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Razer Surround Support

Common Questions

How do I redeem my Surround Pro upgrade code?

To redeem your Surround Pro upgrade code, you will need to first install both Razer Synapse and the standard version of Razer Surround. Once you have both installed, you can log in to Synapse and upgrade by clicking the green dot at the top of the main Synapse window by your email address. By clicking this, the software will prompt you to enter your activation code.

Why is the "Razer Surround Audio Controller" set to default audio device when I turn surround ON?

Many games and applications that support 5.1 or 7.1 channel audio-only output surround audio when a 5.1 or 7.1 channel device is connected. Typically, these games output the audio in the same format (stereo/5.1/7.1) as the configuration of the default output device. Razer Surround creates a Virtual 7.1 Audio Device (this is the second device you see in your Windows Sound Controls) in order to extract 5.1 or 7.1 positional audio from the game, convert it to virtual surround that plays through your stereo headset.

I downloaded Razer Surround and made an account, but I cannot log in.

Activate your account by clicking on the link in the confirmation e-mail that was sent to your e-mail address. You will be able to log in after your e-mail address is verified.

Are there any special requirements to install Razer Surround?

As Razer Surround is integrated within the Razer Synapse 2.0 application, you will need a Razer Synapse 2.0 account, and both Synapse 2.0 and Razer Surround installed in your system in order to utilize this software. Running the Razer Surround installer automatically downloads and installs Razer Synapse 2.0 if the application does not yet exist in your system.

Do the type of headphones I use matter?

Razer Surround is intended to be used for the calibration of headphones and headsets. Speaker systems are not supported. Refer to your speaker's own configuration interface for the setup.

How do I uninstall Razer Surround?

It is conveniently located in the Windows “Programs & Features” menu if you wish to uninstall.

Does Razer Surround require Internet connection to function?

No. Once you have installed it initially, you will only need an internet connection only if there are future updates of Razer Surround to download.

Does my game have to support 5.1 or 7.1 for Razer Surround to work?

Razer Surround can only work with sound that the game (or any other files and software with audio tracks) was programmed to produce. To reproduce the compelling audio experience intended by the producers, make sure your game or software is set to produce 5.1 or 7.1 audio.

Can I enable or disable Razer Surround once it is installed?

Yes. Go to the Razer Surround Settings tab inside Synapse 2.0 and simply select “On” or “Off”.

How do I setup Razer Surround to work with my favorite headphones?

Configuring Razer Surround for your audio setup involves two (2) simple steps:

  1. Open Synapse 2.0 and go to Razer Surround tab, then select the "On" option under Razer Surround label.
  2. Select your audio interface. This refers to the sound card, hardware, or audio device your headphone is plugged into. If you are using a USB Stereo headset, this would be the name of your USB device.

You can also calibrate your audio setup for an optimal Surround Sound playback.

Calibration in Razer Surround can be done manually through the Settings tab or via the "Calibration Wizard" link in the "Surround" tab.

Will Razer Surround work if there are other sound processing software active in my system?

If more than one (1) sound processing software is active in your system, double processing of audio may affect your listening experience. Hence, disable all other sound processing software aside from Razer Surround.

Will the enhancements and EQ continue to work if Razer Surround is set to “Off”?

When Razer Surround is turned off, the default device is set back to your current output interface. This means that audio processing through Razer Surround is completely disabled and audio enhancements and equalizer settings are disabled along with it.


I cannot select my 7.1 audio device (or a certain audio device) on my Razer Surround device list.

Razer Surround uses state-of-the-art technology to retain the positional audio of 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound in a standard stereo format. This conversion is not applicable to headsets that are already able to output 5.1 or 7.1 audio and, therefore, these devices are not supported. You can find more details regarding Razer Surround at the Razer Surround page.

If you see a stereo device that should work with Razer Surround but still shows up as disabled in the list, reach out to Customer Support. 

Razer Surround says I will get an upgrade activation code, but I did not. Why?

Check the Razer Surround icon in Synapse. If the icon text reads "Razer Surround Pro" then Surround has already been upgraded. The users already using Razer Surround Pro will receive an e-mail with the activation code. If the icon reads "Razer Surround" and you were prompted that you will receive an activation code but still have not received it, follow these steps:

  • Check the "Spam" folder for the e-mail ID registered with your Razer account.
  • Add our e-mail address to your e-mail safe senders list.
  • If you still do not see an e-mail with the activation code, contact Customer Support. 

Headsets connected to the Razer Edge dock are not selectable in Razer Surround.

To enable the selection of your headset device in Razer Surround, connect the headset directly to the Razer Edge tablet.

No Audio is heard from the Razer Star Wars: The Old Republic headset with Razer Surround installed.

Ensure that the SWTOR headset is set as the default Playback Device in the Sound menu.