Lux Brainwave Entrainment Instrument


The Lux Brainwave Entrainment Instrument is a VST plugin that was developed to give you precise control over the creation of four different kinds of brainwave entrainment stimuli:

  • Audiostrobe (control signal for LED goggles)
  • Binaural Beats
  • Isochronic tones
  • Noise

If you own an audiostrobe-capable Mind Machine (or AVS Audio Visual Stimulation System), you have probably discovered that the built-in programs are awfully synthetic.  The beeps and boops you hear, and the unchanging lights might make you feel annoyed rather than relaxed.  Maybe you thought you could do better.  If you’ve ever used some of the session-creation tools that come with these devices, you’ve probably discovered that they’re not very intuitive, have little real-time control, and don’t play well with music.  Maybe you’ve looked into 3rd party software like Transparent Corp’s Neuro Programmer or Mind Workstation, but found the price to be prohibitive.

Although Lux was written with Mind Machine users in mind, you don’t NEED one to use it. It’s also a great tool for making pure audio brainwave entrainment tracks.

Lux BWEI allows you to create musically rich, meticulously programmed lightshows, binaural beats, and isochronic tones right in the context of your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).  It is a VST plugin which should run in any Windows-based VST host running in a 32-bit environment.  It was extensively tested in Reaper and somewhat less extensively in Ableton Live.

The beauty of crafting your brainwave entrainment sessions with Lux is that it works in the same environment in which you make your music.  In fact, you can compose lightshows right alongside your music compositions, rather than making music first and adding lights later. Lux’s extensive synchronization options make it possible to create lightshows and other entrainment stimuli that sync perfectly to your music, even when the tempo changes. Since each audio generating unit can be routed to its own stereo output, it makes mixing, mastering and all kinds of post-production a breeze.

Nearly every parameter can be automated, and there are deep modulation routing possibilities through its mod-matrix.

Please understand that Lux BWEI is not an executable program.  It is a plugin, which means that it must be run inside of another software package – specifically a Digital Audio Workstation (or DAW) which can host VST instruments.  It is also recommended that you use a full-featured DAW with an audio and MIDI timeline, such as Reaper or Ableton Live.

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23 thoughts on “Lux Brainwave Entrainment Instrument

  1. Shawn Duyette

    Hello. I am creating a mobile app which will feature brainwave entrainment. Can I use this software to make (isochronic) tracks that I can use in my mobile application?

    Thank you!

  2. estebandesteband Post author

    Hi Shawn,

    Yes, feel free to use Lux for whatever you like, commercial or otherwise. I only ask that you not use any of the preset sounds from Lux. At least, if you do use them, then please load your own samples into the WAV file player module, or route your own audio through your DAW. Hope that makes sense.

    Thanks for your interest.


  3. Tom

    Left light LFO seems to be bugged for me. You need the double brightness value to get the half brightness compared to the right light LFO on Sirius mindmachine. This couse in unharmonic pendulum effects and one eye only strobe in many presets. Please fix this or tell me how i can fix it by my self. Sorry for my bad english, i´am german.

    1. estebandesteband Post author

      I can’t duplicate the problem here. Can you check the pan settings on the track which has lux loaded?

  4. Tom34

    I have testet your Plugin with following DAW:

    Tracknation 4 (free Dition) = Light but no Sound (failed)
    LMMS 1.1.1 and 1.1.3 = Light but no Sound (failed)
    Kxstudio = Carla VST host (failed at all)
    Pedalboard (No DAW, but free) = Light and Sound (working)
    Fl-Studio 11 (comercial) = Light and Sound (working)
    opmpt = light and Sound (working)

    Please Fix your Plugin for LMMS so we can create our own tracks with free software. Thanks

    1. estebandesteband Post author

      If you can get light working in any host, you should also be able to get sound working. I bet the hosts where you report sound failing are not listening to any output tracks other than channels 1 & 2. The light signal, by default, comes from channels 1&2, while all of the audio modules output to different channels. You can set the output channels manually on the Audio Input, BB Generator, and Noise Generator modules to 1-2. Give that a try and let me know how it works for you. Big apologies for the slow response.

  5. David Weddle

    Installed and working on MuLab. It looks to be very useful. There is a problem with the Window size on my monitor. It is too big to get at the Mod Matrix. I’ve had this problems with other VST’s. The highest I can go is 1280 X 1024 on Win7.

    1. David Weddle

      Hi I fixed that problem..and discovered how to fix my other VST’s that had fixed windows that were too large. It was the Windows settings, I had it set to large text. It’s fixed now, thanks.

