Does it provide an opportunity to test your mix through a series of modelled systems and environments? Genius, or mere gimmickry? The USB input will deal only with 44 and 48kHz speeds. So, Focusrite have provided a neat solution – a dedicated playback interface that uses impulse responses and modelling to provide Virtual Reference Monitoring, or VRM for short. This is the second of a two part review looking at the hows and whys of replicating loudspeaker listening in headphones. Professional Studio, Bedroom or Living Room. It certainly improved on simple headphone monitoring but could never wholly replace listening to the sound in multiple environments.
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I am more familiar with the type of hardware reproduced here than the high end speakers in OOYH. A second piece of advice is that, whenever possible, it’s well worth avoiding mixing on headphones alone, as even the most ‘pro’ cans still don’t behave in the same way as a pair of speakers and therefore can’t be trusted as a sole monitoring source.
Then it’s just a case of launching the software and choosing the speakers and environment from the selection displayed. The sound is fairly open and detailed but without the weight and definition of higher end DAC and amplifier combinations.
Apart from then plugging in your headphones and setting a listening level courtesy of the sleek silver alpha-dial on VRM’s top surface, it’s then over to the VRM software to pull the monitoring strings.
The VRM Box focusrie comprises two key ingredients. Its extract gives a good description of impulse response modelling which was discussed at greater length in the last review.
It certainly improved on simple headphone monitoring but could never wholly replace listening focuarite the sound in multiple environments. An algorithm is presented for combining the near- and far-field responses in order focusrige compute out the early reflections of the room. All monitor options have been encoded from impulse responses taken from the speakers listed, while the environmental side of VRM, through the three listening spaces, has been constructed from spatial modelling.
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Foocusrite part looks at a combined hardware DAC and software combination, also designed to simulate listening to loudspeakers but for a different purpose. The unit focuwrite made of plastic but feels solidly made and the volume control is very nicely implemented – smooth and easy to use.
There are three environments to choose from – a recording studio, a sitting room and a bedroom. The bypass worked better than with OOYH – the volume level remained the same so it was possible to switch the processing in and out to compare directly.
The USB input will deal only with 44 and 48kHz speeds.
The full list is: All in all, VRM is a well-priced, fairly unique concept that will give you fresh perspective on a mix that a single monitoring solution may miss.
Used without the special software the box has reasonably good sound quality — pretty much what you’d expect from a generic device of this type at this price, albeit nicely made.
For reasons that still escape me, I couldn’t get the software to work with the VRM box. Professional Studio, Bedroom or Living Room. With the software in circuit, fovusrite recreations of speakers and acoustics are pretty credible.
Our Verdict A unique concept that’s a powerful resource for headphone mixers. Firstly, the device itself – an attractive black and grey seven-centimetre square with a depth of just three centimetres – clearly, this is designed as a palm-sized device to take with you, though its rubber feet also make it perfect for sitting atop your studio controller keyboard.
This is the second of a two part review looking at the hows and whys of replicating loudspeaker listening in headphones.
[Review] Focusrite VRM Box
Does it provide an opportunity to test your mix through a series of modelled systems and environments? But overall, switching vmr studio monitors did bring out the crisp and accurate sound of decent studio monitors and the domestic settings softened these to more conventional listening. Others are more specific.
In summary, it’s a focusritr value little DAC if you can live without higher bit rates and is very practical for its intended purpose. The basic DAC sounds fine.
Yes, and as such, VRM provides a valuable resource, both for those who monitor on headphones and for the rest of us who enjoy the reassurance of varied monitoring environments, even if they are emulated. Nevertheless it did challenge my mixing and mastering skills to come up with more professional results. Pros Highlights mix deficiencies.
I used the unit for monitoring tracks on the mixdown of a recent demo. Doppler distortion can be calculated using recorded and measured properties of the loudspeaker. A near-field measurement is also taken.
Genius, or mere gimmickry?