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Volt 1

Volt 1

Record Like a Pro, Anywhere.

We created Volt 1 for singers, guitarists, and content creators who want to easily record audio with legendary studio sound. Plug right into your Mac, PC, iPad, or iPhone and Volt just shows up — ready to capture your inspiration with professional sound, courtesy of Universal Audio.

Create legendary-sounding music productions, livestreams, and podcasts on Mac, PC, iPad, and iPhone

Record your voice or guitar with album‑ready sound using Vintage Mic Preamp mode

Produce with an essential suite of audio and music software from Ableton, Melodyne, Virtual Drummer, Marshall, Ampeg, and more

Build your desktop production studio around a stylish interface, built to withstand years of home and mobile recording

Record Yourself with Best-in-Class Audio Quality

Record Yourself with Best-in-Class Audio Quality

From the team that brought you the game‑changing Apollo interface, Volt 1 delivers superior studio sound quality, with more character and tone than any USB interface in its class.

Capture a Legendary Vocal with Vintage Mic Preamp Mode

Capture a Legendary Vocal with Vintage Mic Preamp Mode

Few sounds can compare to a vintage Universal Audio 610 tube preamp, as used to record everyone from Ray Charles to Van Halen. Volt 1 gives you the rich, full sound of this iconic UA preamp, thanks to its built-in tube emulation circuitry, a UA exclusive.

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Stay Inspired with a Curated Suite of Audio Software

Some audio interfaces give you a smattering of random audio apps. Not Volt. Instead, we put together a bundle of serious music production tools, virtual instruments, and plug‑ins from the industry's best.

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Easy In, Easy Out

Easy In, Easy Out

Volt 1 gives you simple 1-in/2-out audio connections. Just plug in a mic or instrument to the front panel. Then connect your speakers or headphones to monitor your audio with no latency. With Volt, you’ll be creating like a pro, fast.

iPad & iPhone Ready

iPad & iPhone Ready

Traveling light? Plug Volt 1 into your iPad or iPhone, and you can easily create beats and samples, record your band’s rehearsals, and edit songs anywhere.*

Capture Inspiration for Years to Come

Capture Inspiration for Years to Come

Featuring rugged all-metal construction and sleek, vintage-inspired industrial design, Volt 1 elevates your production space with impeccable style, built to last decades.

Inspiration Comes Quick. Watch the Videos.

      *Requires external Volt power supply and an Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (except iPads with USB-C).

      Included Software for Mac & PC

      Offering a powerful DAW, vintage guitar and bass amps, industry-leading virtual instruments, and much more, Volt gives you everything you need to start producing music, podcasts, and livestreams, right out of the box.

      • Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
      • Live 11 Lite
      • Melodyne Essential
      • Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
      • LX480 Essentials
      • Virtual Drummer DEEP
      • Virtual Bassist DANDY
      • LABS
      Marshall Plexi Classic Amp Bundle by Softube

      Marshall Plexi Classic Amp Bundle by Softube

      Create with an expertly modeled version of the iconic British amp that invented the sound of rock. Plus, shape your tones further with the included Softube Time & Tone Bundle, featuring additional reverb, delay, compression, and saturation plug-ins.

      Ableton Live 11 Lite

      Ableton Live 11 Lite

      Packed with all the effects, instruments, and features you need to make professional music productions, Live is fast, fluid, and flexible software for music creation and performance.

      Melodyne Essential by Celemony

      Melodyne Essential by Celemony

      Easily correct the pitch of recordings and samples with quick, intelligent note-based processing, and tune vocal and instrument tracks for more professional-sounding recordings and mixes.

      Ampeg<sup>®</sup> SVT-VR Classic Bass Bundle by Plugin Alliance

      Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Bundle by Plugin Alliance

      Get all the massive, earth-shaking tube tone of Ampeg’s iconic bass amp. Plus, use the bx_tuner for quick tuning and the powerful bx_masterdesk plug‑in to add the final touch to any source.

