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Razer releases Surround virtual 7.1 software for free

Razer releases Surround virtual 7.1 software for free

Razer Surround will be launching in January 2014 for $19.99 - but gamers can pick it up now for free, with Razer asking for donations to Child's Play instead.

Razer has announced a new software package targeting gamers, with the promise of upgrading boring old stereo headphones to 7.1-channel surround-sound monsters: Razer Surround.

According to the gaming peripherals company, Razer Surround goes above and beyond existing multi-channel simulation packages by providing a calibration system that tunes the effect for individual listeners. The result, the company claims, is the ability to accurately pinpoint the location of any given sound as though using a true surround-sound system - but without having to upgrade from traditional stereo hardware.

Designed as an add-on for the Razer Synapse 2.0 software, Razer Surround is due to go on sale in 2014 for $19.99 - but the company is offering those picking it up early an impressive 100 per cent discount. In partnership with gaming charity Child's Play, Razer is offering anyone who downloads the software before the 1st of January 2014 completely free access, while requesting that if they find it useful they should donate cash to the charity by way of compensation.

'With the individual calibration of Razer Surround, we're setting a new standard in 7.1 virtual surround sound,' crowed Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director, of his company's latest release. 'We're a big believer of giving back to our fans and the gaming community, and making Razer Surround available free with a donation to Child's Play in 2013 is a testament of our commitment to giving back to current and future gamers of the world.'

The system, which is compatible with Windows Vista or newer, provides pre-configured calibrations for all Razer Audio products and an engine to calibrate the surround effect for third-party headsets. Bass boost, normalisation, voice clarity and level filters, plus a custom equaliser with 11 presets are also included. Registration for Razer Synapse 2.0 is required, which needs the system to be on-line - but the company is allowing all features of the software to be used in offline mode post-registration, and does not require the purchase of any Razer hardware for installation.

More details, and the software itself, are available on the official website.

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Snips 26th June 2013, 11:56 Quote
I'm really liking this company more and more.
edzieba 26th June 2013, 12:02 Quote
The good: calibrating a HRTF is going to net you slightly better results than the default generic HRTFs included in every modern sound card and motherboard on-board chip (usually labelled as 'headphone mode' or similar).

The bad: emulating a 7.1 setup of sources, while providing some measure of 'backward compatibility' with already surround-sound enabled games, does not take advantage of the effects you can do with true positional audio. I was hoping Razer had paid off Creative and resurrected Aureal 3D.

The ugly: Synapse 2.0. To actually try this, you need to install Razer's bloated cloud bullshit.


Synapse is the deal-breaker. 0 is too high a price to install that crap on my machine.
johnnyboy700 26th June 2013, 12:35 Quote
Downloaded it last night, haven't tried it yet.
Phalanx 26th June 2013, 12:37 Quote
Personally I quite like Synapse. Nice to have my configurations saved somewhere without worrying about them. I'll have to try this out. Have been a big Razer fan for some time.
Corky42 26th June 2013, 12:54 Quote
That somewhere used to be on the device the configuration was used for, sadly now if you want to use your config somewhere that has no internet or prevents installing software your lost.
Phalanx 26th June 2013, 12:57 Quote
It still does that too Corky, but it's nice to have a backup.
notmeagain 26th June 2013, 14:12 Quote
Hum, it's not that bad really.

Having tried the Corsair 1500's, razer tiamats, turtle beach earforce charlies (LOL stupid name), seperate drivers always come out on top for positional audio.

It definitely expands the soundscape and comes very close to the realms of dedicated 5/7.1.

Kudos Razer. Good work.
Corky42 26th June 2013, 15:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phalanx
It still does that too Corky, but it's nice to have a backup.

Have they re-introduced the on-board memory ?

The little information i could find points to them bringing it back in 2013, if indeed they have its a good move. Though im still not a lover of the cloud storage and the way you sell your soul with their TOS agreement.
keir 27th June 2013, 03:11 Quote
installed it and the demo sounded good.
DrTiCool 28th June 2013, 08:35 Quote
I must admit that I found it usefull, positional audio in Red Orchestra2/Rising Storm feels better and more precise and I'm experiencing even better gameplay(on stereo headphones). There's maybe some audio quality downgrade, but not so noticeable in games.
Good one Razer
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