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The Universal Audio Volt 1 USB interface puts classic studio sounds in reach of singers, musicians and anyone who wants to record great audio.

The Universal Audio Volt 1 is a USB audio interface that puts classic studio sounds in reach of singers, musicians, podcasters and anyone who wants to record great audio. It features one input, two outputs and a built-in vintage mic preamp based on classic recording gear from the ’60s. The Volt 1 also comes with a full suite of software and plugins to enhance vocals and instruments, plus add virtual bass, guitar, strings, drums and more to fill out your recordings. Universal Audio has been a pioneer in production for over five decades. Harness the legacy with the Volt 1, available now at Guitar Center. 

The Volt 1 has one combination 1/4"/ XLR input for instruments, condenser and dynamic mics. It also has  MIDI in/out and headphone amplifier.

A Streamlined Interface With Studio-Quality Sounds

Why drive to a studio and pay by the hour when you can get the same pro sound wherever you go? The Volt 1 records with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion. It has one input that accepts either 1/4" or XLR cables for instruments, plus condenser and dynamic microphones. Own a vintage keyboard? Use the 5-pin MIDI in/out. To monitor audio, listen via the built-in studio-quality headphone amplifier or add external speakers.

The Volt 1 audio interface employs emulation circuity to capture the warm sound of a vintage UA 610 tube preamp.

Legendary Audio Shaping at Your Desk

The Volt 1 employs emulation circuity to capture the warm sound of a vintage UA 610 tube preamp. Designed by original founder Bill Putnam in 1960, the 610 has been used on albums by Neil Young, Coldplay, Ray Charles and many others. While a vintage original 610 can set you back tens of thousands of dollars, the Volt 1 lets you add character to your audio at a fraction of the price. 

Universal Audio includes a full suite of software and audio plug-ins with the Volt 1 interface. There's no need to buy anything else.

Comes Complete With a Full Suite of Software

There's no need to buy recording software and audio plug-ins—Universal Audio includes it for free. Ableton Live II Lite is an easy-to-use DAW for fast audio production. Add accompaniment with Virtual Bassist Dandy and Drummer Deep by UJAM, plus virtual strings, synths and pianos with LABS by Spitfire Audio. Guitarist will dig the Marshall Plexi Classic Amp Bundle by Softube and the Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Bundle by Plugin Alliance. Melodyne Essential by Celemony offers pitch and timing correction; Relab Development’s LX480 bathes your mixes in lush, vintage reverb. 

Built to Last With Unmistakable Style

The Volt 1 is ruggedly constructed of metal for maintenance-free use and has an industrial vibe that will elevate the look of your home studio. It works with macOS 10.14 Mojave or later with Intel, AMD or Apple Silicon processors; PC system requirements—Windows 10 64-bit edition. The Volt 1 interface is USB bus powered and comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable. A 5V DC power supply is available separately for use with iPads and iPhones running iOS 14 or later.

  • 1-in/2-out with 5-pin MIDI in/out, headphone amplifier, 48V phantom power
  • Vintage Preamp mode based on Universal Audio 610 tube preamp
  • Comes with a full suite of music software and plug-ins
  • Rugged metal construction
Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 192kHz
  • Total inputs: 1
  • Mic preamps: 1
  • Total outputs: 2
  • Other Connectivity
  • Connections: USB 2.0
  • MIDI I/O: Yes
  • Headphone output(s): 1
Onboard Features
  • Computer platform: Mac, PC, iOS
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Monitor control: Yes
  • Headphone control: Yes
  • Analog or digital: Analog/digital 
  • Connectivity: USB, 1/4”, XLR 
Included accessories 
  • Power supply: Yes
  • Cable: USB-C to USB-A cable included
  • Stand: No
  • Rackmountable: No
  • Included software: Yes
  • Minimum System Requirements
  • Mac requirements: OS X 10.14 Mojave or later
  • Windows requirements: Windows 10 64-bit edition or later
  • 64-bit compatible: Yes
One year parts and labor warranty on all U.A. products and Kind of Loud products.

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