MANTA - Aan open-source, high density electrophysiology recording suite for MATLAB

B. Englitz, Stephen David, M. D. Sorenson, S. A. Shamma

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Abstract

The distributed nature of nervous systems makes it necessary to record from a large number of sites in order to break the neural code, whether single cell, local field potential (LFP), micro-electrocorticograms (μECoG), electroencephalographic (EEG), magnetoencephalographic (MEG) or in vitro micro- electrode array (MEA) data are considered. High channel-count recordings also optimize the yield of a preparation and the efficiency of time invested by the researcher. Currently, data acquisition (DAQ) systems with high channel counts (>100) can be purchased from a limited number of companies at considerable prices. These systems are typically closed-source and thus prohibit custom extensions or improvements by end users. We have developed MANTA, an open-source MATLAB-based DAQ system, as an alternative to existing options. MANTA combines high channel counts (up to 1440 channels/PC), usage of analog or digital headstages, low per channel cost (1 year, recording reliably from 128 channels. It offers a growing list of features, including integrated spike sorting, PSTH and CSD display and fully customizable electrode array geometry (including 3D arrays), some of which are not available in commercial systems. MANTA runs on a typical PC and communicates via TCP/IP and can thus be easily integrated with existing stimulus generation/control systems in a lab at a fraction of the cost of commercial systems. With modern neuroscience developing rapidly, MANTA provides a flexible platform that can be rapidly adapted to the needs of new analyses and questions. Being open-source, the development of MANTA can outpace commercial solutions in functionality, while maintaining a low price-point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFrontiers in Neural Circuits
Issue numberMAR
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StatePublished - Mar 30 2013

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Keywords

  • Data acquisition
  • Electrode arrays
  • LFP
  • Neural recordings
  • uECoG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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MANTA - Aan open-source, high density electrophysiology recording suite for MATLAB. / Englitz, B.; David, Stephen; Sorenson, M. D.; Shamma, S. A.

In: Frontiers in Neural Circuits, No. MAR, 30.03.2013.

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