Using the included SPECT'R capture software, up to 4 BAT USB microphones (AR125, AR180, AR125FD, miniMic) can be mixed and connected to a laptop to all record simultaneously. The AR180 EXT can also record into the FR125 Field Recorder and the iFR-IV.
AR180-EXT Ultrasonic Receiver
The AR180-EXT system is specifically designed for bat monitoring applications which require that the detector is mounted quite a distance away from the recording device. The system consists of an ultrasonic microphone element and a ultrasonic digitizer unit. The two units are separable up to 250 feet and are connected using industry standard CAT-5e or CAT-6 cable. The AR180-EXT is shipped with a 20 foot cable. Longer cables can also be supplied, but with an additional charge
The AR180-EXT is Binary Acoustic Technologies widest bandwidth ultrasonic receiver. It is designed to receive bat calls in the 1KHz to 180KHz frequency range and it is capable of detecting the higher frequency bats such as those founds in areas of Australia, Europe, and Central/South America. The above average sample rate of 375kHz results in higher quality raw data than what can be recorded with less sophisticated equipment, meeting the demands of users wishing to obtain quality data while field data. After all, bats are far more sophisticated than the most sophisticated human technology, therefore it behooves us to employ the highest quality equipment we have in order to have a hope of interpreting what it is they do with high-frequency echolocation.
The AR180-EXT is a professional quality ultrasonic receiver that is designed for ultrasonic recording and acoustic analysis. It employs a directional, wide bandwidth ultrasonic element along with ultrasonic to digital conversion technology to produce a high quality, 16-bit, digitally sampled acoustic stream that is injected directly into a laptop, lab computer, or field recorder.
The AR180-EXT is specifically designed for applications such as bat recording and vocalization analysis where directivity and a wide ultrasonic frequency range are desired. It employs low noise circuitry to achieve high sensitivity along with a large dynamic range. It is sensitive enough to detect the faintest sound a human can hear (0 dB SPL) and it is capable of detecting bats at distances up to several hundred feet. It employs a directional, wide bandwidth ultrasonic element along with ultrasonic to digital conversion technology to produce a high quality, digitally sampled, acoustic stream that is captured directly into a Windows tablet, a laptop or netbook running Windows XP or higher, or a Mac via Parallels for recording and analysis.
AR180-EXT is better at:
SPECT'R Capture Software
The AR180 EXT can be controlled via BAT's SPECTÕR software which performs spectral analysis, digital tuning, and hard-disk recording. It is designed for field collection and it is capable of operating up to any four BAT USB microphones from a single laptop. SPECTÕR can also be used as standalone playback processor to playback and reprocess or analyze recorded data.
SPECTÕR includes the option to use the WAVPACK loss-less file compressor which reduces the recording size by a factor of three. This increases the time span that SPECTÕR can be left out during unattended recording. SPECTÕR also includes several of the advanced call detection and insect noise rejection techniques that were first developed for the SCANÕR automated processing software. This effectively simultaneously increases the detection range of an AR180 system and reduces the number of false detection recordings. Most recently, an active record mode was added so users can save bat passes selectively, but after the pass, thereby enabling you to only record strong or unusual activity, not all the intervening junk.
SPECTÕR includes a complete collection of spectral analysis tools. The main window features a unique short duration, sonogram called SonoSCOPE that is useful for real-time species identification. In addition, SPECTÕR includes a ultrasonic spectral display that is useful for performing surveys of the acoustic environmental. Both spectral analysis tools are mouse operated and can be used to make frequency, time duration, and sound pressure measurements.
SPECTÕR includes a high performance digital tuner that translates high frequency ultrasonic signals down to the human audio range. The tuner uses true heterodyning and advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to produce a high quality audio signal which can be played through a windows compatible sound port for live monitoring and/or recorded for future playback.
