Universal Audio has unveiled its latest range of audio interfaces. They feature their own stamped, modelled preamps and compressors. The new product line starts at an affordable $139 for one input and two outs, all the way up to four ins and outs for $369.
The new interfaces feature built-in UA preamp modelling as part of the input, which means you can access the same UAD sound of their plugins, inside the interface, without a computer.
A slick ’76 modelled compressor has also been added, which can be identified as a spin-off from the much-loved 1176 model, for an extra price. When the compressor is active, anything running to the input of the Volt will be automatically compressed using the industry preferred UAD sound.
On the cable and port panel, there’s MIDI I/O and a USB-C cable to connect the interface to your device. Unlike other UAD interfaces, the Volts don’t have any DSP power of their own to run the suite of UAD plugs you might have heard of before – you will still need an Apollo or other UA interface for that.
All this being said, it is by far the cheapest way to access the UAD sound. There’s also a software bundle included with the Volt that features: cutdown offerings from Ableton, Softube, Celemony, Relab, Plugin Alliance, UJAM and Spitfire Audio.