FAQs

Popular questions around Volta, our products and platform

About Volta

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What is Volta?

Volta is a self-serve XR creation platform that gives artists & creators the ability to design and broadcast experiential content that goes beyond the 2D screen and reaches into the metaverse. Volta integrates seamlessly into artist’s existing workflows, allows them to build new immersive worlds that were previously unimaginable, and can even let their fans have an impact on the environment, turning a broadcast into a living breathing place. What once required a state of the art production studio and a six-figure budget is now free.

What is Volta Create?

Volta Create is our XR world editing, creation and broadcasting software. We have been building Volta Live, which is our VR application that is on the Oculus Quest store. One of the next major features we will roll out is the ability to stream full 360, 6 degree-of-freedom experiential performances to Volta Live.

Who is Volta for?

Volta is for any artist, musician, DJ or any other kind of creator who wants to create mixed reality experiences.

Is it really free?

Yup, totally free! There are no hidden fees or gated content anywhere. We also do not charge any subscription fees and all premium features are free-to-use. The only caveat is we do plan at some point in the future to embed a Volta watermark within streams or recordings. Creators can then remove this watermark for a small monthly fee. However, this will only apply to new users and all existing users will never be charged for joining us early on our journey!

How do you make money?

We're lucky to be funded by some awesome VCs who are with us on our journey to help Artists make more money from their art. In the near future, you will be able to sell your worlds in a Volta asset marketplace, and Volta will take a small cut of the proceeds. We also plan to roll-out a huge feature called 'Audience-Interaction'. Fans will be able to type in keywords into streaming platforms Chat windows, which will in turn have effects on the world their viewing. We plan on charging for these interactions where Artists would take 80% of the revenue and we take our cut of proceeds. This is akin to micro-payments within the in-app Gaming world.

Can I put music right into Volta?

You sure can. You can even use your microphone and have the world react to your voice. Go to Settings > Audio to choose what audio source you want to bring use. You will probably need to use audio routing software to run audio in from another source. Unfortunately, neither Mac or Windows computers have a way to do it natively. So, you need to download 3rd party software. On Mac we recommend Blackhole (2 channel). On Windows we recommend Voicemeeter.

Technical Information

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What is Rcam, LiDAR or Volumetric Effects?

Volumetric effects in Volta is what makes some of the elements really come to life. They are particle effects that come off some of the special elements in Volta. You can use the Chromakey Billboard or RCam to enable these effects. Rcam is a library made by Unity developer Keijiro Takahashi that sends LiDAR data (think radar but with lasers) from the new iPhones and iPads that have LiDAR sensors to Volta Create.

Where can I learn how to use it?

Click here for a series of tutorials. You can learn to build captivating mixed reality worlds in 15-20 minutes. You can also join our Discord server here and ask us questions directly!

Can I connect my existing music software to Volta?

Yes! Check out our tutorials on how to connect to Ableton and Traktor or this tutorial on how to connect to anything that puts out MIDI or Audio, including MIDI controllers, CDJs, and other DAWs.

Do I need OBS?

Nope! You can stream to any platform that takes an RTMP stream key from within Volta. Just go to the Perform tab, click on the Cog icon next to the Start Stream button and enter your RTMP URL and stream key.

How do I stream to 2D streaming platforms (Twitch, YouTube, Mixcloud)?

Please see the answer to the above question ("Do I need OBS?") for instructions on how.

How can I get help with my set-up?

You can use anything that puts out audio or MIDI to control Volta. We have made tutorials to show you how get set up with your workflow. Here are links to the tutorials: Ableton, Traktor and MIDI controllers/DAWs/CDJs

Can I stream to VR?

Not just yet but that is one of the next big features on our roadmap. We actually have a list of all of our upcoming product features here. Check it out and please give us feedback on what you would like to see in Volta.

Can I use audio from Spotify or another streaming service in Volta?

You sure can, you can even use your microphone and have the world react to your voice. Go to Settings > Audio and you can choose what audio source you want to bring in. You will probably need to use audio routing software to run audio in from another source. Unfortunately, neither Mac or Windows computers have a way to do it natively, so you'll need to download 3rd party software. On Mac we recommend Blackhole (2 channel). On Windows we recommend Voicemeeter.

Can I upload 3D files to Volta?

Not just yet but that is one of the next big features on our roadmap. We actually have a list of all of our upcoming product features here. Check it out and please give us feedback on what you would want to see in Volta.

Can I use my microphone to do anything with Volta?

Yes! Go to Settings > Audio and choose your computer’s microphone. If you go to any element behavior, click the link icon, and choose In-built. You can then use the amplitude from your microphone, split into various frequency bands.

