoding, so no machine will automatically synchronise to them. The Pal has a few music sync sessions, but they’re not strictly synchronised, more accompanying. The same can be done with the Laxman with user mode – just pick a relevant frequency and let the lights flash away to that.

    The Pal is targeted at the therapeutic user, with most sessions following well established protocols, and making use of the bi-hemispheric glasses (unique to the Pal). The Laxman is very much a recreational/relaxation machine.

    If I were to have only one machine it would be a Procyon, and having had the other machines for a while now, and the novelty wearing off, I use little other than my Procyon. The Proteus would be my next most used machine.

    Cheers,
    Craig

    • Rune Star  On May 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      So you say the David is very different than the Laxman. I’m curious about this. Could you give a basic description of each and perhaps a comparison & contrast?

      • CraigT  On May 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

        Hi Rune Star,

        I’ve written reviews of all the machies you’re asking about. What it comes down to is which of the points of diference matetr to you – integrated sessions, RGB colour and Audiostrobe=Procyon, convenient package with Audiostrobe and excellent AS visuals in various colour combinations Audiostrobe=MicoBeatMini and superb open and closed eye visuals with integrated MP3. The David would be my pick for serious therapeutic use, but it lacks AudioStrobe.

        I’ve answered similar questions in numerous comments. Unfortunately the one thing that has been asked cannot be answered by me – which one is the right one for you.

        Cheers,
        Craig

      • Rune Star  On May 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Hey CraigT, thanks for the reply. Could you also give me your thoughts on my two questions down at the bottom? Also, did you mean to mention ‘Laxman’ as the option with “superb open and closed eye visuals with integrated MP3”? Further, another question (sorry for giving you such an onslaught of questions), if all these were the same price (Procyon, MicroBeatMini, David, & Laxman) , which one would you pick? Oh, one more question. Doesn’t the Laxman have an equivalent to Audiostrobe that is just as good?

  • Rob  On October 16, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Thanks for the reply! That is exactly the information I needed to know. After looking through your blog some more, me and my partner decided to look more into the Procyon and your final note is another nudge in that direction.

    Thanks for your time and for your very helpful blog,

    Rob

    • craigtavs  On October 16, 2009 at 8:15 am

      Hi Rob,

      You’re welcome, and thanks for the feedback. I doubt you’ll be disappointed with the Procyon.

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • nick manchesterUK  On March 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Hi. I too have a laxman…. what a magical machine this is.

    The Russian speech in one of the sessions (across?) is taken from Biosphere’s album Substrata. I recognised it when I first ran the session…. the track is Kobresia, the man talking is a russian psychic doing remote viewing live on the radio, and the translation according to wikipedia is “This is either a metal, or… if it is a metal, then it’s painted… cold surface… This is either a metal, painted, or could be a plastic… Colorful, there are… Bright… Seems like… is this a toy, probably? The surface is smooth, but… there are some bumps on it… Even the finger stucks in it… Probably it is… some marks, or is this a letters?… Or just a bumps… Looks like a toy… Colorful metal, or a plastic, painted as a metal… That’s all.. Stop”

    • CraigT  On March 26, 2010 at 7:04 am

      Hi Nick,
      Thank you for that – what a curious set of lyrics.
      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Mark  On March 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    We’ve been exchanging a bit on the MindPlace forum. I’m curious. You said the Laxman goggles work on the Procyon. What kind of difference do you see between the Laxman goggles and the glasses that come with the Procyon? Is it worth it to buy a set of goggles for the Procyon?

    • CraigT  On March 31, 2010 at 7:04 am

      Hi Mark,
      Although the Laxman goggles can be used closed-eye, it is with eyes open that they excel. I haven’t been able to find any real benefit to open eyes AVS other than the sheer pleasure – open-eye colours are, unsurprisingly, much more pure and vivid, and the ganzfeld effect can be explored more fully.
      The goggles share the same connector and wiring as the Procyon glasses, so there’s no problem using them with the Procyon.
      High novelty value, and great for introducing friends and family to AVS.
      Good fun, but expensive – your call 🙂
      Cheers,
      Craig

  • steve  On May 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    hi,

    from what i have read i would love to have one of these machines. i did have a nova pro but it developed a problem which was my fault. not using it for ages i plugged the power supply into the audio output. it has no sound now. well anyway i thought i may get one of these.

    thanks

    steve

    • CraigT  On May 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Steve,
      The Laxman is certainly a lovely machine. Unfortunately there seems to be a bit of a fuss with the goggles – a bit fragile across the bridge of the nose. Hopefully they’ll be sorting that out soon – in the meantime they’re prompt with their replacements.
      The Procyon remains my personal favourite.
      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Steven  On February 7, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Hi Craig, awesome review ! Thanks! I purchased a Procyon a few weeks ago and I can’t get enough so I purchased half the Audiostrobe discs available. I recently ordered a Laxman I’m still waiting for it to arrive, can’t wait so your review was very helpful as to what I should expect from my purchase. Thanks again !

