Win a Volt Interface at Andertons Music!
But just before we dive into the juicy details, we want to give you the chance to win your very own Volt interface! We’ve teamed up with Universal Audio to give away three great prizes: a UA Volt 276 Studio Pack, UA Volt 276 audio interface and a UA Volt 176 audio interface.
Read the full details below on how to enter and find out how you can improve your chances of winning! Please note: the giveaway ends 10th March 2022, UK entry only. UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED.
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6 Things You Need to Know About Volt:
1. Vintage Mic Preamp Mode
Innovative in-built tube emulation circuitry has been tailored to recreate the full-bodied, warm, rich sound of Universal Audio’s now legendary 610 tube mic/line/instrument preamp.
The original preamp was a key building block of a number of hit recordings from the likes of Van Halen, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and the Beach Boys. Its main characteristic of increased harmonic detail made it a no-brainer for producers everywhere.
Vintage Mic Preamp Mode will apply the same well-rounded, studio-ready sound to your instruments and vocals every single time you hit record. And what’s more, you won’t find this architecture anywhere else in any other kind of audio interface; it’s a certified Universal Audio exclusive! This feature is present inside each kind of Volt interface – even the more entry-level Volt 1 and 2 variants.
2. 76 Models & the all-analogue FET Compressor
The 176, 276 and 476 models all include an onboard 76 compressor. This impressive piece of engineering, consisting of an analog circuit based on Universal Audio’s renowned 1176 Limiting Amplifier, is ideal for applying some final sheen and punch to any part of your song.
A trio of meticulously crafted presets – VOC, GTR and FAST – can be used to manage the levels of guitar, synths, vocals and more with unparalleled ease.
But what exactly is a compressor and why is it useful within music production? Well, put simply, a compressor can be used to lower the dynamic range of a sound. It helps to make the quieter and louder elements of any track closer to one another in terms of their respective volume levels.
Practically, you could use a compressor to manage sharp, aggressive transients – like a more powerful note suddenly produced from an instrument or a vocalist – to create a more palatable listening experience.
3. Portable Production
Like to get creative whenever and wherever creativity strikes you? Volt interfaces are designed to work seamlessly with both iPad and iPhone. Sling the Volt in your backpack and produce on-the-go.
Carefully craft beats, slice and splice samples, record your band’s rehearsal straight from the practice space, or edit tracks on the train. Even the 476 – the most feature-rich of the Volt’s – can be powered directly from an iPad Pro (as can the rest of the range). No external power supply is required!
One thing that’s worth noting: to work in this manner with iPhone’s and older iPad’s, you’ll require an external Volt power supply, plus an Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (*unless* you’re using an iPad Pro with USB-C).
4. The Software Bundle
Every Volt comes bundled with a carefully curated selection of audio software to help you get creative from the get-go. These tools include the likes of Ableton Live Lite, Celemony Melodyne, Softube’s Marshall Plexi Classic Amp and UJAM’s Virtual Drummer. Check out the full breakdown below for some more detail.
Each one was handpicked for its practicality when it comes to producing high-quality music, livestreams, podcasts, sound-to-picture and more.
Every VOLT Interface Includes:
- Spitfire: Labs
- UJAM: Virtual Drummer DEEP, Virtual Bassist DANDY
- Plugin Alliance: Ampeg SVT-VR Classic, Brainworx bx_tuner, Brainworx bx_masterdesk Classic
- Relab: LX480 Essentials
- Celemony: Melodyne Essential
- Softube: Marshall Plexi Classic Amp, Softube Time & Tone Bundle
- Ableton: Ableton Live Lite
Described by Spitfire Audio as ‘an infinite series of free virtual software instruments, made by musicians, for musicians’ this pack – downloaded over 15 million times by creatives around the world – works with any DAW.
Incredibly easy to use, LABS encompasses a deep and varied selection of instruments. Synth strings, guitar harmonics, percussion, organic textures and pipe organ are just some of the sounds you’ll be able to experiment with – all of which have been captured in astounding detail.