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 fo... Read More
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.
INSTANT PLUG AND PLAY WITH âAI READYâ LED
CI2+ features full plug-and-play support, so thereâs 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 âAI Readyâ 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 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 â 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. Just start up Cubase AI 6, and then 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 with the necessary number of tracks, audio input and output routings, all effects, amp simulator, sounds and much more. 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 â and as we all know, time is money.
BROWSING MADE EASY
The Browse function* in Cubase helps you by focusing on available files or sounds based on where you are at in the production process. By using the AI Knob on the CI2+ to select one of many project templates, track presets and other presets, thereâs 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.
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+, giving you the ability to 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 you can customize them yourself. 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.
One of the most innovative features of CI2+ is the revolutionary AI Knob, which is a âpoint and controlâ 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+, you will find an enhanced version of the AI Knob that is the same as the one 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 âNextâ, âPreviousâ, âPlay/Stopâ and âRecâ are additional buttons for transport control of Cubase. The âPreviousâ button moves the project cursor on Cubase to the previous marker position. When the browse mode is active the âPreviousâ button moves the cursor to the previous column. Holding down this button starts fast rewind. The âNextâ button moves the project cursor on Cubase to the next marker position. When the browse mode is active the âNextâ button moves the cursor to the next column. Holding down the button starts fast forward. Pressing the âPreviousâ button and the âNextâ button simultaneously enables or disables the Cycle function on Cubase. The âRecâ button starts the recording in Cubase. The âPlay/Stopâ button alternately executes Play or Stop on Cubase.
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 Steinbergâs 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.
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I bought it by Internet and picked up in store. I like Steinberg Design. It has useful quick buttons, but they have the limitance that they are only available for Cubase applications. I found no way to use them in Logic, which is the software I use to. I only tried buttons for a while, as long as the Cubase trial version last. By the other hand, the quality is good. As good as almost competitors. A friend has a Digibox, the previous version of Avid. I compared the recorded track and I found little difference in quality. I recognize, this is not the maximal in sound, but this is what you get at this price. If you have limitations with money, I would recommend an Audio-Technica AT2020, which is best-seller for only $100. I got quite better sound with these both elements than just using the built-in mic of my laptop.