At the heart of SPECTÕR is a versatile hard-disk recorder that supports two different recording modes: full-bandwidth, and snapshot. In full-bandwidth mode, the entire bandwidth of the ultrasonic receiver ( >300Ksps) is recorded continuously to disk. This preserves all the nuances of the original ultrasonic environment. Full-bandwidth recordings can be reprocessed after-the-fact to search for bat vocalizations, and/or perform acoustic species identification. Full-bandwidth mode is most useful for recording emergences or other events where large groups of bats will be recorded. Alternatively, in snapshot mode SPECTÕR operates as an automated (full-bandwidth) snapshot recorder, generating snapshots only when bat vocalizations are detected, and only for a user-selected time. A timeout feature ends the recording sooner if no more ultrasound is detected for a user-designated time period. All recordings are stored using industry standard 16-bit .wav file format. Both the full-bandwidth and snapshot files are compatible with SonoBat.
Finally, to support file playback and reprocessing, SPECTÕR includes a variable-rate playback function that supports all three record modes and any SonoBat compatible WAV file. The playback rate is user selectable to allows an operator to employ a combination of time-stretching and digital heterodyning to obtain an optimum translation of ultrasonic acoustics into the audio range. Download the Spect'R User Manual for more information.
Confused about acoustic monitoring for bats?
Acoustic monitoring is more complicated than it appears. How do you know if what you are recording is any good, if you don't know what it's supposed to sound like in the first place? Please see our acoustic help section particularly for placement and weatherproofing suggestion. BCM also offers highly rated workshops of various lengths around the country for those wishing to jumpstart their learning curve. We also offer professional services ranging from managing your acoustic data for you to complete project management; contact John Chenger for quotes.
Placement and weatherproofing tips
for the BAT AR180-EXT
BAT AR180 EXT
Weatherproof extended cable run
for long term installations
AR180-EXT USB Ultrasonic Microphone
Directional microphone coverage. Includes (1)- 20' weatherproof cable, Spect'r capture software, manuals. Spect'r requires Windows XP or higher, or Mac via Parallels.
FR125 Field Recorder III
The FR125 is a low-power field recorder that is intended for over night and extended duration monitoring projects. It is a lower power alternative to a laptop or ultra mobile personal computer (UMPC).
The FR125 includes two high-speed USB 2.0 connectors which allow it to control and operate an AR125 ultrasonic receiver along with a combination of external USB hard-drives, Compact Flash writers, or USB thumb-drives.
A complete monitoring system can be assembled using a minimum of components. A typical overnight recording system consists of an FR125 Field Recorder along with an AR125 Ultrasonic Receiver and a single USB thumb or flash drive. Multiple night recording can be accommodated either using multiple flash drives or switching to a larger external hard-drive.
An FR125 system uses less than a third of the power drawn by a typical laptop system. For example, an overnight system (a FR125, a AR125 and a thumb-drive) requires only 6.5 Watts of power.
Storage/Travel/Short Term Deployment Case
Storing bat detectors is usually not a problem; it's what to do with the myriad of "other things" you find indispensable that need to be in ne place for convenience for your surveys. Intended to hold an AR180EXt with 50' cable, a FR125, and an assortment of rubberbands and guy ties for mounting you microphone to things. We have cut a small groove in the lid for you so the ethernet cable can exit. Plastic, weather resistant, lightweight construction and stackable.
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Conceived at the April 1, 2013 Western Bat Working Group Meeting, BCM received the first two prototype miniMic devices just a few weeks later in time for a full summer of testing. The D500X is a USB driven full spectrum ultrasound microphone intended for live view active monitoring, mobile transects, and short term unattended (passive) monitoring of bat and other high frequency animal calls. The miniMIC is specifically designed for applications such as bat recording and vocalization analysis where wide spatial coverage and a wide ultrasonic frequency range are desired. It employs low noise circuitry along with 16-bit digital converters to achieve high sensitivity along with a large dynamic range. It is capable of detecting bats at a distances up to one hundred and forty feet.
General MiniMIC Features:
MiniMIC is better suited for:
To program an iFR-IV in the field, it is handy to have this LCD controller. This controller allows all the iFR-IV settings to be modified. One controller can be used with all your iFR-IV units.