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

Rode AI-1 Studio-Quality USB Audio Interface

SKU: Rode AI1
  • Key Features

    • 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
  • Rode Ai1 Specs

    Form Factor Tabletop
    Channels of I/O 1 Input / 2 Output
    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit
    Number of Mic Preamps 1


    Analog Audio I/O 1 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 Power +48 V
    Digital Audio I/O None
    Host Connection / USB USB Type-C
    MIDI I/O None


    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1 dB
    Gain/Trim 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
    Impedance Hi-Z Inputs:
    0.9 Megohm
    Mic Inputs:
    1.3 Kilohms
    Dynamic Range 104 dBu
    EIN -128 dBA

    Digital Audio

    Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
    Bit Depths 24-Bit
    Latency Zero-Latency Direct Monitoring


    OS Compatibility macOS 10.10 or Later
    Windows 7 or Later


    Dimensions 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.5" / 124 x 100 x 38 mm
    Weight 19.8 oz / 561.3 g