Research

MBL APP System

High-resolution music plays an important role in the therapy according to Professor Tomatis. But what is 'high-resolution' music? Here, two figures play a key role: bitrate and sample rate. On a regular audio CD the music is encoded in 16-bit with a sampling frequency rate of 44kHz.  The (16-bit) rate indicates how many bits are available to encode one second of a track, while the 44Khz sampling rate specifies the number of times the signal is sampled. The higher these values, the better the sound.

 

Mozart Brain Lab and Atlantis mainly use the 24-bit rate and the 48 kHz sample rate. Of course, playing this type of file requires special equipment.

 

For many years, our centers have used an audio device manufactured by the American company Alesis, providing audio in 24-bit/48Khz. Very few manufacturers offer devices of this quality. Tracks were copied to the device's internal hard drive and played directly from there. Each therapy CD contains half an hour of music and the Alesis internal hard drive has a total capacity of 30 hours. But Alesis suddenly stopped development and production of the Masterlink ML-9600 model that we were using.

 

MBL collaborators have developed a new audio device that, paired with the Brain Activator, is perfectly adapted to the therapy. During development, the emphasis was put on providing greater storage space for large audio files, thus eliminating the need for a CD player. The device should be designed for online update and remote diagnosis, as well as for recording and exchanging audio files via a USB stick. The 'MBL APP System 501' was launched in 2011.

 

The MBL APP System 501, released in 2011, meets all these requirements and even offers the possibility to work with the sample rate of 96Khz. During his conversations with Professor Tomatis, Jozef Vervoort learned that a larger bandwidth would probably have an even better effect. In his time, Tomatis only had access to analog devices, and in no case to digital devices with such a high resolution.

 

Music lovers today swear by Hi-Resolution sound, preferably 24-bit/96Khz. The music has the same sound quality as in the recording studio. The format is called FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec). Files are compressed without loss of quality, which, in turn, generates huge amounts of data. The next level of quality would be 24-bit/192Khz.

 

The MBL APP System 501 has enough space for over 700 tracks, which includes all audio files used in our centers, with plenty of room left to record many mothers' voices. New files can be copied or played directly through the USB ports. An Internet connection makes it possible to remotely detect and correct any malfunctions.

MBL APP System

 

This device plays 24-bit tracks and has a very large storage capacity for mother voices.

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