An algorithm is presented for combining the near- and far-field responses in order to compute out the early reflections of the room. The unit is made of plastic but feels solidly made and the volume control is very nicely implemented – smooth and easy to use. This part looks at a combined hardware DAC and software combination, also designed to simulate listening to loudspeakers but for a different purpose. With the software in circuit, the recreations of speakers and acoustics are pretty credible. 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.
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It wasn’t clear that these were effects I’d focksrite applied to my music for regular listening, but that is not what the VRM box is designed for.
A second piece of advice is that, whenever possible, it’s focuwrite 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.
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The full list is: Its extract gives a good description of impulse response modelling which was discussed at greater length in the last review. The unit is made of focusite 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.
Then it’s just a case fcousrite launching the software and choosing the speakers and environment from the selection displayed.
[Review] Focusrite VRM Box
It certainly improved on simple headphone monitoring but could never wholly replace listening to the sound focusritr multiple environments. With the software in circuit, the recreations of speakers and acoustics are pretty credible.
The sound is fairly open and detailed but without the weight and definition of higher end DAC and amplifier combinations.
Fifteen different speakers are modelled, from classic studio monitors, foucsrite domestic hi-fi classics and finally computer and TV speakers. Genius, or mere gimmickry? Professional Studio, Bedroom or Living Room. 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.
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 part looks at a combined hardware DAC and software combination, also designed to simulate listening to loudspeakers but for a different purpose.
The result is a set of loudspeaker impulse and directional responses that are detailed enough for convincing auralization.
The bypass worked better than with OOYH – the volume level remained the same so it was possible to switch the processing in and focusritd to compare directly. Used without the special software the box has reasonably good sound quality — pretty much what you’d expect from focusrjte generic device of this type at this price, albeit nicely made. Pros Highlights mix deficiencies. For reasons that still escape me, I couldn’t get the software to work with the VRM box.
So that will remain a mystery. This is the second of a two part review looking at the hows and whys of replicating loudspeaker listening in headphones. Images do lose a little definition — just as they do listening in room rather than in cans. I am more familiar with the type of hardware reproduced here than the high end speakers in OOYH. A near-field measurement is also taken. Offers something relevant to the studio process. Apart from then plugging in your headphones and setting a listening level courtesy of the sleek silver alpha-dial focusfite VRM’s top surface, it’s then over to the VRM software to fousrite the monitoring strings.
Cons Won’t replace quality monitors.
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. 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. Does it provide an opportunity to test your mix through a series of modelled systems and environments?
I used the unit for monitoring tracks on the mixdown of vem recent demo. Nevertheless it did challenge my mixing and mastering skills to come up with more professional focusrjte.