Song Meter SM4BAT FS & ZC
Compact, lightweight, single-channel bat detector/recorder, available in full-spectrum and zero-crossing models.
Developed specifically for bat research, the SM4BAT recorders combine innovative design with a new low-power processor and easy-to-use scheduling features. The SM4BAT will make bat research simpler, faster, less costly and more reliable.
The SM4BAT FS records to full-spectrum WAV files. Full spectrum recordings have a 20dB signal-to-noise ratio advantage over zero-crossing recorders so you will record more bats with higher quality for analysis.
The SM4BAT ZC The SM4BAT-ZC is a native zero-crossing recorder. While recording less information than a full spectrum recorder, it may be "good enough" for some applications while offering lower power consumption, smaller storage requirements, and lower cost.
Small, secure and weatherproof.
Designed around the footprint of 4 D-size batteries and made of rugged polycarbonate, the SM4BAT is less than half the weight and size of the SM3BAT. The integrated mounting bracket and weatherproof security cover keep the unit safe and dry in the most punishing environments.
Longest deployment times available.
The new, low-power microprocessor, combined with 4 D-size batteries, enable the longest deployment times of any other bat recorder available. The SM4BAT FS has a recording run time of 250 to 450 hours (e.g. 25-45 10-hour nights) depending on bat activity and other factors. The SM4BAT ZC run time of 600 to 700 hours (e.g. 60-70 10-hour nights). See Specifications and FAQ for details.
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.
Available GPS accessory to set clock and location.
When deploying multiple recorders, use a single GPS accessory to automatically set the date, time and location settings of all recorders. The GPS accessory can also be attached to log the recording locations and path for mobile transects.
Save countless hours of analysis time using Kaleidoscope Pro bat auto-ID analysis software.
It's one matter to capture hundreds of hours of echolocation data but it's a another matter to quickly and accurately sort and analyze the data. Kaleidoscope Pro software can automate and speed up your analysis work. The software allows you to view and analyze your recordings and automatically identify recorded species.
James Bisset, Service Manager of Parks, Countryside & Leisure at Herefordshire Council, UK said, "if you're using a Wildlife Acoustics product, it's worth [buying] a Kaleidoscope Pro license…[Kaleidoscope] is very quick and can scan a whole night's recording in a minute or two. [Time] efficient, easy to use, and IMHO accurate."