Song Sleuth Support Articles

What are the best ways to maximize accuracy?

  • get the clearest recording you can, with the target sound isolated from other sounds, and with a half-second or more of typical background noise at the beginning of the recording (and it works best with live birds outdoors, not so well with playback of recorded sounds indoors)
  • filtering the sound by zooming in on the frequency of the target sound (spreading your fingers top to bottom) will help isolate the sound and improve accuracy
  • cropping (or trimming) a recording to cut out extraneous sounds at the beginning or end also helps to get the correct ID
  • shorter recordings are actually better than long (but you can make a long recording and then crop it)
  • It's a collaboration between you and the app, don't expect perfect accuracy on the first try, and remember that the app does not attempt to identify short chips and squeaks
  • Enjoy it, learn from it, and let us know how it's working

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