Razer Seiren vs Shure SM7b

Discussion in 'Broadcaster' started by gbone93, Apr 17, 2016.

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  1. gbone93

    gbone93 Member

    I am the guest frequently on a fairly popular podcast about movies and games. In the studio, the host, Jeremy, uses a Shure SM7b. The Shure mic is considerably more expensive, but from sound tests that I've listened to, I don't hear a huge QUALITY difference, more a difference in the tone produced. The videos I've watched and listened to though don't distinguish which set up (bidirectional, cardioid, etc) they are using. ANYWAY, I am looking at starting my own channel of podcasts and streams, and I was wondering how any of you think the Seiren compares to the $350 Shure.
  2. MrD1sturbed

    MrD1sturbed New Member

    I have both so let me try and tackle this.

    I started with the Razer Seiren Pro using USB. Sound was great, very professional, but in the cardioid setting (which is best for streaming/casting) you can still pick up some back ground noise from your surroundings. It's not a total deal breaker, and can be overcome with a good noisegate (the one in OBS does wonders). Eventually I purchased a mixer and started using that with my Seiren. The mixer opened up the dynamic range on the Seiren and I was hearing tones I never could using the USB connection. It was an awesome setup. I HIGHLY recommend it for a first time/new streamer.

    But my thirst for the best sound quality had me looking for better components and I ended up with the Shure SM7B, a Cloud Lifter CL-1 and a very expensive Behringer mixer. My sound is now what I would consider broadcast quality, but I definitely paid for that privilege.

    My take away is this: If you want a really good sound setup, and don't want to break the bank, get the Razer Seiren (the non-pro model). It is plenty good to handle streaming/podcasting, etc. If you want to step it up a notch, grab a good mixer (Behringer Q502USB or 802USB are my recommendations) and get the Razer Seiren Pro (and if you have some extra cash the shock mount, pop filter and a nice arm), and bask in the audio bliss. Don't go for the Shure SM7B unless you really have a lot of cash burning a hole in your pocket, or you have aspirations of being a professional broadcaster. For the price of that mic alone you can get most of the other gear I mentioned.
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  3. VAsteela

    VAsteela New Member

    Awesome comparison!! I am about to get the Pro, mainly because of the xlr connection. I have a Focusrite Pro 24dsp I've been looking to hook up again. Your review/comparison solidified my decision.
    Thank you
  4. gbone93

    gbone93 Member

    That was a fantastic side-by-side analysis! Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!
  5. haloboi

    haloboi Active Member

    Did the mixer neutralize the background noise? I had to edit the background noise out on 3 levels for some recordings I did last week. The Seiren picks up the fan noise from my PC and it disrupts a lot of the recording.
  6. MrD1sturbed

    MrD1sturbed New Member

    @haloboi, you need to enable the noise gate in OBS, or use a noise gate of some sort (whether that be software or an inline solution). Once setup properly, the noise gate should eliminate the background noise sufficiently. When you are talking into the mic, you may hear a bit of background noise since the mic is wide open at that point, but when you are not talking, or idle, there should be no noise in the background of the audio track with a noise gate.

    The mixer won't remove the background noise, but it will allow you to change the overall tone of your audio. Plus a mixer is great when you have multiple audio sources that you are trying to control at the same type.
  7. haloboi

    haloboi Active Member

    I actually dont stream yet. That is why I was asking about the mixer. Because I did some voice recordings and I noticed it picking up my 120mm fans and amplifying them. In game its not noticeable to my team but in streaming it definitely would be.
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