The sound is fairly open and detailed but without the weight and definition of higher end DAC and amplifier combinations. The software’s graphical user interface is intuitive, offering pictures of the modelled equipment and environments. It wasn’t clear that these were effects I’d want applied to my music for regular listening, but that is not what the VRM box is designed for. In summary, it’s a good value little DAC if you can live without higher bit rates and is very practical for its intended purpose. The USB input will deal only with 44 and 48kHz speeds. I also found a general effect whereby the centre of image seemed firmer than usual as peripheral sounds are a little blurred by the acoustic modelling.
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An algorithm is presented for combining the near- and far-field responses in order to compute out the early reflections of the room.
It wasn’t clear that these were effects I’d want applied to my music for regular listening, but that is not what the VRM box is designed for. The software’s graphical user interface is intuitive, offering pictures of the modelled equipment and environments. This is vrmm second of a two part review looking at the hows and whys of replicating loudspeaker listening in headphones. Genius, or mere gimmickry?
The sound is fairly open and detailed but without the weight and fofusrite of higher end DAC and amplifier combinations. Doppler distortion can be calculated using recorded and measured properties of the loudspeaker.
[Review] Focusrite VRM Box
It certainly improved on simple headphone monitoring but could never wholly replace listening to the sound in multiple environments. The full list is: Its extract gives a good description of impulse response modelling which was discussed at greater length in the last review.
But overall, switching to studio monitors did bring out the crisp and accurate sound of decent studio monitors and vvrm domestic settings softened these to more conventional listening. Professional Studio, Bedroom or Living Room. The result is a set vtm loudspeaker impulse and directional responses that are detailed enough for convincing auralization.
I am more familiar with the type of hardware reproduced here than the high end speakers in OOYH. Fifteen different speakers are modelled, from classic studio monitors, through domestic hi-fi classics and finally computer and TV speakers.
It scores over the Out Of Your Head software in that regard, offering a more sophisticated and user friendly interface. 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.
A near-field measurement is also taken.
There are three environments to choose from – a recording studio, foocusrite sitting room and a bedroom. With the software in circuit, the recreations of speakers and acoustics are pretty credible.
The VRM Box itself comprises two key ingredients. 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 focusrrite same way as a pair of speakers and therefore can’t be trusted as a sole monitoring source.
So that will remain a mystery. Offers something relevant to the studio process.
Our Verdict A unique concept that’s a powerful resource for headphone mixers. The unit is made of plastic but feels solidly made and the volume control is very nicely implemented – smooth and easy to use.
So, Focusrite have provided a neat solution – a dedicated playback interface that uses impulse responses and focusritw to provide Virtual Reference Monitoring, or VRM for short. Images do lose a little definition — just as they do listening in room rather than in cans. Pros Highlights mix deficiencies. 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. All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear vm, essential production tutorials and much more.
Then it’s just a case of launching the software and choosing the speakers and environment from the selection displayed. In summary, it’s a good value little DAC if you can live without higher bit ofcusrite and is very practical for its intended purpose.
Nevertheless it did challenge my mixing and mastering skills to come up with more professional results.
Others are more specific. All focusrte 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. Does it provide an opportunity to test your mix through a series of modelled systems and environments?