The Razer Seiren Pro microphone requires the installation of the Razer Synapse software in order to install the required drivers and to change some of the microphone settings that cannot be changed on the unit itself. Dedicated drivers are required on Windows based PC’s to allow for the recording of Hi-Definition Audio. Drivers are not required for the Mac as the OS X operating system already includes the drivers required for Hi-Definition audio recording.
The Razer Synapse software is supported on Windows 7, 8 and 10 (32-bit & 64-bit) in addition to Mac OS X 10.9 – 10.11 and requires around 100 MB of free disk space.
For the purposes of this review we will be using a Windows 10 based PC.
The Razer Synapse software installation wizard is launched automatically when plugging the microphone into your PC for the first time and then downloads the required components. This is a nice touch and prevents you from having to search for and download the software yourself. Note: If you already own existing Razer peripherals that utilise the Synapse software then you should not need to install it again.
We did unfortunately experience an issue with the installation which specified a download error and could not complete. Restarting this installation several times didn’t help.
In the end, we had to download the Razer Synapse software from the Razer website here and install manually. Please let us know in the comments if you experienced the same issue.
When launching the software for the first time you will be required to login with your Razer ID account. If you don’t already have a Razer ID then you have the option to create an account in the software.
After you have logged in using your Razer ID, the Razer Update Manager will download and configure any additional components such as OS specific drivers. Once this is complete you may be prompted to restart your PC to complete the install.
On launching the software you will be presented with the microphone settings screen, of which there are only 2 options that can be changed. These are the Bitrate and Sampling Rate to allow you to control the quality of your final recording.
The available Bit Rates are:
- 16 bit
- 24 bit
The available Sampling Rates are:
- 44.1 kHz
- 48.0 kHz
- 96.0 kHz
- 192.0 kHz
In addition to the 2 microphone settings above, you can also access the software settings (from the small gear icon at the top right). From here you can check for software updates, view help guides, submit feedback and change the preferred language.
We did note that a driver and Windows 10 compatibility update were available despite the fact that we’d only just installed the software from the Razer website. These were installed within seconds though and a PC restart was not required.
The software features are basic but functional though we didn’t experience any further software or driver issues once installed.
For more information about the Razer Synapse software, please visit the dedicated page on the Razer website here.
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