Rode AI-1 USB Audio Interface

Get recording at home with Rode's USB interface. No bells and whistles here -- just a clean Class A mic preamp and 96 kHz/24-bit conversion for a nice price!

The Rode AI-1 USB Audio Interface adds studio-quality input and output capabilities to your computer, making home recording easier than it's ever been. With its high quality Neutrik TM 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.

The AI-1 is the best quality-for-price single-channel interface available, bar none. It’s also incredibly easy to use, thanks to thoughtful design, Australian Made quality – it is the perfect companion to any of RØDE Microphones

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 no need to install any drivers.


- Ultra low-noise Class-A discrete preamplifier
- Sampling rate of up to 96kHz/24-Bit
- Premium discrete headphone amplifier
- XLR-1/4” Combo Jack Instrument / line level input
- 2 x Balanced 1/4” speaker outputs
- Rugged body with Satin Black Finish
- USB-C/3 connectivity

Hardware Features:
- XLR-1/4” Combo Input: Balanced input via 3-pin XLR- 1/4” Neutrik combo socket. Microphones, instruments (guitars) and line level instruments (synthesizers) can be connected via this input.
- Signal LED: Indicates signal input level. No LED indicates below -60dB. Green LED indicates an input level of at least read more -40dB, Yellow indicates an input level above -12dB and Red indicates an input level of above -3dB.
- Phantom Power LED: Indicates when phantom power 48V is applied to XLR-1/4” Combo Jack input. Gain level knob must be pushed to turn on/off.
- Gain Level Knob: Gain knob for adjusting input gain. Press knob to turn on/off phantom power.
- Playback/Monitor Level Knob: Gain knob for adjusting headphone / speaker volume. Press knob to turn Direct Monitoring on/off.
- Direct Monitor LED: Indicates when Direct Monitoring is on/off. When Direct Monitoring is ON, audio from the microphone will be routed directly to the headphones. When Direct Monitoring is OFF, you will hear only audio from the computer.
- USB LED: Indicates when the AI-1 is connected via the USB cable.
- Headphone Jack Output: Connector for headphones, ¼” TRS jack required

Hardware Features Back:- USB-C Port: USB-C type connector. Connect to your laptop or computer with the USB cable supplied.
- Speaker outputs: 2 x 1/4” impedance balanced outputs.
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- Computer Connectivity: USB
- Form Factor: Desktop
- 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

- 100mm total (with knobs)
- chassis: 88mm
Width: 124mm
Height: 38mm
Weight: 1lb 3.7oz
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Ai1
Shipping Weight: 1.12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Ai1
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 1.12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Ai1

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 562-364-7400

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted January 28, 2020 by MATTHEW H in GEORGETOWN, KY

"Cleanest Preamp I've Used"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I use this for film voiceovers with an SM7B. I've tried Cloudlifters, Scarletts and Behringer preamps...this Rode has the CLEANEST LIFT I've ever heard. Unbelievably noise free even at quite high gain. I am very impressed and wished that there was a 4 input model for scoring.

Musical Background:

Film Scoring and Music Production

Musical Style:

Jazz, Surf, Lofi, Voiceovers
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