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Universal Audio Volt 2 USB Audio Interface  From UA

Desktop 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface with professional audio conversion, built-in Vintage Mic Preamp, and bus power for Mac, PC, iPad, and iPhone.

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Manufacturer's Description from UA

Record a Classic, Anywhere.

Universal Audio created Volt 2 for collaborators—from musicians and songwriters to livestreamers and podcasters. This portable 2-in/2-out USB recording interface for Mac, PC, iPad, and iPhone gives you superior sound quality, a Vintage Mic Preamp mode derived from UA’s 610 tube preamp, plus a suite of industry-leading music software—so your next recording will sound classic.

Key Benefits

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

  • Record your voice or guitar with rich, full sound using Vintage Mic Preamp mode

  • Produce with an essential suite of audio and music software including Ableton, Melodyne, UJAM’s Virtual Drummer, Marshall, Ampeg, and more

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

 

Collaborate with Best-in-Class Audio Quality

From the team that brought you the game-changing Apollo interface, Volt 2 delivers superior studio sound quality, with more character and tone than any USB interface in its class.

 

Capture a Classic 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 2 gives you the rich, full sound of this classic UA mic/line/instrument 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, UA put together a bundle of serious music production tools, virtual instruments, and plug-ins including Ableton, Melodyne, UJAM’s Virtual Drummer, Marshall, Ampeg, and more.

 

Included Software

  • Ableton Live Lite

  • Marshall Plexi Classic Amp

  • Softube Time & Tone Bundle

  • Celemony Melodyne Essential

  • Relab LX480 Essentials

  • Ampeg SVT-VR Classic

  • Brainworx bx_tuner

  • Brainworx bx_masterdesk Classic

  • UJAM Virtual Drummer DEEP

  • UJAM Virtual Bassist DANDY

  • Spitfire LABS

 

Easy In, Easy Out

Volt 2 gives you simple 2-in/2-out audio connections. Just plug your mics, guitars, or synths into 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

Traveling light? Plug Volt 2 into your iPad or iPhone, and you can easily create beats and samples, record your band’s rehearsals, and edit songs anywhere.*

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

 

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.

Universal Audio

About Manufacturer

Universal Audio Inc. was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father, and to design new digital recording tools with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. However, as Bill Jr. recounts, the genesis of "UA, part 2" is actually a bit more serendipitous.

Having grown up in the music industry, Bill Jr. and James ("Jim") Putnam naturally assumed that the music business is where they'd eventually end up. Jim, a touring musician and recording engineer, and their older brother Scott, a studio designer in Southern California, were the first to follow in Bill Sr.'s path. However, Bill Jr. took a more circuitous direction, working for a number of engineering companies before undertaking a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. It was at Stanford that Bill Jr. became closely involved in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), specializing in signal processing. It was also at Stanford that Bill Jr. began to assemble a team of the best and brightest minds in the field — who continue to steer many of Universal Audio's engineering efforts to this day.

However, the precise event that led Bill and Jim to start (or "reinvent") Universal Audio in 1999 was unexpected. As Bill Jr. tells it, when Bill Sr. passed away in 1989, he and Jim were faced with the Herculean task of cleaning out their dad's workshop and storage areas. While going through Bill Sr.'s old test equipment, boxes of parts, bits and pieces of consoles, and half-cannibalized 1176 compressors, Jim came across their father’s old design notebook. The two spent the evening poring over his notes, realizing that this was the map to every technical problem their father had ever solved. It was at that moment that they decided to bring back Universal Audio and its classic products. 

Fast forward a decade. Now with nearly 80 employees and legions of new customers worldwide, UA is headquartered near the Silicon Valley, in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time. The lengths we go to deliver the exact sound and performance of classic analog audio gear is unparalleled; in fact, the goal is for UA's modern units to perform identically to well-maintained units built decades ago. 

Of course, analog is only half the story. At Universal Audio, we employ the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry. Our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

Specifications

Key Features

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

  • Vintage Mic Preamp mode lets you record voice or guitar with the rich, full sound of a classic UA tube preamp

  • Essential suite of audio and music software including Ableton, Melodyne, UJAM’s 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

 

System Requirements

  • Mac & PC

  • Available USB 2.0 (or higher) port

  • USB cable (included)

  • Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon processor

  • (PC) Windows 10 64-bit edition

  • (macOS) 10.14 Mojave or later

  • Internet connection for software downloads

 

iPad & iPhone

  • iPadOS / iOS 14 or later

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