So Sound® Frequently Asked Questions
About So Sound®
- Why did we choose the word “So?”
- What is the So Chord?
- What is Acoustic Resonance Technology (A.R.T.)?
- What is Harmonic Intelligence?
- How does the So Sound® Solution system work?
- What is the difference between a transducer, speaker, and a sub woofer?
- I do not do yoga or meditate, why is this for me?
- Where can I go to experience So Sound® Solutions products?
Music Therapy, Sound Healing, Vibrational Medicine, Vibro -Acoustics
- What is vibrational medicine?
- What is Vibro-Acoustics?
- What is sound healing?
- What is Music Therapy?
- Where can i go to find out more about the healing properties of sound and music?
Using So Sound® Products
- Why only 4 So SoundHearts®?
- How many Watts will the system put out?
- What is the best volume for playing music through the So Sound® system?
- Can I still experience the vibrations if I turn the volume down?
- Does turning the volume up make the vibrations more intense?
- Will any music work in the So Sound® Solutions system?
- Does a MP3 format work with the So Sound® Technology?
- Can I have external Speakers attached? Can I have both speakers and headphones?
- What type of player and/or audio source can I use with So Sound® ART to provide the music or sound?
- Is the music in the headphones/speakers the same music that also some through the So SoundHearts®?
- What is the difference between the two So Sound® Lounger models?
- Can I have more than 1 So Sound® Lounger in a room operating at the same time?
- What do I do if I have a problem with my So Sound® Solutions system?
So Sound® Retrofit Kit Installation
- How long does it take to install the Retrofit Kit?
- What level of technical skill is required to successfully install the Retrofit Kit?
- If I have trouble installing the Retrofit Kit, how do I get help?
About So Sound®
Why did we choose the word “So”?
The word So, is often used as a way to transition a conversation in many languages. To gain the attention of a group, you often hear “So”…. and all will turn to you just like the planets to the sun. We invite you to notice how often you and others use this word.
So is most often used as an adjective to describe the indescribable; “So beautiful, So incredible or So amazing.” In the center is the balance of two forces, pulling and pushing, expanding and contracting, giving & receiving, a balance of spirit & form, of the masculine & feminine.
To draw the “S” & “O” on each other creates a ying-yang symbol. It is like a quiet force being used by everyone. Musically, “So” is what is known as the interval of the fifth – Do-1st, Re-2nd, Me-3rd, Fa-4th, “So-5th (also known as SOL-5th)”. All of the “So” products are designed to honor the Natural Laws of Harmony found in a simple vibrating string. In many cultures, the fifth is considered the interval that most reflects the organic, elemental, and natural world. And indeed there are many examples of the natural world responding to the resonance of the So products.
What is the So Chord?
The So Chord: a powerful reproduction of the creative and vibrational force emerging out of the perfect stillness of “the void.” Barry Oser, with his highly refined sense of hearing, began hearing this sound of creation most clearly when deep in the forest. After many years of listening and meditating on this harmonic resonance emerging from the elemental world, he felt compelled to attempt to reproduce this in his studio. The chord is designed in accordance with the Harmonic Laws found in a simple vibrating string.
What is Acoustic Resonance Technology (A.R.T.)?
Acoustic Resonance Technology creates an environment for the body and mind to able to experience the benefits of sound healing in a more integrative way. Feeling the music you hear provides an opportunity for us to come into harmony physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and environmentally through stimulating our feeling sense. This entrainment of our mind and body also often expands our awareness. When we begin to listen and feel the music we naturally relax into the harmonic flow.
- a•cous•tic (-kstk); adj. also a•cous•ti•cal (-st-kl): Of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the science of sound. Designed to carry sound.
- Resonance comes from the Latin verb resonare, meaning to “return to sound”. In physics, “the response of an object or a system that vibrates in step with an externally applied vibration.”
The brain sends and receives messages from the rest of the body constantly. Our brains and all the systems of our body are in a communication dance. The brain is constantly receiving information from the skin, bones, muscles, nerve cells, our hormones, etc. The stress hormone, simply put, limits the communication and eventually inhibits the functioning of the immune system. Therefore if we stay in a continual state of stress, we reduce our ability to fight disease. When we relax and move into a state of listening, and feeling joy, we stimulate pleasure hormones or endorphins that strengthen the energy dance within us.
Acoustic Resonance Technology helps stimulate the natural relaxed state of body and mind. It “re-minds” us of our natural Harmonic state. Welcome to the brilliance of alternative health care.
