Razer – Razer Seiren v2 Pro review – A pleasantly surprising approach

What we liked

What. No RGB?

Thanks, Razer. We know it must have been hard to resist the temptation. It’s almost in your DNA now. But you made sure that your new version of the Seiren didn’t flash, don’t overlight, or be fussy. We have a nice microphone, a nice matte black cylinder, a nice object to put on your desk that won’t really do any work.

A price for once in the average

This again is not common for Razer, but the price of this device for once is not really 10% more expensive than the competition just because it bears the three snakes logo. On the contrary, with a PVMC of €159.99, it is even a little cheaper than the benchmark it intends to tackle, the Blue Yeti X, which is sold for a PVMC of €179.99.

A membrane in an “unusual” position

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Most peripheral manufacturers that have recently entered the content creator mic segment have in most cases taken a simple and popular approach: that of producing microphones inspired by the microphones used in podcasts, with diaphragms making mainly facing the user on the edge of the microphone to offer several capture possibilities (unidirectional, omnidirectional…).

The Seiren v2 started with a slightly different vision, which is closer to what is done in the field of music, with a membrane on the upper part of the microphone which must therefore be pointed towards the source you want to capture, what we often see on Shure brand microphones for example. Unfortunately, this comes with a downside: you only have the option of capturing in cardioid mode.

Satisfying sound

We tested the microphone in similar conditions to Mr. and Mrs. Everybody: no soundproof room, fairly high ceilings, noise in the street and always the Harley or the ambulance that can disturb you. It’s also worth remembering that you’re buying a microphone, you’re not buying a mixing studio: you can have either, but the budget will most certainly not be the same.

With the ability to capture your voice up to 96 Hz, you might as well have files at your disposal that are extremely faithful. Overall, the sound was always satisfactory, with a few caveats.

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The microphone should be placed close to your mouth. We are not talking about five centimeters, but more around 20 centimeters. If you move it further away, the sound will quickly be… spatialized? You will quickly have the impression of speaking from much further away and the microphone will be parasitized by secondary noises, in particular the click of your mouse. The sound of a mechanical keyboard is very common, but this is definitely the first time one of my stream mics has picked up my mouse, without it even being frantic spamming a la League of Legends.

You have to play around with your mic settings to match your voice. The concern is that you don’t have the option to save profiles and most of the apps you may use have different filters or settings to process your voice and therefore you cannot unify the way your voice is processed. This was particularly evident in our case when switching from Discord to OBS and vice versa. We made our most advanced settings in OBS, our main software, but the recordings on Discord were absolutely at the opposite end of the spectrum, much more bass and gritty. of their default options to make things better, but still, the difference is frustrating.

A simple, sober and effective look

Whether on the very solid metal base provided or at the end of a microphone arm, this microphone is really very classy. Cyrano would be full of praise for this oblong black capsule. The design is minimalist, it does not take up a lot of space. Even the supplied USB-C power cable comes with a specially designed tip to fit the shape of the microphone. Small flat, however on this same cable: installed in the base provided by Razer, it limits the mobility of the microphone by preventing it from rotating backwards. This makes sense given the position of the diaphragm and the stated purpose of the microphone, but it’s still an argument in favor of investing in a microphone arm.

What we liked less

Foam protection that affects recording quality

You buy a microphone and its base. You will still have to dip into your savings to buy a boom to attach your microphone to, as well as a pop filter. This last investment is particularly recommended: the foam ball supplied with the microphone is a nice gesture on the part of Razer, but we noted a catastrophic drop in the quality of our recordings when we used it with the same parameters as for our installation with a filter. It is possible to rectify the situation and achieve good quality by adjusting the settings, but nothing is as clear as with a filter.

Difficult to use buttons

To be fair, Razer is going to take a stray bullet, or a bullet that maybe should have been fired a little earlier. What is this mania of microphone manufacturers to provide you with buttons that you never really know how to use since they are mostly devoid of gradations or haptic feedback? On this Seiren, you don’t have graduated marks, you can turn the knobs endlessly. Of course, you have the option of using the audio feedback directly with the integrated jack, but it’s still not very intuitive. The intention of the manufacturer? No doubt you install its proprietary app to manage those same settings digitally. Our recommendation? Find the settings that work for you, create your own markers, whether with marker or blanco, and never touch them again.

Not really designed for Macs

So… We felt stupid because we hadn’t noticed before, but… Synapse software, at the heart of the Razer ecosystem, which gives you control over the functionality of all their devices or almost is not available on Mac.

An application that as always leaves a little to be desired

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Razer sells you the Stream Mixer, a feature built into its proprietary Synapse ecosystem, as one of the product’s most important features, highlighting it on the product box.

In fact, yes, using Synapse is important because the application gives you access to interesting additional features, such as the gain limiter or the filter that automatically eliminates the lowest frequencies.

However, the Stream Mixer, which wants to give you absolute control over the different audio sources on your PC to better integrate them into your streaming software via a single source. Consider it as an alternative to VoiceMeeter. In itself, the solution is functional, and you can effectively control the volumes of your different sources and which ones you send to your capture software in a few clicks. The problem is that it’s not something very intuitive, it’s even a function that we consider quite advanced for amateurs. You will find dozens of tutorials on how to achieve the same result with OBS and VoiceMeeter, you will be hard pressed to find one in the language of Molière that deals with how to configure the Razer Stream Mixer.

Spit your scale, Myrhdin

This mic will deliver a sound quality that will be quite satisfactory for the vast majority of amateur content creators. The only categories that could be disappointed would be the singers or the musicians, but there is no doubt that they will already have material of a completely different quality.

The minimalist design and the ease of use are particularly appreciated. We remain convinced that the investment in an arm and a pop filter (not supplied) will be necessary and logical given the technical characteristics of the microphone and the position of its membrane.

In terms of recording quality, however, we must leave its crown to the Blue Yeti X. The Seiren v2 Pro sounds less natural and is less versatile with parasitic sounds that appear as soon as the microphone is more than 20 centimeters from your stuffy.

However, in our testing, we went from the very first Seiren to this v2 Pro. In all honesty, Razer has reason to be proud of the progress made: this update shows serious developments and a desire to improve the user experience.

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