HEKA Chartmaster Software

HEKA Chartmaster Software


  • Sixteen channel high-speed data acquisition with individual data compression factors.
  • Digital storage oscilloscope display of all acquired channels as well as virtual traces generated by online mathematical processing.
  • Sixteen channel complex waveform generation with independent timing and pulse patterns.
  • Ten Pulse Generator global parameters quickly alter the duration and / or amplitude of pulse segments.
  • Control of external devices via digital triggers or serial communication protocols.



HEKA Chartmaster Software

HEKA Chartmaster Software has been designed to streamline acquisition, presentation and data analysis online and offline. Chartmaster provides tools to enhance experimental design and make analysis more flexible. The high degree of automation provided by Chartmaster makes it possible to design experimental protocols that are impossible with other commercial software products. Chartmaster’s versatile design allows it to be used for general purpose data acquisition, but complex electrophysiological recordings are made possible through simultaneous use of Chartmaster and Patchmaster.

Pulse Generator
At the heart of Chartmaster software is the Pulse Generator. The Pulse Generator defines all data acquisition parameters, waveform generation and external device control.

Protocol Editor
The Chartmaster protocol editor is a powerful feature allowing complex experimental procedures to be designed, stored, and executed. This tool greatly increases the versatility of Chartmaster and allows for complex, precisely timed experimental protocols.

The principal idea of the protocol editor is to generate a list of events or tasks which can be executed automatically. Various functions such as REPEAT Loops, input queries, or conditional statements allow the generation of complex interactive processes. In addition, the high degree of automation possibilities increases efficiency, minimizes experimental errors and is highly suited for both industrial and research applications.

Online Analysis
The Chartmaster software provides an arbitrary number of analyses that can be performed on newly acquired or stored data. Directly analyzed or derivative data obtained by application of mathematical functions on the analysis results can be displayed as several graphs placed in two independent analysis windows.

This allows separation of different data types, for example, current-voltage plots can be shown separately from time lapse data (e.g. chart recording).

Input/Output Control
The I/O Control window allows direct access to the hardware interface. The status of digital and analog input channels is monitored. Digital and analog output signals can be set. In addition, defined input parameters are also displayed.

Analysis templates can be predefined and stored. Thus, several analysis procedures can easily be switched between and applied to incoming data types without extra editing. A direct link between Pulse Generator sequences and analysis procedures provides definition of data acquisition and analysis prior to the experiment.

Runs on Windows 7, 8 and on Mac OS X > 10.6 (requires a free USB port for the dongle).

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