What is Harmonic Intelligence?
If you have ever felt irritated, disconnected or not able to communicate clearly; you know what dis-harmony is. On the contrary, if you have ever experienced a sense of effortless flow, grace, coherent communication or a feeling of “being in the state of love”, you also know what harmony is. The term harmony originates in the Greek harmonía, meaning “joint, agreement, concord”. In Ancient Greek music, the term was used to define the combination of contrasted elements: a higher and lower note. At So Sound® we promote the creation of environments that enable us to “tune-in” and discover how to find Harmony no matter what is going on around us or moving through us.
How does the So Sound® Solution system work?
The heartbeat of these phenomenal musical massage “instruments” is the So SoundHeart® technology. Attached at specific locations, the So Sound® System uses an amplified audio signal to resonate the surface of the lounger, treatment table, sauna, floor, bed or other products. The use of advanced light and moldable materials integrated into the design encourages consistent harmonically intelligent resonance. This unprecedented harmonically intelligent design is leading the industry in Bio Acoustic delivery and is promising innovations not seen or felt in any other products.
To Listen and feel your favorite CD or one of So Sound’s special music journeys (SO Tunes); you simply plug in your CD player, iPod, MP3 stereo system or DVD player into the amplifier that comes with each product.
You will notice that you can adjust the level of volume you hear through your external speakers or headphones and the level of resonance your feel through the So Sound® product, separately.
What is the difference between a transducer, speaker and a sub woofer?
All use the same musical information to create the experience. The frequency range of the full system can be shown by the graph below.
- A speaker is designed to deliver music/sound through via the air (at the speed of sound in air) typically at frequency ranges between 20hz to 20,000hz.
- The subwoofer is also designed to deliver music via the air (at the speed of sound in air) but generally is a lower frequency audio driver that is complementarily to speakers; delivering the music/sound information at frequency ranges between 20hz to 150hz.
- The So SoundHearts® add a totally new dimension (Whole Body Listening™) to the experience; enabling you to feel the music you hear. This is a completely different addition to an audio sound system as it is designed to deliver the musical/sound information at the speed of sound through mass versus air; thus adding a tactile resonance excitement from the music/sound.
- Just trying to use a subwoofer to create the feeling of low vibrations, would require you have to turn up the volume very high. This is not healthy for the ears or for the body and mind’s autonomic nervous system.
Introducing So Sound® ART (Acoustic Resonance Technology)
Numerous integrative medicine studies indicate that as we become more aware of the sensing and feeling state of the body and mind, simultaneously, we naturally strengthen our immune system. Energy follows awareness. This is the basis of acupuncture, massage, cranial sacral practices as well as somatic therapy./li>supports sensory integration and a more comprehensive stress management experience for optimal health and wellness for the body and mind. With So Sound ART the bandwidth (frequency range) for receiving the musical/sound information is increased. There are several other key things to be aware of in appreciating this as an augmentation to just listening to music:
- In alignment with this is integrative medicine research around pain management and stress manage; for example is “The Theory of Pain Control” initially proposed in 1965 by Melzack & Wall. This research basically demonstrates that when one gently touches the body through massage or subtle vibrations/acoustic resonance we stimulate a neurological communication to the brain to stimulate the pleasure response of the body and mind. This actually buffers the pain response and begins to entrain the body back into a more balanced state of health and well being.
- NASA and NIH research is also showing how beneficial utilizing “low-intensity, high frequency vibration” is in mitigation of bone loss, possible fat reduction, regeneration of tissues, and regulation of critical stem cell processes. As the bones begin to resonate, muscles and ligaments surrounding the bones begin to relax. Stress is reduced, flexibility and range of motion improves
I do not do yoga or meditate, why is this for me?
- There is significant integrative medical research shared by Dr. Andrew Weil and others that indicate that over 90% of all disease is caused by stress. In today’s modern society most of us have more or less forgotten how to relax. This is simply a tool to help you quickly, safely and easily relax and stimulate your body/mind own natural healing abilities.
- Research in the growing field of vibrational medicine also indicates that standing or sitting on a vibrational platform can help mitigate bone loss, and even in some cases reverse osteoporosis. See NASA and NIH articles for more information.
- Research also indicates that when we bring awareness to various parts of our body and mind, we naturally strengthen our immune system.