    PS the new Procyons have an 1/8 inch plug for the Ganzframes now it’s no longer a mini USB.

  • nivekvb@tiscali.co.uk  On June 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I have the PAL with CES. It only has white LED’s although I believe they do a multicoloured version now. I can only use the CES at a low level because of interference, a clicking noise, gets into the audio. Still, they recommend you should only faintly feel the CES working for best results and then interference becomes very low, or non existant, and so is not a problem.

    On some settings the visuals and beats work intensively out of synch so as to stimulate each ear and eye very differently, and I find this to be very stimulating and exciting. So I quite like this machine.

    I also have the Procyion machine too and I love its visuals. It is probably my favourite because of its beautiful, colourful, and intense stimulation. I was getting really tempted to buy the Laxman too as I have had my other machiones for some while but you have saved me a lot of money even though I’m sure it is fabulous like you say. But the Procyion will take some beating, I do agree.

    • CraigT  On June 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

      I haven’t had any trouble with the PAL’s CES causing noise in the audio. Have you tried a fresh battery?

      With as PAL and a Procyon you’ve got the bases well covered – anything else would be an extravagance.

      Great to hear you’re enjoying your toys.

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Kevin  On June 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Hi Craig, their engineer said the noise was normal, and told me to keep the leads seperated as this helps. Also, Mind Alive offered me a refund if I wasn’t happy but I declined. It doesn’t really bother me as I keep CES level down and it is supposed to be just as effective that way. I’m glad yours is okay though, and I shall try a new battery – I use rechargeables.

    I like both machines but tend to use the David Pal more at the moment because it might be a bit more therepeutic as the heartbeat helps me to stay focused, and I also like to use the CES. Plus I like the way on some settings the lights occasioanlly flicker intensely out of synch with each other and at rapidly changing speeds which causes a wow factor in me.

    Still, the Procyion visuals are simply truely amazing, beautiful, and spectacular where there are these jewelled type colours intensely pulsing and flickering. And again it has a very high wow factor. I love this machine.

    Thanks for your comments.

  • Kevin  On June 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Oh, and by the way, Craig, as I wasn’t entirely happy with the clicking sound when using my David Pal with CES Mind Alive sent me the Session Editor software for free. Also, if I wanted I could have returned the machine and bought the David Pal without CES and then bought the sepererate CES machine and linked them together electrically for synchronissation. They offered me a discount on this package. A year later when the improved version of their session editor software came out they let me have
    this for free also.

    • CraigT  On June 5, 2011 at 7:58 am

      I’m not surprised at the service you have received – they always struck me as a good company to deal with.

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Anonymous  On July 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Hello,
    since about 2 weeks i can’t decide which machine i should buy. The Laxman or the David Delight Pro. I wrote to neurotronics and to some David resellers. The one told me that Laxman is much better, the other that David is the best 🙂
    I am looking more for a machine withe better effects in koncentration, relaxing and for learning. The entertainment effect is not so important for me. Hope you can help me find the right one for me.

    Thanks 🙂

    PS: Sorry for my weak english 🙂

  • Anonymous  On July 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Oh…forgot my name. 🙂

    Hi, I’m Marcin 🙂

    • CraigT  On July 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Either machine have sessions relevant to your needs. Neither supports AudioStrobe, so the is limited.ir use with commercial CDs or the likes of Neuroprogrammer or Mind Workstation

      I haven’t met a David Delight in person, however it would appear to be a nicely repackaged David PAL with CES – a good businesslike machine.

      The Laxman provides the best visuals, although minus the left/right stimulation options of the David. Based on an MP3 player, the Laxman is the easiest to get going with your own music.

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Anonymous  On July 5, 2011 at 12:45 am

    And with which machine can i expect the better entrainment effects?

