SoundChaser is a (Windows-based) software application; which has been developed by Acounect, to enable users to record wildlife sounds, with a great deal of accuracy. The application is very versatile, featuring modules which may be easily loaded/unloaded:
SoundChaser is currently available in two, distinctive versions:
- SoundChaser Discovery
- SoundChaser Expert
Whenever I review software, which happens to be freely available for downloading -
Whether it's completely free or free-to-try (like SoundChaser): I feel, that there simply isn't a need to write such a lengthy/detailed review; since anyone who is interested, can simply download and try the software themselves - For free.
This is still currently the case with several excellent software applications.
Below, is an excellent demonstration video (made by Acounect):
- An UltraMic, from Dodotronic any version will work (including the very first ones released). The two versions currently available, are: The 200kHz sample rate unit, and the 250kHz sample rate unit.
- A laptop, sub-notebook, or tablet PC - Running a late version of Windows software as it's operating system.
- SoundChaser Expert software.
"Recommended requirements: Windows Vista, 7 or 8, Intel iCore (or equivalent), ATI or nVidia GPU graphics card, screen resolution of 720p or 1080p HD, touch screen."
The Folks at Acounect have also provided a neat, and useful list of compatible/recommended Tablet PC's in PDF format Here. Each for under 400 Euros.
Installation is easy, and is outlined in their Installation Guide.
If you are using a small notebook computer (small screen), you should select 'Full Screen' from the opening dialog box (when you first launch the application). I find it to look a lot better than the other option ('Windowed'). Again, this is something you may try-out yourself; it may be considered a matter of personal preference.
By default, the software will choose the following (syntax) Windows directory to store your recordings in: C:\Users\*Your Username*\SoundChaser Sessions - Of course, this may be easily changed to whichever location (path) you would like.
- Free to download and use for 15 days.
- Only hardware purchase needed (for owners of Windows-based machines) is an Ultramic from Dodotronic.
- Fairly easy to start using.
- Technical Support slow to respond.
- Fairly high Start-up cost (for SoundChaser Expert).
Happy bat detecting!
*Next Post - will be the full review of the brand-new 'micro trio' from Ciel.