Razer Seiren Elite is a microphone of many talents

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2015 - 06:04 PM |
Tagged: razer, Seiren Elite, microphone, audio

The Razer Seiren Elite is a microphone which can be used in almost any situation, for meetings it can be set to omnidirectional, for conversations it can be bidirectional, the stereo mode is good for aspiring musicians and the cardioid is great for solo podcasts.  All are accessible via a switch that sits on the same side as the gain adjustment and the zero delay headset connection is perfect for those recording as opposed to broadcasting live.  Thankfully the multiple modes do not mean that it can do many things poorly, the testing MadShrimps did showed it performed well in all four modes.  At $150 it is a very good value for those who need a microphone that can fulfill a variety of roles.

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"Thanks to the three 14mm condenser capsules, Seiren can function in four different modes: cardioid, stereo, omnidirectional or bidirectional, in order to accommodate different recording environments. Even if you do not use it in a professional environment, it should bring a lot of benefit to people which record streams daily/weekly thanks to the added clarity but also to the ones which talk a lot on Skype or any other audio/video conference programs."

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June 24, 2015 | 12:28 AM - Posted by BlackDove (not verified)

Who actually makes it?

June 24, 2015 | 12:50 AM - Posted by brisa117

From the description and price, it seem like it could be a rebranded/reshelled Blue Yeti.

Also, /r/pcmasterrace seems to agree with me:https://m.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/2p1de6/is_new_razer_mic_a_rebranded_blue_yeti_pro/

June 25, 2015 | 01:13 PM - Posted by razor512

It is pretty much the yeti pro but without the analog circuitry and XLR connections.

They also use many microphone designs and layouts which were patented by blue.

The only downside with how they rebadged it, is that they did not add any additional driver features such as noise reduction. The yeti pro is designed around not doing any special processing, it tries to get you as close to the mic capsule output as possible so that you have as much information as possible to post process.

The seiren on the other hand is being targeted at gamers and other non post production oriented tasks. This causes many issues in environments where you will be gaming. For example if you view many of the reviews, there is quite a lot of background noise.

Overall, it is a good mic, (I have the yeti), but it is also very sensitive and without noise reduction, it can be annoying when the PC fans speed up.

I use the live functions in adobe audition to add noise reduction to the mic. If they want the seiren to be more successful, they need to come out with their own drivers, and add noise reduction.

June 27, 2015 | 06:42 PM - Posted by Snoek (not verified)

It isn't a yeti pro without the analog circuitry, its the original yeti which didn't have analog in the first place. They introduced the yeti pro with xlr afterwards. Speaking of which Razer has since made the "Seiren Pro" which has XLR and such, and is literally the Yeti Pro reshelled.

On the note of being sensitive and having a lot of background noise, this is a common thing from Condenser mics, and they sound much better with low gain and close sound source. I made a small acoustic cushioning box that surrounds my Yeti (used one of the boxes the Yeti came in, put some soundproof foam on the sides and some random foam from a pc component box on the top and most of the bottom, then have one side open with a mesh covering pinned over it for a pop filter).

June 28, 2015 | 11:40 AM - Posted by Shortwave (not verified)

Aye, many pc die-hards don't have audio engineering knowledge.
I've noticed people being very confused on why their new mics can pick up every little fan and the mouse fart across the house.

It's very hard to tune a condenser mic' even more so on USB/software.
It might be worth running it through a 24 band EQ VST and cut off the very low and high ends to remove a ton of that background grumble (cars driving by, whatever). Though if you're good to drop 200-300 bucks it would be advisable I think to get a true phantom power con' mic with compatible USB audio interface that supports phantom. That should run around 100. (I use a Zoom R8, with a Shure condenser, but most people don't need 8 tracks.) I suggest checking out either Rolands or M-Audio's Interfaces. I know M-Audio has XLR.

Just make sure the interface is USB 3.0. : )
ASIO is a lot of fun to play with and it seconds as an amazing DAC really.

June 28, 2015 | 11:55 PM - Posted by razor512

The thing is that the razer's mic supports the same sample rates and bit depth that the yeti pro supports. The standard yeti's ADC is limited to 16 bit audio.

Anyway, both the yeti and yeti pro lack the dynamic range to even make use of 16 bit audio. The cheapest mic that they sell that has a dynamic range equal to the capabilities of 16 bit audio, cost well over $2000.

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