    • CraigT  On July 7, 2011 at 4:24 am

      Both provide measurable stimulus – either will entrain just fine.
      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Anonymous  On September 22, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I ordered a Laxman off of the mindmods site but the order isn’t being processed. customer service doesn’t seem to exist?!? Is this not an american based company? Can someone redirect me to a better way to contact the company?

  • Anonymous  On January 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    mindmods is out of business. I ordered Laxman it is on the way. 🙂

    Thanks Craig for helping us to choose mind machine….

    • CraigT  On January 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Om,

      Pleased to have been of service. I look forward to hearing what you think of the Laxman.

      Cheers,
      Craig

      • Anonymous  On May 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        Hi Craig, Thanks for replying, i like Laxman alot. What kind of card is supported in Laxman i tried to find out alot but i did not get sutiable card anywhere. Can you pelase suggest where can i buy, online? I purcahsed few from best-buy, fryes etc they did not fit in laxman.
        Thanks
        Om

      • CraigT  On May 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

        Always good to hear that a reader is pleased with their choices.
        The Laxman uses a standard SD card. I have had a number of 1Gb cards works fine. I haven’t any larger cards at hand. Some devices I know of, such as my DR2 Recorder, only support the SD standard to 2Gb – maybe so for the Laxman. If you find it doesn’t work with 1Gb cards then you should contact Laxman support.
        Cheers,
        Craig

      • Anonymous  On May 23, 2012 at 8:24 am

        Hi Craig,
        You are just awesome, I learned a lot from you and from this blog.
        Can i use any other type of glass with Laxman basically i want to use one for closed eyes ? I have Laxman open eye glass but still i need one for closed eye. Please advise if possible.
        Thanks Om

      • CraigT  On May 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

        Hi Om,

        Thank you – very pleased to be of service.

        The standard eyes-open gogoles work just fine for closed-eye use. You may just find that you need to have the brightness a bit brighter.

        Cheers,
        Craig

      • om  On October 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

        Hi Craig, First i am your fan seriously 🙂 You are just awesome. Well i am using Laxman mostly to reduce stress and focus. Its working nicely. Unfortunately i can not use it every day which i should but this machine still works. How can i use Hemi-Sync and some guided hypnosis audio from other companies. I want to use Laxman to overwrite subconscious mind. how can i achieve ? Do i need to purchase MicroBeatMini?

        Please guide me.

        Thanks for all your help
        Om

      • CraigT  On October 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

        Hi Om,

        Really pleased that you’re enjoying my blog and the Laxman.

        Unless the material you are wanting to use includes AudioStrobe light control you can just load it onto the Laxman and play as any other MP3. Hemisync, for example, is audio only. The Laxman also makes it easy to add visual stimulus to any audio – just choose a beat that’s appropriate to the task – meditation audio will go well with delta lights.

        If you do want to use Audiostrobe encoded material, or get the best out of Neuroprogrammer, you will want an Audiostrobe decoder – Procyon or Microbeat would be good choices. The sessions included with Neuroprogrammer cover pretty much every requirement. If you’re interested in Hemisync then you’ll want to have a look at one of the member contributed sets of sessions, Deeper Than A Zen Monk by WaveRider, which is apparently a good emulation and is to be found in the Transparent Member’s Area, accessible once you have a registered product.

        Hope this helps,

        Cheers,
        Craig

  • Anonymous  On January 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    My name is om

    • om  On October 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Hi Craig,
      This is Om Again i am sorry but i have another question.

      I have Neuro-Programmer 2 what is the difference in Neuro-Programmer 2 and 3?

      Do i need to buy again in order to use AudioStrobe ? Or Neuro-Programmer 2 will be fine. I have Hemi-Sync audio how can i utilize them with mind machine.

      Thanks
      Om

  • Nick  On February 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Craig, my name is Nick and I’m looking into purchasing a mind machine. I was pleased to discover that you offer sensible advice on this blog and so have a few questions. Firstly as the ‘relaxing state’ offered by any mind machine had in your eyes a true carry on effect into your daily life; has it made you more relaxed, motivated, helped with sleep patterns or anything else? Secondly, do any of the machines provide a ‘relaxed state’ which can put you to sleep or aid in falling to sleep? Thirdly, does any machine provide the ability to energize you on waking so that you start the day focused etc?

    I ask as I have had chronic back pain for the last three years and I am looking for something to help me combat the demotivating effects that it has had on my mind. I’m not interested in a quick fix for my pain but for something to help me relax and preferably aid me in sleeping and rising so that I have the motivation to get on with my day.

    Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated (and sorry for the long message)

    Thanks,
    Nick

    • CraigT  On February 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Nick,

      I’ve used most of the machines I’ve reviewed for a variety of promised states. Relaxation is the most easily assisted with alpha beats. Sleep and chronic pain can be assisted by various delta beats. If you haven’t done so it would be worth downloading a trial of Neuroprogrammer from TransparentCorp to get an idea of just what sessions are available that have a decent track record of delivering results. Any machine is capable of providing stimulus for these purposes – beyond that basic functionality it’s a matter of deciding what particuler features best suit your needs and taste. An AudioStrobe device with Neuroprogrammer is a good option.

      Cheers,
      Craig

      • Nick  On February 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

        Hi Craig,
        Thank you for the reply, I have downloaded the free trial of Neuroprogrammer and have certainly noticed somewhat of a response with the sleep beats session. I have a few more questions if that’s ok, it says on your review of the laxman that the visual aspect is the most important or primary aspect of the machine in terms of setting the scene for any mental state you may desire, is that true of all mind machines? And are the laxman goggles better at setting the scene for a mental state than other glasses? Also I have read that some of the effects provided by mind machines are accumulative and so build up over time with the best effects coming after you have been using the device for weeks or months, do you know if the sleeping effects are supposed to be accumulative at all? (Sorry again for the long message)

        Thanks alot,
        Nick

      • CraigT  On February 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

        Hi Nick,

        The Sessions included with the Laxman use the light both as a flashing stimulus and for colour symbolism. The response to different colours varies depending upon the circumstances. For AVS it is generally taken that red is invigorating while blue is relaxing. The Laxman sessions tend to use the colours associated with the theme – blue water, etc. There are a few distinct physiological aspects to colour and brightness, notably the small overlap betwen blue and green compared to the substantial overlap between green and red, allowing blue to be treated as a separate stimulus, and the light/dark, cone/rod distinction, with rods being most blue sensitive and dominant in the peripheral regions. With open-eye the fovea, the region of most dense cones and greatest acuity the visuals are affected more byhow the eye is focused and where it is centred than with closed eye. Conscious vision, as with the eyes open and attempting to focus or interpret will cause beta and gamma activity. Open eye focus on nothing can make open-eye theta and delta useful but generally less than 10Hz is most influential with eyes closed. Open eye, very dim blue in a dark room can be very effective for focused meditation. Ultimately it makes very little difference – each of us uses and experiences the technology sufficiently differently to render many of these finer points insignificant.

        For training to correct a known brain rhythm deficit regular use of the corrective sessions over a period of time will give the best results. Sleep sessions will become a trigger for sleep after a period of use and can often quiet the mind that won’t sleep. Sleep is best dealt with as a holistic matter – regular sleep times, suitable sleep environment, exercise, diet, etc. For general brain exercise or when using sessions to support particular mental activity regular use of a variety of sessions will be effective.

        All of the machines I’ve reviewed are fully effective in all ranges. The Laxman’s point of difference is excellent open-eye, full colour visuals. It does not support AudioStrobe which means it is not directly compatible with Neuroprogrammer, etc. or the growing catalogue of therapeutic and recreational AS titles.

        Cheers,
        Craig

  • Ritvik  On March 3, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Hi Craig,

    Just went thru ur review and above comments…liked it vry much as i cudnt find required informatn abt mind machines elsewhere on the internet :)….it cleared my biggest doubt which has been there in my mind frm quite a long time…and that is to choose between mind machines…After reading, i have decided to go with Procyon AVS…as it offers the same benefits for meditation purposes as the laxman offers…I dont actually need beautiful graphics of ganzfield goggles or open eye relaxatn….although i wud luv to hav it….but why wud i spend so much extra amount for laxman, as I am not that rich and for me (in India) it would take around 35 thousand INR to buy a laxman and 15 thousand INR for Procyon….that’s a pretty big difference;) 😀

    So i wil go with procyon. I am very much serious abt Meditation thru Brainwave Entrainment. I want to practice meditating consciously in the Alpha range for sufficient time and then move on to the theta and then finally delta…I think it will take approx 2 to 3 months in each range to practice conscious meditation effectively…

    I want to set a specific frequency in procyon to meditate at…for the first 2-3 months…say 11 Hz…and then move on to 6Hz…meditate for the same period on 6 Hz…and so on….

    Can I set specific…flat frequency in Procyon AVS for the sessions?

