Rode AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface

Rode AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface

Rode AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface

Rode AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • High-Speed USB-C Audio Interface
  • 96 kHz / 24-Bit
  • Premium Discrete Headphone Amplifier
  • Single Combo XLR-1/4" Input
  • Phantom Power for Condenser Microphones
  • Two 1/4" Monitor Outputs
  • Zero-Latency Monitoring
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite
  • Includes USB Cable
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Rode Ai1 overview

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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
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Rode AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Registration Card for Ableton Live Lite
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Rode Ai1 specs

    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit
    Host Connection USB Type-C
    Analog I/O 1 x Combo XLR / 1/4" Input
    2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) Balanced Output
    1 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Headphone Output
    Phantom Power +48 V
    Digital I/O None
    MIDI I/O None
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz 1 dB 
    Gain Range Inputs:
    0 to 45 dB
    Max Output Level Monitor Outputs:
    -6 dBu 
    Headphone Output Power 24 mW into 32 Ohms
    245 mW into 300 Ohms
    Dynamic Range 104 dBu 
    Impedance Hi-Z Inputs:
    0.9 MOhm 
    Mic Inputs:
    1.3 kOhms 
    EIN -128 dBA 
    Digital Audio
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz
    Bit Depth 24-Bit
    Latency Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring
    OS Compatibility macOS 10.10 or Later
    Windows 7 or Later
    Dimensions 3.9 x 4.9 x 1.5" / 100 x 124 x 38 mm
    Weight 19.8 oz / 561.3 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 5.0 x 2.5"

    Rode Ai1 reviews

    AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delivers Just As Expected! I have had very good experience with Rode mics so I was excited when they introduced this USB audio interface, the AI-1. Since my Apogee One died , I have been looking for something in a small footprint to use primarily with my iMac as a DAC for headphones and powered speakers -- but I also wanted the option to record with as well. And I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars. At $129 this is just what I was hoping for. The unit is solid and looks sleek -- sound is very respectable and does not disappoint with my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones and Yamaha MSP3 powered monitors. Setup is super easy -- you don't even need the Quickstart Guide but it is very nicely laid out in a cool little booklet. I haven't had the chance to record yet with on my MacBook Pro in Logic, but I will get to that soon enough.
    Date published: 2018-06-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from NASTY digital noise Need to return. There's a very audible high-pitched modulating digital noise that won't go away. Tried different audio cables and it helped lower the db level of the noise but it's still there and VERY annoying. Also tried different usb cables. No luck. Drivers are up to date. Low-quality. Don't buy. One more note. It's usb-c but the cable is usb-c to usb-3.
    Date published: 2018-10-25
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