Razer Surround: Free Gaming Audio Calibration For The Masses
Razer wants you to have more control over how your game audio sounds, whether you’re using their headsets or not.
Razer Surround, a new game audio engine from the same company behind the Death Adder mouse, Edge tablet, and Blade laptop series, is now available. And the best part? It’s free for a limited time.
Waiving the soon-to-be-standard $19.99 fee, Razer is giving the software away for free between now and December 31st, 2013. While Razer would really like you to donate that $20 to Child’s Play instead, there are no strings in sight.
So what is Razer Surround, anyways? Once installed, Surround is a baked-in component of the Synapse 2.0 software that’s used to save Razer mouse and keyboard settings to the cloud. You can pair any stereo headphones with the software, which works with your ears to find the perfect balance of surround sound. Razer claims that 70 percent of the population could benefit from the Surround software, although it’s hard to tell which settings are better or worse sometimes. Surround also includes several other sound and voice options, as well as a graphic EQ for additional sound-shaping.
Once the software is installed, Razer Surround lets you re-calibrate how the audio signal leaves the can.Whether it’s re-positioning every virtual speaker, or just tweaking the front channel, Surround lets you approach 7.1 surround sound as you see fit. From your $300 gaming headset down to the $15 pair you snagged from CVS last year, Surround will, in theory, make those speakers sing.
We should have a more thorough hands-on later this week, but for now, check out the software for yourself, and leave your impressions in the comments.