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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
Gain/Trim RangeInputs:
0 to 45 dB
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 Power48 V
Digital Audio I/ONone
Host Connection / USBUSB Type-C
MIDI I/ONone
Performance
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1 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"

Rode Ai1 Reviews

Good audio interface

By Pravi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-11

Rode has always been a great equipment.

Disconnecting and sleeping constantly

By Thierry
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-14

I bought it a few months ago with a pair of studio monitors. When I turn my computer on most of the time the audio interface does not turn on. Sometimes it turns on and off constantly, I need to unplug it for a few minutes and replug it. But not always. It will go to sleep randomly if there is no sound playing for a few minutes, it would be good if waking up was working well, often I need to wait for a few minutes for it to wake up. It also pick up some electrical noise from my computer, it gets worst if my GPU is active. I had to add a filter to remove the noise. Get the one that is red instead.

NASTY digital noise

By Robert
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-25

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.

Delivers Just As Expected!

By Chris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-06-28

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.

Great UI, seamless integration

By Krishnan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-16

The AI-1 integrated with my Mac set up seamlessly. Unlike some older devices (such as the FastTrack Pro I upgraded from), the AI-1 can be control with the Mac OS X audio controls on your keyboard. The headphone amplifier works really well and the mic/quarter inch input delivers really high quality sound for home music recordings (using Logic Pro), podcast recordings and more recently Zoom calls. I don't like desk clutter and this device is about the size of an Apple TV and connects through one cable which I run through my external monitor. One issue that the upgrade to Mac OS X Catalina fixed was that I would have to unplug and plug back in the audio interface, so my computer didn't automatically use my external monitor's audio. However, that is no longer an issue. Another small issue, that seemed to be fixed with the upgrade to Catalina, was that I would hear a very faint radio signal in my headphones, but it didn't impact my recordings at all. Finally, I have this AI-1 connected to a pair of JBL monitor speakers through the balanced line outs on the back of the unit. The audio output is incredible. If you're looking for a minimalist, high-quality USB audio interface, the AI-1 is an excellent choice.

High quality desktop interface

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-12

I bought this as part of building a podcasting setup. Super easy to use, and very nice build quality. The pre-amp is very clean. I've got a Shure SM7B plugged into it, and regularly turn the gain all the way up with no discernible noise.

Plug-and-play; works well

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-19

This audio interface is plug-and-play, without the need to install any flaky drivers (looking at you, gen 3 Focusrite Scarlett). It has high gain, low noise, and nice fit and finish. The only thing that would make it better is an additional input or two. Would recommend!

An excellent, inexpensive preamp and headphone amp

By Russell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-08

I was nervous about purchasing this unit because of many online reviews indicating USB connectivity issues. However, these have been resolved with a firmware update. I got a deal on 2 of these elsewhere and have been very satisfied. The headphone amp and very low-noise preamp are really great for the price.

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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

Is it okay to connect it to a USB 2.0 port? Mac ...

Is it okay to connect it to a USB 2.0 port? Mac mini M1 does not have a lot of outputs, but Apple Thunderbolt Display has 3 x USB 2.0.
Asked by: Ildar
Just received one. Looks like it works on USB 2.0 regardless the cable and input port.
Answered by: Ildar
Date published: 2021-10-17

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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