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CI2 - Advanced Integration USB Studio

The Steinberg CI2 is a USB-powered audio interface and controller with Advanced Integration features. Together, CI2 and Cubase AI 6 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. 

Top features

  • 2 high-quality Mic/Line inputs with XLR-combo sockets and phantom power
  • 2 balanced Line outputs with TRS, 1 Phones output
  • Up to 24-bit/48kHz, latency-free hardware monitoring, USB-powered
  • Smart mouse-overcontrol of Cubase with the AI Knob
  • Hands-free recording with Interactive Recording and footswitch operation
  • Easy setup and workflow with Project Assistant and browsing via AI Knob
  • Cubase AI 6 music production software included
  • 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.

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.

The 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, go to Project Assistant and select a template from the list. A new project is created with the necessary number of tracks, audio input and output routings, all effects, amp simulator, sounds and much more. 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.

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 6 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. 

Cubase AI 6 included

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.

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Recording vocal lines, last night’s session in the rehearsal room or the latest 60-minute mix, using both CI2 and Cubase AI 6 is as easy as it gets — with outstanding audio quality, massive features, all at mind-blowing price!


CI2 and Cubase AI 6 present 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 also 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. With the CI2 and Cubase AI 6, recording and editing the user strumming the accompanying harmonies with the guitar while singing the melody is really convenient. The CI2’s interface comes with a footswitch connector enabling hands-free recording in Cubase AI 6. Here the user has the choice between many different amp and speaker cabinet emulations thanks to the AmpSimulator.



Guitarists benefit a great deal from putting CI2 and Cubase AI 6 together. 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.

One of the outstanding features provided by CI2 and AI 6 is the Interactive Recording mode, giving the user the absolute freedom to record a performance hands-free.

Cubase Owner

CI2 is, simply put, 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 AI knob is indispensable for any Cubase user wanting to improve his workflow.