The Wildlife Acoustics SM3BAT
A static recorder for on-site deployment
Can record from 2 microphones up to 200m apart
Call me on 0333 9000 927 for a chat
The SM3BAT has my 60 day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee & extra year's warranty

Hi there,

What can I say about the Wildlife Acoustics SM3BAT?

If you're looking for a static full spectrum recorder to leave out on site, the Wildlife Acoustics SM3BAT and SM4BAT FS, the Anabat Swift, the Pettersson D500X and the Elekon Batlogger C are the ones to consider.

All units record bat calls very efficiently, but the main consideration is going to be deployment times. The Batlogger C can last for 5 nights with the single included battery or 10 nights with the optional additional battery. The D500X can last for 14 nights. The SM3BAT can last for 18 nights. The SM4BAT FS and Anabat Swift can last for up to 30 nights.

Note that the SM3BAT can record from two microphones up to 200m apart, effectively giving you two recorders for the price of one (plus additional microphone and cables).

If you need two microphones, I'd recommend the SM3BAT, but if you only need one microphone you should save your money and get the SM4BAT FS (or Anabat Swift).

With all of these units you'll also get a free bat calls book worth £30: either British Bat Calls by Jon Russ, Social Calls of the Bats of Britain and Ireland by Neil Middleton et al or Bats of Britain & Europe by Christian Dietz & Andreas Kieferl or a £30 voucher.

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

Warm Regards,

Martin.

Your SM3BAT comes with or without the SMM-U2 FG microphone, 4 SanDisk 32GB SDHC cards and 4 D-cell alkaline batteries. It also comes with my exclusive 60 day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and 4 year warranty.
Prices include UK delivery and VAT!
(non-UK delivery will be charged at cost after purchase and if you have an EU VAT number or are outside the EU, we can supply without VAT)

The only bioacoustics recorder that can be used for any combination of ultrasonic and acoustic recording work.

“This is not just an improved version of their (extremely successful) SM2BAT+...The changes are simply amazing!” – Al Milano, Bat Detector Blogspot

The SM3BAT can simultaneously record chiropteran, terrestrial, avian and marine life. Massive data storage capacity, two channel recording and an assortment of ultrasonic and acoustical microphones as well as hydrophones mean that the SM3BAT can be used for any recording situation.

Birds by day, bats by night, and everything else in between.

The SM3BAT is the only recorder of its kind that can serve multiple roles in the field.

For lower frequency recordings, the SM3BAT can be programmed to sample from 1kHz to 96kHz – capturing the broadest range of avian and terrestrial wildlife. If you need to capture bat echolocation calls as well, the Song Meter can be programmed to sample from 192kHz, up to 256kHz on two channels. The SM3BAT can sample at even higher rates – up to 384kHz on a single channel.

Perhaps your research work varies during the field season and you need to cover amphibian and marine life too. The SM3BAT can be easily outfitted with a cabled hydrophone as well.

Record up to 260 hours of acoustic data or 180 hours of ultrasonic data in full spectrum.

The SM3BAT can record on two channels or for the sake of extending deployment time, record on one. In short, it can capture up to 260 hours of avian, amphibian and terrestrial acoustic data, 180 hours of ultrasonic calls in full spectrum or up to 700 hours of bat echolocation call data in zero crossing on one channel. That means longer deployments and fewer trips into the field. (Note: the SM3BAT owner's manual has a detailed listing of battery life per battery type and recording format.

Choose a schedule or create your own.

The SM3BAT comes with out-of-the box recording programs; including daytime, night time, and continuous recording schedules with automatic configuration. Just pick your desired schedule and press the Start button to begin making recordings immediately. Or, you can create customized, sophisticated schedules and settings to suit your exact needs.

Capture up to two terabytes of data.

The SM3BAT is compatible with SDHC and SDXC cards. There are four weatherproof SD card slots and with each card capable of storing 512 gigabytes of echolocation data. The SM3BAT's adaptive triggering for bats combined with file compression, storage capacity exceeds two terabytes. That means more vocalization data containing vast amounts of detail.

Record in high fidelity using the new ultrasonic and acoustic microphones.

The weather resistant SMM-U2 ultrasonic microphone (complete with 5m cable) features high quality FG microphone elements that have improved signal to noise ratios and flatter frequency response over previous microphones.

The SMM-U2 microphone's low noise and superior sensitivity results in recording bat calls at greater distances. The enclosure's innovative weatherproof design includes a built-in mounting bracket that allows for a wide range of mounting options. The microphone includes a 5m cable, and can use up to 100 meters of cable with no adverse effect on recording quality.

For lower frequencies, the SMM-A1 acoustic microphone was designed with gain applied at the microphone to improve recording quality. It is completely weatherproof and can be deployed away from the recorder with cables up to 100 meters in length.

Feel confident knowing you're backed by the longest warranty available.

The Song Meter SM3BAT was designed for use in extreme weather conditions – from caves, jungles, deserts to parts in between. The recorder has been subjected to environmental shock, drop testing, static discharge and extreme water incursion. Al Milano of Bat Detector Blogspot said, "The Song Meter SM3BAT is by far the most solidly built bat recorder I've ever seen."

