Key Light Chroma, audio mixer and Seiren BT
Razer is pushing further into the streaming market with its latest products. We need to familiarize ourselves with the new Razer Audio Mixer, Key Light Chroma, and the Seiren BT Mobile Broadcast Microphone. And while they offer convenient features, all of these products are a bit more expensive than the competition. Be sure to click on the video below to see all the details.
In addition to the Kiyo Pro camera, Ripsaw HD capture card and its array of microphones, the new Key Light Chroma, Audio Mixer and Seiren BT broadcast gear all offer new possibilities for creators to use a complete setup of Razer for content creation. . From a Blade laptop computer to peripherals and now dedicated streaming equipment, this new range of equipment completes the offerings of the three-headed serpent.
Razer Key Light Chroma
Let’s start with the most expensive, the Razer Key Light Chroma. At $300, it’s a pretty expensive streaming kit. It’s also on the other end of the spectrum from the cheap-looking and feeling ring light we reviewed last year. Taking the Key Light Chroma out of the box, it feels very well built. The case looks like metal and the whole thing has a bit of weight.
A straight mounting bracket is also included. It can grow from about 22 inches to 52 inches. On the top is a ball joint to direct the light in almost any direction. Razer also includes cable ties to store the power cord that mounts on the stand.
My only complaint here is that I think it should be a bit lower. On the 49-inch Monoprice Dark Matter monitor I’m currently using, the light sits about four inches above the top of the screen and there’s no way to lower it. This won’t be an issue with setups that use an arm or have a larger monitor, but for setups like this it’s a bit of a shame that it can’t just peek above- above the monitor.
Setup + Synapse
The Key Light Chroma has Wi-Fi and BlueTooth built-in, so it’s pretty straightforward to set it up via Razer Synapse or the Razer Streaming app. There are no extra dongles to worry about.
Once connected, the light can be controlled via Razer Synapse. From Synapse, there are several categories of lighting to control. The light panel will control a white light that has a white balance of 7000K to 3000K. It is quite easy to compose cold and warm light here. Brightness also has a slider from 0 to 100.
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Beneath the light panel, however, is the chroma brightness panel. When this option is activated, the brightness is limited to 15%.
RGB chroma can be controlled with quick effects in the Razer Key Light panel or advanced colors can be configured from Chroma Studio which controls all your other Razer Chroma gear. Adding RGB to a stream can help make it more unique, and Key Light Chroma is bright enough to add lots of color.
Like the Seiren Emote, the Razer Key Light Chroma is also supposed to interact with streaming alerts.
Razer Audio Mixer
The next Razer streaming gear is the Razer Audio Mixer. At $250, it’s quite similar to the $215 GoXLR Mini, but it has a few differences. The audio mixer is meant to take audio streams from different devices and apps and route them to separate outputs for streaming. And with the four sliders and mute buttons, there’s quick access to change the volume of these different output channels.
At the top, the mixer features four volume sliders with four mute buttons. Below the mute buttons are a beep button and a microphone mute toggle. Because it’s Razer, RGB lighting is also all over the mixer and can be customized from Razer Synapse.
On the front is a 3.5mm microphone port as well as a headphone port. On the back, the audio mixer has an XLR input, a 48V phantom power button, line-in and line-out ports, an optical-in port, and a USB-C.
This assortment of inputs and outputs allows users to run the mixer for a variety of streaming setups. Optical is useful for those who use a console to game. The line out works well for setting up a separate streaming PC. Or, if you’re only using a single-system setup, it’s handy for that as well.
Most of the power is in Razer Synapse. There are five different tabs to control the mixer – Customize, Mixer, Mic, Effects and Lighting.
Under the customize tab, there are clear instructions for setting up the Raze Audio Mixer. This involves setting audio settings in Windows as well as setting application outputs in Windows Sound Mixer options.
On the right is the channel mapping for the four sliders. Users can select sources such as mic, game, chat, music, etc., as well as program which outputs each channel’s mute button will affect.
Switching to the Mixer tab opens routing and volume controls for each output mix. This way you can define which audio is routed to the different mixes. So if you don’t want system audio to go into your stream mix, you can uncheck that.
Under the mic tab there is a toggle for XLR or mic inputs as well as a toggle on phantom power if needed. You can also adjust mic gain, enable mic monitoring, and set a noise gate to help bring back background noise; on the right side is an equalizer with four presets as well as a custom equalizer mode. Finally, there’s a compression tool that can be as simple as a single slider, or more robust with Threshold, Knee, Ratio, Gain, Attack Time, and Release Time controls.
The audio mixer also allows the use of certain effects. One of the effects is a voice changer with four different options – cartoon, monster, low tone and high tone. Cartoon and high tone are similar, while monster and low tone are also similar. Personally, I don’t know if I would use them.
Another reason I probably wouldn’t use it often is that to mute or unmute the effect from the mixer, the mute button has to be held down for two seconds. So it’s quite difficult to turn it on quickly and then turn it off again.
The last tab for the mixer is for lighting. In this tab, there are separate controls for each light visible at the top of the audio mixer. By default, things are green when active and red when muted, but I changed them to aqua and red. Lighting can also be turned off if you prefer not to see any lighting.
Razer Seiren BT
Finally, in the new Razer streaming gear, we have the $99 Seiren BT – a BlueTooth clip-on microphone intended to be used for mobile streaming. In terms of design, it’s very simple. Above the tall, thin bezel is a microphone as well as a 3.5mm combo port for using an external microphone or headset.
On the left is a single button used to turn on the Seiren BT and enter pairing mode. When activated, it can also control calls with single presses, double presses, and holding the button for two seconds.
At the bottom is a USB-C port for charging. The Seiren BT also comes with two different windscreens to help when the microphone is used outdoors.
It’s important to get good sound on a mobile device, and this microphone can help you do that. The simple design works well, but it doesn’t really have any crazy features.
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For Razer fans, it’s now possible to get a full streaming setup with the three-headed serpent logo. From a powerful laptop computer to peripherals, monitors and streaming equipment, there is a full range of equipment. There are of course cheaper options like Elgato if you don’t need Chroma RGB and the trusty old GoXLR Mini, but it’s also quite fun to have matching gear from the same brand.
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