Universal Audio Volt 1

Universal Audio Volt Promo

Free Plug Ins

During the period up to and including 31.05.2024 all buyers of a Universal Audio Volt Interface will receive, after registration, the new Essentials Edition Bundle with the following Plug Ins , as a free download:

  • PolyMAX Synth,
  • Oxide Tape Recorder,
  • Century Tube Channel Strip,
  • Pure Plate Reverb,
  • Galaxy Tape Echo,
  • Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection,
  • Pultec EQ Collection

1 x 2 USB Audio Interface

  • 24 Bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converter
  • Integrated microphone preamp with vintage mic preamp mode
  • +48 V phantom power switchable
  • Headphone amplifier
  • Direct monitoring
  • USB bus-powered
  • Compatible with PC (Windows 10 64 bit), Mac (macOS 10.14 Mojave or higher), iPad and iPhone (iOS 14 or higher)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 145 x 130 x 50 mm
  • Weight: 0.55 kg
  • Includes USB-C to USB-A cable

Included software:

  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Softube Marshall Plexi Classic Amp Softube Time & Tone Bundle
  • Celemony Melodyne Essential
  • Relab LX480 Essentials
  • Plugin Alliance Ampeg SVT-VR Classic
  • Brainworx bx_tuner and Brainworx bx_masterdesk Classic
  • UJAM Virtual Drummer DEEP and Virtual Bassist DANDY
  • Spitfire LABS


  • 1 Mic/Instrument/Line combo input: XLR / 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
  • 1 MIDI input and output
  • 5V DC input for optional power supply unit
  • USB-C connector
Available since November 2021
Item number 529054
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Recording / Playback Channels 1x2
Number of Mic Inputs 1
Number of Line Inputs 1
Instrument Inputs 1
Number of Line Outs 2
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors USB-C
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock 0
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply No
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 145 mm
Depth in mm 130 mm
Height in mm 50 mm
Connection Format USB port Type C
Included in delivery Ableton Live Lite, USB-C to USB-A Cable
Zero latency monitoring 1
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52 Reviews

Zizo 20.03.2022
Bought it and the Presonus e5 for my PC to play bass guitar on it and everyday usage.
Works fine. The sound I get is quite nice and the plugins are not bad.
A bit more pricey than others but it's well designed.


The best budget audio interface I have tried!
Funeral Musician 23.01.2023
Before eventually settling on the Universal Audio Volt 1, I tried Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen, Motu M2, Røde AI-1, and Steinberg UR12. Each of those four interfaces had its own pros and cons, but neither of them stood out as the clear winner. Their flaws were too significant for me to tolerate and far outweighed the positives. Having tried the most recommended options and been disappointed by all of them, I had almost given up hope, but then, I decided to try one of the Volt series interfaces, which were relatively new at the time. I had never heard anything about Universal Audio before, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. To my surprise, the Volt exceeded all my expectations! Firstly, the build quality was excellent: the unit was light, but it had the right amount of heft to give off an impression of quality. Also, the entire unit, except for the grey plastic front panel, seemed to be made out of powder-coated steel and aluminum! Secondly, the design had a sophisticated retro aesthetic, and the color of the aforementioned aluminum matched the color of my MacBook perfectly! Thirdly, every knob and button was placed intuitively, and I especially liked the on/off rocker switch on the back. Another great feature was a couple of signal level indicator LEDs, the uppermost of which turned red whenever the audio was clipping. Also, speaking of LEDs, the buttons were transparent and had a different color LED inside them, so it was simple to tell which of the functions were on without having to read the labels above the buttons — even in the dark! As somebody with myopia, I appreciated this feature a lot. Now, to the sound quality. Since I am not a singer, I only tried recording my electric guitar, and the results that I got were truly professional quality. Lastly, the built-in headphone amplifier was more than powerful enough for my 47 Ω headphones with a 96 dB sensitivity. As far as I can recall, I never had the headphone volume knob on my Volt 1 set past 12 o'clock. So, to sum everything up, the Volt 1 is an excellent budget interface that has an unsurpassed price-to-quality ratio.


Alchemist_ 20.02.2023
I will compare with MOTU M2.
VOLT 1 arrived today.
Both products are of very high quality and each of them is a leader in the market!
I bought a second sound card for the kitchen, mainly for headphones.

Packed better than mota. And whoever smells the box, it’s better to buy VOLT for sure)))

About headphones - Fostex T60RP with VOLT plays better!
The VOLT's headphone amp is much louder.

Noise - no guitar noise, none of the cards I have. No matter how you turn it on, no matter how you turn it on.
Probably on VOLT the instrumental input at the 0 mark is a little more powerful. But the overload, when hitting the strings, is achieved approximately the same for both.

I have Motu for 3 years, there are no problems on Windows, I don’t use poppy.

The only motu, once a year (maximum 2), the sound disappears. Treated off / on. (Because I turn off monitors with a power filter.)
There are no other problems.
Once I tried the MSI B550 A-PRO motherboard (like a good one), with it the motu had falling off, it fell off almost constantly). (I have an asrock X470)

If you do not read the characteristics and do not watch reviews. BOTH cards are good! For MY ears and VOLT headphones, I like it better.
I also really like that VOLT can be turned on from the power supply.

I noticed that both at the main volume and at the volume of the headphones, the balance between the left and right channels does not match in some positions!
MOTU M2 has no problems with this, there is digital adjustment.


2mbo4ka 03.11.2022
The best sound card for the money and the main thing is that with it I got three compressors and one plate from universal audio that sound divine. The biggest disadvantage of this sound card is that you can not adjust the monitoring volume.


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