Release Notes

Song Meter SM4 Firmware Release Notes

  • Adds a WAV compression option called W4V that will record using various levels of compression to save card space. Resulting W4V files can be opened and/or converted back to uncompressed WAV files using the free tier of Kaleidoscope software.
  • Adds a locking feature that can be activated to require a passcode to change the recorder's settings. Use the SM4 Configurator software to create a configuration to use this feature.
  • Fixes a problem that could cause incorrectly formatted exFAT cards if cards were formatted using the onboard utility after exporting diagnostics.
  • Separates SM4 and SM4BAT FS firmware from SM4BAT ZC. The latter lacks memory for the previously released Advanced Scheduling feature to work properly so it has been removed from the SM4BAT-ZC version.
  • Add an SM3-style advanced schedule mode allowing advanced users to create schedules that depend upon the date or that have complex details within one day. A new setting in the Advanced Settings menu selects either the original, SM4-style daily schedule mode or the new advanced schedule mode. Changing of audio settings from within the advanced schedule is not supported.
  • Add more digits to latitude and longitude settings (5 digits to the right of the decimal point). The precision is now equivalent to about 1.5 meters horizontally. Note: GPS positions are now displayed with the same, finer precision, but they are usually less accurate than that precision would imply.
  • Include additional information about latitude and longitude in recordings' metadata and in the summary file.
  • Use more accurate values for Preamp gain in the Audio menu and in recordings' metadata.
  • Improve labeling of Preamp settings.
  • Improve readability of Quick Start menu items.
  • Correct the list of schedules in the Quick Start menu on SM4BAT ZC.
  • Fix incorrect display of rise and set times in the Date and Time menu.
  • Include internal temperature value in recordings' metadata.
  • Include details of advanced schedule mode operation in recording's metadata.
  • Properly save the date and time when the recording schedule first starts after the previous reboot, for diagnostic use.
  • Prevent latitude and longitude settings from being changed by the user while there's a GPS fix.
  • Fix a problem that sometimes truncated the summary file.
  • Added left and right preamp settings to the Audio menu (SM4 model only) to allow turning off the 24dB preamplifier for calibrating the microphones and recording louder noises.
  • Added a new Advanced menu to the Settings menu and moved the Battery Cutoff setting into that menu.
  • Added left and right microphone sensitivity settings to the Advanced menu (SM4 model only).
  • Improved the recorder&39;s ability to fully utilize an SD card's capacity.
  • Changed the blink rate of the red LED on SM4BAT-FS and SM4BAT-ZC when armed; it now blinks once every 2 seconds. The blink rate of the green LED when triggered or recording is still once every 1 second.
  • GPS status is now displayed only in the Main, Quick Start, Settings, Schedule and Utilities menu, and not shown at all if no GPS receiver is attached.
  • Corrected the model names encoded in recording metadata. Previously SM4BAT models reported "SM4".
  • Fixed a bug that could affect recordings with large Max Length settings.
  • Fixed a scheduler bug related to high latitudes with sunset occurring after midnight.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause incorrect recording durations on SM4BAT-ZC.
  • Fixed a bug related to schedule duty cycle settings that would produce exported schedule and settings files that could cause incorrect displays in the sm4config configuration tool.
  • Improves how the scheduler handles solar events at high latitudes or with large offsets
  • Fix setting of right channel gain on SM4 acoustic recorder
  • Fix SM4BAT-FS preventing triggering when using a high sample rate with a large trigger window
  • Added a GPS status line on several screens to show fix status of available GPS accessory
  • Improves Time Expansion mode in SM4BAT-FS to allow changing the headphone volume during playback
  • Fix instant record when delay start is enabled
  • Initial release

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