RØDE Microphones Releases AI-1, Audio Interface

In an unexpected move Rode Microphones have released their first ever audio interface. The 96 kHz capable AI-1 features a Class-A preamp, USB bus power, a Neutrik XLR combo and comes in a kit.  

Tuesday 5th December 2017, Sydney Australia –Leading pro audio manufacturer, RØDE Microphones, has released its first Audio Interface – the AI-1.

The AI-1 USB Audio Interface adds studio-quality input and output capabilities to your computer, making home recording easier than it has ever been. With its high quality NeutrikTM combo jack input and discrete Class-A preamp, you’ll be able to connect either a microphone, guitar or a line level instrument, such as a synthesizer. 

Available as part of The Complete Studio Kit, the AI-1 comes with RØDE’s peerless NT1 large diaphragm condenser microphone, SMR shock mount with popshield, 20 foot XLR and USB C/A cables – home recording is as easy as opening the box.

Damien Wilson, CEO of RØDE Microphones added, “The AI-1 offers pro-studio quality at a home studio price point. It’s simply the best in its class – and it’s also incredibly easy to use, thanks to thoughtful design and Australian Made quality. The perfect companion to any RØDE microphone.”

Rode Mic AI-1

The AI-1 allows zero-latency playback by enabling the direct monitoring feature and playback via headphones/speakers with the high quality discrete headphone amplifier. To ensure the AI-1 is truly versatile it features 48V Phantom Power and is class compliant – so there is no need to install any drivers.

  • Simultaneous I/O: 1 x 2
  • Number of Preamps: 1
  • Phantom Power: Yes
  • Bit Depth: 24-bit
  • Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
  • Analog Inputs: 1 x  Neutrik XLR-1/4” combo
  • Analog Outputs: 2 x 1/4” (impedance balanced), 1 x 1/4” (headphones) 
  • Direct Monitor: Yes
  • USB: 1 x USB Type C 
  • Bus Powered: Yes 
  • OS Requirements: Mac OS 10.10 or later, Windows 7 or later 
  • Power: USB bus-powered 

For more information and full specs, visit www.rode.com/ai1

Price: AI-1 Kit is around £235 GBP. We're waiting for pricing on the AI-1 as a aseparate purchase.

For a limited time only, every sale of the AI-1 comes with a FREE version the recording software Ableton Live Lite, redeemable at www.rode.com/ableton. 

Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & the macProVideo Hub. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic (and a self-confessed Mac fanatic) he's taught teachers, professional musicians and hobbyists how to get the best out of Apple's creative software. He has been a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University's Teacher training pro... Read More

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