Razer Seiren Emote, technical features
The Razer Seiren Emote is a hypercardioid pattern microphone with many resources, such as streaming video games, podcasts or simply interacting with your friends while you play. It has a frequency response of 100 Hz to 20,000 Hz, with 25 mm condenser tablets. Maximum pressure is 110 dB, and the feeling is 20 mV / Pa.
This microphone also features an 8 x 8-inch touchscreen feature, which is used to display emojis and other things as we'll see later. The microphone has a microUSB connector at the bottom to connect it to the computer, as well as disconnect the headphone to connect it directly there and save us a long cable to the computer.
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The box contents are complete and do not include unnecessary plastic, which is a point that pleases the environment because the box comes with just enough food for everything you put in it. In it we find a microphone, a base, two different necklaces depending on the length or inclination we want to give the microphone.
The microphone has an aluminum finish, with great durability and good finish. The foot is very light and helps the microphone not even go through the iota when using it, in addition to placing the foam on the bottom to prevent the strokes we give on the table translating to the sounds the microphone opens. The necks are also stiff, allowing a certain tendency to change you the way we like. In general, it shows that we are facing a high end product. Its appearance is exactly the same as the Seiren X, but with a better sound quality thanks to being a hypercardioid rather than a supercardioid similar to the other model.
The only control we have on the microphone is the steering wheel that controls the number of heads we put in (yes, it's not to control the microphone volume), and the bottom button to mute the microphone. If you listen, the color on the button will be green. When the microphone is muted, the color will be red.
The MicroUSB cable installed is 1.8 meters long, the right distance to connect it to the computer, but it may be slow if we have a tower away from it. This is readily available, since the cable used is a standard microUSB, and we can always buy a small one. The fact that you are using the microUSB right now is not a bad thing, as it is not a cord we will be plugging in and always putting it on as if it would be on a device that needs to be charged, like headphones.
The microphone assembly is quite simple. We have two arms or wires to choose from. The shorter one allows for less irrigation adjustment, while the longer one (called the gooseneck) allows it to give it greater lift. However, when we wrap it too much, the microphone expires and the foot does not support the weight, making it overflow. So, ultimately the decision will depend on whether you will use it between you and the keyboard, where you will place the shorter, or if you place it in an extra height at the head or side where it does not interfere with the View and View. Even placing it on the side of the keyboard we won't have any sound problems.
The right placement has a volume wheel facing us, and the other side facing the camera. That way, you see the logo and icons on the 8 × 8 screen, on the other hand and you see the Razer logo below; even though it depends on the light it may not be visible because it is very subtle. And, logically, because the microphone listening pattern is directed to the part where the buttons are. If we turn it upside down, we'll hear more.
The sound quality of the pipe is amazing. Being a hypercardioid, it has the ability to select sounds even when we are very far away. In the following video you can see a small audio test we did.
As we can see, the voice sounds human and straight as usual without setting any limits, with great accuracy across a wide range of sounds, from bass to treble, though as you can see my voice is very loud and not too bitter The sensitivity is very high, because it can pick up the sound ours even if we're too far away from the microphone.
The choice of a hypercardioid pattern is ideal for this microphone, because it takes our voice or comes from a distance (which must increase the gain), and helps reduce the noise we have in the environment, such as keystrokes.
Software: Razer Synapse and Streamer Companion App
Just plug it in to the computer, Windows 10 has it without any problems and makes it an automated gaming and recording device, in which case we have to modify the passerby if we can't use the 3.5 mm jack outlet. From there we can record the sound in the program we want, or in order to get the most out of it we have to include two programs: Razer Synapse and Streamer Companion App. Both are needed to make the screen work. Firstly we can control parameters such as microphone gain, and secondly we are able to sync platforms like Twitch or Streamlabs so that the icons appear on the screen.
It is not mandatory to create a Razer account for the service to work, as we can access them as guests. However, it may be best to get an account. It is also not important to install Streamer Companion if we can't use the screen.
With the Streamer Companion partner, we will spend more time preparing the parameters. For example, we can configure an icon to appear when someone subscribes to a channel, when they first follow it, when someone writes a specific message in a conversation or when someone sends a donation.
We have all 64 pixel templates to customize what we want, be able to place one of the hundreds of thumbnails to come in, or create our own custom. We can also import one we created outside of Streamer Companion, for example, into Photoshop. Of course, we have to export it as a GIF in order to add it to the program.
If nothing happens, we can choose to either be in the background or the screen off. Unfortunately, we can't set any custom thumbnail in the desired way as long as we want, which is ridiculous. When we go to background settings, we can only choose between emoticon or fixed color, without being able to choose many of the other effects we provide when one subscribes and others, and we cannot bookmark our website or channel.
All we can do is set a custom icon for one of the test sections, set a limit to 999 seconds, and try it out. We hope that in future updates they will allow to put custom logo in the background, as well as movement results.
Whether we put the microphone in one arm or hang it, we have the option of rotating the thumbnails from the screen to prevent them from looking. In short, we have a great option to get the attention of our viewers, because when we have a rearview mirror we are no longer in service. With this we have everything we want to show you beforehand, but we must be careful because it is very difficult for the icon to keep it from working.
He Razer Seiren Emote It's great if you use a microphone to speak in front of the camera and want to give a good impression on your videos, podcasts or broadcasts. The price is higher than the previous models, but in return, we not only get better audio quality, but also have a lovely screen add-on. Even in the absence of a screen, the improvements in audio quality make it worth spending a little less for this model if you want good sound quality.
If you settle for a slightly lower quality, you don't mind the introduction of a long neck and a new foot with shock absorption, in which case you can choose other cheaper models like the Seiren X.
- Excellent audio quality
- Excellent sensitivity and benefit
- Screen to give a fun touch to your videos
- Foot with shock protection
- The headphone volume wheel and not the microphone
- MicroUSB connector
- The base reverses when using the long foot and throws the microphone too much
So, the Razer Seiren Emote gets our gold medal, and our compliments on its performance.
You can buy it at the following link. Its PVP is 179,99 euros, although at the time of writing this review can be found for 150.43 euros on Amazon.