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Understanding Kaleidoscope Pro 5: Cloud Database

Understanding Kaleidoscope Pro 5: Cloud Database

Wildlife Acoustics has recently released Kaleidoscope Pro version 5, which is the latest update to our analysis software. Kaleidoscope Pro 5 has a number of exciting new features and today I’m going to introduce you to the new database functions.


When doing bioacoustics recording, a great deal of information is typically generated. The recordings themselves are the starting point for collecting data. When the recording is first created, the recording device embeds information in the files called metadata. Initial metadata includes obvious things such as the date and location of the recording, but there is also information such as the type of recorder, the type of microphone that was used, temperature at the time of recording, sample rate, and so much more.

Auto ID

The next step after recording is to analyze the data. Kaleidoscope Pro can apply auto-identification for bats. Kaleidoscope Pro can analyze and sort detected signals into similar clusters of data. And it’s quite common for a biologist to add notes and manual IDs. Some of this new information can be written back to the recording files and Kaleidoscope Pro also generates CSV files which can be opened in spreadsheet applications or other software tools.

Your New Guide to Understanding Kaleidoscope Pro

Your New Guide to Understanding Kaleidoscope Pro

Hey there! My name is Dave Roberts and I’m the “new guy” here at Wildlife Acoustics. I’m a technical writer and videographer with a background in audio engineering. I’m very excited to be on board with Wildlife Acoustics and I’m looking forward to providing our customers with quality watchable and readable information. In addition to technical writing and tutorial videos I’ve been invited to contribute some blog content. Here we go!

Your guide to Kaleidoscope Pro 5

Wildlife Acoustics has recently released a major upgrade for our Kaleidoscope Pro software. There are enhancements to existing functions, and some powerful new features have been added.

My first job was to write a new manual for Kaleidoscope Pro version 5. The manual is embedded in the software and you can also download it from our website.

I’ve set up the manual to be as practical as possible.

3 Tips to Prevent Wind Noise From Ruining Your Recordings

3 Tips to Prevent Wind Noise From Ruining Your Recordings

Field research presents a multitude of challenges, and wind noise may be one of the most frustrating. Not only is it out of our control, but excess wind can lead to distorted recordings, making it difficult to salvage the audio data that you are interested in analyzing. 

While you may not be able to take all the wind noise out of the recordings, you can significantly reduce its impact with a few simple tactics: 

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