Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the New Advanced Technology Transducers?
A. These transducers produce vibrations in the table that are incredibly accurate and smooth. The transducers are highly reliable and produce very little heat, unlike inexpensive transducers. They are capable of producing accurate vibration from below 5 to over 1000 Hz. as well as sound well over 20 kHz. The energy is delivered so cleanly that the brain interprets the stimulus as Sound, not Shaking™. They also are able to produce a strong vibration without the volume being excessively high – more like background music. The Clark transducers (which we used in earlier models) tended to be louder than the new technology transducers at the same vibration level which we find to be one of the advantages of the new transducers.
Q. Why use Transducers with such a great range of vibration?
Don't most sound tables use transducers that are effective just in the 20 - 100 hz range?
A. The work of James Gimzewski of UCLA, has shown that the cells of our bodies ’sing’ to each other, a form of intracellular communication. The song examples analyzed were all fairly mid-range in character, lying roughly in the range 100 to 1000 Hertz. ... I would say that if we wish to ‘feed’ our cells with sound, the important upper limit seems to end somewhere around 1000 Hz. For more on this, click here
Vibroacoustic harp Therapists – VAHT ™ are able to let their clients feel the sound throughout nearly the whole spectrum of their harps with these transducers.
I started my Sound Healing journey in the mid 1980’s using tuning forks to clear and balance the chakras using frequencies in the 200+ to 600- Hz range. Solfeggio Frequencies are up to 900+ Hz and the Planetary Frequencies are over 200 Hz. There are many other frequencies over 100 Hz that we can benefit from not only hearing, but feeling. The transducers we use allow for us to feel and absorb these healing vibrations with all of the cells in our bodies, not just through our ears.
For more thoughts on frequencies under 1000 Hz, click here
Q. Are transducers like speakers?
A. Audio speakers are meant to produce sound. They are made to produce sound pressure waves that move through the air and that we hear and sometimes feel - such as subwoofers in cars with the volume turned way up. A transducers primary function is to take the same audio input as a speaker and turn it into physical vibration. Secondarily, sound is produced. Our transducers produce very good sound unlike lower quality transducers. Our high end transducers are highly accurate and reliable. They also produce very little heat, unlike inexpensive transducers.
Q. Can I use an Ipod or MP3 Player?
A. Many people use an Ipod, Ipad, smart phone or MP3 player as the source for their Sound Tables, Mats or Chairs. I have found that when using one, a small headphone amplifier or mixer really helps. The audio output at the headphones on an Ipod is quite minimal, so one must raise the volume level output nearly all the way on the Ipod. This can create distortion from the Ipod as well as run down the the battery quicker - you have to recharge it more often. I have found inexpensive units, such as Fiio or the "Boostaroo” work well with mp3 players and Ipods in this situation. For more information on pros and cons of MP3, click here
Q. What do I need to play my harp through a Table, Chair or Mat (VAHT™)?
A. Think of the Table, Chair or Mat as stereo speakers. The speakers (or transducers in this case) need an amp to drive them.
The sound source, your harp, needs a pickup to convert the sound into a signal that will work with the Chair's amplifier. You will need a Preamp (Fishman, Crate, etc) or a small mixer (with a preamp) to boost the signal from your harp and split it into stereo to give the Table, Chair or Mat's amplifier a strong enough stereo signal that is input into the Chair's amplifier.
Small mixers, such as the Behringer Xenyx 802 work great for this application. The preamp lets you boost the harp's signal, the EQ lets you sculpt the sound for your chair and there is a stereo output that matches up with the amplifer. It also allows you to add accompanyment with cd, mp3, etc. music or VAT Frequencies.
The Chair's amplifers will accept 1/4" TRS, 1/4" TS or RCA inputs.
Q. Do your tables need a dedicated amplifier?
A. Yes. You can think of your Sound Table or Chair as stereo speakers. They need an amplifier to drive them. They also need a source for the music or frequencies, such as a cd player, Ipod, Tablet, computer, Smart Phone, etc.
We supply amps that match up well with the 4 ohm transducers and hold up to the heat produced by low frequencies. If you are outside the US or Canada, we can put you in touch with local distributors with the correct voltage for your area.
Q. Can your tables be integrated into a room with stereo or surround sound setup?
A. Our tables are often integrated into a room with a stereo or surround sound system. We presently have our Liquid Sound Table integrated with a surround sound system in our home.
We are happy to share our experience to help you get the most from your setup.
Q. Do you offer user support?
A. Yes. Stephen is available by phone and email for questions before and after you purchase your table. Stephen is also available as a consultant on projects. We have a Newsletter and Newsletter Archive in which therapists from around the world share information on how they use the tables, music selections, room setups, etc. as well as information on (VAT) Vibroacoustic Therapy. We are also working on a book that deals with using the Sound Tables. 1 716 524 2349 firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Do you import your tables from the Far East?
A. No. We custom build most of our tables here in western New York - in the US. We have been working with Sound and Energy Healing for years and our clients that are aware of energy appreciate that we finish wiring our tables in our Sound Healing room over a crystal grid and under our pyramid. These tables are produced from our hearts and with your Intent as well as our intent to raise the consciousness of any who touch them. We are doing what we love – it is what lets our hearts sing. We have created well hundreds of tables that are on five continents for a variety of clients from 5 star spas to Grammy winners to private massage therapists to individuals who just want to be aided in stress or pain reduction ... and everyone in between.
We have recently entered into an agreement with a No. California massage table manufacturer who creates the base structure of our light weight transportable folding tables in the US for us. We then take the shell, change out the plywood diaphragm and mount our transducers. Then wire and test each table individually.
Q. What is the difference between your Sound Tables and some of the others?
A. Most of our competitors have their products mass produced in the Far East. We focus on providing the best user experience possible with our Sound Tables, Mats and Chairs and we take great care to ensure that they will serve you for many years to come. We custom build our Stationary Sound Tables and Mats here in the US. We use high quality, ($350 each) accurate transducers (5 - over 1000 hz tactile and audible up to 20k Hz) in our Sound Tables, Chairs and Mats. These new technology transducers require less power - more vibration with less sound, so that the sound levels can be very comfortable for those in the room or on the table. These transducers have very accurate frequency response. They produce a smoother, incredibly relaxing vibration that we did not know possible before their introduction. The energy is delivered so cleanly that the brain interprets the stimulus as Sound, not Shaking™. They also do not produce anywhere near the heat that low end transducers do. This greatly improves reliability.
In our original "Tactile Sound Table" (1999) we used a Clark Transducer (10 - 800 hz tactile and audible up to 20k hz) along with four of the same steel transducers used by VibraSound and CNR (retrofits commercial massage tables) . The steel transducers - Aura, are inexpensive low frequency (20 - 100 hz) transducers that utilizes older technology. The transducers in the "Lounger" are low cost ($20) transducers that have a tactile range of 20 - 80 hz and use a plastic diaphragm to spread the vibration. The Clark needs quite a bit of volume to deliver vibration, making them quite loud. We do not find that the ButtKicker fits well with our applications.
Q. What kind of feedback do you have from previous customers?
A. We have posted a page with various comments about our tables. Click here to view it.
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