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Record Like a Pro, Anywhere.

We created the Volt 1 USB audio interface 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.

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.

See Included Software for Mac & PC ›

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

      4.7/5
      (72)

      S. Ridge

      April 2, 2024

      If You’re Skeptical, Don’t Be

      Let’s start off with the budget friendly pricing that is indeed something that adds to the inviting aura of the Volt 1, Volt 2, and so on. Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned vet when it comes to recording any type of audio - These interfaces are bundled together at the top five, somewhere in the middle. Of course the Apollo is #1 but the Volt series are basically the little brothers as far as the quality. From the look and feel even including the packaging, to the user friendly surface and quality of captured sound, UA is here to provide excellence. I love my Volt 1 which I use to record vocals. I also have it set up with my JBL 305 MKII’s. So it gets used daily whether I’m just producing and mixing, or recording for an hour, sometimes even the entire day. If you’re not sure about purchasing one of these interfaces- just do it, it’s beyond worth it and blows others out of the water.

      A. Rakotoarinelina

      April 1, 2024

      Incredibly awesome

      Can't believe an audio interface in this range of price is that good seriously. I'm loving it. The 4 stars is for the Ujam plug-ins that disappeared in the UA Connect after I took a little time (like one week) to redeem them. I can't see them anymore in the list

      R. Rupert

      March 28, 2024

      The volt 1 is Fantastic

      The Volt 1 has become a favorite of mine. It feels like a warmer tone than other interfaces. The free plug-ins are fantastic

      j. MOUKAMBI

      March 23, 2024

      installation impossible

      Je ne comprend absolument pas cette carte. Je viens de prendre une Volt 1 mais impossible de procéder à l'enregistrement dans la liste il y a Apollo mais pas Volt 1 du coup impossible d'installer la carte. Si je ne trouve aucune solution d'ici lundi je renvoie le matériel. Du coup je note 1 juste pour l'envoie

      c. alaniz

      March 22, 2024

      no regrets buying this interface

      one of the best decisions i have made when purchasing a small interface unit. I have put it through the ringer for the last few weeks. have traveled with it, been in multiple trips. and still works like a tank.

      A. Bordou

      March 19, 2024

      Great product! Definitely recommend!

      Awesome! Smooth touch sensation, great performance!
      In addition, it comes a a few gift from Universal Audio.
      This is my first audio interface clearly can’t give much feedback yet it’s being working great so far very stable connection and quality.
      Definitely a great suggestion as a first purchase by the associate at Guitar Center, the opportunity cost is definitely well worth it.

      I’m extremely happy with my investment.

      Thank you Universal Audio for bringing an amazing product to life.

      V. Hulo

      March 12, 2024

      Volt 1

      I like it

      g. carter

      March 2, 2024

      Universal Audio Products

      I have the Volt 476 and the Volt 1 and I can honestly say, these are the best interfaces that I have ever purchased. For the money you can't best the quality of these units.

      g. carter

      March 2, 2024

      Universal Audio Products

      I have the Volt 476 and the Volt 1 and I can honestly say, these are the best interfaces that I have ever purchased. For the money you can't best the quality of these units.

      g. carter

      March 2, 2024

      Universal Audio Products

      I have the Volt 476 and the Volt 1 and I can honestly say, these are the best interfaces that I have ever purchased. For the money you can't best the quality of these units.

      P. Garcia Rodríguez

      February 20, 2024

      Fantastic team


      I am impressed with this card. Fantastic sound for recording my guitars. Very good finish.

      J. Nodarse

      February 12, 2024

      Great!!

      Sounds great, easy to use. Huge upgrade for me

      V. Tibulca

      January 16, 2024

      Start volt 1

      Easy integration with DAW. Good clear sound. Just a pity that there is no third output. I think it should be added even in basic versions. Otherwise you will have to buy volt 4, and it is much more expensive! Thanks!

      V. Napolsky

      December 21, 2023

      Good Interface

      Good sounding preamps, sufficient gain , very portable, ios compatible, plus you get a bunch of great software along with it. The Price was great too. All in all - great product ! Highly recommend. Well done UAD

      M. Kowalczyk

      December 21, 2023

      Great product for the money!

      I really only purchased the Volt 1 because I'm switching over from PC to Mac in my studio and this will have to hold me over until I decide on what gear to use. It connected to my Mac with zero issues and hasn't had any strange kind of dropouts during the few weeks I've been using it. It feels like a well build piece of gear and the plugins it comes with are worth the money alone. Can't recommend this interface enough!

      y. y

      December 15, 2023

      About headphones output

      Audio interfaces sold by other companies in this price range focus only on mic preamps, and typically have poor DAC and headphone outputs.
      However, this product has first-class quality.
      Thanks to this, DENON's DAC is no longer necessary.

      R. Ritz

      November 25, 2023

      Volt 1

      I was very pleasantly surprised with this interface. I can't recommend it enough.

      T. Dlamini

      October 17, 2023

      Volt 1 & 2

      I bought volt 1 & 2, one of the road and one for home. I can’t even begin to describe how much of a gap it filled coming from an entry level focusrite. Everyone suddenly sounded better. I’m hoping to get the Apollo soon.

      A. Santana

      October 3, 2023

      The small interface of great quality

      My first experience with UAD's physical product. And it was simply the best investment, worth the price, and it is far beyond expectations. Thank you!

      S. Jones

      September 30, 2023

      Volt 1 Review

      I was so excited that I got this interface for Christmas, I hadn’t noticed that every headphone jack I’d plug in would stop working somehow. I didn’t think it was the interface so I never sent it back but my computer has had some issues with my device.