    • CraigT  On March 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Hi Ritvik,

      I’m very pleased that you have found my blog useful.

      The Procyon doesn’t have a “User Mode” like the Proteus (and a number of other machines) where you can pick a frequency directly on the machine. Setting up sessions and downloading them to the Procyon, however, is quite simple. The Procyon Editor is free and can be downloaded from MindPlace so that you can get an idea of how it works. The Procyon also has a good range of relaxation/meditation sessions that may meet your needs anyway.

      Neuroprogrammer is another tool for extending the usefulness of the Procyon.

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Ritvik  On March 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks Craig, that was really helpful 🙂

  • Rune Star  On May 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Can the Laxman do everything the Procyon can do and more, or are there things the Procyon can do better? Does the Procyon have the option for external memory storage? Are the Procyon goggles better at closed eyed than the Laxman goggles? I think I will be doing more closed eyed than open eyed meditations. I want to use it for the following reasons I suppose; Meditation, Learning, Recreational & self-betterment. Could you recommend me a Mind Machine?

  • Rune Star  On May 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Also, how helpful are Mind Machines, Specifically the Laxman & Procyon, at helping Astral Projection and Lucid Dreaming? Not lying in bed, but during meditation? What are your thoughts on these topics with Mind Machines?

  • Anonymous  On August 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Hello,

    Apparently this is not available in the US. I tried to buy it from Mind Modulations which still has an active website, still took my credit card, did not ever process order, does not have a functioning phone, and will not respond to the Better Business Bureau which has contacted them concerning taking credit cards with no intention to follow through. Do you know any where else that might sell it in the US?

  • Paul  On April 18, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Do you know how to fix the issue with the goggles this is my 3rd pair keeps shorting out looking for a homemade fix

    • CraigT  On April 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Hi,

      I’ve only dismantled one pair of goggles but from that I would have to say they are not readily repairable. Maybe the silicone could be paired back and the flexible PC replaced with wires and the bridge then patched with silicone.

      Good luck!

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Anonymous  On May 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    now its possible to buy lot of new sessions for Laxman here:
    http://www.neurotronics.eu/shop/Sessions:::5.html?language=en

    • CraigT  On May 27, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Thank you for the update.
      Cheers,
      Craig

  • David L. Ritt  On June 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Craig,

    I have owned two Voyager machines and that’s it. I did a course of Neurofeedback recently, and had a couple of alpha-theta sessions. Apparently I put myself in Alpha Theta without an aid (I’m a hypnotist and musician). So I want entrainment to Alpha Theta in whatever I buy, but beyond that, I’m overwhelmed by the choices. Lucid dreaming would be great; relaxation and helping with depression and ADD would be lovely. I don’t see myself doing much or any programming. Great visuals are enticing, as is great sound.

    Now that I’ve been thoroughly confusing, what do you recommend I consider buying?

    All the Best,

    David Ritt

  • David L. Ritt  On June 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    P.S. Does the Laxman even HAVE pre-programmed visual sessions?
    Their site is unclear on that point.

    D. Ritt

  • David L. Ritt  On June 20, 2013 at 6:26 am

    I’ve ordered a Laxman. Go figure.

    • CraigT  On June 20, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Hi David,

      I’m sure you will enjoy the Laxman.

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Jordan  On December 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Hi craig, I wanted to know the answer to what Rune Star posted in May. What model would be best for inducing astral projection or O.B.E.? Are there any CES on the market that work with the Laxman?
    Thanks

    • CraigT  On December 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Hi Jordan,

      Absolutely any AVS device has the potential to assist with altered states – of which AP and OOBE are just forms. Success depends to a huge degree on what you expect. The more flexible the device in terms of complexity of stimulus, the more likely you’ll get the results, which makes the Kasina the machine of the moment. Some of my Kasina sessions, in particular some not yet released, have are extremely useful in mind-bending – a useful precursor to any named state 🙂

      I am not aware of CES for the Laxman, although there are some relatively simple ways of creating it (output the Laxman to an amplifier, connect a small audio transformer to the amplifier output and use the stepped-up output to tingle the ears – if you feel more than a tingle it’s too much!)

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • dotr  On July 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    how does the david pro compare to just sound like eqiusync which didnt help my anxiety?
    do any of these machines help for really bad anxiety?

  • Paul  On August 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Craig! I’m a certified hypnotherapist. Can I use the Laxman mind machine for hypnotherapy?

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