The new Razer Seiren V2 Pro is yet another Pro microphone to hit the growing streamer and creator market, and it’s definitely overkill for your day-to-day work Zoom calls. No sir, this $150 matte black pill is for the Pokemaines and Shrouds of this world and your budding podcasters, Youtubers and DJs. Conversely, most others don’t need to apply; mostly because it takes quite a bit of shenanigans to get the promised audio out of this mic.
Despite the Pro name, the Serien V2 Pro isn’t some fancy XLR mic, just a plug-and-play USB capacitor. This is a 30mm dynamic microphone that delivers rich, warm and clean sound with up to 96kHz sampling rate. It will work whether you’re using a PC or a Mac, but to get the most out of it, you’ll need a Windows machine with Razer Synapse.
The main attraction of USB desktop microphones is that you simply plug them into an available port. Don’t make a fuss. Not so with the Seiren V2 Pro. First, you need to make sure the mic is properly positioned where the cardioid pickup pattern is strongest. Thanks to the threads on the bottom of the mic, this is easy if you mount it to a boom. The mic then captures the rich, warm rendition of your voice that will blow Barry White’s head.
The problem is, the Seiren V2 Pro doesn’t come with a cantilever. Instead, it comes with a beautifully designed desk stand that does a great job of keeping the mic steady, absorbing shock and offering up to 180-degree tilt. But while it looks great on your desk, it won’t do much to keep it close to your mouth unless you’re ready for a serious premonition.
Razer Seiren V2 Pro Specifications
So when I’m using the mic on the stand, placing it about a foot away from my mouth produces very weak audio with a lot of vibrato distortion. Aside from adding ambient noise, no amount of fiddling with the gain knob will help. However, pick up the mic and hold it to your mouth like a badass DJ, and the audio is drastically improved.
Even so, it’s still not the best audio the Seiren V2 Pro can put out, and I need to dare where dragons dare not – the Razer Synapse. On the face of it, the first page showing base level, gain and volume sliders and switching for sample rate, high pass filter and gain limiter seems straightforward. The second page is the Stream Mixer dashboard, and for those serious about streaming, this is where it gets interesting.
The mixer does what you expect – manages all the audio inputs and outputs connected to your machine. For example, you can manage the audio you hear in your headphones versus the audio your audience hears in the stream. You can manage game audio, customize music audio, and more. This amount of control can feel a little overwhelming at first, and I really hate how the Seiren V2 Pro adds ten virtual devices to my Windows audio output menu.
Now, if you’re not streaming, you don’t have to worry about any of that, but there are benefits to activating something like a high-pass filter, which removes low-frequency noise from your audio, like your PC fan or room AC. I’m not a big believer in the analog gain limiter, which is supposed to prevent clipping and peaking in the audio because it doesn’t do a good job, especially with a mic on a desk stand.
I’m also not a big fan of the physical controls on the mic itself. Aside from the mute button, you only have two infinitely rotating dials for gain and volume. Not only do they fail to help you judge what level you’re at, but they’re often difficult to use because of the way you need to tilt the mic sharply.
So, in a nutshell, the Serien V2 Pro is a great microphone, but one that doesn’t get the most out of it with unnecessary fidgeting. I really like how rich and clear my voice sounds, and the high pass filter does a great job of removing the hum of my desk. I also appreciate its handsome appearance. For a Razer product, it has no RGB, no green splashes anywhere, opting instead for a minimalist look.
That being said, the $150 Razer Seiren V2 Pro doesn’t really beat some of the best microphones out there, like the Blue Yeti, HyperX Quadcast, or Elgato Wave 3. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine, but only in skilled hands. If you just want a simple plug-and-play microphone, this probably isn’t for you. Check out our guide to the best microphones.