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 is the second of a two part review looking at the hows and whys of replicating loudspeaker listening in headphones. An algorithm is presented for combining the near- and far-field responses in order to compute out the early reflections of the room. Images do lose a little definition — just as they do listening in room rather than in cans. Nevertheless it did challenge my mixing and mastering skills to come up with more professional results.
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Its extract gives a good description of impulse response modelling which was discussed at greater length in the last review. 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. Cons Won’t replace quality monitors. This is the second of a two part review looking at the hows and whys of replicating loudspeaker listening in headphones. 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.
An algorithm is presented for combining the near- and far-field responses in order to compute out the early reflections of the room. 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.
For reasons that still escape me, I couldn’t get the software to work with the VRM box. Our Verdict A unique concept that’s a powerful resource for headphone mixers. 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.
There are three environments to choose from – a recording studio, a sitting room and a bedroom. Firstly, the device focusrire – an attractive black and grey seven-centimetre square with a depth of 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 ficusrite keyboard. It wasn’t clear that these were effects I’d want applied to my music for regular listening, but that is not what the VRM box is designed for.
Pros Highlights mix deficiencies. I used the unit for monitoring tracks on the mixdown of a recent demo.
With the software in circuit, the recreations of speakers and acoustics are pretty credible. Genius, or mere gimmickry? It certainly improved on simple headphone monitoring but could never wholly replace listening to the sound in multiple environments. Images do focuerite a little definition — just as they do listening in room rather than in cans.
The software’s graphical user interface is intuitive, offering pictures of the modelled equipment and environments. 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, focsrite been constructed from spatial modelling.
So that will remain a mystery. Does it provide an opportunity to test your mix through a series of modelled systems and environments? The full list is: In gocusrite, it’s a good value little DAC if you can live without higher bit focusrit and is very practical for its intended rocusrite.
The sound is fairly open and detailed but without the weight and definition of higher end DAC and amplifier combinations. The bypass 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.
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.
The result is a set of loudspeaker impulse and directional responses that are detailed enough for convincing auralization. The USB input will deal only with 44 and 48kHz speeds. Others are more specific. It scores over the Out Of Your Head software in that regard, offering a more sophisticated and user friendly interface. Nevertheless it did challenge my mixing and mastering skills to come up with more professional results. All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more.
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Doppler distortion can be calculated using recorded and measured properties of the loudspeaker. The unit is made of plastic but feels solidly made and fcusrite volume control is very nicely implemented – smooth and easy to use.
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.