Saturday, 12 December 2015

Razer Seiren Pro

Razer Seiren Pro

The streamer’s dream mic?

Well, Well, Well, we may as well face it—streaming is here to stay. If you head over to Twitch, you’ll see thousands of streamers, companies, and YouTubers merrily selling their subscriptions and unadulterated content to the masses, open for all to see. Hell, we do it, so why shouldn’t you?

But what happens if you want to take that first plunge into the digital stream? Dipping your little toe into the icy waters of Internet fandom? Well, you need to get yourself a solid PC, ideally something with at least four cores, 16GB of RAM, and one or two meaty graphics units from your favorite team (green or red, we won’t judge).

Then, of course, if you want to add your ugly mug to the mix, you need to acquire a webcam, slim pickings admittedly — presumably a Logitech at this point in time. And, finally, a high-quality recording device. You want the best, and that’s what we’re bringing you. Crystal clear, studio-grade, high-fidelity sound. Say “hello” to the Razer Seiren Pro.

This isn’t Razer’s first foray into dedicated microphones. Since the launch of the first Seiren in December 2014, Razer has made some improvements on the Seiren Pro. One of them being the dedicated five-pin XLR output, and a fancy gizmo called the high pass filter.

But where this product shines is the overall feel and quality of the build. This is exactly what Razer should be making, and it’s spectacular. From every angle, you’re greeted with a beautiful matt black dedicated microphone setup, complete with refined silver accents around the center of the minimalistic design. Even the green triple-headed snake emblem forsakes the usual color scheme in favor of platinum detailing. The basic stand (if you can call it that) consists of a powder-coated black aluminum base, on top of a velvet, non-slip pad with two tightening pivot points at the middle of the microphone.

It’s just a mic, though, right? Surely, what’s most important here is the audio? Well, it’s a good thing Razer has you covered here as well. From raw recordings, we found the sound to be crisp and smooth. Activating Razer’s high pass filter eliminates any unwanted bass from your recordings, giving a well rounded clarity to your voice. It also gets rid of any low-lying noise or vibrations from the surrounding area—say “goodbye” to PC hum. On top of that, you get four different recording patterns. Between cardioid, omnidirectional, stereo, and bidirectional, Razer ensures that no matter what your setup—whether you’re jamming out tunes, recording a solo podcast, or interviewing your roomie—you’ll always get the sound you’re after.

So it’s just like a fancy-looking Blue Yeti, then? Well, sort of. It extends far beyond that, though. And if you want more, Razer can supply it. Want to add a shock mount? Sure thing. Need to attach it to a boom? Yep, done. Need a pop filter? Yeah, we’ve got that, too. Direct 0 latency headphone monitoring? Not a problem. Need an LED display and a mute button? Sure, we can do that.

You get the point. There’s nothing this mic can’t be set up to do. Razer really has nailed it. This is the perfect all-round microphone. It looks stunning, the audio is fantastic, and if you’re looking for a classy, solid, dependable mic, the Seiren Pro is the one for you. – Zak Storey

Recording Patterns - Cardioid, stereo, omnidirectional, bidirectional
Sample rate - 192kHz
Bit rate - 24-bit
Frequency response - 20Hz–20kHz
Capsules - Three 14mm condenser capsules
Connectivity - USB and XLR