Universal Audio Volt are some of the best value audio interfaces we’ve seen

For some content creators and producers, Universal Audio equipment is firmly out of reach when it comes to affordability. The company’s hardware has been the backbone of some of the best recording facilities around the world, with the likes of the 1176 limiting amplifier the go-to compressor for countless engineers and producers.

Now, with the advent of the Volt range, decades of high-quality recording hardware and software knowledge have been distilled into a range of very affordable audio interfaces, that offer the sonic character of vintage hardware whilst delivering all the features required for a variety of content creation scenarios.

All models within the range feature a Vintage switch that adds in the colour of a vintage preamp, which just happens to be based on UA’s vintage 610 tube preamp. Then there is the ‘76 range which also features an analogue compressor, modelled on the ubiquitous 1176. 

The high-quality hardware is further backed up with a software bundle that is an embarrassment of riches and makes each Volt audio interface even better value than could be imagined.

The software bundle has been carefully curated to include the tools to cover every aspect of music production and content creation, with Ableton Live 11 Lite; guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube and Plugin Alliance; Melodyne Essential from Celemony; Virtual Drummer and Bass plugins from UJAM; classic '80s digital reverb in the form of the LX480 Essentials by Relab Development; and Spitfire Audio Labs for all your orchestral scoring needs.

As is expected of UA hardware, the entire collection of Volt interfaces feature pristine preamps with exceptional clarity and are encased in a rugged aluminium housing. The Volt range starts with prices around £120 for the Volt 1, rising up to £320 for the Volt 476 and you can find more information on the Universal Audio website.