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Our Microphone Guide will help you select the right microphone for your recorder and application.

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Song Meter SM3BAT Overview

Which Song Meter is right for you?

Song Meter SM4BAT

The SM4BAT is our next-generation bat detector/recorder. It's smaller, lighter and easier to use than the SM3BAT.

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Choose the SM3BAT if:

  • You need to record birds or other wildlife on a second channel.
  • You need a schedule that does different things on different days.
  • You want to make sub-minute recordings.

The Song Meter SM3BAT

The only bioacoustics recorder that can be used for any combination of ultrasonic and acoustic recording work.

"The use of SM3BATs is integral in my research. Since I record in the field in variable weather conditions and extreme environments, it's important I have rugged, reliable equipment. Additionally, the programming features of the SM3BAT allow my students to conduct long-term recordings. I would highly recommend this product to any bioacoustician." – Laura Kloepper, St. Mary's College in Indiana

Song Meter SM3BAT

The SM3BAT can simultaneously record chiropteran, terrestrial, avian and marine life. Massive data storage capacity, two channel stereo recording and an assortment of ultrasonic and acoustical microphones as well as hydrophones mean that the SM3BAT can be used for any recording situation.

Birds by day, bats by night, and everything else in between.

The SM3BAT is the only recorder of its kind that can serve multiple roles in the field.

For lower frequency recordings, the SM3BAT can be programmed to sample from 1kHz to 96kHz – capturing the broadest range of avian and terrestrial wildlife. If you need to capture bat echolocation calls as well, the Song Meter can be programmed to sample from 192kHz, up to 256kHz on two channels. The SM3BAT can sample at even higher rates – up to 384kHz on a single channel.

Song Meter SM3 Hydrophone

Perhaps your research work varies during the field season and you need to cover amphibian and marine life too. The SM3BAT can be easily outfitted with a cabled hydrophone as well.

Record up to 260 hours of acoustic data or 180 hours of ultrasonic data in full spectrum.

The SM3BAT can record in two channel stereo or for the sake of extending deployment time, record on one. In short, it can capture up to 260 hours of avian, amphibian and terrestrial acoustic data, 180 hours of ultrasonic calls in full spectrum or up to 700 hours of bat echolocation call data in zero crossing on one channel. That means longer deployments and fewer trips into the field. (Note: the SM3BAT User Guide has a detailed listing of battery life per battery type and recording format.

Choose a schedule or create your own.

Song Meter SM3

The SM3BAT comes with out-of-the box recording programs; including daytime, night time, and continuous recording schedules with automatic configuration. Just pick your desired schedule and press the Start button to begin making recordings immediately. Or, you can create customized, sophisticated schedules and settings to suit your exact needs.

Capture up to two terabytes of data.

Song Meter SM3

The SM3BAT is compatible with SDHC and SDXC cards. There are four weatherproof SD card slots and with each card capable of storing 512 gigabytes of echolocation data. The SM3BAT's adaptive triggering for bats combined with file compression, storage capacity exceeds two terabytes. That means more vocalization data containing vast amounts of detail.

Record in high fidelity using the new ultrasonic and acoustic microphones.

Song Meter SMM-A1 Acoustic Microphone Song Meter SMM-U1 Ultrasonic Microphone

The weather resistant SMM-U1 ultrasonic microphone (complete with 3 meter cable) features high quality FG microphone elements that have improved signal to noise ratios and flatter frequency response over our previous microphones. Gain is applied at the microphone to increase signals in the cables (up to 100 meters) therefore reducing electrical noise interference. The result is higher quality recordings, even when the cables are run along side other cables on metrology towers or in wind turbines.

For lower frequencies, the SMM-A1 acoustic microphone was designed with gain applied at the microphone to improve recording quality. It is completely weatherproof and can be deployed away from the recorder with cables up to 100 meters in length.

Feel confident knowing you're backed by the longest warranty available.

The Song Meter SM3BAT was designed for use in extreme weather conditions – from caves, jungles, deserts to parts in between. The recorder has been subjected to environmental shock, drop testing, static discharge and extreme water incursion. Al Milano of Bat Detector Blogspot said, "The Song Meter SM3BAT is by far the most solidly built bat recorder I've ever seen."

We're so confident that the SM3BAT can endure the most extreme environmental conditions, we back it with a 3 year warranty. That means you can focus on research, not equipment.

Save countless hours of analysis time using Kaleidoscope Pro bat auto-ID analysis software.

Kaleidoscope Software

It's one matter to capture hundreds of hours of echolocation data but it's a another matter to quickly and accurately sort and analyze the data. Kaleidoscope Pro software can automate and speed up your analysis work. The software allows you to view and analyze your recordings and automatically identify recorded species.

James Bisset, Service Manager of Parks, Countryside & Leisure at Herefordshire Council, UK said, "if you're using a Wildlife Acoustics product, it's worth [buying] a Kaleidoscope Pro license…[Kaleidoscope] is very quick and can scan a whole night's recording in a minute or two. [Time] efficient, easy to use, and IMHO accurate."

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