As we enter the spring season in the northern hemisphere, researchers are getting ready to deploy their bioacoustics recorders. In labs and offices, green boxes appear from dusty shelves. The question on everyone's mind is, how do I make sure these recorders will work well in the upcoming months?
The good news is that there isn't much that needs to be done. The SM4 line of recorders is designed to work well for years with very little maintenance.
Though we recommend that this be done regularly, the spring season is a great time to check that your recorders have the latest firmware. Keeping this up to date is the best way to make sure you donât run into problems or bugs that we have already fixed.
You can check for the latest firmware version on our website. To see what firmware you currently have on your Song Meter, simply press the 'Check Status' button.
The second line of text on the screen will contain the firmware version (ex: 2.2.0)
If the numbers match the latest version on our website (ex: SM4BAT FS (SYS2-2-0.SM4)), you are up to date. If there is a newer version on our website, simply download it here and follow the instructions on the page.
If you find any damage that needs the attention of our repair center, or if you have any questions about maintenance of your SM4 or SM4 Bat recorder, please contact Wildlife Acoustics' support.