Song Sleuth

Automatically identify singing birds, right on your iPhone.

Developed by Wildlife Acoustics in collaboration with world-renowned bird expert and illustrator, David Sibley, Song Sleuth for iOS brings the world of birds to anyone who wants to learn about the natural world.


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SM4 Configurator

The SM4 Configurator software lets you modify recorder settings, create and edit recording schedules as well as estimate battery life and memory capacity for deployments. Available for Windows, OSX and Linux.

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Overview of the Song Meter SM4 Acoustic Recorder

Song Meter SM4

A compact, lightweight, dual-channel weatherproof acoustic recorder.

Song Meter SM4 Acoustic

The 4th generation Song Meter SM4 is a compact, weatherproof, dual-channel acoustic recorder capable of capturing large amounts of data from wildlife such as birds, frogs and aquatic life.

The SM4 features two built-in microphones, innovative scheduling tools, large data storage, and low power consumption – a unique combination of features that provide the longest deployment times of any acoustic recorder available.

Introducing a new generation of microphones.

The SM4 features entirely new, built-in microphones that create higher quality recordings than those from all previous Song Meter recorders. Alternatively to the built-in microphones, the SM4 includes two microphone ports – giving you the flexibility to record additional data from a cabled microphone; a new SMM-A2 cabled acoustic microphone, and/or hydrophone. See Microphone Specifications

Song Meter SM4 Acoustic

Two channels give you more recording flexibility.

If you need to record two sources of audio at the same time, take advantage of the SM4's dual channel feature. Record in stereo or mono using the built-in microphones, or connect one or two cabled microphone/hydrophones. Adding additional runs of cable to the external microphone give you the ability to capture audio from far-off wildlife such as birds in the forest canopy, or frogs at a nearby pond.

Song Meter SM4 Acoustic

Capture months of acoustic data.

The SM4 features new power circuitry that significantly increases deployment time over the SM3 – up to 400 hours of recording time using internal batteries. In Sleep Mode, between scheduled recordings, the SM4 uses almost no power, allowing it to remain idle for months – meaning longer deployments, and fewer trips into the field. See specifications for details.

Choose a schedule or create your own.

Song Meter SM4 Acoustic

The SM4's new Quick Start menu and Scheduler feature are an industry first. The SM4 comes with out-of-the box recording programs; including daytime, nighttime, and continuous recording schedules. Simply choose schedule and press the Start button. The SM4's new Scheduler features makes it easy to create custom schedules that suit your exact needs.

Capture more than a terabyte of data.

The SM4 has two SD card slots that accept SDHC and SDXC cards. When fitted with two 512GB cards, the SM4 can store over a terabyte of data. In the future, when higher capacity cards come to market, the SM4 will store even more.

Listen to your recordings in the field.

The SM4 features an integrated headphone jack to monitor activity in real-time.

Easy to program.

To get you started quickly, the SM4BAT features a brand new, easy-to-use, Quick Start menu and Scheduler. Use built-in schedules, or customize them for your specific recording needs.

You're backed by the longest warranty available.

The Song Meter SM4 was designed for use in extreme weather conditions – from jungles and deserts to parts in between. In fact, we're so confident that the SM4 can endure the most extreme environmental conditions, we back it with a 3 year warranty. That means you can focus on research, not equipment.

Kaleidoscope Pro Analysis Software

From recordings to reporting, Kaleidoscope Pro gets you to the answers faster.

Kaleidoscope Software

Kaleidoscope Pro software is available for
Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems.

Kaleidoscope SoftwareKaleidoscope Pro software is an integrated suite of tools that make bioacoustic analysis easier, faster and more effective.

Kaleidoscope Pro Acoustic Cluster Analysis detects similar vocalizations in one or many recordings, and quickly sorts them into Clusters for easy labeling or review. You can also build Classifiers from the labeled clusters to search new recordings for similar sounds.

Kaleidoscope Pro Includes:

  • Acoustic Cluster Analysis
  • Kaleidoscope Viewer Tool (Free)
  • Classifier Creation Tools
  • Noise Analysis Tools
  • High-Speed Batch Processing
  • Data Export Tools

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Wildlife Acoustics Product Tutorials on YouTube

Introducing New Song Meter SM4 Tutorial Videos.

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