How do I save my performance?

Just click save in the navigation pane. If you are using the generic MIDI max device don’t forget to save the parameter list and load it up every time you plan to use that controller, DAW, CDJ.

Where can I see if I’ve got the latest version of Volta?

The current version of Volta Create is visible on the Help panel (top-right corner). Our Downloads page has the latest version number and a link to it.

What else do I need other than the software?

The desire to make some next level shit. (In all seriousness that’s about it unless you want to do some cool volumetric stuff, in which case one of the iPhones or iPads with a LiDAR sensor)

Troubleshooting

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Why won’t Volta open on my Mac?

You may find that when you try to open Volta for the first time, it says that Apple can’t verify us as developers. To get around this, simply right-click the Volta Create app, click Open from the menu, and then click Open from the pop-up that appears. You should have to only do this once.

What are the minimum specs to use Volta Create?

For Mac, we recommend the equivalent to a 2018 MacBook Pro or newer, running at least macOS 10.13 or above. For Windows, we recommend using a gaming PC with a dedicated graphics card, running at least Windows 10.

Why don’t I hear anything on my stream?

You'll need to ensure that your audio is being received in Volta Create before using our in-built streaming functionality. You'll need to use 3rd party software in order to route audio from into Volta Create from another application on your machine. On Mac we recommend Blackhole (2 channel). On Windows we recommend Voicemeeter.

I’m really lost, how can I get more help?

Join us on Discord, everyone on the team is really active there. We would love to connect with you and general, hear your feedback and learn more about how you want to create with Volta!

I’ve found a bug! How do I let someone know about it?

Please let us know! You can email us at help@volta-xr.com or click here to go to our Discord server and share it with us there.

Miscellaneous

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Can I use Volta to shoot a music video?

Absolutely! Imogen Heap did just that. Check out her video here!

Do you handle music licensing when I’m streaming?

We do not. Please note that you are responsible for your own music licensing when streaming to 3rd party platforms such as Twitch, YouTube and Mixcloud, just as you would be when streaming with other software.

Who own's the Intellectual Property of my Creation?

Please see our Terms of Service.

I have some suggestions for Volta. How do I share them with you?

Please join us on Discord. We would love to connect with you, hear your feedback and learn more about how you want to create using Volta!

About Volta

What is Volta?

Volta is a self-serve XR creation platform that gives artists & creators the ability to design and broadcast experiential content that goes beyond the 2D screen and reaches into the metaverse. Volta integrates seamlessly into artist’s existing workflows, allows them to build new immersive worlds that were previously unimaginable, and can even let their fans have an impact on the environment, turning a broadcast into a living breathing place. What once required a state of the art production studio and a six-figure budget is now free.

What is Volta Create?

Volta Create is our XR world editing, creation and broadcasting software. We have been building Volta Live, which is our VR application that is on the Oculus Quest store. One of the next major features we will roll out is the ability to stream full 360, 6 degree-of-freedom experiential performances to Volta Live.

Who is Volta for?

Volta is for any artist, musician, DJ or any other kind of creator who wants to create mixed reality experiences.

Is it really free?

Yup, totally free! There are no hidden fees or gated content anywhere. We also do not charge any subscription fees and all premium features are free-to-use. The only caveat is we do plan at some point in the future to embed a Volta watermark within streams or recordings. Creators can then remove this watermark for a small monthly fee. However, this will only apply to new users and all existing users will never be charged for joining us early on our journey!

How do you make money?

We're lucky to be funded by some awesome VCs who are with us on our journey to help Artists make more money from their art. In the near future, you will be able to sell your worlds in a Volta asset marketplace, and Volta will take a small cut of the proceeds. We also plan to roll-out a huge feature called 'Audience-Interaction'. Fans will be able to type in keywords into streaming platforms Chat windows, which will in turn have effects on the world their viewing. We plan on charging for these interactions where Artists would take 80% of the revenue and we take our cut of proceeds. This is akin to micro-payments within the in-app Gaming world.

Can I put music right into Volta?

You sure can. You can even use your microphone and have the world react to your voice. Go to Settings > Audio to choose what audio source you want to bring use. You will probably need to use audio routing software to run audio in from another source. Unfortunately, neither Mac or Windows computers have a way to do it natively. So, you need to download 3rd party software. On Mac we recommend Blackhole (2 channel). On Windows we recommend Voicemeeter.

Technical Information

What is Rcam, LiDAR or Volumetric Effects?