- While using music to support the natural healing process is nothing new; Quantum Physicists and researchers are now proving what ancient seers & spiritual masters of many cultures appreciated for thousands of years. Music has a profound effect on your body and mind. Therapists in the re-emerging fields of Music, Sound and Vibro-Acoustic Therapy are finding benefits in using music to help with pain management, ward off depression, relieve anxiety & calm patients during painful procedures, increase range of motion, movement and ease muscle tension.
- Many people do not meditate because they do not understand it or have a hard time doing it. Meditation and/or Prayer is a healthy practice because among other things, it supports relaxation and clarity of mind and body for more coherent communication. It is like cleaning out the hard drive of your computer so that it runs more efficiently and effectively. The reason the ancient masters taught the practice of meditation and/or prayer is because when we practice meditation or go into prayer; we focus our mind and body, and we increase our alpha and theta brainwave states, which enhances our creativity and problem resolution skills. This is known as the “magic window” for shifting our limited patterns of belief and awareness. It is the ultimate Stress management tool. When we increase our alpha brainwave states, we decrease our body and mind’s stress response, thus increasing the body and mind’s natural relaxation response, which evokes our natural self-healing abilities. In theta our consciousness becomes more internally directed and the experiences seem vividly real…our nervous system interprets them as real and creates a significant movement of energy, thus natural healing.Intelligence, Happiness, stress management, pain management, etc… is all a matter of perception. Our neurological networks begin to develop in our mother’s womb and our nerve cell locations determine functions and our perceptions. Which explains why feeling the music resonance through your body and mind simultaneously, provides a sensory integration or inner harmony affect that enables you to perceive things in the music and within your body and mind that you may have not ever have perceived before.
- As people first experience the So Sound® Lounger, a common statement is, “Wow, now I understand what it means to meditate and/or what it is like to get into a meditative state”. Brain science shows that our brains are operating within multiple frequencies all of the time. Using specially designed musical programs you can entrain the brain into operating in a more balanced state and/or target various states for desired consciousness to promote:
- Enhanced Creativity and problem solving abilities
- Releasing old negative thought patterns and habits
- Reduce Stress
- Induce deep rest and relaxation
Where can I go to experience So Sound® Solutions products?
Please contact us for list spas, clinics, fitness studios and other places in your area.
Music Therapy, Sound Healing, Vibrational Medicine, Vibro -Acoustics
What is vibrational medicine?
All of Life Wiggles. Everything vibrates…. Our body, mind, thoughts, emotions. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, food, plants and animals all vibrate at particular frequencies. Music is also vibration.
We have all heard the phrase “Bird’s of a feather stick together”. The field of Vibrational Medicine is based upon the scientific principle that all matter vibrates at particular frequencies, including our physical, mental and emotional bodies. The “matter that is with us” is dynamic. When we resonate with frequencies of health, we stay healthy. When we become stressed, “dis-eased” or “out of tune”, we are limiting the range of frequencies we are resonating with and thus become “unhealthy”. Similar to a piano, when one string is out of tune or not resonating in harmony with the rest, the entire song is affected.
Vibrational Medicine uses various techniques to bring “the matter that is with us” back into balance or harmony. Below is a short list of more commonly practiced forms of vibrational medicine.
- Healing Touch
- Cranial Sacral
- Sound Therapy
- Aroma Therapy
- Light Therapy
- Vibro-acoustic Therapy
- Vibration Therapy
What is Vibro-Acoustics?
In 1982 Olav Skille, a Norwegian educator and therapist summarized the process of vibro-acoustics as “the use of sinusoidal, low frequency sound pressure waves between 30-120 Hz blended with music for use with therapeutic purposes.”
There has been a number of studies around “VA Therapy” including one conducted by Dr. George Patrick titled “A Clinically Proven Non-Pharmacological Pain and Anxiety Management Tool”. In this study NIH researchers attained the following using a vibroacoustic lounger:
- 54% reduction of tension
- 47.36% reduction of fatigue
- 53.33 reduction of pain
- 57.54 reduction of headache
- 49.45 reduction of depression
- 56.27 reduction of nausea
- 56.27 reduction of other
Because of this success, the vibroacoustic program has been an ongoing patient and family treatment offering at NIH for over eight years and continues to obtain these effective results. Additional research by Kris S. Chesky, Chris Brewer, MA, FAMI and Valerie Coope, RM, AOCN demonstrates the value of using VA Therapy in supporting pain management for cancer patients, fibromyalgia patients, cystic fibrosis patients, reduction in asthma attacks, and more.
