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Wildlife Acoustics 3rd generation Song Meter Platform

Wildlife Acoustics 3rd generation Song Meter platform is specifically designed to meet a wide range of bioacoustics monitoring and recording research requirements for terrestrial and marine environments. This platform provides not only a powerful and expandable foundation to support a wide range of passive and active acoustic monitoring applications, the new series of Song Meter recorders have deployment, self-diagnostic and auto recognition features never heard of before in bioacoustics recorders.

SM3 and SM3BAT Now Available

SM3 Passive Acoustic Recorder AUD $1410.00 +GST
SM3BAT Passive Ultrasonic Recorder AUD $2445.00 +GST - includes one SMM-U1 ultrasonic microphone
Song Scope Bio-acoustics Software AUD $630.00 +GST


Improved field reliability backed with a 3 year warranty.

The Song Meter SM3 recorder (the SM3BAT, SM3 Bird and Frog and SM3 Aquatic) use die cast aluminum, powder epoxy coated enclosures. Combined with custom, gasketed connectors and access panels, the SM3 is virtually waterproof. That means you don't need additional weatherproof boxes to mount your recorder.

The new Song Meters are backed with the longest warranty available: 3 years. So you will have peace of mind.

Upgraded usability means precious time and money saved.

All 3rd generation Song Meters come with ready-to-use, built-in programs for a variety of common recording scenarios. There’s no more need for you to set recording parameters, because they’re already there in the programs and they even adapt automatically to the types of microphones that are attached. Simply select a program, connect external mics or use the built-in ones, and press the START button. Want to fine-tune? You can adjust your triggers and acoustic scrubbers with little effort. For special needs, you can create your own fully customized programs. Whether you’re simply adjusting parameters or creating your own program, a built-in program checker automatically lets you know about errors, unusual parameter choices, or unexpected hardware configurations.

Innovative self-diagnostic features detect internal faults, run tests, and save logs that can be shared with our engineering team to quickly diagnose problems should they occur. A Check Status button displays battery voltage, SD card capacities, microphone types and levels, and recording state. Detailed information about the current program, firmware version, hardware configuration, and GPS location is saved in every recording file, so that you’ll always know how a recording was made.

Should you need to synchronize multiple SM3 recorders and/or log deployment locations, just plug in the GPS accessory. No special set up is needed.

The Song Meters are easy to install. Upper and lower mounting flanges provide dozens of mounting configurations, allowing installation on any surface from buildings to trees to posts, metrology towers, wind turbines, piers and buoys.

Extended deployments and reduced cost of ownership.

Song Meters use a new circuit board design, high efficiency switching amplifiers and revamped power management firmware. The combination results in a 20% to 50% increase in deployment times over our previous generation Song Meter. Song Meters accept 5 to 15 volts with reverse voltage protection. No power adapter is needed.

Song Meters can store more than a terabyte of data (up to 1024 GB) using four 256 GB SDXC flash cards and even more data as flash card technologies continue to improve.

SM3BAT expanded recording capabilities doubles effective field coverage.

Song Meters are the only recorders available that can simultaneously record in full spectrum at 256 kHz on two channels AND zero crossing on the same channels. It's like having two full spectrum and two zero crossing recorders in one box and with superior battery life.

Need a higher sampling rate? The SM3 can sample in full spectrum up to 384 kHz on one channel.

Files can be recorded in standard uncompressed .WAV and zero crossing file formats.

Want more options for zero crossing files? The SM3BAT has an improved zero crossing auto level and division ratios of 4, 8, 12 or 16.

Simultaneously record any combination of terrestrial and marine wildlife.

The Song Meter Platform is the only recorder of its kind that can support a variety of audio input sources, specifically, Wildlife Acoustics’ SM3-A1 acoustic microphone to record birds and frogs, the SM3-U1 ultrasonic microphone to record bats and our specially designed hydrophone for recording underwater acoustic signals from fish or cetaceans.

Easily programmable in the field or at your desk.

Song Meters can be easily programmed to record on simple time-of-day schedules or to implement the most complex monitoring protocols relative to local sunrise and sunset. The Song Meter can be configured directly from its easy-to-use keypad. For added convenience, Song Meter recording schedules can be created, viewed and edited with the free Song Meter Configuration utility. The new Program Checker feature looks for errors in your schedule program or inconsistencies in your configuration and warns about possible problems with your set up. The benefit? Error-free deployments to maximize your data collection effort.

