Binaural beat apps are a dime a dozen in the App Store, but most of them will drive even the most patient appsters nuts with their obnoxious sounds. I like the idea of binaural apps, but listening to weird nature sounds with beats in the background isn't my idea of having fun.
Ubrain changes the way the binaural app works by overlaying the desired beats over your own music. Before you start your session, you answer a short questionnaire, with questions like "What are you doing?" and "How would you like to feel?". After you finish, you can start your music, which sounds exactly like your music is supposed to sound.
I didn't really hear a difference until I put on a podcast just to see if anything was really added. After throwing on some Radiolab, I heard some noticeable weirdness to the track. It didn't sound like a beat was playing, but there was a weird, persistent static to Jad Abumrad's otherwise smooth voice. Binaural podcasting is obviously not the intended way to use Ubrain, but perhaps it still works.
Whether or not binaural audio really does anything, it is definitely fun to toy with. If you can convince yourself that some odd beats will change your mood, perhaps it really will.
“We all know that music affects your mood,” said Paul van Dyk, the globally acclaimed Grammy nominated DJ and audio architect, after trying Ubrain. “Binaural beats can boost these effects and increase your energy level, help to focus, or calm you down to relax, and I experienced this firsthand while using Ubrain.”