What is sound healing?
Sound and music have long been recognized and utilized as a key element in the healing process throughout multiple cultures for thousands of years. Music has also been considered the “language of angels” or a direct link to the divine. It was a predominant part of early teachings of the Greeks, Chinese, East Indians, Tibetans, Egyptians, Native Americans, Mayas, Aztecs and more.
If you have ever experienced a piece of music that has shifted you mentally, emotionally and/or physically, back in time and space; or felt the chiming of church bells or Tibetan bowls ring through you (as if for a moment you were part of the wave), then you innately understand the basis of sound healing.
Sound is a carrier wave of intention. Sound Healing is simply applying the therapeutic frequencies of sound and/or music to the body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them back into their natural state of harmony. The dictionary defines ‘harmony’ as ‘congruity of parts to their whole or to one another’.
When we are in harmony. We feel energized, aligned, inspired, relaxed, and resourceful. We feel a sense of mental, emotional, physical, relational and environmental peace. We feel Healthy…..Part of the Whole!
When we are in dis-harmony. We feel separated, isolated, tense and combative. We feel like a part of us is “out of tune”, “out of sync”.
We feel a sense of ‘dis-ease’ physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and/or environmentally.
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapy is a technique in integrative medicine that uses music prescribed in a skilled manner by trained therapists. Programs are designed to help patients overcome physical, emotional, intellectual, and social challenges. Applications range from improving the health and well being of geriatric patients in nursing homes to providing stress management and pain management of women in labor, to supporting children with Autism and other special needs with a sensory integration experience, to helping stroke victims learn to speak again. Music therapy is used in many settings, including schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, hospice, nursing homes, community centers, and sometimes even in the home.
Music can be beneficial for anyone. Although it can be used therapeutically for people who have physical, emotional, social, or cognitive deficits, even those who are healthy can use music to relax, reduce stress, improve mood, or to accompany exercise. There are no potentially harmful or toxic effects. Music therapists help their patients achieve a number of goals through music, including improvement of communication, academic strengths, attention span, and motor skills. They may also assist with behavioral therapy and pain management.
The body and mind and brain function physically changes in response to music. The rhythm can guide the body into breathing in slower, deeper patterns that have a calming effect. Heart rate and blood pressure are also responsive to the types of music that are listened to. The speed of the heartbeat tends to speed or slow depending on the volume and speed of the auditory stimulus. Louder and faster noises tend to raise both heart rate and blood pressure; slower, softer, and more regular tones produce the opposite result. Music can also relieve muscle tension and improve motor skills. It is often used to help rebuild physical patterning skills in rehabilitation clinics. Levels of endorphins, natural pain relievers, are increased while listening to music, and levels of stress hormones are decreased. This latter effect may partially explain the ability of music to improve immune function. A 1993 study at Michigan State University showed that even 15 minutes of exposure to music could increase interleukin-1 levels, a consequence which also heightens immunity.
Depending on the type and style of sound, music can either sharpen mental acuity or assist in relaxation. Memory and learning can be enhanced, which is helpful for children with learning disabilities. This effect may also be partially due to increased concentration that many people have while listening to music. Better productivity is another outcome of an improved ability to concentrate. The term “Mozart effect” was coined after a study showed that college students performed better on math problems when listening to classical music.
The ability of music to influence human emotion is well known, and is used extensively by movie makers. A variety of musical moods may be used to create feelings of calmness, tension, excitement, or romance. Lullabies have long been popular for soothing babies to sleep. Music can also be used to express emotion non verbally, which can be a very valuable therapeutic tool in some settings.
Music has been used throughout human history to express and affect human emotion. In biblical accounts, King Saul was reportedly soothed by David’s harp music, and the ancient Greeks expressed thoughts about music having healing effects as well. Many cultures are steeped in musical traditions. It can change mood, have stimulant or sedative effects, and alter physiologic processes such as heart rate and breathing. The apparent health benefits of music to patients suffering from PTSD in Veterans Administration hospitals following World War II lead to it being studied and formalized as an integrative medicine practice. Musicians were hired to continue working in the hospitals. Degrees in music therapy became available in the late 1940s, and in 1950, the first professional association of music therapists was formed in the United States. The National Association of Music Therapy merged with the American Association of Music Therapy in 1998 to become the American Music Therapy Association.
