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Bioacoustic Audio Recorder

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The Frontier Labs Bioacoustic Audio Recorder (BAR) is a professional grade audio recorder designed specifically for bioacoustic studies. It is lightweight, rugged, easy to use and has a built in GPS. It is highly sensitive and produces excellent sound quality. It comes with everything you need to get going, including a battery, microphone, mounting plate and strap. 


  • Small and lightweight design measuring 110x130x70mm and weighing only 360 grams including battery.
  • Supports multiple sample rates: 8kHz, 16kHz, 22.05kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz (with corresponding anti-aliasing filters).
  • Adjustable gain up to 60dB.
  • Integrated GPS provides accurate location information and time synchronization.
  • Easy to use interface means anyone can setup and deploy.
  • Ulta-low noise and highly sensitivite omnidirectional microphone includes a 20dB class A pre-amp and output driver for cables.
  • Robust, waterproof, lockable enclosure made from a durable UV resistant plastic.
  • Only $800 AUD (inc. GST).
  • Available to order now, with a max lead time of 4 weeks (depending on timing of order).
  • Made and supported locally in Brisbane, Australia.

The single battery unit costs only $800 AUD (inc. GST) and lasts for around 80 hours of recording which you can schedule to occur whenever you want using the scheduler software. An optional battery pack fits 3 extra batteries inside the lid to give you around 320 hours of recordings for only $55 AUD extra (*Additional batteries not included). For longer deployments an external power option can also be added to the unit for $110 AUD and comes with a 3m cable and connectors.

The BAR was designed with ease of use in mind: The simple user interface allows you to set the recording schedule, check the card status, battery level and microphone status all in the field. The mounting plate and belt strap also mean deployment is simple and hassle-free.

The rechargeable lithium-ion 18650 battery supplied with the recorder has a long life, wide temperature range (-10 to +60 °C) and is easily accessible for quick changeover in the field. They are available worldwide and can be charged with standard lithium chargers. Why put up with the bulk, weight and waste of Alkaline batteries?

The BAR comes with a 30 day money back guarantee so you can try it risk free. If you're not 100% satisfied with your BAR then return it to us within 30 days for a full refund.


All our products are made locally in Brisbane, Australia and come with a full 12 month warranty. We take pride in the quality of our equipment so if anything should fail under normal use then please let us know and we will arrange a replacement for you.

The following is a comparative recording of the BAR and Songmeter SM2, both using 16bit 44.1kHz sampling taken at 5:30am on the 18th of March 2014 in inner-city Brisbane.

microphone frequency response

As an ornithologist, my research aims to improve species inventories and monitoring programmes by using long-duration, automated field recordings of bird vocalizations. While our lab has only recently begun working with the BAR, we have been pleased with the high-quality field recordings they have achieved. The units are small, lightweight, and rugged, and have been easy to set up and monitor. They are also considerably less expensive than similar options available, making them an ideal choice for our work in remote regions of Victoria and overseas. We have also been very pleased with the Customer Service we have received from Frontier Labs and look forward to continuing working with this company in the future.
- Dr. Karen Rowe, Ian Potter-Williamson Foundation Biodiversity Research Fellow, Museum Victoria


pdf doc Click here to download the product brochure
pdf doc Click here to download the BAR User Guide (v1.4)
pdf doc Click here to download the Quick Start Guide



Scheduler GUI Software (v0.32)

To program different recording schedules for the BAR you'll need to download and install the Scheduler program.  Click here to download the Frontier Labs software installer which contains the Scheduler GUI Software and user manuals for the BAR and Scheduler Software. Save the file onto your computer and then run it which will launch the installer. After the installation is complete you can launch the Scheduler program from the start menu under Start -> Frontier Labs -> Scheduler.
 Scheduler screenshot

Version number Features
Scheduler V0.32 Corrects a display issue with negative timezones


Firmware Upgrades

From time to time we will be releasing new features and improvements for the BAR in the form of firmware upgrades. Upgrading your firmware to the latest version will ensure you are getting the most out of your BAR.
To upgrade your firmware you'll need to download the latest firmware file from the link below and then download and install the Firmware Upgrade Tool (if you haven't already) by clicking here. After the installation is complete you can launch the Firmware Upgrade Tool from the start menu under Start -> Frontier Labs -> Firmware Upgrade Tool -> Upgrade Firmware. 
Please see page 14 of the BAR User Guide for instructions on how to upgrade the firmware.


Version number        Download link                Release notes       
v3.00 BAR_FirmwareV3.00 Release notes

* This firmware now supports ExFAT formatted SD cards.
Previously cards 32GB and above had to be formatted as FAT32 on the BAR, but now you can format them as ExFAT using your computer or the BAR.
We strongly recommend that you format your SD cards every time you deploy and not just delete the files off them. It will allow your cards to keep running at their maximum speed by cleaning out the filesystem. If you want to squeeze a little extra speed out of your SD cards, you can get the SD Assosiation's format program which is better at setting up a SD card than standard computer format programs.