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Focusrite VRM Box Virtual Reference Monitoring Amp

This pocket sized monitoring amp is perfect for mixing in any environment. The ultimate tool for mixing with headphones, the VRM Box allows you to simulate a number of industry-standard studio monitors and speakers. (5) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

With the 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.

Focusrite explains the useful VRM Box in this video:


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, 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.

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.

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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
- 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

Weight and Dimensions

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
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 310-322-5500
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 (5 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"Useful for home studio"
Overall: Does what I need for a home studio - big help in mixing and mastering recordings. Helps you find a balance that sounds decent across a variety of sound systems, especially if you mix with headphones.Only complaint is that the VRM app doesn't play nicely with spaces on Mac OS X. You can't use Command + Tab to switch to it if it's not in the space you're currently focused in. Be sure to configure it to the same space as your DAW software so you can tab to it from there. The app should come to front whenever you select it with Command + Tab. Nice if Focusrite would fix this bug.
Style of Music: Americana, folk, bluegrass, acoustic
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Sound: The audio quality is excellent and this product provides a unique dimension to critical headphone monitoring. Feature: The different monitor speaker settings are sufficient to get a unique perspective for monitor mixes. Ease of Use: This product is definitely easy to use. Some additional explanation regarding the S/PDIF override to the USB streaming would have been helpful. Quality: It is helpful to understand that the audio processing is performed in the attached computer and if there isn't adequate spare MIPS, this could affect the audio performance. There is a utility that is included that controls the buffer size. This is critical to obtaining excellent audio performance. The documentation doesn't clearly describe where and how to adjust the buffer size. The USB driver occasionally locks up but can be easily restarted... Something to improve in the next driver release. Value: This unique product is definitely worth the price. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed any so I'm giving them a "10" The Wow Factor: Definitely a very sexy product and performs as advertised. Overall: Just buy it, you won't be sorry. Whoever is living with you will truly appreciate the new dimension of monitor mixing via headphones. Silence to others is bliss...
Style of Music: Pop Rock
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