Music is used to form a relationship with the patient. The music therapist sets goals on an individual basis, depending on the reasons for treatment, and selects specific activities and exercises to help the patient progress. Objectives may include development of communication, cognitive, motor, emotional, and social skills. Some of the techniques used to achieve this are singing, listening, instrumental music, composition, creative movement, and guided meditations and other methods as appropriate. Other disciplines may be integrated as well, such as dance, art, and psychology. Patients may develop musical abilities as a result of therapy, but this is not a major concern. The primary aim is to improve the patient’s ability to function and restore an inner state of harmony and/or health and well being.
Learning to play an instrument is an excellent musical activity to develop motor skills in individuals with developmental delays, brain injuries, or other motor impairment. It is also an exercise in impulse control and group cooperation. Creative movement is another activity that can help to improve coordination, as well as strength, balance, and gait. Improvisation facilitates the nonverbal expression of emotion. It encourages socialization and communication about feelings as well. Singing develops articulation, rhythm, and breath control. Remembering lyrics and melody is an exercise in sequencing for stroke victims and others who may be intellectually impaired. Composition of words and music is one avenue available to assist the patient in working through fears and negative feelings. Listening is an excellent way to practice attending and remembering. It may also make the patient aware of memories and emotions that need to be acknowledged and perhaps talked about. Singing and discussion is a similar method, which is used with some patient populations to encourage dialogue. Guided Imagery and Music as a form of meditation is a very popular technique developed by music therapist Helen Bonny. Listening to music is used as a path to invoke emotions, picture, and symbols from the patient. This is a bridge to the exploration and expression of feelings.
Music and children:
The sensory stimulation and playful nature of music can help to develop a child’s ability to express emotion, communicate, and develop rhythmic movement. There is also some evidence to show that speech and language skills can be improved through the stimulation of both hemispheres of the brain. Just as with adults, appropriately selected music can decrease stress, anxiety, and pain. Music therapy in a hospital environment with those who are sick, preparing for surgery, or recovering postoperative is appropriate and beneficial. Children can also experience improved self-esteem through musical activities that allow them to succeed.
Newborns may enjoy an even greater benefit of music. Those who are premature experience more rapid weight gain and hospital discharge than their peers who are not exposed to music. There is also anecdotal evidence of improved cognitive function.
Music and rehabilitation:
Patients with brain damage from stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological conditions have been shown to exhibit significant improvement as a result of music therapy. This is theorized to be partially the result of entrainment, which is the synchronization of movement with the rhythm of the music. Consistent practice leads to gains in motor skill ability and efficiency. Cognitive processes and language skills often benefit from appropriate musical intervention.
Music and the elderly:
The geriatric population can be particularly prone to anxiety and depression, particularly in nursing home residents. Chronic diseases causing pain are also not uncommon in this setting. Music is an excellent outlet to provide enjoyment, relaxation, relief from pain, and an opportunity to socialize and reminisce about music that has had special importance to the individual. It can have a striking effect on patients with Alzheimer’s disease, even sometimes allowing them to focus and become responsive for a time. Music has also been observed to decrease the agitation that is so common with this disease. One study shows that elderly people who play a musical instrument are more physically and emotionally fit as they age than their non-musical peers are.
Music and the mentally ill:
Music can be an effective tool for the mentally or emotionally ill. Autism is one disorder that has been particularly researched. Music therapy has enabled some autistic children to relate to others and have improved learning skills. Substance abuse, schizophrenia, paranoia, and disorders of personality, anxiety, and affect are all conditions that may be benefited by music therapy. In these groups, participation and social interaction are promoted through music. Reality orientation is improved. Patients are helped to develop coping skills, reduce stress, and express their feelings.
Music and hospice:
Pain, anxiety, and depression are major concerns with patients who are terminally ill, whether they are in hospice or not. Music can provide some relief from pain, through release of endorphins and promotion of relaxation. It can also provide an opportunity for the patient to reminisce and talk about the fears that are associated with death and dying. Music may help regulate the rapid breathing of a patient who is anxious, and soothe the mind. The Chalice of Repose project, headquartered at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, is one organization that attends and nurtures dying patients through the use of music, in a practice they called music-thanatology by developer Therese Schroeder-Sheker; practitioners in this program work to relieve suffering through music prescribed for the individual patient.
