PC gaming hardware manufacturer Razer has let us know that the full-featured 'Pro' version its Razer Surround DSP software is being made available for free during the month of June 2014, offering a suite of 7.1 surround virtualisation for headphones.
We can't speak to its usefulness, but hey, it's free so why not check it out. The free giveaway follows on from a promotion where purchase proceeds went to the popular Child's Play charity:
After June 30, there will be two versions of Razer’s audio engine available. The basic variant of Razer Surround comes with a standard virtualization of 7.1 Surround Sound. A premium version, Razer Surround Pro, will be added, allowing the personal calibration of directional audio to individual hearing preferences and headphone model. Razer Surround Pro will also include advanced settings like sound normalization, voice clarity and level, and equalizer options.
Razer Surround Pro will be available for 19.99 USD / 14.99 EUR, while the basic version will still be available for free. Any downloads before June 30 will automatically be upgraded to Razer Surround Pro.
“The 12-month promotion to bring next-level virtual surround sound to every gamer while raising funds and awareness for Child’s Play has been really rewarding,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and design director. “Increasing the performance and fun of gaming is an obsession for us, and what better place to promote the spirit of what we do than amongst kids who are facing challenges. Razer Surround was an ideal product for this drive—bringing perfect sound quality into gameplay makes the whole experience truly immersive and fun for players, whether they’re on the go or stuck in a hospital.”
You can find out more and download the software for Windows PCs over at razerzone.com/surround