Audio Analysing Apps for Mobile Devices

There are at least two mobile phone apps for analysing audio data “to go”. So the idea is: Catch your mobile phone, start the App, put your phone mic on the entrance, wait some seconds (don’t make the bees in this time too angry, they do not like reflecting objekts like glasses, photo lenses or glossy smart phone screens too much ;-), read the analysed outcome on the phone.

OSBeehives App (Open Source Bee Hives, OSBH)

There is a fresh App for the OSBH BuzzBox announced. It’s the app for the BuzzBox hardware but has a stand alone audio analyer also.

from the newsletter:

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Tap the buttons below to download the OSBeehives app and analyse hive health from your phone, even without a BuzzBox sensor!

That’s really fun because we made some design sketches a good half year ago! Great news @Aaron and @Tristan_OSBH!!

Apivox Auditor

The Apivox Auditor App is not open source and you have to pay for it some bucks

There is a elaborated section about audio monitoring on the website and the developer has a lot of videos and tutorials online.


There was an electronic instrument called Apidictor from Eddie Woods in the 60th. This is a trial to simulate the Apidictor with nowaday available audio analyzing tools for mobile devices like the App n-track:


Swarmy has been discontinued but the source code is still available.

Bee Health Guru

I think not published yet. Developed by Jerry Bromenshenk, University of Montana
and produced by Bee Alert Technology. A 30 seconds recording is sufficient to detekt seven different disorders, e.g. hive beetle, parasitic mites, foulbrood,
CCD, Nosema, source: The Economist.

Any experiences?

I haven’t used neither the OSBH nor the Apivox App till now. So in case someone has experiences feel free to leave a comment here about that.


This are the categories in the new version (summer 2018).

Btw nice UI and UX. You can start the recording process by pressing the button. Then you have 5 seconds left to place the mobile phone on the entrance - I put it under the base’s mesh wire an excellent place. :-)

The most interesting detail: A sampe of 15 seconds (!) is enough to do the analysis!