Analyze your data with our high speed analytical software.

You have terabytes of data and don't know where to start? Wildlife Acoustics has high speed spectrogram analysis software for bat echolocation data as well as terrestrial (e.g. birds and frogs) and marine vocalization files.

Wildlife Acoustics 2nd generation Song Meter Platform

The Song Meter SM2+ is a digital audio / ultrasonic recorder specifically designed for scheduled recording of wildlife vocalizations. Depending on the model, the one package can be employed to monitor and record:
Ultrasonic bat calls, Bird song, Frog calls, Insect Activity, Fish and other underwater sounds

SM2+ and SM2BAT+ Available via order only


Key benefits of this exciting new technology:

Full spectrum recording

All amplitude and harmonic information is preserved

Huge capacity

Capable of 740 hours of highest sample rate audio recordings, or over 17000 hours at the lowest setting

Very efficient

SM2+ can record for 1 hr/day for months, on one set of D-cells (audio/mono mode)

Two recorders in one

For example, record frogs on one channel and bats on another, simultaneously or at different times

Versatile scheduling

Record simple single events, or program complex conditional and looped record schedules

Smart schedules

SM2+ automatically adjusts for changing dawn and dusk times

Efficient microphones

Mics are highly sensitive, weatherproof and omni-directional. They can be deployed on 100 metre leads

Field practical

The SM2+ housing is small, lightweight and weatherproof

Call recognition

Potential call analysis and automated species identification through Song Scope software

Multi role

SM2BAT+ can also be used as a real-time portable bat detector

Selectable record format

Record directly to zero cross, WAV or compressed WAC file formats

Real value for money

Most importantly SM2+ is very affordable – the lowest price full spectrum recorder available

The SM2+ is impressive in terms of high data capacity and long run times. This is not at the expense of data quality however, considering the stereo sampling rate of 96 kHz (SM2+) or 384 KHz (SM2BAT+) both at 16 bit resolution. To further enhance the quality of data, a number of programmable filters can be configured to reduce redundant information.

SM2+ offers great flexibility of scheduled programming. Record schedules can be very quick and simple, or as complex as you need for special projects. Programming is set via the PC based Configuration Utility then copied to any number of SM2+ units via SD card. Alternatively programming can be done directly on the SM2+ in the field. The system even knows when sunrise and sunset occurs on any day, so will adjust record schedules accordingly.

Microphone design is a key strength of the SM2+ package. Firstly they are omni-directional, thus enabling a vastly increased sampling volume while reducing the biasing of data. Secondly they are weatherproof, an important characteristic of any field device. Finally, the microphones can be attached either directly to the SM2+ housing, or each mic can be run on extension cables 100 metres distant. This allows effective comparative monitoring of adjacent habitats or other landscape features.

Song Meter features a built in temperature sensor and data logger, plus has facility for a range of external sensor types. For very long deployments, an external power source can run the Song Meter.

Two base versions are offered- the SM2+ Terrestrial Acoustic Package or the SM2BAT+ Terrestrial Ultrasonic Package. With the addition of an SMX-II audio mic, the latter can record audio plus 192 KHz ultrasonic (on left and right channel respectively), either simultaneously or at different times. If 384 KHz ultrasonic is selected, audio recording is still possible but not simultaneously with ultrasonic monitoring).

Subsequent captured calls can be analysed with optional Song Scope bio-analysis software using sophisticated patented digital signal processing algorithms. Jump to the Song Scope page.

Faunatech/Austbat is the authorized Australian distributor of Wildlife Acoustics Song Meter, Echo Meter and Song Scope products. We hold stocks of SM2+, SM2BAT+ and EM3 (plus accessories) in our inventory. This enables us to offer immediate dispatch, eliminating supply delays and customs derived complications. We offer solid product advice, both pre and post sale. Importantly, we handle warranty issues with a minimum of fuss and delay, reducing downtime and inconvenience to our customers.

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SM3 Recharge Module

The Faunatech SM3 recharge module is a self contained solution to provide long term power delivery to your SM3 device. Powered by a high capacity 12 Ah 6 volt battery with included songmeter lead, the 9 watt solar panel and collapsible universal mounting bracket provides a convenient long term remote power solution.

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