uad volt 2 audio interface

Review: Universal Audio Volt 2 Audio Interface

The Universal Audio Volt 2 is a powerful and versatile audio interface that is designed to meet the needs of both professional recording engineers and home studio enthusiasts. This interface is packed with features that make it an ideal option for a wide range of recording and mixing applications. Thanks to Universal Audio we recently got hands-on with the Volt 2 Audio Interface. Here’s our comprehensive review of the same.

 

Built & Package Contents

The Volt 2 boasts a very sleek and elegant look and features a rugged all-metal, vintage-inspired design. On the front panel, you’ll find 2 microphone XLR/TRS Combo Inputs along with an Input meter, Gain knob, and Vintage & Instrument setting for each input. On the right side of the front panel, you’ll find a 48V phantom power button, Monitor knob, Headphone output, headphone volume knob, direct monitoring button & host indicator.

 

Now coming to the rear panel, there are monitor outputs, MIDI I/O, USB-C & 5VDC power slots. Apart from this, you’ll find a power switch and a Kensington Security Slot.

Front View:

volt 2 front

image credit: Universal Audio

 

Rear View:

volt 2 rear

image credit: Universal Audio

 

Features 

The Volt 2 has two line inputs, two line outputs, and a headphone output, making it a versatile option for a wide range of recording and mixing applications. One of the most notable features of the Volt 2 is the Vintage Mic Preamp mode which features a preamp inspired by the 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 iconic UA preamp, thanks to its built-in tube emulation circuitry, a UA exclusive. The preamps constitute the major difference between the Volt & Apollo interfaces.

 

Using the INST buttons you can toggle the impedance and gain of the line inputs to accommodate Hi-Z instruments, such as electric guitar or bass. These buttons are lit green when the Hi-Z inputs are enabled. Volt 2 also comes with two direct monitoring options. When the direct monitoring button is lit orange, the inputs are panned to the left and right in stereo and when the button is lit blue, the inputs are panned to the center in mono. Another difference between the Volt & Apollo interfaces from Universal Audio is the Compressor used. Volt interfaces use the Analog 76 Compressor circuit whereas the Apollo interfaces use the real-time Universal Audio Processing including 1176LN and LA-2A plug-ins

 

Apart from the hardware features, there are a bunch of plugins that come along with the Volt 2 interface. The list of the included software include

  • Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
  • Live 11 Lite
  • Melodyne Essential
  • Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
  • LX480 Essentials
  • Virtual Drummer DEEP
  • Virtual Bassist DANDY
  • LABS

 

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Price 

Universal Audio Volt 2 audio interface is currently available for around $189.00 (varies based on region)

Verdict

In conclusion, the Universal Audio Volt 2 is a powerful and versatile audio interface that offers professional-grade sound quality and performance. The included software makes it an ideal option for recording and mixing professionals and enthusiasts alike. Its sleek design and affordability make it a great option for a wide range of recording and mixing applications.

 

 

Image Credits: Universal Audio

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Hemant has been actively involved in the dance music industry with over 3 years of experience. Currently working as a Project Manager and heading the We Rave You Tech division. Get in touch via email.

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