Music and labor:
Research has proven that mothers require less pharmaceutical pain relief during labor if they make use of music. Using music that is familiar and associated with positive imagery is the most helpful. During early labor, this will promote relaxation. Maternal movement is helpful to get the baby into a proper birthing position and dilate the cervix. Enjoying some “music to move by” can encourage the mother to stay active for as long as possible during labor. The rhythmic auditory stimulation may also prompt the body to release endorphins, which are a natural form of pain relief. Many women select different styles of music for each stage of labor, with a more intense, or faster piece feeling like a natural accompaniment to the more difficult parts of labor. Instrumental music is often preferred.
Where can i go to find out more about the healing properties of sound and music?
American Music Therapy Association, Inc. – http://www.musictherapy.org
Acoustic Brain Research by Tom Kenyon. – http://tomkenyon.com/acoustic-brain-research
Cymatics-Bringing Matter To Life With Sound.
Other Suggested Reading:
- Vibrational Medicine, Richard Gerber, M.D.
- The Body Electric, Robert O. Becker, M.D.
- Molescules of Emotion and Your Body Is Your Subconscious Mind, Candace B. Pert, Ph.D.
- Water Crystal Healing: Music and Images to Restore Your Well Being, Masaru Emoto
- The Tao of Sound, Fabien Maman with Terres Unsoeld
Using So Sound® Products
Why only 4 So SoundHearts®?
We have intentionally designed the So Sound ART products, utilizing only 2 or 4 So Sound Hearts® in order to provide an optimal level of acoustic resonance for health and wellness. In other words, our intention is to provide a safe and comfortable, “Harmonically Intelligent”, whole body listening/stress management and musical therapy type experience. We are not just trying to shake or bombard the body with high powered low frequencies. When utilizing harmonic intelligence, we gently massage the body with frequency ranges that support the body and mind’s natural relaxation response for optimal health and wellness.
How many Watts will the system put out?
When using 2 So SoundHearts® it using 70 watts per channel. When using 4 So SoundHearts®, it’s using 35 watts per channel. (2 x 4 ohm = 70 watts/4 x 8 ohm = 35 watts).
What is the best volume for playing music through the So Sound® system?
You can control the resonance created by the So SoundHearts® and the volume of the speakers individually. Please do know that sometimes “less is more”. In other words, while you may not be as aware or perceive all frequencies being delivered at first, you are still receiving the benefit. As you use the So Sound® system more and more, you will notice that your level of kinesthetic perception increases. This is because as we “exercise” our brain and body and mind into more balanced states, we release muscular tension and stress which is what inhibits our ability to feel and we expand our consciousness awareness.
Can I still experience the vibrations if I turn the volume down?
Yes. You can control the level of resonance you feel and the volume you hear, separately. Also you will notice that the more you use (ART) Acoustic Resonance Technology the more sensitive you will become. In other words, as you begin to release more and more tension and/or body armor, you become more acutely aware of the vibrations moving through and around you. You are exercising your body/mind’ s kinesthetic system. This is a good thing, as it supports us in becoming more harmonically intelligent and response-able to make healthy choices about our environment.
Does turning the volume up make the vibrations more intense?
You can control the resonance created by the So SoundHearts® within any of the products and the volume of the speakers individually. Please do know that sometimes “less is more”. In other words, while you may not be as aware or perceive all frequencies being delivered at first, you are still getting the benefit. As you use the So Sound® system more and more, you will notice that your level of kinesthetic perception increases. This is because as we “exercise” our brain and/or body and mind into more balanced states, we release muscular tension, stress and/or body armor, which is what inhibits our ability to feel. By so doing, and we expand our consciousness awareness.
Will any music work in the So Sound® Solutions system?
Yes, you can use any music with the So Sound® system. However, the music you choose to play through the products does make a huge difference in the overall experience. Recordings that are highly processed tend to lose their acoustic signature. Choosing high fidelity recordings will ensure higher resonance through the So Sound® products.
- Please visit the So Sounds and Music tab on this site for continually updated musical/sound and meditation programs that have been developed to specifically highlight the So Sound® ART (Acoustic Resonance Technology) affect, as well as other music we have tested and recommend for the ultimate ART experience. We do, however, encourage your to test the music you already own and like to see what feels good.
Does a MP3 format work with the So Sound® Technology?
Yes, however using higher quality MP3s or other sound files is recommended to maintain the accuracy and fidelity of the original audio recording. We recommend using; MP3 (192-320 bitrate) WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless.
Can I have external Speakers attached? Can I have both speakers and headphones?
