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SM2 Yearly Maintenance

SM2 Yearly Maintenance

If you have recorders from the Wildlife Acoustics SM2 family, there are a number of things you should do annually to make sure each is ready for the next recording season:

Using external microphones with Song Sleuth

Using external microphones with Song Sleuth

As of version 1.0.5, Song Sleuth, our bird ID app, supports the use of external microphones. Song Sleuth’s species identification was built to work well with your iOS device’s built-in mic, but we know that some folks want to use external equipment to get higher quality recordings than they might be able to get with a phone microphone. (I enjoy fiddling with audio equipment myself, so I can’t blame them!) Here are the details you need to know:

Avoid pesky clipping! How to adjust gain on your Song Meter

A common question that people send to Jeff and me as the support staff at Wildlife Acoustics deals with how people should adjust their recorder settings. In particular, how to set gain. For example, “I’m trying to record X Species in Y Environment. How should I set the gain on my recorder?” The documentation for our equipment provides some suggested starting points, but I always tell customers they should test out their settings and make adjustments if necessary.

How to keep your NiMH batteries in top shape!

How to keep your NiMH batteries in top shape!

Now is the perfect time to condition your NiMH batteries to make sure they function optimally in the upcoming recording season.

How to buy rechargeable batteries

How to buy rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable batteries are a great solution to power your Wildlife Acoustics recorders as they save a great deal of waste. However, if you get the wrong ones they will not work well. Most rechargeable batteries are designed for toys or other equipment where longevity is not critical. Also, many lower-end batteries will have a high self-discharge rate which means they lose power quickly, even when they are just sitting on the shelf.