Cons Won’t replace quality monitors. It scores over the Out Of Your Head software in that regard, offering a more sophisticated and user friendly interface. 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. I used the unit for monitoring tracks on the mixdown of a recent demo. 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.
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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. This part looks at a combined hardware DAC and software combination, also designed to simulate listening to loudspeakers but for a different purpose.
Its extract gives a good description of impulse response modelling which was discussed at greater length in the last review. Genius, or mere gimmickry? But overall, switching to studio monitors did bring out the crisp and accurate sound of decent studio monitors and the domestic settings softened these to more conventional listening. The software’s graphical user interface is intuitive, offering pictures of the modelled equipment and environments. This is the second of a two part review looking at the hows and whys of replicating loudspeaker listening in headphones.
frm It certainly improved on simple headphone monitoring but could never wholly replace listening to the sound in multiple 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.
An algorithm is presented for combining the near- and far-field responses in order to compute out the early reflections of the room.
[Review] Focusrite VRM Box
Pros Highlights mix deficiencies. Others are more specific.
It scores over the Out Of Your Head software in that regard, offering a more sophisticated and user friendly interface. The VRM Box itself comprises two key ingredients. Nevertheless it did challenge my mixing and mastering skills to come up with more professional results. I am more familiar with the type of hardware reproduced here than the high end fovusrite in OOYH.
For reasons that still escape me, I couldn’t get the software to work with the VRM box. All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. The unit is made of plastic but feels solidly made and the volume control is very nicely implemented – smooth and easy to use.
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. Fifteen different speakers are modelled, from classic studio monitors, through domestic hi-fi classics and finally computer and TV speakers.
Offers something relevant to the studio process. Cons Won’t replace quality monitors. In summary, it’s fochsrite good value little DAC if you can live without higher bit rates and is very practical for its intended purpose.
I used the unit for monitoring tracks on the mixdown of a focusrlte demo. Our Verdict A unique concept that’s a powerful resource for headphone mixers. There are three environments to choose from – a recording studio, a sitting room and a bedroom.
With the software in circuit, the recreations of speakers and acoustics are pretty credible.
Focusrite VRM Box review | MusicRadar
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.
Professional Studio, Bedroom or Living Room.
Does it provide an opportunity to test your mix through a series of modelled systems and environments? The sound is fairly open and detailed but without the weight and definition of higher end DAC and amplifier combinations.
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. Images do lose a little definition — just as they do listening in room rather than in cans.
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. The bypass worked better than with OOYH – vgm volume level remained the same so it was possible to switch the processing in and out to compare directly.