The Steinberg CI2 is a USB-powered audio interface and controller with Advanced Integration features. Together, CI2 and Cubase (Cubase 5, Studio 5, Essential 5, 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 the user record the music in studio quality.
With the CI2 being fully USB-powered it’s no problem to record music whenever and wherever without having to find a mains outlet. The user can simply plug the CI2 into a notebook, connect a microphone or guitar to the CI2 and start jamming on the spot.
The CI2 provides two fantastic-sounding microphone inputs comprising balanced XLR/jack combo connectors and high-quality microphone preamps. With the onboard +48V phantom power, the user can record at home or on the move using just about any dynamic or condenser microphone. And it doesn’t stop here: the first input channel comes with a dedicated high-impedance switch, letting the user jack an electric guitar or bass directly into the CI2, also via the XLR/jack combo connectors, simply by pressing the HI-Z switch. And with the included amp models and cabinet sounds, the user gets outstanding guitar tones at the flick of a switch.
So much more than just another USB audio interface, the CI2 is a personal Advanced Integration controller for Cubase that lets the user work fast and intuitively. The featured AI Knob already introduced on the CC121 Advanced Integration USB controller allows the user to control virtually all main functions of Cubase by pointing to any parameter with the mouse and adjusting the control parameters with the AI Knob, allowing the user to fly through the production with this uniquely efficient workflow — seeing means believing!
With the implemented Interactive Recording function, easy recording doesn’t stop here. Now the user can define up to six events with the dedicated Interactive Recording button. In addition, connecting an optional foot pedal to the CI2 allows hands-free control of the recording process. For example, the user starts recording a guitar part by stepping on the foot pedal, taps the pedal a second time to punch in at the right moment and stops the recording with a final stomp. This enables the user to control several functions with a tap of the foot as well as liberating the user’s hands to concentrate entirely on playing the instrument.
The Browse function of the Project Assistant makes it really easy to set up a new Project in Cubase — the user just has to push the AI Knob and the Browse window pops up.
Now the user can also select the type of project to be set up. For example, when recording a guitar and a vocal take, all necessary settings are set up automatically for the new project allowing the user to start recording music straight away.
This exciting combination of CI2 and Cubase AI 5 comes with additional content material. With great-sounding guitar amp simulators readily available for the user to plug the guitar into coupled with the provided loops, grooves and synthesizer sounds, creating an entire band setup has never been easier.
- Up to 24 bit / 48 kHz
- 2 input / 2 output
- 2 1/4" / XLR combo jacks
- USB Powered
- Hi-Z input for electric guitar or bass
- Phantom power
- Optional Footswitch
- Optional Mic Stand adaptor
- AI (Advanced Integration) Knob
- Action Pad button for easy recording
- Ships with Cubase AI 5 for FREE! (Fully licensed and supported version)