Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, there are two tonics you can try right after downloading the app.

They’re called “Try Me First!” and “Sleep Soundly”. They give you a primer in some of the techniques used so you’re ready to start your journey towards better quality sleep, better quality concentration, better quality calmness and better quality of life.

If you sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media, you may be lucky enough to receive a few freebies 😉

The SonicTonic ingredients have been chosen carefully, based on many hours of research and years of experience. These tried-and-tested techniques are widespread amongst practitioners and people who use them to make improvements to their everyday lives.

All of the ingredients have clearly defined, technical standards describing how they are to be produced and implemented. For example, Binaural Beats must have specific and precise frequencies, be pure, and be in stereo for them to have any effect. You can trust that a Tonic contains exactly what is written on the label.

Only by adhering to these criteria could we compose and produce effective, professional Tonics. Doing so required many hours of research and care.

SonicTonic takes popular mindfulness techniques and combines them into effective solutions that can be taken everywhere. They are targeted at specific problems, not just general relaxation. The techniques have been used for decades, even centuries, and great care has been taken to produce them professionally and in keeping with the technical requirements of the techniques themselves.

But the most special thing about SonicTonic is the way it takes existing techniques and combines them into completely new sound experiences that are effective in helping you lead a more fulfilled life.

There are two sets of symbols: One set for the Tonics, and another set for the ingredients. A Tonic is a sound programme, usually lasting around 10 minutes, with a specific purpose. It looks like a bottle with coloured liquid inside. Within each Tonic is one or more ingredients – for example Binaural Beats, or Solfeggio Harmonics.

Each Tonic has an icon that symbolises the category it belongs to – for example – the moon icon for sleep-related tonics.

Each of the ingredients has its own icon. When you open a Tonic, you can see which ingredients are used by looking at the icons.

You can see which Tonics belong to you but haven’t yet been downloaded by taking a look under “My Tonics”. The Tonics with a “Restore?” label are available for download. Simply press one of these bottles, and the Tonic will begin downloading.

Those that belong to you (i.e. are blue, not greyed-out) but do not have the “Restore?” label are already present on your device.

Below, you can see that some Tonics are available for download, and others have already been downloaded. The red arrow shows a Tonic that has not yet been downloaded.

All your tonics are stored safely under “my tonics” for later use. You can also see them in the Store: here they are marked with either “It’s yours!” if it is on your device already, or “Restore” if you have bought it but not downloaded it yet.

Simply navigate to “My Tonics” and click on the Downloads icon in the top-right of the screen:
Now you will see the Tonics that you have bought and downloaded listed alphabetically. You can click on the “Back” button (shown here by the red arrow) to return to “My Tonics”.

You can play Tonics through an external sound system such as a hi-fi, depending on the device you are using. If you are using iOS, you can connect to an external device as usual via a cable, Bluetooth or AirPlay. When playing a Tonic, you will see an icon in the top right of the screen if external devices are available via Bluetooth or AirPlay (see screenshot).

Please note that some of the ingredients only work properly with headphones. In particular binaurual beats, ASMR and other bilateral brainwave stimulation techniques require different sounds to be played in each ear, so listening with loudspeakers will not have the full effect, and listening via one loudspeaker or mono sound equipment will not yield optimum results.

There are no known side-effects but if you are in doubt, or if you have pre-existing conditions, please consult a medical practitioner before using SonicTonic. As SonicTonic may alter your state of consciousness, we strongly advise against using it whilst driving or operating machinery.

SonicTonic is best approached with an open mind. Simply trying it out and not worrying about what everyone else says is the best way to get the maximum benefit out of it. The success of the techniques used is based on a number of sources: partly scienctific research, partly anecdotal, and partly based on experienced gathered over many years working in the music industry.

It may take some time before you start experiencing positive effects, and it will probably help if you read about the techniques used so that you can understand how to apply them properly with the support of SonicTonic.

Some people may come to the conclusion that it’s not for them. And that’s fine. If you don’t find a joke funny, that’s okay – it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for other people. The same goes for SonicTonic.

SonicTonic’s founder, John Groves, went looking for a good Autogenic Training recording, but was very disappointed to find that most sound-based mindfulness and autosuggestion products on offer were of a low quality. They were either poorly recorded, contained unsuitable voices or used inappropriate music – sometimes sounding like a child holding down a chord on a home organ. But more shockingly: the recordings he found often did not adhere to the technical requirements of the methods they claimed to implement. He set to work researching and planning and eventually assembled a professional team to design and produce that what has today become SonicTonic: A professional Receptive Sound Therapy tool for addressing conditions such as anxiety, circular thinking and stress, which is now available in the form of a smartphone app.

Medicine is a very wide field – in a sense, yes, SonicTonic is a medical app because it aims to help you tackle issues that have very real medical consequences. Sleeplessness, anxiety, circular thinking and more: if you can identify and address these, you will be a more healthy person and may not have to go to the doctor’s so often.

However, SonicTonic makes no claim to replace regular medical treatment. If in doubt, speak to a medical practitioner (and get them to download SonicTonic while you’re there).

There are two main ways for companies to benefit from SonicTonic.

i) We can give you credits for Tonics, which you can then give to your employees to redeem in exchange for Tonics after downloading the app. This could be part of an employee reward programme, a company health policy, or simply a one-off gift at Christmas or another festival. Depending on how many credits you buy, we can arrange a bulk discount.

ii) If you wish to have an app like SonicTonic of your own, we can arrange for that too because the app is available as a “white-label” solution. We would give you your own app, available through the app store, with your own branding. This can be useful for distributing to clients or employees.

Your employees will thank you, and you could help them become happier and more productive. Everyone’s a winner!

Do not hesitate to get in touch if either of these options appeal to you.

  • Always listen in quietest possible surroundings
  • The frequency response should be as linear as possible
  • Closed over-ear headphones are best
  • Earbuds should be inserted deep into the ear
  • If using Bluetooth check that you are really hearing stereo
  • Use noise canceling whenever possible
  • Make sure that the cable doesn’t make any sound when moved

Download the App

• BASIC users have a selection of Tonics for free.

• PREMIUM users have access to all Tonics and all features.