We're so confident that the SM3BAT can endure the most extreme environmental conditions, we back it with a 3 year warranty (4 years if you buy from me). That means you can focus on research, not equipment.

Specifications
Length/Height: 12.75 inches (32.40 cm); Width: 7.875 inches (20.00 cm); Depth (Upper): 2.31 inches (5.87 cm); Depth (Lower): 2.56 inches (6.50 cm); Weight: 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg); Weight (with 4 Batteries): 7.0 pounds (3.2 kg); Operating Temperature: -4°F to 122°F (-20°C to 50°C); Power: 4.5 - 17V DC (4 internal D-size batteries); External Power Connector: (5 to 17V DC); Clock Backup Battery Type: CR2032 (approximate 3-year life); Internal Clock Accuracy: Temperature-Compensated Crystal with 3.5ppm drift from -40°C to 0°C and 2.0ppm from 0°C to 40°C; Power Consumption: 0.5 mW (sleeping); 250 – 800 mW (recording).

Battery Specifications: The recorder uses four (4) standard D size disposable alkaline batteries or rechargeable NiMH batteries. Battery life can vary widely depending on the battery type, brand, charger, temperature, and other factors. The following battery life cycles are typical and assume 10-hour nights and nap mode activated for full spectrum:

Alkaline batteries (estimated 12,000 milliamp hours at 1.5V each): Full spectrum on 1 channel: 18 nights; Full spectrum on 2 channels: 15 nights; Zero crossing on 1 channel: 20 nights; Zero crossing on 2 channels: 15 nights

NiMH batteries (estimated 10,000 milliamp hours at 1.2V each): Full spectrum on 1 channel: 12 nights; Full spectrum on 2 channels: 10 nights; Zero crossing on 1 channel: 13 nights; Zero crossing on 2 channels: 10 nights

Memory Cards: The four (4) memory card slots can be populated with at least one (1) and up to four (4) memory cards of assorted capacities. The device supports all class 4 or faster SDHC or SDXC cards. Memory Sizes: Up to 1.0 terabyte (1024 gigabytes) supported total capacity using 256 GB SDXC memory cards for all four (4) memory slots. This is the maximum currently available; higher capacities may be available in the future. Formats: FAT32 for SDHC or exFAT for SDXC; Compression typically increases effective capacity by 40%.

Acoustic Audio Channels: 2; Recording format: 16-bit PCM .wav or optional .wac proprietary lossless compressed format; Analog to Digital Converter: 1.06V RMS (3v p-p) full-scale; Amplifier Gain: 0 dB – 59.5 dB in 0.5-dB steps; Noise Floor: -134 dBfs/sqrt(Hz) @48 kHz rate, 1 K input impedance, 0 dB gain; High Pass Filter: Optional 2-pole at 220 Hz or 1 kHz; Sample Rates: The recorder supports the following sample rates in samples per second on one or two channels: 1000, 2000, 4000, 8000, 9600, 12000, 16000, 19200, 24000, 32000, 48000, 96000.

Ultrasonic Audio Channels: 2; Recording format: 16-bit PCM .wav or optional .wac proprietary lossless compressed format or zero crossing; Analog to Digital Converter: 0.884V RMS (2.5v p-p) full-scale; Amplifier Gain: 0 dB or 12 dB; Noise Floor: -116 dBfs / sqrt(Hz) @ 384 kHz sample rate, 1K input impedance, 0dB gain; High Pass Filter: Optional 4-pole at 16 kHz; Sample Rates: The recorder supports the following rates in samples per second: WAC recording:192000 (one or two channels) 256000 (one channel) 384000 (one channel), WAV recording:192000 (one or two channels) 256000 (one or two channels) 384000 (one channel); Anti-alias filter: 2-pole:128 kHz for 192 kHz and 256 kHz sample rates, 192 kHz for 384 kHz sample rate

If you're not sure whether the SM3BAT is the one for you, just give me a call on 0333 9000 927 and I'll loan you mine to see if you like it.

Download SM3BAT User Guide - English - Spanish

Your SM3BAT comes with or without the SMM-U2 FG microphone, 4 SanDisk 32GB SDHC cards and 4 D-cell alkaline batteries. It also comes with my exclusive 60 day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and 4 year warranty.
Prices include UK delivery and VAT!
(non-UK delivery will be charged at cost after purchase and if you have an EU VAT number or are outside the EU, we can supply without VAT)
SMM-U2 on-axis frequency response (sensitivity & noise)
SMM-U1 on-axis frequency response (sensitivity & noise)
SMM-U1 & SMM-U2 signal to noise ratio
SMM-U2 directional response
SMM-U1 directional response
SMM-U1 directional response with optional directional horn attachment
Your SM3BAT comes with or without the SMM-U2 FG microphone, 4 SanDisk 32GB SDHC cards and 4 D-cell alkaline batteries. It also comes with my exclusive 60 day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and 4 year warranty.
Prices include UK delivery and VAT!
(non-UK delivery will be charged at cost after purchase and if you have an EU VAT number or are outside the EU, we can supply without VAT)
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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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