  6. Brian Earle


    I’m trying to use your plugin with Ableton Live 9 on Windows 10. It shows up in Live but when I select it to use on a track, I get this error message:

    Can’t load SE Plugin: The specific module could not be found.

    C:\Program Files (x86)\steinberg\vstplugins\Lux\LuxBWEI_1.1\PatchMemory.sem

    I tried rebooting but not reinstalling Live.

    1. estebandesteband Post author

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for your interest in Lux. Can you check to see that the directory into which you installed Lux is the same directory where Live is looking for the PatchMemory.sem file? If not, you could try putting a copy of Lux in C:Program Files (x86)steinbergvstplugins .

      Let me know if this doesn’t fix it or if you run into a new problem.
      You’re the first Windows 10 user who has written to me, so I’m afraid you’re a bit of a test case.

  7. Brian Earle

    Thanks for the suggestion.
    I tried putting a copy of LuxBWEI_1.1 in C:Program Files (x86)steinberg\vstplugins, but got the same error message. I’m not that software savvy but I gather this is a common problem with Windows. Not sure if re-installing Live would help. I also have other plug-ins: Omnisphere, Trillium, and Stylus in that steinberg\vstplugins folder. Happy to try anything you might suggest, as it looks like your program is one of the best of its kind.


    1. estebandesteband Post author


      If you navigate to C:Program Files (x86)SteinbergVstPluginsLuxLuxBWEI_1.1, do you actually see the file that Ableton Live is complaining about (PATCHMEMORY.SEM)?

    2. estebandesteband Post author

      Actually, I should have mentioned that you should see a bunch of .SEM files in that location. Please let me know if not.

  8. Brian Earle

    When I navigate to that folder I only see .dll files (folder’s View “Hidden items” box is checked). I searched This PC for MemoryPatch.sem and found no matches.

    1. estebandesteband Post author

      Aha! That’s helpful. You see, plugins created from Synthedit, like Lux, use lots of 3rd party modules (these are the .SEM files). The first time the plugin is successfully loaded in any DAW, it uncompresses all of the .SEMs into the Lux directory. Seeing as you have none, that tells me that Ableton doesn’t know how to unload all of the .SEMs, and it can’t load Lux without them. If you can get Lux to load in ANY other application, those .SEM files will be written to the directory where you need them to be.

      Would you mind installing another application, like Savihost or Audacity (both free). Or if you already have any other VST host software installed, you can use it instead. As I said before, once you load Lux into one of these applications, the SEM files will ‘magically’ appear. Then you can try to load it again in Ableton.

      Please write back if this doesn’t work – Once we find a soultion, it would be good to have it documented for others who might use the same setup as you. I appreciate it!

  9. Brian Earle

    Happy to have your help. Sounds interesting. I have copied the LUX folder to Audacity\plugins. How do I find the plugin from within Audacity (I looked under “effects”)? Should I move LuxBWEI_1.1.dll directly into the Audacity plugin folder? No hurry.

    1. estebandesteband Post author

      Oops, I goofed. According to the Audacity manual, VST instruments are not supported – only effects . Lux is an instrument. Sorry about that. Why don’t you try Reaper or SAVIhost ? Again, the intent here is not for you to ultimately run Lux in these environments, it’s just an intermediate step to get one of these applications to properly unpack the SEM files so that hopefully, Ableton Live will be able to load the plugin.
      As soon as you’ve loaded the plugin in one of these, you can uninstall it if you like.

  10. Brian Earle

    Well, I installed Reaper and got the Lux plugin to open there. Looks great, BTW. Still can’t get Live to find the .sem file. I rescanned vst plugins in Live preferences. Still no luck.

  11. mindphuk

    I loaded Lux into Ableton life but I get no sound and have no clue how to make it produce any sound. Hitting midi notes doesn’t produce any sound either and no where I find information how to make this work

    1. estebandesteband Post author

      When you say you get no sound, let me ask – what are you expecting to hear?

      This plugin is geared towards making light-shows. The signal that drives the light-shows is very high-frequency so you can’t hear it. That said, there are parts to the synth that do make audible sound: the WAV player, the Binaural Beat Generator, and the Noise module. However, each of these has its own output. You may not have ableton configured to listen to those outputs. One thing you can do is set the output to all of the various modules to 1 & 2. then you should be able to hear no matter what. As for your MIDI keyboard, the only thing you can “play” is the binaural beat generator. You can also configure the lowest octave to turn your LED goggles on and off.


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