Wideband monitor for Plexon hardware

Plexon has a Matlab API that can be used to stream wideband, LFP and spike data for real-time processing. It’s available in the Downloads section of the Plexon website under the name “Matlab client development kit”.

They include several sample applications with the API, including a real-time LFP monitor. However, it’s missing a few features to make it a useful noise diagnostic tool, IMHO. I programmed a very simple wideband monitor which shows, for a given channel, a snippet of the raw signal, a spectrogram, and the mean power spectrum over a larger window. Although it’s very simple and it probably won’t work as is for other setups, it’s a good place to start.

Here’s a screenshot with a faulty pedestal:

Notice how the dBs drop very slowly at high frequencies. Here’s a ground loop:

Don’t try this at home, kids. We’ve been having some hardware issues, so I can’t really show you what a nice signal looks like, unfortunately. Here’s the source. You will need the Plexon API on your Matlab path, as well as the Plexon server started.

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