CI2+ USB Audio Interface
Hardware most skillfully meets software by combining the best of two worlds with the CI2+ Advanced Integration USB studio and Cubase Essential 5, the dedicated version of Cubase 5. As the name implies, the 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. Together with Cubase Essential 5, CI2+ allows you to take full advantage of a massive range of audio tools, at home, in the rehearsal room or wherever required.
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.
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 Essential 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 for you 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 Essential 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.
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 you to listen in on samples while browsing, without having to load them first. As you see, CI2+ supports you 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 you control Cubase Essential 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 by you. 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.
The optional mic stand adapter BMS-10A lets you attach the CI2+ to a microphone stand and adjust it to the position that suits him or her best.
The CI2+ is powered by the USB technology on one’s computer. This allows for simply connecting the CI2+ to a USB port. Even the +48 V phantom power for two microphones doesn’t require an additional power supply.
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 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.
Transport control functionality
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.
With an easy, intuitive approach to composing, recording, editing and mixing, Cubase Essential 5 is your gateway to the world of Cubase.