Song Meter SMZC Bat Recorder

Product code: 12892

Song Meter SMZC Bat Recorder

Product code: 12892

£457.24 ex VAT
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Check out the new SM4-ZC unit


 Key Features

  • Program in the field or in the office
  • Use an optional ultrasonic microphone
  • Monitor in the field in real-time
  • Synchronize multiple recorders with a single GPS antenna
  • Record up to 40 nights in zero crossing format
  • Start recording right out of the box

The new Song Meter SMZC is designed for ecologists in need of a lightweight, long-lasting zero crossing bioacoustics recorder. The SMZC houses some of the best features of the high end Song Meter SM3 in a compact, zero crossing recorder. It is weatherproof, energy efficient and budget friendly.

More Info

From innovative recording features, a built-in weatherproof Knowles FG microphone, GPS logging capability, and an in-the-field monitoring feature, the SMZC is very versatile

The Song Meter SMZC comes with out-of-the box recording programs; including night time and continuous recording schedules with automatic configuration. Just turn on the unit (batteries and an SD card are included), pick your desired schedule and press the Start button to begin recording immediately. Or, you can create customized, sophisticated schedules and settings to suit your exact needs.

The Song Meter SMZC's small size and lightweight design allows you to pack several into a backpack. An integrated mounting bracket and optional security bracket take up little space and will ensure your recorder will be where you left it.

Programming in the field is made easy via the recorder's keypad. If you're programming multiple units, you can do it on your computer with an SD card and download the program before deployment.

The SMZC records in zero crossing format, meaning that power consumption is minimal and flash card storage requirements are smaller. The  power-efficient design will capture over five weeks' worth of echolocation data in zero crossing format with only four C-sized batteries.

If you have several SMZC recorders to deploy in the field, the GPS accessory lets you synchronize the units. The GPS receiver synchronizes the SMZC clock to the GPS time base, ensuring precise time stamping for all recordings. It also logs the path and locations for all recordings, a useful feature when conducting mobile transects.

If you need to ensure that your recorder is operating properly, there is an integrated earphone jack inside the enclosure. Simply open the lid and plug in headphones to monitor.

Should deployments require driving transects, you can equip the SMZC with an optional SM3-U1 ultrasonic microphone. The SM3-U1 uses the same weatherproof Knowles FG element that is used in the SMZC. A 3 meter cable affords plenty of length to mount the microphone on any vehicle roof.


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