A Low-Cost Open-Source Acoustic Recorder for Bioacoustics Research

  • John Atkins
  • Mark Johnson
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 875)


Acoustic recorders are the primary tool used in marine bioacoustics; however, available devices are either expensive or lack self-calibration capabilities that are critical for high-quality measurements. Moreover, the software used in proprietary designs can be inflexible and may involve unknown processing steps. To address this, we have designed a miniature low-cost yet high-performance acoustic recorder that features open-source hardware and software. Circuitry is included for self-calibration, making it possible to evaluate device performance in situ. Our intention is that the design will develop in conjunction with the needs of the bioacoustics community.


Acoustic Recorder Design Noise 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of J. Montgomery, A. Cozens, and M. Birch of the Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leigh Marine LaboratoryUniversity of AucklandLeighNew Zealand
  2. 2.Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St. AndrewsSt. Andrews, FifeUK

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