CI2+ Production Kit
Leading the CI series of interface controllers, the CI2+ USB-powered studio comes with its dedicated Cubase AI 6 and WaveLab LE 7 audio workstation. The holistic approach that Steinberg provides in form of its Advanced Integration technology allows this smart system to easily assist entry-level to professional musicians and producers with recording and producing music in first-class quality.
- 24-bit/48 kHz quality audio interface with latency-free hardware monitoring
- Two great sounding mic/line inputs with XLR-combo sockets and +48V phantom power
- Hi-Z switch on input 1 for direct connection of electric guitar and bass
- Two balanced line outputs and 1 phones output
- USB-powered for mobile recordings
- Ultra-precision AI controller knob plus dedicated transport buttons and hands-free recording with optional footswitch
- Includes proven Cubase AI 6 and WaveLab LE 7 software
- Cross-platform 32-/64-bit for Windows and Mac OS X Intel
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.
You need a 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 the user’s 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. The user starts up Cubase AI 6, hits the AI Knob and scrolls down the list of provided templates. The chosen template is selected by pushing the AI Knob a second time. A new project is created for the user with the necessary number of tracks, audio input and output routings, all effects, amp simulator, sounds and much more. Especially for guitar players, plug-ins like AmpSimulator and ToneBooster are very helpful. The guitar is simply plugged into the input of the CI2+ and the user 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.
Browsing made easy
The Browse function* in Cubase helps the user in many different ways. The intelligent browsing system focuses on available files or sounds based on where the user is 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 the user throughout the entire project.
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 the user control Cubase AI 6 (and other Cubase versions) 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 by the user. 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. The user can operate this functionality by the Action Pad or with the optional footswitch Yamaha FC5.
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 and WaveLab (from version 7.2), 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 VST 3 and VST 2 plug-ins as well as many parameters in WaveLab. On the CI2+, the user will find an enhanced version of the AI Knob featured on the CC121 Advanced Integration controller. The AI Knob on the CI2+ is also a push encoder that enables new enhanced functionality like the Project Assistant.
The buttons “Next”, “Previous”**, “Play/Stop” and “Rec” are additional buttons for transport control of Cubase. The “Previous” button moves the project cursor on Cubase to the previous marker position. When the browse mode is active the “Previous” button moves the cursor to the previous column. Holding down this button starts fast rewind. The “Next” button moves the project cursor on Cubase to the next marker position. When the browse mode is active the “Next” button moves the cursor to the next column. Holding down the button starts fast forward. Pressing the “Previous” button and the “Next” button simultaneously enables or disables the Cycle function on Cubase. The “Rec” button starts the recording in Cubase. The “Play/Stop” button alternately executes Play or Stop on Cubase. Double-clicking this button returns the project cursor on Cubase to the start position.
Cubase AI 6
Cubase AI 6 is a lean Cubase version tailored to record your music without additional bells and whistles. Based on the same core technologies as Steinberg’s highly acclaimed Cubase 6 advanced music production system, Cubase AI 6 offers a comprehensive feature set for composing, recording, editing and mixing. Run it together with the CI2+ USB audio interface, and Cubase AI 6 provides a full system solution for recording music in studio quality, used by many musicians and producers around the world.
WaveLab LE 7
WaveLab LE 7 offers a suite of audio editing tools tailored to the needs of musicians, small recording environments and podcast authors. The sample-accurate 24-bit/96 kHz audio engine in WaveLab LE 7 combines a small set of quality virtual effect processors. The limited podcast tool combines basic editing and mastering capabilities with full internet audio publishing features, creating a unique one-stop application for recording and editing right through to online publication via podcast, perfectly suited for Cubase users.
The CI2+ Production Kit presents the ideal tool kit for singers and songwriters looking to record vocal lines, preparing playbacks and creating entire songs. The +48V phantom power of the CI2+’s two high-quality mic preamps provide all capabilities necessary to connect any dynamic or condenser microphone for recording vocal tracks. Cubase AI 6 offers virtual instruments and sounds for creating professional-sounding accompaniments, such as playback for vocal exercises or even an entire demo. Various effect plug-ins for editing vocals such as a high-quality EQ, compressor and reverb are readily available and easy to control with the CI2+’s AI Knob. What's more, the included light edition of WaveLab 7 offers users an array of mastering tools required to lift the final mix to the coveted level of tonal professionalism — with the additional option to publish it all on the web.
Guitar and bass players
Guitarists benefit a great deal from the CI2+ Production Kit. The HI-Z input on the CI2+ is best suited for the guitar’s characteristics, letting the user plug an electric guitar or bass directly into the CI2+ without the need for an additional DI box. The great-sounding AmpSimulator of Cubase AI 6 provides different amp and speaker cabinet emulations and, together with the ToneBooster, fans of hard and heavy styles will find plenty of quality sounds to work with. And if you are in search of two high-quality mic preamps for your acoustic guitar, CI2+ has just the right answer. And another outstanding feature is the Interactive Recording mode, giving the user the absolute freedom to record a performance hands-free.
The CI2+ Production Kit is the ideal low-cost hardware for any Cubase owner who needs to record vocals, instruments, keyboards, percussion or any other audio source and also wants to edit any project easily. The Advanced Integration technology used by CI2+ and Cubase provides a vast amount of functional enhancements. And the Project Assistant expedites setting up a new project, saving precious time and allowing the user to put down ideas when inspiration strikes. With Interactive Recording, Cubase users are now able to control basic Cubase functions with the tap of a foot so that both hands are free to perform impeccable music. The additional transport functionality and the AI knob is indispensable for any Cubase user wanting to improve his workflow. And the WaveLab LE 7 audio editing software easily complements the production tools available to any Cubase user.
Podcasts have been enjoying great popularity throughout the last years. The CI2+ mobile audio interface comes with pristine preamps for high-quality voice recordings, whereas WaveLab LE 7 provides everything needed to create and publish podcasts on the fly. WaveLab’s Podcast Workspace features built-in FTP capabilities, RSS 2.0 support and time-saving templates. Best of all, you can even combine audio material with video and PDF files. Plus, with Cubase AI 6 you can create professional radio plays and audio books — with up to 32 audio and 48 MIDI tracks. Share your ideas with the world and make yourself heard!
* Featured in Cubase AI 6 and Cubase products from version 4.5.2; not available in WaveLab LE 7
** Next and Previous buttons are not supported in WaveLab LE 7