However, after a chat with my friend and acoustic guru Andy Munro he planted a seed in my head when he suggested it may be possible to re-amp with it. Remember the Focusrite VRM is more than just an emulation of speakers, it’s an emulation of speakers in rooms, so it lends itself perfectly to re-amping.
Well, it is possible to re-amp anything with it and it’s very simple. You will need an audio interface that has an SPDIF in on it, most of them do. Here’s how.
- First take the SPDIF lead from the VRM and connect it to the SPDIF out on your interface, this will be the send.
- Then take the stereo jack from the VRM and connect it to 2 inputs on your audio interface, this will be the return.
- Make sure you have the volume on the top of your VRM box all the way up.
Next route your Pro Tools system as shown below.
- Create a send and route it to the SPDIF out on your audio interface.
- Create an AUX return and bring that back in from the 2 inputs you have plugged your VRM outputs into.
- Then simply use the send to adjust the amount of re-amping you want. I put it in pre-send then I can just hear the rooms as I check them.
It works great on electric guitars, bass and drums. You could use it in post for room effects. Why not give it a try.
Here is a demo on a mono guitar track.