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Max-MSP-Jitter to ACQ-M NDT

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Max-MSP-Jitter to ACQ-M NDT
Part #: MAXACQ-M

This software interface will permit users to work with MP Research Systems for Mac (MP150WS or MP36RWS) to collect data into Max/MSP/Jitter via Network Data Transfer protocol; compatible with Mac OS X 10.5-10.6.

MaxAcq_M is a Java (mxj) object for Max/MSP/Jitter for communicating with BIOPAC’s AcqKnowledge server. It interfaces with AcqKnowledge server’s streaming capability, outputting data channels as Jitter matrices.


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Part #: MAXACQ-M
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Subcategories: BIOPAC Developer - Research




– AcqKnowledge software with network capability from BIOPAC
– Max5 from Cycling ’74 (
– Java runtime environment


  1. Open AcqKnowledge application.
  2. Open Max5 and a patcher with the MaxAcq mxj object. MaxAcq will automatically detect the AcqKnowledge server if it exists.
  3. Enable sensor channels in AcqKnowledge either by loading in a template file through the MaxAcq ‘loadTemplate’ message or directly within the AcqKnowledge application
  4. Enable channels for streaming (e.g. calc 0, analog 0, digital 0) with the MaxAcq ‘stream’ message.
  5. Send a stream of bang messages to MaxAcq (usually with a metro) to output data as it arrives.

Optional Support License

BIOPAC Developer products are intended for users with some programming knowledge. Issues that the Support Department can resolve do not require and are not counted toward a license. Optional Support Licenses provide for up to 5, 10, or 20 software-related programming issues that require a programmer to resolve. Click for Support License options.

Reference Publications

  • The following references all involve BIOPAC hardware components and MaxMSP. Some references also incorporate MAXACQ-M and the AcqKnowledge NDT network data transfer interface.

Affective Gaming (Video). B. Hagen Nielsen (Denmark), C. Hägg (Finland), K. Ósk Halldórsdóttir (Iceland), M. Sveinn Jónsson (Iceland). Bachelor project in Medialogy at Aalborg University Copenhagen, spring 2008.

From Biological Signals to Music. B. Arslan, A. Brouse, J. Castet, J.J. Filatriau, R. Lehembre, Q. Noirhomme, C. Simon.

BioRhythm: a Biologically-inspired Audio-Visual Installation. R. McGee, Y. Fan, R. Ali. Media Arts and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Capturing Audience Experience via Mobile Biometrics. Y Fan, R. Weber. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Auditory Display, Atlanta, GA, USA, June 18-21, 2012.

A Real Time Music Synthesis Environment Driven with Biological Signals. B. Arslan, A. Brouse, J. Castet, R. Lehembre, C. Simon, J.J. Filatriau, Q. Noirhomme.

Sound Control for Motion Sickness (2). Y. Nagashima, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture. (This article is in Japanese.)

Using physiological signals for sound creation. J.J. Filatriau, R. Lehembre, Q. Noirhomme, C. Simon, B. Arslan, A. Brouse, J. Castet.

Vers une Approche Physiologique de L’Iinterface Corporelle pour les Arts Interactifs. Jean-François Baud, Anne Sèdes. CICM-Centre de recherche Informatique et Création Musicale, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord, Université de Paris8. (This article is in French.)



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