      LX480 Essentials by Relab Development

      LX480 Essentials by Relab Development

      Add lush dimension and ambience with Relab's expert model of this classic '80s digital reverb unit. You can also add complex delay and modulation textures for space and movement to your tracks.

      Virtual Drummer DEEP by UJAM

      Virtual Drummer DEEP by UJAM

      From classic soul and funk rhythms of the ‘60s and ‘70s to contemporary pop and rock styles, DEEP sports UJAM’s dynamic "round-robin" algorithm, giving you drum tracks that sound like the real thing.

      Virtual Bassist DANDY by UJAM

      Virtual Bassist DANDY by UJAM

      Get classic flatwound bass sounds for soul, pop, blues, and rock tracks with UJAM's custom-made DSP algorithms. DANDY automatically follows the key and chord you play, intelligently selecting musical bass articulations to make your tracks shine.

      LABS by Spitfire Audio

      LABS by Spitfire Audio

      Delivering on-the-spot inspiration for music productions, soundtracks, and podcasts, LABS is a curated virtual instrument library that features strings, pianos, percussion, synths, guitars, and more.

      Key Features

      Desktop 1-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion for Mac, PC, iPad, and iPhone

      Vintage Mic Preamp mode for recording your voice or guitar with the rich, full sound of a legendary UA tube preamp

      Includes an essential suite of audio and music software from Ableton, Melodyne, Virtual Drummer, Marshall, Ampeg, and more

      Studio-quality headphone amplifier for loud, clear monitoring

      USB bus powered to reduce cable clutter

      48V phantom power for condenser microphones

      Direct Monitoring for latency-free recording

      Stylish, rugged construction built to withstand years of use

      1-in/1-out MIDI connections

      USB-C to USB-A cable included

      To see full system requirements, click here.

      Customer Reviews

      Volt 1

      Overall Rating

      4.9/5
      (20 reviews)

      D. Hipwell

      July 16, 2022

      A+++

      Very affordable, no issues, I use it on my PC or iMac with no issues, sounds better than anything in it's price range. Great build quality. I live for gear like this! It had been ten years since going to the music store but my brother recommended UA and said it was the best. I'm in.

      J. JBM

      July 9, 2022

      It's robust

      I would have liked it to integrate the 76 compressor but you can't ask for more if that's what they wanted to give.

      UAD User

      July 7, 2022

      Amazing quality for the Price

      After hearing the Apollo I immediately switch from focusrite to universal audio and when I seen the volt line get released I knew this interface would be a good mobile hardware I can take with me on the go and get that quality that universal audio always delivers looking for a budget interface at a affordable price then the volt does not disappoint

      S. Baillie

      June 26, 2022

      Excellent low latency USB Type C Interface

      I love the Volt 1 because it has low enough latency to play guitar through amp sims.
      Also, the Volt 1 works with Linux so its great for using Reaper on Linux.

      UAD User

      June 25, 2022

      chivascarlos138@gmail.com

      very good

      I. Silva de Lima

      June 15, 2022

      Amazing for guitar players

      As a guitar player, I find this interface excellent. The round trip latency is very low, the preamp quality is impressive, the vintage mode is very charming. Direct monitoring gives a good reference of how much latency can be delayed as the buffer size increases. In addition, it is very robust for everyday use.

      I. Silva de Lima

      June 14, 2022

      Amazing for guitar players

      As a guitar player, this interface fits my needs perfectly. roundtrip latency is nothing. The direct button mixes the original sound with that of the plugin for quick comparison. The pre is very transparent and the vintage mode is a nice plus. The dynamic range is excellent and the interface construction is very robust for use on the road to playing live with plugins.

      b. chamberland

      May 28, 2022

      Awesome

      I love the vintage preamp option

      S. Nelson

      May 26, 2022

      Perfect in many ways

      I purchased the VOLT as a companion to the Arrow interface—this one being used to for tracking vocals—the Arrow for mixing. I was extremely impressed with the sound quality and indistinguishable latency that the VOLT has for recording. The audio quality is amazing and I highly recommend this unit to anyone who is looking for no compromise quality without needing access to all UA plugins.

