Bat Analysis Software
Wildlife Acoustics' Kaleidoscope
Titley's Anabat Insight
Pettersson's Batsound
Call Martin on 0333 9000 927 for a chat

Hi there,

What can I say about these softwares?

They're from Wildlife Acoustics, Titley and Pettersson, so you can rely on the quality and the results.

Wildlife Acoustic's Kaleidoscope Pro offers fast auto-analysis with auto-ID, cluster analysis, cloud-based storage and file sharing, noise analysis and an excellent sonogram viewer.

Titley's Anabat Insight allows you to create or import filters to view files with more clarity and search large datasets using custom criteria or create your own auto-ID with the Decision Tree tool. You can apply species labels and add custom metadata and it comes supplied with the open source UK BatClassify project. View your labelled files on built-in maps, and export mapping data to your GIS software. Save time with built-in report generation, create count labels, metrics, metadata reports, and more.

Pettersson's Batsound is a favourite of many experienced bat workers and provides everything you need for manual analysis of recorded bat calls.

I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase so call me on 0333 9000 927 for advice.

Warm Regards,


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Anabat Insight

Operating System Compatible with Windows and Mac

Supported Files Types .wav, .zc, .zca & #sequence files

Graph Types Full Spectrum, Zero Crossing, Oscillogram, Slope and Cycles

Graphing Display Customizable; open multiple files and adjust their window size, compare spectrograms side-by-side

Audio Mode Time Expansion, Pitch Shift, Frequency Division, Heterodyne, Comb Filter

Meta Data Supports GUANO metadata, can apply custom metadata to files and utilize them in reports

Metrics Calculates a range of measurements at a pass and pulse level, including; Fc, Sc, Dur, Fmax, Fmin, Fmean, TBC, Fk, Tk, Quality, S1 and Tc

Files Navigation Can browse through all the files in the project panel, open multiple files at once, and group files by time, detector, species, and folders etc
Reports Generate reports for metrics, species counts, metadata extracts and traditional disperse reports 

Plugin Support Capable of supporting Auto-ID algorithms from third parties, comes installed with the open source UK BatClassify project

System Requirements (Minimum)

ZC only analysis: OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or Windows 7 Operating System, Intel i3 or equivalent processor, 2GB RAM

System Requirements (Recommended) 

Fast full spectrum analysis:  Latest Operating System, Intel i5 or equivalent processor with 64bit operating system, 8GB RAM, Full HD (1080p) display or better 

Recordings should be accessed from a Solid State Drive for optimum performance

System requirements

Intel or AMD 1 GHz or faster processor

RAM: 1 GB minimum (also depends on the operating system)

Windows compatible sound card

>1 GB of free hard disk space

BatSound version 4.1: Windows XP/SP3, Windows Vista/SP1 or Windows 7 operating system

BatSound version 4.4: Windows 7/SP2, Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system

Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. BatSound is a registered trademark of Pettersson Elektronik AB. 

BatSound on Linux and Mac (OS X)

The software CrossOver enables Windows applications to run on Linux and OS X operating systems. For a step-by-step guide on how to use BatSound on Linux/OS X with CrossOver, please see Dean Waters’ blog.



BatSound uses any Windows compatible sound card for sound input and output.

BatSound supports sound formats up to 32 bits with one or two channels (mono/stereo) and sampling frequencies up to 192 kHz (for recording and playback, files of any sampling frequency can be opened and analyzed). The common WAV format is used to store files. It is also possible to open sound files with other formats such as mp3 and wma if the corresponding codecs have been installed on the computer.

Multiple windows with different sound files can be opened at the same time, facilitating comparison of signals and analysis results. 

Printing and picture file export through Windows clipboard (BMP and WMF formats). Wide range zoom function.

Optional time and frequency compensation of time expanded signals to show the original time and frequency.

Play Speed function to implement time expansion playback of high-speed sound files from D500X/D1000X detectors.

Open Next/Previous command makes it easy to scan through all files in a folder. Very useful for browsing files obtained through unattended recording.

Automatic parameter extraction feature, calculates max/min frequency, pulse duration etc.

Optional grid lines in most diagrams.

Clipboard export of analysis results.

In the Virtual Bat Detector mode, sound files of time expanded or high speed recorded sounds are replayed at the original speed, emulating a heterodyne bat detector. Perfect for learning how to identify bats using a heterodyne detector, for classroom demonstrations etc.

The Automatic Recording mode makes it possible to have the computer record sounds automatically. The desired threshold level is selected and the computer will start recording to a sound file as soon as the signal exceeds this level. Many parameters are available to fine-tune this mode, e.g. by setting limits for the minimum pulse length, total recording time, maximum number of pulses to record etc. Frequency-selective triggering is also available, to avoid recording undesired signals.

Kaleidoscope Pro

Your computer should have at least 8 GB RAM memory for efficient operation.

WINDOWS: Minimum OS Win 7

MAC OSX: Minimum OS 10.8

After download move the Kaleidoscope 5 app to the Applications folder.


Linux (Debian 9 amd64): Requires libfftw3-single3, libxml2, libpq5, libcurl3, libgtk2.0-0, libc6

Linux (Ubuntu 18 amd64): Requires libfftw3-single3, libxml2, libpq5, libcurl4, libgtk2.0-0, libc6

Linux (Red Hat RHEL7 x86_64): requires fftw-libs-single, libxml2 (2.9.4), postgresql-libs (9.6), libcurl (7.53.1)

Select the type of bat/bird detector you're looking for below
Passive Bat Detectors

Recorders to be left out on site and producing full spectrum files.

Active Bat Detectors

Hand-held recorders that can record full spectrum files and most of them log GPS co-ordinates.

Acoustic Recorders

Hand-held recorders that can record birds, frogs and other audible species. Some also record bats.

Comment from a client:

"My bat detector microphone failed during a dawn survey and knew that I had a group of dusk surveys starting in two days time. I was not in a good place as I did not have a spare, but my equipment was less than a year old.

After my survey I contacted Martin by email and he called me back on the same day, a few hours later, after a quick nap. He told me he did not have a part in stock, but had already contacted the supplier on my behalf.

The next day I received a replacement part, free of charge and express delivered from Switzerland. I thought it was amazing, and could not believe it was resolved so quickly.

Due to Martin's exceptional service I was good to go with the surveys, and I really would like to thank Martin and Wildlife Countryside Services for making the dusk surveys happen." 

David Kent

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