Deployed Swift recorder.

The Swift is our newly developed terrestrial autonomous recording unit. The goal of this development effort was to build a small, lightweight, and very cost-effective acoustic recorder. Our hope is that this unit will enable not only researchers, but also hobbyists, from all over the world to collect acoustics data in support of wildlife conservation efforts.

Swifts have already been deployed on every continent and based on user feedback we are constantly improving the design. We are proud of the fact that all of the components of the Swift recorder (electronics, microphones, etc.) have been developed in-house.

In its regular configuration, the unit is powered by three D-cell batteries which enable continuous data collection for 3+ weeks at a sampling rate of 48 kHz. Currently, the maximum supported sampling rate is 96 kHz (16 bit resolution). Data are stored on a single full-size SD memory card (up to 512 GB). Daily recording schedules can be programmed through a configuration tool. We can easily make modifications (e.g., different housing designs) to the Swift according to the needs of the researchers. If you are interested in these units or have additional questions, please contact Deborah Cipolla-Dennis.

Swift Frequently Asked Questions


Swift Recorder Configuration Tool (Windows only)

Introduction to the Configuration Tool (video)

Swift Recorder Users Guide (Version 2.1)

Swift SD Card Information and Formatting Protocol