Volumetric effects in Volta is what makes some of the elements really come to life. They are particle effects that come off some of the special elements in Volta. You can use the Chromakey Billboard or RCam to enable these effects. Rcam is a library made by Unity developer Keijiro Takahashi that sends LiDAR data (think radar but with lasers) from the new iPhones and iPads that have LiDAR sensors to Volta Create.

Where can I learn how to use it?

Click here for a series of tutorials. You can learn to build captivating mixed reality worlds in 15-20 minutes. You can also join our Discord server here and ask us questions directly!

Can I connect my existing music software to Volta?

Yes! Check out our tutorials on how to connect to Ableton and Traktor or this tutorial on how to connect to anything that puts out MIDI or Audio, including MIDI controllers, CDJs, and other DAWs.

Do I need OBS?

Nope! You can stream to any platform that takes an RTMP stream key from within Volta. Just go to the Perform tab, click on the Cog icon next to the Start Stream button and enter your RTMP URL and stream key.

How do I stream to 2D streaming platforms (Twitch, YouTube, Mixcloud)?

Please see the answer to the above question ("Do I need OBS?") for instructions on how.

How can I get help with my set-up?

You can use anything that puts out audio or MIDI to control Volta. We have made tutorials to show you how get set up with your workflow. Here are links to the tutorials: Ableton, Traktor and MIDI controllers/DAWs/CDJs

Can I stream to VR?

Not just yet but that is one of the next big features on our roadmap. We actually have a list of all of our upcoming product features here. Check it out and please give us feedback on what you would like to see in Volta.

Can I use audio from Spotify or another streaming service in Volta?

You sure can, you can even use your microphone and have the world react to your voice. Go to Settings > Audio and you can choose what audio source you want to bring in. You will probably need to use audio routing software to run audio in from another source. Unfortunately, neither Mac or Windows computers have a way to do it natively, so you'll need to download 3rd party software. On Mac we recommend Blackhole (2 channel). On Windows we recommend Voicemeeter.

Can I upload 3D files to Volta?

Not just yet but that is one of the next big features on our roadmap. We actually have a list of all of our upcoming product features here. Check it out and please give us feedback on what you would want to see in Volta.

Can I use my microphone to do anything with Volta?

Yes! Go to Settings > Audio and choose your computer’s microphone. If you go to any element behavior, click the link icon, and choose In-built. You can then use the amplitude from your microphone, split into various frequency bands.

How do I save my performance?

Just click save in the navigation pane. If you are using the generic MIDI max device don’t forget to save the parameter list and load it up every time you plan to use that controller, DAW, CDJ.

Where can I see if I’ve got the latest version of Volta?

The current version of Volta Create is visible on the Help panel (top-right corner). Our Downloads page has the latest version number and a link to it.

What else do I need other than the software?

The desire to make some next level shit. (In all seriousness that’s about it unless you want to do some cool volumetric stuff, in which case one of the iPhones or iPads with a LiDAR sensor).

Troubleshooting

Why won’t Volta open on my Mac?

You may find that when you try to open Volta for the first time, it says that Apple can’t verify us as developers. To get around this, simply right-click the Volta Create app, click Open from the menu, and then click Open from the pop-up that appears. You should have to only do this once.

What are the minimum specs to use Volta Create?

For Mac, we recommend the equivalent to a 2018 MacBook Pro or newer, running at least macOS 10.13 or above. For Windows, we recommend using a gaming PC with a dedicated graphics card, running at least Windows 10.

Why don’t I hear anything on my stream?

You'll need to ensure that your audio is being received in Volta Create before using our in-built streaming functionality. You'll need to use 3rd party software in order to route audio from into Volta Create from another application on your machine. On Mac we recommend Blackhole (2 channel). On Windows we recommend Voicemeeter.

I’m really lost, how can I get more help?

Join us on Discord, everyone on the team is really active there. We would love to connect with you and general, hear your feedback and learn more about how you want to create with Volta!

I’ve found a bug! How do I let someone know about it?

Please let us know! You can email us at help@volta-xr.com or click here to go to our Discord server and share it with us there.

Miscellaneous

Can I use Volta to shoot a music video?

Absolutely! Imogen Heap did just that. Check out her video here!

Do you handle music licensing when I’m streaming?

We do not. Please note that you are responsible for your own music licensing when streaming to 3rd party platforms such as Twitch, YouTube and Mixcloud, just as you would be when streaming with other software.

Who own's the Intellectual Property of my Creation?

Please see our Terms of Service.

I have some suggestions for Volta. How do I share them with you?

Please join us on Discord. We would love to connect with you, hear your feedback and learn more about how you want to create using Volta!

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