1. Install Muse Direct

    Download and install Muse Direct. Muse Direct is available from choosemuse.com
  2. Install the Tools

    Download and install the Muse Tools. The installer includes MuseLab, and MusePlayer.

    Everything will be installed in Program Files (x86)/Muse by default.

  3. Pair Muse with your computer

    This step is only necessary if you are using a Muse 2014 headband. If you are using a Muse 2016 headband, skip this step and go to step 3. To find out what type of headband you have, see this page on bluetooth-connectivity

    Put Muse into Pairing Mode by holding the button down for five seconds until all five LEDs begin flashing on and off in unison. Release the button.

    Open Settings and the select “Bluetooth & other devices”. With Bluetooth turned on select “Add Bluetooth or other device” and then “Bluetooth”. Wait for Muse to appear in the list of available devices. When it does, click on it and ask to pair. If you are prompted with a passcode request, accept it. Wait for the pairing process to complete. Once paired, all five LEDs will continue to flash on and off. This will only change once a streaming connection is established.

    NOTE: On some systems, when pairing, Muse will show that it is “Connected”, and then after a few seconds “Disconnected”. This is normal. Pairing is not the same as connecting. Muse will only show as permanently “Connected” once a program connects to it to stream data. More on that soon.

  4. Connect to the Muse

    Connect to the Muse with Muse Direct, following the instructions available here.

  5. Start MuseLab receiving on UDP port 7000

    Open the Start Menu and type MuseLab. Double click on the MuseLab icon.

    In the Opened Ports text box, enter the appropriate port. Select the appropriate protocol using the radio buttons and Click Open Port.


    You should see the incoming messages listed below a few seconds later.

  6. Create a Scrolling Line Graph

    Click on the dropdown menu in the sidebar and select Visualizers.

    Click on New…, select Scrolling Line Graph, and click Finish.


    The sidebar will then display a list of all the data streams available for plotting on this new graph.


    Click on Settings and change the name of the graph to EEG.

  7. Add Muse data streams to the graph

    In the Signal Group Options box, check the Draw box for /Person0/eeg/raw.

    Live EEG data will start to be plotted. Click on the plot area and use the up arrow key to zoom into the graph The default graph scale is zoomed far out, so the EEG data will look small at first. Note the occasional large spikes in the waveforms – those are blinks. Go ahead, try a blink or two!

  8. Add graphs for accelerometer and alpha session scores

    Now repeat the same process as above but with /Person0/acc and /Person0/elements/alpha_session_score:

    • Create a new Scrolling Line Graph
    • Rename it
    • Add the appropriate data stream

    Make sure to click on each graph and use the up/down arrows to scale it up or down to a point where you can easily see changes in it. For example, /Person0/elements/alpha_session_score To play around with the session scores, try closing your eyes and relaxing for about ten seconds, then open your eyes. You should see the scores increase when you closed your eyes and decrease shortly after you opened them. ranges from 0 to 1, so make sure the scale (displayed in the top right corner of each graph) is appropriate (it starts way out at 5000 units/division).

    You should end up with something like the example on the right.

  9. Record some data

    Select Recording from the dropdown menu in the sidebar.

    Choose a storage location and a filename and hit record. All the data from MuseIO will be recorded, not just the data that you are plotting.

    When you are finished recording, click Stop.

  10. Convert your recording to a different file format

    MuseLab records data in the .muse file format. To convert to a variety of other file formats or to replay Muse data from a recording over OSC to another program (say, to look at some data you recorded a while ago with MuseLab) you must use MusePlayer.

    Open a Terminal or Command Prompt and enter the following command.

    muse-player-f path/to/recording.muse -C recording.csv

    For more information on how Muse data is stored, check out the File Formats section.

  11. Go forth and explore!

    You now know everything you need to know to get started using the Muse Tools to experiment with Muse! Have at it!

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