The CI1 USB-powered studio is a straight-forward audio interface without frills and fuss. Housing two microphone inputs with balanced XLR/TRS combo connectors, high-quality microphone preamps and onbo... Read More
The CI1 USB-powered studio is a straight-forward audio interface without frills and fuss. Housing two microphone inputs with balanced XLR/TRS combo connectors, high-quality microphone preamps and onboard phantom power, CI1 allows you to use just about any microphone. And with the dedicated high-impedance switch on the first input channel you can jack your electric guitar or bass directly into the CI1. But it's not all hardware â CI1 comes with a great software bundle. Sequel LE is designed for first-time computer music aficionados looking to record their music with ease while WaveLab LE boasts audio editing, mastering and full internet audio publishing features. All this makes CI1 your very own mobile recording studio!
The CI1 is powered by a computer's USB. And by simply connecting the CI1 to a USB port the user gets immediate full control of Cubase. Even the +48 V phantom power of the two microphone inputs doesn't require an additional power supply. With the CI1 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 CI1 into a notebook, connect a microphone or guitar and start jamming on the spot.
Two high-quality mic preamps
The CI1 provides two fantastic-sounding microphone inputs comprising balanced XLR/jack combo connectors and high-quality microphone preamps, each equipped with individual gain control and a Peak LED. With the onboard +48V phantom power, the user can record at home or on the move using just about any dynamic or condenser microphone.
Direct connection of guitars
The first input channel comes with a dedicated high-impedance switch, letting the user jack an electric guitar or bass directly into the CI1 via the XLR/jack combo input.
Studio quality standard
With 24-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 48 kHz, the CI1 offers a professional digital audio recording standard that lets the user record the music in studio quality. The CI1 is a high-quality audio hardware built by and designed together with Yamaha to provide a build quality that can only be described as truly professional.
Hardware latency-free monitoring
The Mono button on the CI1 allows analog inputs 1 and 2 to be used either as separate mono channels or as a stereo pair feeding just one side (L/R) of the monitor outs. With the Mix level control, the user can adjust the balance between the input signal and the playback signal from the software application, so that the input signal can be monitored without any latency.
Individual master level and phones level
The Line outputs of the CI1 are equipped with balanced TRS connectors, providing professional output studio connectivity. The Phones output is also equipped with a professional 6.3 mm TRS connector. The signal levels of the Master outputs and the Phones output can be adjusted independently. The headphones signal is not affected by the Master volume control.
With WaveLab LE being one of the most popular audio editing and mastering software applications and Sequel LE, Steinberg's intuitive music creation software tool, CI1 provides a software bundle that can only be described as one of a kind.
The optional mic stand adapter BMS-10A (sold separately) allows the user to attach the CI1 to a microphone stand and adjust it to a position that fits to his/her personal needs.
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I bought this audio interface to reduce latency for real-time recording, especially in a live environment. Not only does it do what I want but I believe my bass sounds much better through this than it did my mixer. It was a little confusing to set up, but I was thinking way too hard. Once I got it all set up I realized how easy it is. I'm using this thing for live looping in Ableton. To connect your ci1 with Ableton all you have to do is install the drivers. Then go to live's audio preferences and select the ci1 as your input source. From there you are ready to go, but if you are using the two ports for two separate things, in my case a microphone for a djembe, and a bass guitar, then, after selecting mono on the ci1 go click on the in/out icon in ableton. Select 1 for the left input (guitar) and 2 for the right input (microphone), these being in separate tracks of course. This also makes it so you do not have to adjust the levels on ci1 after setting them when looping/recording live! This thing is great you can also leave your sample rate high, and latency won't be a problem! Hope this helps!