[Eeglablist] Streaming EEG data from Neuroscan Synamp II via Lab Streaming Layer

Daniel Roberts drobertc at gmu.edu
Tue Aug 5 13:34:48 PDT 2014

Hey Jonathan,

I've written a BCILAB plug-in for Neuroscan systems (currently the
NuAmps 40-channel and SynampsII 64-channel) that I don't believe
should require the Access SDK. It instead operates via the TCP/IP
server architecture built into the Scan Acquisition software (similar
to how the current BrainVision Analyzer plug-in operates).

It hasn't yet been merged into the main BCILAB code base, however you
can access it from my github repo here:

let me know if you have any issues with it,



Hi Christian,

Thanks for the reply. The amplifier is connected directly (not over
the network), but I currently do not have the Access SDK (which does
require an extra license), so that must be the problem. I was just
going off of the LSL wiki for Neuroscan that I referenced in my
previous email, so I didn’t know if I needed it or not.  Thanks for
the clarification!


From: Christian Kothe [mailto:christiankothe at gmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:41 AM
To: Manring, Jonathan - 0552 - MITLL
Cc: eeglablist at sccn.ucsd.edu
Subject: Re: [Eeglablist] Streaming EEG data from Neuroscan Synamp II
via Lab Streaming Layer

Hi Jonathan,

I haven't heard from any other Synamp II user before, so you might be
the first. In order to use this interface you first need to "Install
the Access SDK and license dongle" (citing the documentation), which I
presume might require an extra license to get access to the data from
a 3rd party program (e.g., that's the way it is with the EGI
AmpServer). Furthermore, if your amplifier is connected via a network
connection then you need to put its IP address in the address field
(documentation says: "In the case of synamp2/RT the parameter is
ignored. For network amplifiers the valid IP address of the amplifier
is required"). I'm assuming that this is not the case in your
situation, right?


On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM, Manring, Jonathan - 0552 - MITLL
<Jonathan.Manring at ll.mit.edu
at ll.mit.edu <http://sccn.ucsd.edu/mailman/listinfo/eeglablist>>>
Hello EEGLab list,

I have a question about live streaming data from the Neuroscan Synamp
II into the EEGLab plugin BCILab. If anyone has experience with or
knowledge of using the Neuroscan with BCILab/ EEGLab, I would
appreciate any guidance you can provide, as I’ve been unable to find
help anywhere else.

I have followed the instructions on the Lab Streaming Layer (LSL) wiki
(here: http://code.google.com/p/labstreaminglayer/wiki/Neuroscan). I
verified that the Neuroscan was connected to the computer correctly by
viewing the live streaming EEG signals in Curry 7 (the Neuroscan
software). However, when I click “link” in the LSL Neuroscan app, I
get the error, “Could not initialize the Neuroscan interface: Could
not connect to the amplifier. Is it turned on and does it have a valid

I’m using the LSL distribution for MATLAB, version 1.05. I am using
the LSL app for the Neuroscan Synamp, version 1.05. Thanks for any
pointers you can provide!

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