Lux VST Brainwave Plugins

Lux_Entire          LuxSpectraScreen

Lux VST brainwave plugins are designed for entrainment enthusiasts, mind machine (AVS) users, and for Windows-based computer musicians who wish to explore brainwave synchronization.

The Lux Brainwave Entrainment Instrument is a full featured tool for composing brainwave sessions with audio and light (via audiostrobe control signals). It’s like a semi-modular synthesizer for your brain.  Read more or download from the plugins page.

Lux Spectra is the newest plugin, the little brother of BWEI.  It’s forte is in designing colorful lightshows for the groundbreaking new AVS machine, the Mindplace Kasina.  It currently handles spectrastrobe lightshows only (no audio), but I may extend its features sometime in the future if there is significant interest.  Read more or download from the plugins page.

The Lux plugins were built using Synthedit, so they only run in Windows.  They have a 32 bit architecture, so of course I recommend using them in a 32 bit host.  If, however, you really want to try them in a 64 bit OS like Windows 7 or 8, then please check out jBridge, which is an application that claims to make it possible to run 32 bit plugins in 64 bit hosts and vice versa.  Since I don’t have a 64 bit computer, I haven’t been able to test it, but I’m very anxious to know your results if you try it.  Please let me know what you find.

6 thoughts on “Lux VST Brainwave Plugins

  1. Joseph

    Hi There,

    I downloaded your lux plugin, but since I’m using windows 8 64bit, I tried the jbridge, but couldn’t get it to work with my daw studio one 2. Do you know if anyone else has got it to work with jbridge and windows 8 64 bit?

    Please let me know
    Thanks,
    Joseph

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    1. estebandesteband Post author

      Hi Joseph,

      I really apologize for the long delay in my reply. My wife and I just had our first baby, and things have been a little hectic around here! Unfortunately, I have not heard of any success stories with jBridge so far. That’s not to say it definitely won’t work, but at this point, I just really have no idea. I don’t have access to any 64-bit machines with which to test it. I wonder if the developer of jBridge could give you any tips about getting it to work?

      -Steve

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  2. Joshua

    Greetings Steve,

    I have a few questions related to your software and hope you can point me in the right direction. Here’s my setup: I use a DAW and I’m interested in using the BWEI. I would not use the built-in audio generator, however. I am using a separate VST plugin to create the specific entrainment frequencies. I’d primarily be using BWEI for synchronizing the visuals to the incoming audio. I believe this is possible via routing, am I correct?

    I have not used AVS before and have not purchased LED glasses yet. I know Mindplace has 3 different media systems, i.e.: Proteus, Kasina, and Procyon. Would you happen to know if I first must use one of these systems in order to use BWEI? At the moment, I’m trying to visualize how I might set this up and control it all within my DAW.

    Are you in San Francisco? I am as well.

    Thanks much,
    Joshua

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    1. estebandesteband Post author

      Hi Joshua,

      Yes, BWEI will let you add an Audiostrobe lightshow to any pre-existing audio. If the audio is already “finished”, you can load a wav file into the WAV player module. That’s the easiest way. The other way is to pipe the output of one of your DAW tracks directly into Lux. This way is a little more complicated, but the procedure is fully documented (for Reaper, at least), in the Manuals/Advanced section of this website. I’m sure you can do it with several other DAWs as well, but since I don’t own them, I couldn’t walk you through the specific set up.

      If you want to add visuals to your music, I highly recommend getting an AVS system – otherwise, there is no way to “see” the audiostrobe signals you generate with BWEI. If you just want a quick and free way to check if photic stimulation even works for you, I’d check out Brainwave Generator, which is windows freeware. It has a feature which uses your computer monitor to flash colored lights in sync with the music. That’s how I got into it, anyway.

      And yes, I am in SF. I live in St. Mary’s Park, near Mission and 280.

      I’m curious – what DAW are you using, and which VSTs do you use to “entrain” your music?

      Thanks for writing,

      -Steve

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  3. Joshua

    Greets,

    I use Presonus Studio One 2 on a Windows 7 64bit. I see the other poster above has a similar set up. I just attempted using jBridge with Lux – it does not appear to be compatible. I think there are many great opportunities for your plugin and I’d love to see it expand. Would you consider finding some way to make this compatible for jBridge and/or 64-bit users? Thank you !

    The VST entrainment software is still being tested and has not been released publicly yet.

    Regards,
    Joshua

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    1. estebandesteband Post author

      Joshua,

      I read that Presonus One 64 bit does not support 32-bit plugins. See:

      http://support.presonus.com/entries/166452-Windows-OS-Users-32-Bit-x86-or-64-Bit-Version-x64-Explained

      As a matter of fact, they recommend jBridge as well. Sorry it doesn’t work for you. If you’re determined to keep using Presonus, I’d certainly recommend contacting the author of jBridge to see if he can offer any advice.

      Since releasing Lux, I have upgraded to a 64bit machine, but I don’t have the time to ‘port’ my plugin to 64-bit. It’s developed in Synthedit, which relies on many many 3rd party modules. Most of these were developed in Synthedit’s heyday, around 2002 by dozens of programmers. Needless to say, the authors of these modules have moved on to bigger and better things, and have no plans to update them to 64 bit. Therefore, for me to upgrade my plugin would require almost a complete redesign. I just don’t have the time.

      The last advice I can give is that you A) Try running a 32-bit copy of Presonus One, or B) try Reaper. It has a native bit-bridge, which works great on my machine. In other words, I can run any of my 32-bit Lux plugins in a 64-bit Reaper session with no issues at all.

      Please let my know when the entrainment software you’re testing is ready for prime time.

      Thanks for your interest,

      -Steve

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