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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: 

Get Field-Ready With This Checklist

Get Field-Ready With This Checklist

If your Song Meters are in from the field, winter is an excellent time to make sure they're ready for this spring.

Here's a short checklist to help you prepare:

  • If you have our ultrasonic equipment, check your SM3BAT, SM2BAT+, Echo Meter Touch, Echo Meter EM3 recorders and ultrasonic microphones with our Ultrasonic Calibrator. And if you don’t have our Calibrator, add it to your field kit.
  • Make sure you have cable extensions for your SM2+/SM2BAT+ microphone.
  • Look for any evidence of physical damage and/or water intrusion to your Song Meters.
  • Check, and if necessary, replace the batteries in your Song Meter recorders.
  • Check your windscreens for wear and tear. Order extra for the upcoming season.

"Should I Update My Firmware?"

"Should I Update My Firmware?"

What is firmware?

Firmware is software that is embedded inside of hardware. In this case, the hardware is a bioacoustics recorder.

What does a firmware update do?

Firmware updates often improve the function of the hardware in some way, such as making it compatible with other devices, debugging it, or adding new features.

Why should I update my firmware?

Updating firmware helps users avoid running into bugs that we have already identified and fixed or adds functionality.

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