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The packaging is so good it might as well be a carrying case so all it needs is a handle. the lid of the box has a small velcro strip to hold it together. If you have a handle for a cardboard box, a little DIY gets that done but Razer could do that as well!
Should Razer sweeten the deal??
I would have liked if Razer provided the pop filter with the microphone for both the variants. Instead, it’s sold separately. Some microphones such as the Rode NT-USB microphone includes the pop filter and the Rode Podcaster has an internal pop filter mechanism inside its grille. A little incentive goes a long way.
Always room for improvement
A numerical value on the OLED display will help to set the microphone and headphone volume accurately. Many podcasters and users for such microphones carrying such units around so they will plug, unplug and maybe accidentally change the knob settings. It also needs an indicator for showing audio clipping during recording. The mute button’s LED when unmuted can flash red if and when the microphone clips.
Why the need for Razer Synapse when it does this??
Razer should provide the standalone drivers rather than having the user to download and install Synapse which will detect the Razer Seiren Pro and download the drivers. The driver installation file stays in the Razer Synapse filed under the Program Files folder.
Quality of Recording
The quality of these recordings via the Razer Seiren Pro is really good. With a proper acoustical foam padding on the walls to remove reverberation, the end result in quality can be better. But in the Seiren Pro’s bi-directional polar pattern, the recording from the rear grille section is softer compared to the same polar pattern recording towards the front. That wasn’t the case with Omni-direction which is using all three of its 14mm condenser capsules within. Even with the high-pass filter, the Razer Seiren Pro microphone picks background noise depending on your surroundings and pickup pattern. That’s the nature of condenser microphones and there are three of these inside.
The quality of the microphone is great and effective in most of the polar pattern tests. The plosives are not annoying as in Samson Q2U given there are no pop filters. Even the sigh of relief recordings are crisp and did not show obvious signs of clipping.
What gamers buy Vs. What gamers need!!
Naturally, this question will come up. Razer is a brand that makes gamer-centric peripherals, add-ons and accessories. I never understood why would anyone recommend a condenser mic for streamers and podcasters who would not have a proper acoustical setup. For those who are podcasting, streaming and doing voice over for videos, you need that one microphone that does one job very well. There’s a similar and older microphone that has the same function called the Blue Yeti and Blue Yeti Pro. Yet both are preferred by streamers and gamers for some reason. In the end, they’ll use one of the two- Stereo or Cardioid. I would like to see Razer have a well built dynamic microphone with unidirectional pickup pattern functioning via USB and XLR interface bundled with a shock mount, a desk stand and a filter.
The need for a complete kit!
People want a complete kit to get the job done. Even if such a microphone from Razer would cost between the Seiren and Seiren Pro, it is very beneficial for streamers to do that one job and have a complete desk mic kit. We will need a choice along with USB microphones like Audio-Technica AT2020 USB+, Rode NT USB and even Rode Podcaster as the number of streamers and voice over recording are increasing with the times. None of these have XLR connection but don’t cost as much as the Razer Seiren Pro. Razer Seiren Pro’s advantage here is the option to use the XLR, OLED display that works even via XLR and accessible controls. But compared to two of three microphones, Razer provides a tall design to be placed on the desk. I can simply sit upright and start recording.
Should you short list the Seiren Pro to purchase one?
For those who have that microphone that has multiple functions, I have no restrictions in recommending this. Yes, there are cons which can be solved easily only when and if Razer wants it to. For what it does, this microphone function well and it is almost a complete package. I would have recommended Seiren from the Seiren Pro but it does not have a high-pass filter. Instead, the button on the USB-only Seiren headset turns off the green LED on the Razer logo. Why couldn’t Razer provide a high-pass filter for that?
But you have to set the mic gain and the system’s mic gain properly. During the initial days of testing, the recording quality picked up everything and the audio was clipping. It was later I realized that there were two volume controls and you need to set them as you would require. The in-mic gain between 35% to 50% and system’s mic gain to up to 65% is ideal.
Excellent quality in almost all polar patterns
Fewer plosives distortion
Ability to use the OLED display via XLR interface
USB and XLR
Excellent built quality
Desk stand height
Swivel desk stand
Option to listen to in-system sound via mic’s headphone jack with latency-free monitoring function
In bi-directional, the mic pickup from the rear is lesser in gain compared to its front
No pop filter
only 1 year warranty
No indicator for audio clipping
No plug-and-play support
Needs the user to download Synapse to download the standalone drivers
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) August 6, 2017