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Re: tapping hardware & software

Hi Daniele:

Since low cost is important to you and maximum precision is probably not needed with children, I suggest you use MAX/MSP Runtime, which is a free download. Taps can be recorded by pressing a key on the keyboard. Then you only need someone to write a MAX program for you to play a metronome or music and to record and save the taps. I'd be happy to do that for you, as it is fairly trivial and I have been using similar programs for years.


On 3/24/11 8:12 AM, Mohinish wrote:
Hi Daniele,

you could also look at Psyscope X. It is freeware.

It's Mac-only, but has good timing accuracy and fairly easy to use. They also have a very responsive user group. I should say though - it's not COMPLETELY straightforward to ensure very very precise timing - but there is a lot of info on the website for sound timings. You could play sounds, and collect all keypresses time-locked to the start of the sounds.

For analysis. you could use the output (key-press times) from Psyscope and use these to markup the sound files using Praat (http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/) which is also freeware.


On Mar 24, 2011, at 4:32 AM, daniele schon wrote:

Dear all,
I am trying to think to a simple and cheap solution to record children in a tapping task (eg along with a metronome or a piece of music). I have up to now found several solutions commonly used, but none of them is cheap. For instance, using a software such as Presentation to send the auditory stimulus and record with the space bar (requires Presentation/E-Prime license), or using Cakewalk and a tapping pad (requires Cakewalk license and a tapping pad). So I would be glad if you could share your advice on the "optimal" solution, optimizing the real cost (in euros), the precision (in milliseconds) and the other cost (the hours I'll spend analyzing data, for instance recording the tapping on a microphone ...).

my warmest regards

Daniele Schön
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