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.
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.
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.
Want to learn more?
OK, so this is a fairly simplified version of the science behind VRM. If you would like to learn in even more depth about VRM, please download the following AES Convention paper written by our very own Ben Supper.
We also provide the following Tech Sheet, which includes details for each of the modelled rooms as well as the speakers which have been measured.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: FOCUSRITE, the FF logo, VRM Virtual Reference monitoring and the VRM logo are trademarks of Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. All other product names, trademarks, or trade names are the names of their respective owners, which are in no way associated, connected nor affiliated with Focusrite or its VRM Box product and which have not endorsed Focusrite’s VRM Box. These other product names, trademarks, and trade names are used solely to identify and describe the third party loudspeaker systems, the sonic behaviour of which was studied for the VRM technology incorporated within the VRM Box, and to accurately describe an element of functionality within the VRM Box.
The VRM Box is an independently engineered technology which utilises Focusrite’s VRM Virtual Reference Monitoring (Patent applied for) to actually measure examples of the sonic impact of original loudspeaker systems upon an audio stream, so as to electronically emulate the performance of the original product studied. The result of this process is subjective and may not be perceived by a user as producing the same effects as the original products studied.