Rode AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface

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Rode AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface
Key Features
  • High-Speed USB-C Audio Interface
  • 96 kHz / 24-Bit
  • Premium Discrete Headphone Amplifier
  • Single Combo XLR-1/4" Input
The Rode AI-1 is a studio-quality audio interface well suited for recording vocals, instruments, and voice-overs into your Mac or Windows computer. The interface features a single, combo XLR-1/4" input with phantom power, two balanced 1/4" monitor outputs, and a single, discrete, studio-quality headphone output and level control. The device can operate in zero-latency monitoring mode, which connects the preamp directly to the headphone output for delay-free performance while recording. With the headphone input engaged, the two monitor outputs are bypassed. To engage the monitor outputs, simply remove the headphone plug from the jack.
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Rode Ai1 Overview

The Rode AI-1 is a studio-quality audio interface well suited for recording vocals, instruments, and voice-overs into your Mac or Windows computer. The interface features a single, combo XLR-1/4" input with phantom power, two balanced 1/4" monitor outputs, and a single, discrete, studio-quality headphone output and level control. The device can operate in zero-latency monitoring mode, which connects the preamp directly to the headphone output for delay-free performance while recording. With the headphone input engaged, the two monitor outputs are bypassed. To engage the monitor outputs, simply remove the headphone plug from the jack.

The rugged aluminum body is finished with a satin black finish and features large rubber feet, which prevents the desktop interface from sliding about when engaged. The class compliant AI-1 requires no drivers and features a USB-C connector, which not only connect to your computer, but also provides powers as well. The Rode AI-1 ships with a USB cable and a license for Ableton Live Lite.

  • Desktop USB audio interface with low-noise Class-A discrete preamplifier
  • Sampling rate of up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • One combo XLR-1/4" combo input
  • Two balanced 1/4" monitor outputs
  • One discrete, studio-quality headphone output
  • Phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Zero-latency monitor mode
  • USB bus powered
  • USB Type-C connector for future proof operation
  • Rugged body with Satin Black Finish
  • Class compliant—no drivers required
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite
  • Includes USB cable
UPC: 698813005130

Rode Ai1 Specs

Form FactorTabletop
Channels of I/O1 Input / 2 Output
Max Sample Rate/Resolution96 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps1
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O1 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Mic/Line Input
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Line Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone Output
Phantom Power+48 V
Digital Audio I/ONone
Host Connection / USBUSB Type-C
MIDI I/ONone
Performance
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1 dB
Gain/Trim RangeInputs:
0 to 45 dB
Max Output LevelMonitor Outputs:
-6 dBu
Headphone Output Power24 mW into 32 Ohms
245 mW into 300 Ohms
ImpedanceHi-Z Inputs:
0.9 Megohm
Mic Inputs:
1.3 Kilohms
Dynamic Range104 dBu
EIN-128 dBA
Digital Audio
Sample Rates44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
Bit Depths24-Bit
LatencyZero-Latency Direct Monitoring
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.10 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
Physical
Dimensions4.9 x 3.9 x 1.5" / 124 x 100 x 38 mm
Weight19.8 oz / 561.3 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.155 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7 x 5.1 x 2.55"
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Could I also use this Rode AI-1 to monitor audio while I edit in Premiere or edit audio in Audition?
Asked by: Burke W.
Yes, and it is recommended to use the interface as your monitoring device.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-05-27

Does this interface work on M1 macs?

Does this interface work on M1 macs?
Asked by: Andrew
As this time, Rode does not specify compatibility of this interface with the M1 Macs or Big Sur OS.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-11-20

Can this properly drive the Rode Podmic without ...

Can this properly drive the Rode Podmic without the need for a cloudlifter?
Asked by: Hans
Yeah, definitely. You just need to turn on the phantom power.
Answered by: Joshua
Date published: 2021-06-18

Is this interface compatible with a 16" Macbook ...

Is this interface compatible with a 16" Macbook Pro? it can work with a usb-c to usb-c cable? I see that comes with a usb-c to usb-a cable.
Asked by: Jair
Yes, this audio interface will work with macOS 10.10 or Later.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2020-10-02

When monitor is enabled, is computer audio mixed ...

When monitor is enabled, is computer audio mixed in with the monitor mic loop?
Asked by: Mark
Audio from the microphone will be routed directly to the headphones when Direct Monitoring is ON. You will hear only audio from the computer when the Direct Monitoring is not engaged. .
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2020-06-26

How is the volume level on the monitor out ...

How is the volume level on the monitor out controlled?
Asked by: Benjamin
The output level is worthy of most headphones and active monitors that one would want to connect.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2020-02-11
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