Audio Injector Ultra 2

(Last updated 27th April 2019)

As the Cirrus Logic Audio Card is no longer available, options for recording ultrasound with the Raspberry Pi are unfortunately limited. There is a relatively new sound card available which is specifically designed to record ultrasound with a maximum sample rate of 192kHz: Audio Injector Ultra 2 from Flatmax Studios.

Instructions for setting up this card for use with a Raspberry Pi can be found here.

The card defaults to line input, so a simple bash script is needed to set up recording from the on-board microphones (Knowles SPU0410LR5H Ultrasonic MEMS microphones).

amixer cset name='ADC Mux' 0
amixer cset name='PGA Volume' 40

This can be saved as a bash script (e.g. record_from_mic.sh) and set to run at startup by adding the following line to /etc/rc.local just before exit zero (instructions on how to do this are here).

sh /home/pi/record_from_mic.sh &

Here’s the Ultra 2 Sound Card attached to a Raspberry Pi 3B+:

Ultra 2 Sound Card + Raspberry Pi 3B+

SoX can be used for sound-activated recording:

rec -G -c1 -r 192000 -b 16 -V2 /home/pi/temp.wav sinc 10k silence 1 0.01 1% -1 1.0 1% trim 2.0 3.0

These are spectrograms of bat calls from recordings made with the Ultra 2 sound card:

Nathusius’ Pipistrelle

Common Pipistrelle + Social Call and Soprano Pipistrelle

Soprano Pipistrelle (note feeding buzz)

Serotine

Noctule

Natterer’s Bat

More details and results with this sound card will be added during 2019.