Cubase System|4 is Steinberg's integrated music production system featuring the efficient, versatile MI4 USB audio and MIDI interface as well as the audio software Cubase SE. PC and Mac compatible, th... Click To Read More About This Product
Cubase System|4 is Steinberg's integrated music production system featuring the efficient, versatile MI4 USB audio and MIDI interface as well as the audio software Cubase SE. PC and Mac compatible, this end-to-end system for composing and producing music offers everything you expect from a compact desktop studio. A full set of audio editing, sound design and mastering tools is on board. With software and hardware fine-tuned for flawless interplay, first-class audio quality and remarkable handling ease, Cubase System|4 certainly raises the bar ” and not only in the bang-for-buck stakes.
The MI4 Audio and MIDI Interface
The MI4 is more than merely an audio interface. It packs two high-quality 24-bit/96-kHz microphone preamplifiers, an ingenious latency-free monitoring system, adjustable headphones and studio outputs, effect inserts, a digital S/PDIF I/O and a 16-channel MIDI Interface into an astonishingly compact and robust desktop housing.
The MI4 features a petite but very sweet set of inputs - two high-quality microphone preamplifiers that accept virtually all standard types from dynamic to capacitor microphones. Switchable phantom power is on board for the latter. What's more, the MI4 front panel sports a high-impedance guitar input. When this input is engaged, the interface is automatically reconfigured so that the single input appears at the proper position in the monitor mix ” dead center, that is.
Alongside these microphone inputs, the MI4 offers four independent line inputs that you can use simultaneously, depending on configuration. Two insert points for external signal processors devices lets you add outboard gear to your rig, say a compressor for recording.
A digital S/PDIF interface accepts digital sources at up to 24 bits and 96 kHz and routes digital signals out in this format. The interface also serves as an insert for a digital signal processor that may be used independently for audio recording and playback. Accordingly, you can set up 4-in/4-out configurations with up to 48 kHz and 24 bits.
The MI4 connects to an external mixing console or directly to a power amp or active monitor speaker via the analog stereo outputs. For added handling convenience, the monitoring level may be adjusted directly on the front panel. An independent headphones output is also available. It can carry the same or a separate signal, and the volume is also separately adjustable.
The MI4 also provides a MIDI interface. Its MIDI input and MIDI output serve to connect external MIDI keyboards, controllers, remote controls and external sound generators. This interface also enables external synchronization.
Monitoring is crucial to working in a computer-assisted studio. Every audio signal takes time to travel from the input through the computer and on to the output. Called latency, this delay can certainly inconvenience you. Its annoyance factor hinges on how pronounced it is, which in turn depends on your computer's performance. To steer clear of the latency problem during recording, the MI4 is endowed with a Direct Monitor switch that sends the input signal directly to the headphones or main output without detouring through the computer. To this end, the MI4 offers a selectable monitoring signal source and a separate mix knob on the front panel, which lets you blend the input signal with the mix signal sent by the computer. Goodbye annoying latency, hello lighter computer load.
You'll find the routine for installing MI4 drivers to be remarkably intuitive. The device installs in just a few minutes time and is immediately primed for use on both Windows as well as Mac OSX systems. Rather than having to fuss with the device to configure a multitude of setup parameters, you can do this with far greater convenience on a clearly arranged, easy-to-use control panel. This streamlines device handling and enables panel settings for different configurations to be stored. You're sure to be delighted with all this convenience.
Bringing to your desktop powerful tools for composing, recording, editing, and mixing, Cubase SE software is your entry-level ticket to the world of computer-assisted music production. Cubase SE shines with the same user interface and award-winning VST Audio Engine as Steinberg's flagship Cubase SX3. And that means when it comes to audio quality and intuitive handling, Cubase SE rivals its bigger brothers. Any way you choose to use it”as a sequencer for your home recording studio or a multitrack recorder for the band rehearsal room”with Cubase SE you get the real deal in a friendlier package.