List of Bioacoustics Software

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Here is a listing of the most referenced bioacoustics software.

Bioacoustic software
Name License Platform Details Comments
Audacity GPL v2 Linux, Macintosh, Windows All around audio editing tool. To extend the analysis capabilities within Audacity, look at VAMP plugins.
Avisoft-SASLab Pro Proprietary Windows Specifically designed for bioacoustics research Google Scholar References
Avisoft-SASLab Lite Freeware Windows Specifically designed for bioacoustics research limited functionality
Avisoft-RECORDER Proprietary Windows Recording software with a number of options that have been adopted to applications in bioacoutics
BCID Proprietary Windows Identification software for zero-crossing and full-spectrum bat calls Fast, flexible and easy to use. Eastern US and most of Canada. More regions are under development
Luscinia GPL v2 Linux, Macintosh, Windows Can record, edit, and manage files. Spectrograms of sound; database archiving of wildlife sound recordings; computational comparison of sounds, using dynamic time warping; clustering analysis; syntactical analysis of animal vocal signals; visual comparison of spectrograms. Written in JAVA. Since Luscinia can be configured with a database, it's well suited for large projects where file management can be an issue.
Praat GPL v2 Linux, Macintosh, Windows For analyses only
Raven Proprietary Linux, Macintosh, Windows Program for the acquisition, visualization, measurement, and analysis of sounds. Developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. JAVA application.
Sonobat Proprietary Macintosh, Windows Software provides a comprehensive tool for analyzing and comparing high-resolution full-spectrum sonogram of bat echolocation calls recorded from time-expansion bat detectors. Customized for bat songrams. Can identify species based on sonogram. SonoBat development received a grant

from SERDP (see page 19 Where’s SonoBat?)

Sound Analysis Pro 2011 GPL v2 Windows Performs automated recording and analysis of animal vocalization. It can record, analyze and manage sound data over prolonged periods. Windows only. Has great documentation on how to use the program.
SoundRuler GPL v2 Linux, Macintosh, Windows Focused on teaching acoustics. Can record and edit.
Syrinx-PC Freeware Windows Program is specifically designed for field use for recording bioacoustics. Has basic analysis capabilities. Can be used to record/edit/analyze/manage. The software is no longer under active development—which shouldn’t necessarily deter its use. License isn't clear.
VAMP GPL Linux, Macintosh, Windows Vamp is an audio processing plugin system for plugins that extract descriptive information from audio data — typically referred to as audio analysis plugins or audio feature extraction plugins. Used with Audacity.
Song Scope Proprietary Linux, Macintosh, Windows An easy to use spectrogram viewer. Also allows the building of "recognizers" to automatically search field recordings for specific animal vocalizations. Developed by Wildlife Acoustics for bird song but can be used for any species with a consistent vocalization.
Kaleidoscope Proprietary Linux, Macintosh, Windows Kaleidoscope is an integrated suite of bat data tools which allows converting file formats, sorting and categorizing bat data by species, viewing spectrograms and generating reports. Developed by Wildlife Acoustics for species in North America and UK. More regions are under development.

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