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Lab Rat System

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High-value, portable electrophysiology system

The Lab Rat is TDT’s all-in-one, portable neurophysiology system for scientists at any stage of their career interested in starting electrophysiology experiments.  This high-value system comes with all of the hardware and software needed to start experiments immediately and features many of the exciting benefits of more advanced TDT product lines.


Lab Rat is a complete neurophysiology platform that connects via USB 3.0 and supports real-time spike sorting and visualization.  It includes a 16 channels of high-quality, analog amplification for recording many biologic signal types including single units, LFPs, EEG and EMG.  A digital input is also included to support direct recording from Intan-based digitizing headstages or electrodes.  The Lab Rat also includes two channels of general purpose ADC and DAC and 16 bits of TTL I/O easily allowing flexible interfacing options.

System Includes:

(1) LR10 Lab Rat

All-in-one, portable electrophysiology recording interface

(1) SB4 Connector

Breakout connector for touchproof surface electrodes

(1) AC16LR Headstage

16-channel headstage for acute, single unit recording

High-value, portable electrophysiology system and All-in-one, portable electrophysiology recording interface

(1) SynapseLTE

Synapse Lite, flexible experiment design and control software

Research Applications

  • Surgical Training
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Teaching Neuroscience Methods
  • Sensory Stimulation and Recording


Lab Rat User Guide >

Above (From Left to Right): LR10, SB4, AC16LR connected to an NN probe*

*Acute Probe not included with LR10-SKI Kit.

Getting Started with Lab Rat - Part 1

Quick tutorial to get you started using The Lab Rat, TDT’s all-in-one, portable neurophysiology/electrophysiology system

Getting Started with Lab Rat - Part 2

Lab Rat complete setup of your first experiment using Synapse Lite (LTE) - Stimulate & Acquire

Want to see more helpful TDT tutorials for TDT’s Synapse Suite?

Synapse Training Videos >

LR10 Product Diagram

All-in-one, portable electrophysiology recording interface

USB 3.0 Connection

DB25 Connector: 16 bits of Digital I/O plus Analog ADC, DAC, and power

16 Channel Neural Input

Single-bit BNC ports

Stereo ADC and DAC

Digital Headstage Interface

Built-in Speaker with Level Control

Lab Rat Key Features:

  • 16 channels of neural recording
  • 1 Intan-based digital input
  • 16 bits of digital I/O
  • 2 general A/D channels
  • 2 general D/A channels
  • Monitor speaker
  • USB 3.0 connection
  • Synapse Lite software


Develop and Test Experiments - Whenever, Wherever

Lab Rat comes fully assembled with everything you need to get started with experiments. Whether you are new to recording neural signals or are ready to carry out a full neurophysiology experiment, Lab Rat is ready to go.


Lab Rat is self-powered and connects to a PC via high-speed USB 3.0. This enables you set up your rig for upcoming recordings, start designing experiments, and perform experiment debugging and testing whenever you want.

Complete neurophysiology platform that connects via USB 3.0 and supports real-time spike sorting and visualization.

Make Better Use of Lab Time

Design, Test and Debug Experiments Whenever You Want

Lab Rat comes bundled with Synapse Lite, which includes much of the amazing functionality found in the full versions of TDT’s Synapse Suite.  Using Synapse, easily create highly-customized experiments and control each step of the signal processing.


Synapse Lite relies on Corpus, TDT’s virtual DSP software that facilitates real-time signal processing without dedicated DSP hardware.  Whether you are new to electrophysiology, training students or teaching neuroscience methods, TDT's Lab Rat is an extremely cost-effective way to get started!

Synapse Lite, flexible experiment design and control software

Start designing your neurophysiology experiments straight out of the box

You can easily control the Lab Rat with Synapse Lite to visualize, interact, and share collected neural data between our Industry-leading System 3 hardware, without compromising your budget. Synapse Lite provides investigators with a quality user-interface that incorporates processing tree design elements with drop-and-play TDT gizmos that simplify experimental set up and execution. Automated 16-channel spike sorting is as easy as adding one gizmo into your Synapse Lite experiment!

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