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Focusrite VRM-BOX Virtual Reference Monioring

With VRM Box, you can mix in your studio, wherever you are. 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.

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 and the 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, with full audio quality, from your computer’s USB port. 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.

Mix in your studio, wherever you are.

Focusrite’s patent-pending and proven VRM – Virtual Reference Monitoring – technology, lets hear your mix in different environments, through different speakers and from different positions, just using headphones. Enhanced mathematical room models combine with speaker emulations, sampled using a unique dynamic convolution ‘sampling’ process.

Make the most of your headphones

With a dynamic range of 108dB (A-weighted), VRM Box provides a significant audio upgrade from low-grade laptop headphone outputs (which commonly only provide around 92 or 93dB), with an audio quality the equal of interfaces ten times its price.

Pocket sized and built to last

The compact size and robust build quality of VRM Box means it’s ready to go anywhere, any time.

Pro Tools Native and HD friendly

VRM Box features a digital input, allowing you to run it alongside your Pro Tools HD interface, or any interface

Virtual Reference Monitoring

The Problem

VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring) is Focusrite’s own loudspeaker & room simulator designed for headphone listening. Accurate mixing has until now, 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 to such, 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, together with software running on your computer that is used to simulate specific monitoring scenarios. VRM's room models are mathematical models which 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.

Headphone Outputs (Outputs 1-2)
  • Output impedance: < 10
  • Power output into 150: 15mW
  • Power output into 50: 30mW
  • THD+N: -100dB (0.001%) (-1dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, 150 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 from USB bus

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
Dimensions
  • Unboxed: 68mm x 25mm x 68mm (W x H x D)
  • Boxed: 155mm x 210mm x 75mm (W x H x D)
Weights
  • NetWeight: 123g
  • Gross Weight: 380g

* IMPORTANT INFORMATION: FOCUSRITE, the FF logo, VRM Virtual Reference monitoring and the VRM logo are trademarks of Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. All other product names, trademarks, or trade names are the names of their respective owners, which are in no way associated, connected nor affiliated with Focusrite or its VRM Box product and which have not endorsed Focusrite’s VRM Box. These other product names, trademarks, and trade names are used solely to identify and describe the third party loudspeaker systems, the sonic behaviour of which was studied for the VRM technology incorporated within the VRM Box, and to accurately describe an element of functionality within the VRM Box. The VRM Box is an independently engineered technology which utilises Focusrite’s VRM Virtual Reference Monitoring (Patent applied for) to actually measure examples of the sonic impact of original loudspeaker systems upon an audio stream, so as to electronically emulate the performance of the original product studied. The result of this process is subjective and may not be perceived by a user as producing the same effects as the original products studied.

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Focusrite VRM-BOX Virtual Reference Monioring
 
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4.0

Great interface for sample recording

By Jacob5

from Los Angeles, CA.

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Pros

  • Durable construction
  • Improves Performance
  • Reliable
  • Strong Connection Points

Cons

  • Flimsy Construction

Best Uses

  • Computer Equipment
  • Recording
  • Sound Enhancement

Comments about Focusrite VRM-BOX Virtual Reference Monioring:

This little box has saved me from buying monitors I do not have room for. I can sample different monitors and different reference points on my music. This is very portable and I recommend this if you have limited space or if you need to take it with you if you are a busy person with no studio gear.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Computer Platform:
  • PC

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