Headphones and/or external speakers can be used with all of the So Sound® ART products. Please note that we can include headphones as part of a starter package if interested. Otherwise you can expect to spend between $50 and $350 for a pair of good headphones. In general we suggest only using noise canceling headphones when spending a premium to get a high quality product. Here are a few suggestions:
- Bose® around-ear headphones (www.bose.com). Expect a price of around $299+ a pair plus shipping and tax.
- Sennheiser HD 429 (www.sennheiserusa.com) Expect a price of around $80 for a pair plus shipping and tax. Or the HD 419 for $60 a pair.
- Secondary source for headphones (http://www.parts-express.com/cat/headphones/116)
We recommend high quality external plug and play speakers to be incorporated at those times when headphones are not appropriate. The sources listed below include the proper connection to the So Sound® amplifier:
What type of player and/or audio source can I use with So Sound® ART to provide the music or sound?
Any audio device e.g., CD players, MP3 players (iPods, etc.) or Computers can be used as an audio source. You will simply need to your players headphone jack to the So Sound® amplifyer’s 1/8 inch input.
Is the music in the headphones/speakers the same music that also some through the So SoundHearts®?
Yes, however we have designed the amplifier to send audio to the So SoundHearts® and the headphones/speakers separately. The headphones/speakers produce a full range audio spectrum, so the listening experience is consistent with the original source or music/sound. We have filtered the audio output to the So SoundHearts® to specifically support acoustic resonance through the bones, muscles and joints of the body/mind in alignment with what integrative medicine research is finding to be most healthy. This also prevents the surface of the So Sound® products from becoming a speaker themselves, and/or from being too noisy.
What is the difference between the two So Sound® Lounger models?
While both are designed to support optimal body ergonomics also known as a zero gravity experience, one is specifically designed as a higher end professional model, while the other is designed more for a consumer. Please note the model descriptions listed below:
The carbon-composite So Sound® Lounger is the “Flag ship” of the So Sound product offerings. Specifically designed for more of a professional environment, it is specifically molded and shaped like a musical instrument to create the most optimal tactile Acoustic Resonance experience coupled with long term durability. This specially molded carbon-composite So Sound® Lounger cradles the body in a spherical, surround sound type experience; thus offering “higher fidelity” than other similar models.
The exposed wood So Sound® Lounger was designed with, both high quality resonance, as well as consumer aesthetics, comfort and affordability in mind. Like other wood instruments, it offers a profound acoustic resonance experience enhanced by specially designed foam pad, incorporating a mixture of gel and visco/memory foam, thus creating a feeling of being hugged within the waves of the sound and music being played through it.
Can I have more than 1 So Sound® Lounger in a room operating at the same time?
Yes. However, please note that while all of the So Sound® ART products are designed to deliver music/sound so that you feel it. You will also hear the music/sound very softly within the room. Using carpets and/or other sound buffering materials will help reduce the nature of sound reflection off the walls and/or floors. If you are considering placing multiple So Sound® products within the same room, we would advise having all the products play the same music, simultaneously. Please contact So Sound Solutions for support and suggestions for enhancing or limiting the acoustic resonance within of the room.
Please note that So Sound® Solutions also offers audio consulting services and can spec out a specific sound healing room designs, and/or designs to sync music content to enhance the harmonic experience of multiple simultaneous user/guest treatments.
What do I do if I have a problem with my So Sound® Solutions system?
First, check the operations manual that came with the product to see if your problem is addressed there. Also check to see if all plugs are pushed in all the way, and that the amplifier light is on. Check the volume levels of the amp and the audio player. Call 303-926-5316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you need additional assistance.
So Sound® Retrofit Kit Installation
How long does it take to install the Retrofit Kit?
It should only take approximately 30 min to complete the process.
What level of technical skill is required to successfully install the Retrofit Kit?
You do not need to be technically proficient to install this system. If you can drill a hole and use the drill to screw small screws into the underside of the treatment table, the process is extremely easy. Please note that we do include a DVD with step by step instructions to guide you through the process.
The most important part of installation, is deciding how you want to set up the table. There are 4 different choices in positioning the So SoundHearts® and each resonate the body slightly different. Please see the installation guide and DVD to learn more.
If I have trouble installing the Retrofit Kit, how do I get help?
Please review the installation instructions and watch the DVD and if you still have problem, call technical support at 303-936-5316 or email us at email@example.com