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USB Virtual Reference Monitoring Interface
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The Sound of Your Studio, Anywhere!

Mixing in a perfect environment simply isn't an option for everyone. Even if you have excellent, high-quality studio monitors, chances are you don't have the liberty to crank up your latest mix at 3:00 AM, just when you've put the final touches on that last track. That's what's so cool about the Focusrite VRM Box. Designed to integrate with your favorite DAW, the VRM Box uses Focusrite's award-winning VRM (virtual reference monitoring) to simulate a traditional monitoring environment, right in your headphones. Now, instead of the tightly focused and exaggerated stereo separation you get from headphones, you get the sound of a traditional listening environment, complete with pro-quality studio monitors.

Because the VRM Box can act either as the primary output of your DAW or inline with the S/PDIF output of your audio interface, you can use it with any DAW, even Pro Tools HD. The VRM Box hardware itself boasts a 108dB dynamic range, far outstripping conventional computer headphone outputs. What's more, the VRM Box supports up to 24-bit/192kHz digital audio over S/PDIF, so it's compatible with even the most demanding applications. Although monitoring with real studio monitors will always be ideal, a Focusrite VRM Box will make your next best option a whole lot better.

Focusrite VRM Box Virtual Reference Monitoring Interface Features at a Glance:
  • Onboard VRM (Virtual Reference Monitoring) lets you hear the sound of your mix being played over a pair of professional studio monitors in a controlled environment - right in your headphones
  • Supports sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz via S/PDIF input, 48kHz via USB
  • 108dB dynamic range
  • USB 2.0 for connectivity and bus power
  • Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
  • Stereo Headphone output on 1/4" TRS
  • Analogue headphone output level control
  • Supports Windows (XP with service pack 3, Vista, and 7) and Intel Mac OS X 10.5 and OS X 10.6
  • Dimensions: 2.7" x 1" x 2.7"
  • Weight: 4.33 oz.
Take the sound of your studio anywhere, with a Focusrite VRM Box virtual reference monitoring interface!

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Hands On Review: Focusrite VRM Box

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Manufacturer Part Number VRMBOX

Customer Reviews

4/5
Based on 34 reviews

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

Think you've been getting the most out of your headphones? If you haven't been using VRM, then you could be missing out on something pretty amazing. What's VRM? It stands for "Virtual Reference Monitoring," a technology developed by Focusrite that simulates a variety of monitoring environments inside your headphones. You're given emulations of 15 different sets of studio monitors, stereo speakers, in-wall speakers, and the speakers in an LCD TV, along with models of three rooms (pro studio, living room, and bedroom studio). By switching among the various speakers and rooms, you can hear how your audio will sound played back in many different situations, just by listening on headphones. First introduced as part of the company's Saffire PRO 24 DSP audio interface (and reviewed in the Summer 2009 issue of SweetNotes), VRM is now available in a standalone form, as the VRM Box. At its most basic, the VRM Box is a headphone amplifier with a USB input for direct connection to your Mac or PC and a S/PDIF digital input that can be connected to any compatible audio interface. Plug it straight in and cue up the music; you'll be treated to excellent sound quality, with volume control accessible via a knob on the top of the VRM Box. But load the included software into your computer, and the VRM Box jumps to entirely new heights. As mentioned earlier, you can hear your audio played back with emulations of different speakers and rooms, allowing you reference your sound in various environments. The VRM control panel software, with its clear user interface, is simple to use. In practice, the VRM Box and software do their job - there's a clear impression that you have changed speakers or location as you switch among the speaker and room emulations. It really does work! Though the ideal is to have a purpose-designed studio with top-of-the-line monitoring and acoustic treatment, many of us must monitor at least part of the time on headphones. Why not optimize your time in the 'phones with the VRM Box?
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