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Steinberg CI2 USB Audio Interface

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Product Description

The Steinberg CI2, an advanced integration USB studio, skillfully combines hardware with software by combining the best of two worlds. The Steinberg CI2 includes the USB studio interface and Cubase AI 5, the dedicated version of Cubase 5. The Steinberg CI2 houses two major functions. There’s the two-channel XLR combo interface equipped with two sophisticated microphone preamps and phantom power, one HI-Z for direct guitar input and a footswitch connector for Interactive Recording. This is seconded by the controller section featuring the innovative AI Knob that provides intuitive control due to seamless integration into Cubase. You now have all the tools in a single box to help you with whatever recording and production project you may have in mind.

Steinberg CI2 USB Interface Features
  • A no-worry full-system solution to record music at an unbeatable price point
  • Easy to use with the Project Assistant — especially for beginners
  • Browse functionality helps and assists throughout the project
  • Interactive recording functionality allows hands-free recording with the optional footswitch (Yamaha FC5)
  • Advanced Integration system: totally integrated tactile control of the Steinberg Cubase range of production systems, maintaining complete focus on the project
  • Ultra-precision AI controller knob: point and control support: controls any Cubase, FX or VSTi parameter using mouse-pointer selection for exhilarating speed
  • AI-ready LED: when the LED lights up, the CI2 is ready to go! Instant plug and play — no additional setup or parameter assigning required
  • Two high-quality mic preamps with +48V phantom power with a fully USB-powered audio interface giving total freedom of mobile recording elaborate
  • Outstanding engineering and component quality: precision components, manufactured by Yamaha to exacting standards
  • Mac and PC compatible: cross-platform support for Cubase on Mac OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista 
Steinberg CI Series Comparison Chart

CI2 Plus (+)
CI2
CI1
Analog line inputs
2
2
2
Microphone inputs
2 Combo
2 Combo
2 Combo
Inputs with HI-Z
1
1
1
Analog outputs (bal)
2
2
2
AD/DA
24-bit
24-bit
24-bit
Max sample rate
48 kHz
48 kHz
48 kHz
Frequency range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
20 Hz to 20 kHz
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Dynamic range
96 dB (A-weighted)
96 dB (A-weighted)
96 dB (A-weighted)
Interface type
USB 1.1
USB 1.1
USB 1.1
Buttons for Previous/Next marker
Yes
   
Buttons for Play/Stop/Rec
Yes
   
Footswitch connector
Yes
Yes
 
AI Knob
Yes
Yes
 
AI Knob Lock
Yes
Yes
 
Action Pad
Yes
Yes
 
Phantom power
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mono input switch
Yes
Yes
Yes
USB-powered
Yes
Yes
Yes
Phones output
Yes
Yes
Yes
Color
Black/Gray
Light Green/Gray
Ice Blue
Weight
1.6 lbs
1.6 lbs
1.6 lbs
Dimensions (Inches)
1.79 x 7.48 x 5.3
1.79 x 7.48 x 5.3
1.79 x 7.48 x 5.3
Bundled software
Cubase Essential 5
Cubase AI 5
Sequel LE, WaveLab LE 7

The Steinberg CI2 is a USB-powered audio interface and controller with Advanced Integration features. Together, CI2 and Cubase AI 5 present a complete recording system, providing a plug-and-play solution for recording and editing vocals and instruments with a computer in next to no time. With 24-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 48 kHz, the CI2 offers a professional digital audio recording standard that lets you record the music in studio quality.

Instant plug and play with AI Ready LED
CI2 features full plug-and-play support, so there’s no need to add the parameters to Cubase, only the easy, one-step installation of a USB device. Once the CI2 has been installed, Cubase detects the launched device and automatically embeds the CI2 into the Cubase production environment. Visual feedback is provided through the AI Ready LED. When it lights up, CI2 is ready to assume control. But instant plug and play is just one of the many advantages CI2 has to offer as a fully integrated controller of Cubase, forming one exhilaratingly powerful hardware/software production system.

