Continuing its expansion beyond gaming hardware, the Razer Audio Mixer is the brand’s latest move into the live streaming of the gamer’s space. It already offers some of the best tools for creators and they are now looking beyond the novice setup. Audio Mixer is a step forward for those looking to give a more professional edge to their content.
With four audio channel dimmers and an XLR input, the Audio Mixer is Razer’s answer to the popular GoXLR Mini. In fact, except for two missing corners and a different logo at the top, they’re practically the same device. So with a well-established leader already in the game, should you go the Razer route?
Right out of the box, the Audio Mixer feels right at home in Razer’s streaming kit. It’s black, it’s glossy, and it has RGB lighting. What could you have asked for more? But overall, it’s really a smart-looking unit and the build quality feels premium across the board.
On the front side there are four dimmers, each linked to a customizable audio channel. The sliders are smooth with a nice amount of resistance and even after two weeks, I’m still getting an unnecessary amount of pleasure from resizing. There is something so fun about the physical volume controls, I don’t know why, but I love it.
Although they are not motorized, so the faders will not react to changes you make on the software side and will not sink to the bottom when you hit the mute button. That’s a shame and feels like somewhat of an oversight on a device at such a premium price, especially when it’s a feature of the much cheaper GoXLR Mini. The result is a second guess as to whether my levels were accurate half the time, or big jumps when the physical dimmers overtaken the program. Perhaps this is simple, but it starts to defeat the purpose of the physical blender.
The bottom rubber buttons are tactile and silent with integrated LED lights. There is a bit of wiggling in the larger beep and mute buttons, meaning it could have felt like you pressed it without actually triggering any action.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Razer product without a good deal of customizable RGB lighting and there are a bunch of options on offer with the Audio Mixer. Synapse provides control of everything from the Razer logo to dimming level lights. All of this works neatly within the ecosystem, so those with a heavy Razer setup will appreciate the harmony.
As an XLR audio interface, it works well and does so without fuss. Pairing it with the RØDE PodMic was simple and there was no noticeable difference in sound quality compared to the AI-1’s RØDE PodMic mixer.
On top of managing your audio channels, Razer Synapse offers quite a few EQ and volume change preset options. It’s a nice plus, although voice changers are fairly basic and you’ll likely find better options with a dedicated app.
Assigning the audio channel that each fader represents is intuitive and easy to manage, but if it’s your first time splitting your output, you’ll need to take the time to get everything aligned. Razer Audio Mixer uses a Windows audio mixer to handle the program that sends audio to any channel. It’s a functional if not useless system, but once you set it up once, it doesn’t need much management going forward.
No luck without an XLR microphone. While you could theoretically use a USB microphone with an additional 3.5mm output, there’s no value in it (let alone the $250 / £250 value). If you’re ready to upgrade to an audio mixer, you’re ready to upgrade to an XLR microphone for broadcasting.
At the $250 / £250 mark, the Razer Audio Mixer is an expensive option, nearly twice the comparable and popular GoXLR Mini. Aside from the rest, she has herself without glaring flaws and a lot of things to love. It delivers everything it promises and has a good software solution to back it up.
Sit in the broader market, but probably not the best option for the money, especially if you’re shopping for a new microphone at the same time. For those already aligned with the world of Razer, it’s a high-quality, professional addition to take your streaming to an even higher level.
In general – should you buy it?
I’ve added the Razer Audio Mixer to my streaming setup and ran it as my primary audio device for a number of live streams and general productivity work. I connected the RØDE PodMic via XLR and tested the sound quality with OBS and Discord calls.
How we tested the Razer Key Light Chroma
I added the Razer Key Light to my broadcast setup and tried using it as my face camera’s primary light and secondary effects light, plus some specific tests. In both cases, the Key Light was mounted using a Razer-provided desk clamp and telescopic arm.
As the primary light, I replaced the Elgato Key Light Air and was used with the chroma function turned off, using Razer Synapse software to control brightness and power. Attempting (and failing) to use Key Light as an effect light, I turned it on with the chroma function on and the light panel turned off and tried the Synapse desktop app and the Razer Streaming mobile app.
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