Focusrite VRM - Virtual Reference Monitor Box  

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Mix in different environments through different speakers and from different positions just with headphones.

Focusrite’s VRM overcomes the major obstacle for mixing with headphones by giving you multiple perspectives on your mix, as if you were listening through speakers. Indeed, noise levels from mixing through speakers can make it impossible for most to mix at home, especially late at night; with VRM, you can mix any time, anywhere. Using any pair of monitoring headphones, VRM lets you choose your mixing environment from a living room, a bedroom studio, or a professional studio. You then simply choose from a list of industry-standard studio monitors and speakers

VRM Box delivers audio quality worthy of your headphones. Boasting a dynamic range of 108dB, it provides a sound that’s more precise with lower distortion than other low-cost audio interfaces, and far superior to built-in laptop headphone outputs.

VRM Box functions as a high-quality 24-bit/48kHz USB audio playback interface. So, whether you're mixing, creating music or simply listening to tracks, VRM Box is perfect. What’s more, there’s no need for a power supply or batteries, because it gets all the power it needs from your computer’s USB port with full audio quality. VRM Box also features a digital S/PDIF input, which supports sample rates up to 192kHz. This allows you to run it in conjunction with your Pro Tools HD system or any other interface with an S/PDIF output.

Pocket sized and built to last, VRM Box places Focusrite’s proven and patent-pending VRM—Virtual Reference Monitoring—technology in a robust, palm-sized audio interface.


Virtual Reference Monitoring

The Problem
VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring) is Focusrite’s own loudspeaker and room simulator designed for headphone listening. Until now, accurate mixing has required expensive monitors and a carefully designed and treated control room. Currently, both professional music producers facing budgetary limitations, and project music makers without access acoustically treated control rooms frequently encounter mixing and auditioning difficulties.

The Solution
VRM allows you to choose from 10 pairs of industry standard nearfield and main monitors in an acoustically treated control room.

Engineers routinely A/B their mixes by burning CDs and taking them into untreated rooms to reference on consumer stereos. VRM eliminates this process by simulating two extra rooms: a large living room and a smaller bedroom. You can choose between a range of speakers including quality hi-fi, computer, cheap stereo, and television speakers.

The Method
VRM Box uses standard headphones to reproduce the direct sound along with software running on your computer that is used to simulate specific monitoring scenarios. VRM's room models are mathematical models that provide greater flexibility in the possible combinations of loudspeakers. The loudspeaker simulations are created using convolutions of impulse responses measured using the original loudspeakers. The accuracy of these simulations in different environments is taken care of by the impulse responses themselves and the way they are calculated and manipulated.

Features
  • VRM lets hear your mix in different environments through different speakers and from different positions with headphones
  • VRM Box provides a significant audio upgrade from laptop headphone outputs with the audio quality of interfaces ten times the price
  • The compact size and robust build quality of VRM Box means it’s ready to go anywhere, any time
  • A S/PDIF digital input lets you use VRM with Pro Tools HD or any interface

With the Focusrite VRM Box you can mix in your studio wherever you are. Order today!

 

VRM - Virtual Reference Monitor Box Specifications:

  • Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows XP (service pack 3), Vista, 7 (32 and 64-bit); Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (Intel only), OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Headphone Outputs (Outputs 1-2)
  • Output impedance: < 10 ohm
  • Power output into 150 ohm: 15mW
  • Power output into 50 ohm: 30mW
  • THD+N: -100dB (0.001%) (-1dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, 150Ω load)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: > 105dB
  • S/PDIF Digital Input
  • Automatic Sample Rate conversion
  • Supported sample rates: continuous from 32kHz to 192kHz
  • THD+N: < -110dB any sample rate
  • Crosstalk (Channel Isolation): Any output to output: > 100dB
  • Digital Performance:
  • D/A Dynamic Range: 120dB (A-weighted)
  • Measured D/A Dynamic Range: 108dB (A-weighted)
  • Clock Source: Internal Clock only Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
  • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz & 48kHz
  • Input channels to computer: S/PDIF (stereo)
  • Output channels from computer: Headphones (stereo)
  • Connectors and Controls
  • Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
  • Stereo Headphone Output on 1⁄4” TRS
  • Headphone Output Level control (analogue)
  • 4-pin USB2.0 compatible socket
  • Indicators
  • 1 Green LED Indicator:
  • - Flashing: Unit not installed correctly on host
  • - Off: VRM effects turned off
  • - On: VRM effects turned on
  • Power: Bus power via USB
  • Dimensions: 2-11/16"W x 1"H x 2-11/16"D (68mm x 25mm x 68mm)
  • Weight: 4.3 oz. (123g)
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Time-saver and money-saver

By David Rosario

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Comments about Focusrite VRM - Virtual Reference Monitor Box:

I was ready to blame the box; the lows on my mixes were sounding horrible. I monitor through two headphones (also have speakers): Sennheiser HD600's and HD565's. I use the 565's to hear the high-end frequencies, while the 600's are better suited for low frequencies.

I can mix by alternating headphones, but then I bought the VRM Box and used the 565's. Wow! I immediately found flaws in the midrange when using the NS10m model, but in my car, the low end was muddy, despite sounding good on the VRM Box. I finally listened using the 600's and ... what a mess! I thought the VRM Box was muddying it up. It turns out that the VRM Box processes the low end in such a way that bad mixes are revealed in the most unflattering way. After fixing the low end using the 600's, the mix is absolutely popping! Even the subs sound perfect; the kick and bass complement each other in a way I've never been able to achieve using my monitors (and I even have a sub).

The point is that you should use more than 1 pair of headphones and listen to all the models in the VRM Box. Highly recommend.

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