Project Assistant
The Project Assistant provides a wealth of ready-made templates for different styles and scopes like recording, mixing, producing and mastering. The templates contain the number of channels, effects, dynamics, amp simulators and channel inserts — tailored to your particular needs. Creating customized user templates and integrating those into the Launch browser makes recording with a DAW software and audio interface just that easy. Start up Cubase AI 5, hit the AI Knob and scroll down the list of provided templates. The chosen template is selected by pushing the AI Knob a second time. A new project is created with the necessary number of tracks, audio input and output routings, all effects, amp simulator, sounds and much more. Especially for CI2, new plug-ins like the AmpSimulator and the ToneBooster have been added to Cubase AI 5. The guitar is simply plugged into the input of the CI2 and you can start creating songs in a jiffy. Thanks to this assistant, initializing a Cubase Project from scratch even saves professionals a lot of time — and as we all know, time is money.

Browse function
The Browse function in Cubase helps you in many different ways. The intelligent browsing system focuses on available files or sounds based on where you are currently in the production process. By using the AI Knob on the CI2 to select one of many project templates, track presets and other presets, there’s no more excuse for using the mouse extensively. The Browse function also allows the user to listen in on samples while browsing, without having to load them first. As you see, CI2 supports you throughout the entire project.

Interactive Recording
The Interactive Recording functionality allows a sequence of up to six transport functions. This sequence can be started and operated with the optional footswitch or the Action Pad on the CI2, letting you control Cubase AI 5 hands free while playing an instrument and simultaneously getting a visual feedback from the Action panel in Cubase. The sequences can either be chosen from a list of templates or be customized. The Interactive Recording function provides full freedom of movement, doing away with mouse operation in specific situations and, more importantly, helps to maintain the creative flow. You can operate this functionality by the Action Pad or with the optional footswitch Yamaha FC5.

AI Knob
One of the most innovative features of CI2 is the revolutionary AI Knob, which is a point and control precision controller. Rather than attempting to replace traditional mouse pointing devices, the AI Knob harnesses the flexibility of a computer mouse to offer unprecedented speed when editing parameters and adjusting settings. The computer mouse is simply moved over the parameter, which is then automatically placed under full precision control through the AI Knob, with no need to make any additional settings in Cubase, any additional software module or on the interface itself.

The parameter can be locked to the AI Knob to retain control when the mouse is moved elsewhere onscreen. The AI Knob of the CI2 controls all Cubase mixing parameters plus VST3 and VST2 plug-ins. On the CI2, you find an enhanced version of the AI Knob featured on the Steinberg CC121 Advanced Integration Controller.

USB-powered
The CI2 is powered by the USB technology on one’s computer. This means the user simply connects the CI2 to a USB port, even the +48V phantom power for two microphones doesn’t require an additional power supply.

Cubase AI5 Included
Cubase AI 5 is a lean Cubase version tailored to users looking to record their music without additional bells and whistles. Based on the same core technologies as the Steinberg Cubase 5 advanced music production system, the Cubase AI 5 offers great tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing. Put it together with a piece of Steinberg hardware and Cubase AI 5 provides a full system solution for recording music in studio quality.

Cubase AI5 Features
  • Built on Steinberg Audio Engine
  • 48 audio tracks and up to 64 MIDI tracks
  • HALion ONE software sample player with selected Motif sounds
  • Plug’n’play VST/MIDI setup with Yamaha products such as Motif XS Music Production Synthesizer, n-series Digital Mixing Studio and KX series USB keyboards
  • Complete integration of Steinberg hardware products
  • Studio Connections Recall as well as special product-specific functions for perfect software-hardware integration
  • 31 VST effects, including 22 VST3 plug-ins
  • MIDI controllers and automation consolidation

Product Specifications
Steinberg CI2 USB Interface Minimum System Requirements
    MAC
    • Mac OS X 10.5.5
    • PowerPC G5 (Intel Core Duo CPU recommended)
    • 1024 MB RAM
    • Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
    • DVD-ROM drive
    • 1 GB of free HD space
    • USB component port for CI2 connection
    • Internet access required for license activation

    PC
    • Windows XP Home Edition (SP3) and XP Professional (SP3), Windows Vista (32-bit), or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    • 2 GHz CPU (dual core CPU recommended)
    • 1024 MB RAM
    • Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
    • DVD-ROM drive
    • 1 GB of free HD space
    • USB component port for CI2 connection
    • Internet access required for license activation


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