Volt 276 USB Audio Interface
Classic UA sound in a budget interface. We have a winner.
I must admit, having Apollo X units for years I was expecting *pretty good* from VOLT 276 but boy I was wrong. This unit gives so much for it's price and then some.
The build quality is top notch. All metal case with wooden panels on the side makes the unit feel sturdy and durable. And I like the retro look.
The knobs/buttons are firm and can be dialed smoothly. And the sound is... Just great!
I still don't know how UA packed 610 pre's circuits AND 1176 compressor into such small footprint. I've tested it with Neumann U87Ai, TLM 102 and Rode NT1. On each mic VOLT gave pure clean sound. Very quiet on it's own. When "Vintage" mode is engaged you get that warm, rounded sound known for 610 pre + pleasant mids saturation. Compressor is fixed at 6:1 (I think) but it works very well with provided modes for vocals, guitar and "fast". Installation is pretty simple and straightforward. You are up and running in 5 mins.
I've bought it as an additional interface for quick Voiceover recordings, but now I see it can do much more.
Congrats to UA for developing VOLT series - we have a winner here!