      R. Tetrault

      May 19, 2022

      Great first tool for the job.

      My first time making music seemed really daunting. I had an intention of trying to reach as many people as possible with the music I make and even DJ and I couldn’t have been pointed in a better direction than to this little beast

      C. Laroche

      May 13, 2022

      At this price, it's exceptional to find such an advanced quality of material ! Congratulations to the whole team !!!

      Hello to all,

      More than 10 years ago, I had built a "big" home studio... with a big console, lots of peripherals (Fearn, Joe Meek, etc...)...

      And... an Apollo FireWire Quad with a lot of plugins and a Universal Audio 2192...

      All this had cost me a small fortune... Then, I sold it all because I spent more time moving buttons and making adjustments than making music and working on my instrument.

      10 years later, I bought the cheapest UAD interface, the Volt 1... and I'm glad I did! Super simple, self-powered, so no cables everywhere... It sounds very clean and the software and plugins pack is more than perfect to work well !

      At this price, it's exceptional to find such an advanced quality of material ! Congratulations to the whole team !!!

      Have a nice day
      Christophe

      UAD User

      May 2, 2022

      Una de las mejores interfaces

      Excelente sonido , profundo , la compre para voz y es una de las mejores compras que he echo , buenos previos , la escucha tanto por los cascos que por monitores es superior , tengo mas interfaces pero ahora la volt es mi preferida , la recomiendo

      C. Laroche

      May 1, 2022

      At this price, it's exceptional to find such an advanced quality of material ! Congratulations to the whole team !!!

      Hello to all,

      More than 10 years ago, I had built a "big" home studio... with a big console, lots of peripherals (Fearn, Joe Meek, etc...)...

      And... an Apollo FireWire Quad with a lot of plugins and a Universal Audio 2192...

      All this had cost me a small fortune... Then, I sold it all because I spent more time moving buttons and making adjustments than making music and working on my instrument.

      10 years later, I bought the cheapest UAD interface, the Volt 1... and I'm glad I did! Super simple, self-powered, so no cables everywhere... It sounds very clean and the software and plugins pack is more than perfect to work well !

      At this price, it's exceptional to find such an advanced quality of material ! Congratulations to the whole team !!!

      Have a nice day
      Christophe

      T. Kouassi

      April 30, 2022

      I Like it

      Recording with great quality I like it.

      M. Gábor

      April 30, 2022

      My guitar's best friend.

      I’ve only used it for guitar so far and it’s very convincing. The added effects (Marshall plexi) are absolutely stunning. You have a fantastic voice, thank you UAD!

      A. Aravidi

      April 29, 2022

      Volt 1 super good

      I like my interface I buy before war

      P. Gabriel

      April 29, 2022

      Great Quality but a bit pricey

      Have been using the Volt 1 interface for 3 months now and it's been working great. The vintage mode works well, there's plenty of gain for my large diaphragm condenser microphone, plenty of volume to power my monitor headset, and has quiet preamps. My only complaint is the requirement to make an account to get the drivers for the interface and it is also a bit pricey compared to the competition

      A. Nascimento

      April 29, 2022

      Amazing

      The best interface for the price.
      The sound is amazing

      A. May

      April 29, 2022

      Awesome

      Best guitar interface I’ve every had. Love the ease of use and quality build. Now just need it to support DSP…

      D. Carbone

      March 27, 2022

      amazing

      Home studio musician and songwriter here. Mostly recording guitar and occasionally vocals into Logic. This audio interface really blew me away... super easy to use, sounds awesome, and no latency issues at all. Really impressed and totally recommend it to anyone looking for a single channel usb interface