Razer has been delivering quality products for gamers and streamers for some time and brought one of my favourite lite microphones in the Seiren Mini. The real challenge has been keeping up with the massive leaps in streamer technology, with the type of control software brought to you by EPOS and Blue or mixing software like Elgato or Rode.
Well, let me tell you something… Razer has done it.
Introducing the Razer Seiren V2 Pro, a sleek design, similar to that of the Seiren Mini (only larger) and a rare trait in a USB microphone, it is dynamic. The mic offers a fairly standard 24 bits and a variable sample rate of up to 96 kHz.
On the mic, you’ll find a mute button and controls for the gain and headphones, the headphone jack on the back and a recessed USB-C port. The long, braided cable is fitted at the end to complete the pill shape of the Seiren V2 Pro. Its build quality is a solid, durable metal casing with a lot of weight to it.
The Seiren V2 Pro has a simple mount and base. The base could stand to be a little heavier given the weight of the microphone itself, but as always, my recommendation is to get the mic off the desk and onto a mic arm. The threads for the mount are great because it fits into the two most common thread types without a need for an adapter.
“Introducing the Razer Seiren V2 Pro, a sleek design, similar to that of the Seiren Mini (only larger) and a rare trait in a USB microphone, it is dynamic.”
The Seiren V2 Pro has a high pass filter and analog gain limiter, meaning the mic sounds great out of the box. Room noise is brought down to a minimum, and you can avoid clipping when you are a little too loud. You can use the microphone in a plug and play fashion, but you would only be using half of the device’s potential if you do so.
The only thing that elevates a great mic is its great software, and Razer has stepped up to the plate. Razer’s Synapse application has been updated to include some fun features. First, you can control the functions found on the Seiren V2 Pro directly in the software, but you can also adjust the sample rate between 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz and 96 kHz. You can also toggle the high pass filter and analog gain limiter on and off.
The biggest, best, and most surprising part of the software is something that no company seemed to be interested in doing. They created viable competition for Elgato’s Wave Link software and not only is it viable, but it is potentially the next step up. The Wave Link may have recently been updated with the ability to add VSTs in the software, but Razer throwing their hat into this ring signifies that companies are taking their software seriously and the race is on.
“The Seiren V2 Pro’s high pass filter and analog gain limiter mean the mic sounds great out of the box.”
In the stream mixer, you can select any combination of audio sources and mix them into a single output for your stream or recording software of choice. Using the app volume and device settings, you can send any application to any of the ten mixer destinations and also use a submix, controlling the levels going to the stream and those going to your headphones.
Synapse can add three more sources to its mix than the Wave Link, which can be useful for a more complicated stream, but shouldn’t make a huge difference to the average streamer. Its horizontal layout is a little more clunky than the vertical layout of the Wave Link, but taking the app full screen cascades them in a more user-friendly manner.
At $149.99 USD, the value of the Seiren V2 Pro is unsurpassed. There are a number of microphones that we have seen that come with a higher price tag and offer nowhere near the quality or functionality of this microphone. With its overall aesthetic, crisp sound, and Razer’s nerve to take the next and arguably most important step that any USB mic can take by adding a comprehensive software solution, this may well be my new favourite microphone.