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Focusrite VRM Box Virtual Reference Monitor Audio Interface

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Product Description

With the Focusrite VRM Box Virtual Reference Monitoring Audio Interface, 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. With the VRM Box you get studio monitor-quality audio reference by using a pair of monitoring headphones.

Focusrite VRM Box Virtual Reference Monitoring Interface Features

  • The compact size and robust build quality of VRM Box means it's ready to go anywhere, any time
  • VRM Box features a digital input, allowing you to run it alongside your Pro Tools HD interface, or any interface
  • Choose from 10 pairs of nearfield and main monitors in an acoustically treated room
  • A range of speakers including quality hi-fi studio monitors, computer, cheap stereo and television speakers
  • Stereo Headphone 1/4 inch TRS Output
  • Use with software that is used to simulate specific monitoring scenarios
  • Functions as a high-quality 24- bit/48kHz USB audio playback interface
  • Dynamic range of 108dB
VRM overcomes the major obstacle for mixing with headphones by giving you multiple perspectives on your mix, as if you were listening through studio monitors. 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, the Focusrite VRM Box 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 monitoring headphones. Boasting a dynamic range of 108dB, the VRM 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, the Focusrite VRM Box is perfect. What's more, there's no need for a power supply or batteries, because the VRM Box 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), the Focusrite 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.

VRM The Problem
VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring) is Focusrite's own loudspeaker and 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 Box 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
The Focusrite 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.

Product Specifications
Focusrite VRM Box Virtual Reference Monitoring Interface Specifications

  • Headphone Outputs (Outputs 1-2):
    • Output impedance: < 10 Ohms
    • Power output into 150 Ohms: 15mW
    • Power output into 50 Ohms: 30mW
    • THD+N: -100dB (0.001%) (-1dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, 150 Ohms load)
    • Signal to Noise Ratio: > 105dB
  • S/PDIF Digital Input:
    • Sample Rate conversion: Automatic
    • 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 and 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 inch 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
  • 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(WxHxD): 68 x 25 x 68mm
  • Weight: 123g


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The sound through headphones is pretty impressive. Being familiar with many of the speaker models it seems pretty realistic.
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Just a couple clicks and you're in business.
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It's very inexpensive and another great tool to help construct great mixes.
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