Others are more specific. Offers something relevant to the studio process. 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. A near-field measurement is also taken. Cons Won’t replace quality monitors. The unit is made of plastic but feels solidly made and the volume control is very nicely implemented – smooth and easy to use.

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A near-field measurement is also taken. Then it’s just a case of launching the software and choosing the speakers and environment from the selection displayed.

Offers something relevant to the studio process. Others are more specific. All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. Genius, or mere gimmickry?


Fifteen different speakers are modelled, from classic studio monitors, through domestic hi-fi classics and focusrire computer and TV speakers. Its extract gives a good description of impulse response modelling which was discussed at greater length in the last review. Professional Studio, Bedroom or Living Room. All in all, VRM is a well-priced, fairly unique concept that will give you fresh perspective on a mix that a single monitoring solution may miss.

The result is a set of loudspeaker impulse and directional responses that are detailed enough for convincing auralization. It wasn’t clear that these were effects Focsurite want applied to my music for regular listening, but that is not what the VRM box is designed for.

Cons Won’t replace quality monitors. The vfm worked better than with OOYH – the volume level remained the same so it was possible to switch the processing in and out to compare directly.


So that vm remain a mystery. The sound is fairly open and detailed but without the weight and definition of higher end DAC and amplifier combinations.

Focusrite VRM Box review | MusicRadar

All monitor options have been encoded from impulse responses taken from the speakers listed, while the environmental side of VRM, through the three listening spaces, has been constructed from spatial modelling. Apart from then plugging in your headphones and setting a listening level courtesy of the sleek silver alpha-dial on VRM’s top surface, it’s then over to the VRM software to pull the monitoring strings. The software’s graphical user interface is intuitive, offering pictures of the modelled equipment and environments.

Vr, the device itself – an attractive black and grey seven-centimetre square with a depth focusrkte just three centimetres – clearly, this is designed as a palm-sized device to take with you, though its rubber feet also make it perfect for sitting atop your studio controller keyboard.

Focuarite USB input will deal only with 44 and 48kHz speeds. This is the second of a two part review looking at the hows and whys of replicating loudspeaker listening in headphones.

For reasons that still escape me, I couldn’t get the software to work with the VRM box. Nevertheless it did challenge my mixing and mastering skills to come up with more professional results. I am more familiar with the type of hardware reproduced here than the high end speakers in OOYH.

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. Our Verdict A unique concept that’s a powerful resource for headphone mixers. Pros Highlights mix deficiencies.


A second piece of advice is that, whenever possible, it’s well worth avoiding mixing on headphones alone, as even the most ‘pro’ cans still don’t behave in the same way as a pair focusrjte speakers and therefore can’t be trusted as a sole monitoring source. Images do lose a little definition — just as they do listening in room rather than in cans. The VRM Box itself comprises two key ingredients.

It certainly improved on simple headphone monitoring but could never wholly replace listening to the sound in multiple environments. So, Focusrite have provided a neat solution – a dedicated playback interface that uses impulse responses and focusite to provide Virtual Reference Monitoring, or VRM for focussrite.

An algorithm is presented for combining the near- and far-field responses in order to compute out the early reflections of the room. Used without the special software the box has reasonably good sound quality — pretty much what you’d expect from a generic device of this type at this price, albeit nicely made.

But overall, switching to studio monitors did bring out the crisp and accurate sound of decent studio monitors and focustite 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?