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Steinberg CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio  

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    A compact, full-featured mobile recording and production studio.

    The Steinberg CI2 is a USB-powered audio interface and controller with Advanced Integration features. The CI2, and the included Cubase AI 5 software, present a complete recording system providing an entry-level plug-and-play audio recording and production solution for recording vocals and instrument with a computer in next to no time.

    Reflecting a profound system integration are advanced functions including Interactive Recording for hands-free-recording, the Project Assistant for easy project operating and the browse functionality to name a few. The CI2 and Cubase AI 5 offers the user great easy-to-use features at a very good price to value ratio.

    The Steinberg CI2 USB audio interface combines the high-quality audio hardware, built and designed together with Yamaha, with a dedicated version of Cubase 5. It is an interface and controller in one, providing two separate mic preamps with +48V and a single Hi-Z as well as a controller part featuring the AI knob. With 24-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 48kHz, the CI2 offers a professional digital audio recording standard that lets the user record music in studio quality.

    The CI2 is fully USB-powered making it possible 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 Steinberg CI2 and start jamming on the spot.

    Features
    • Instant plug-and-play
    • AI ready LED
    • Project assistant
    • Browse function
    • Interactive recording
    • AI knob
    • USB powered
    • Includes:
    • Tools for CI2 CD-ROM
    • Cubase AI 5 DVD-ROM
    • Operation Manual

    Get a studio quality system that is good to go anywhere!

     

    CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio Specifications:

    • Electrical:
    • AD/DA: 24-bit
    • Sample Rate: 48kHz (max.)
    • Gain: +60dB (-60dB — .16dB)
    • Hi-Z switch Input Impedance: 500 ohms
    • Frequency response: 20Hz- 20kHx (-3dB @ 1kHz)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.05% @ 1 kHz, output level: +4 dBu)
    • Dynamic range: 96dB (A-weighted)
    • Power Consumption (USB Powered): 5 V 500 mA 2.5 W
    • General:
    • Power Requirements: USB-powered
    • Physical dimensions (HxWxD): 1.78" x 7.48" x 5.29", (45.4 x 190 x 134.5mm)
    • Net Weight: 1.58lb. (720g)
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    SteinbergCI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio
     
    4.3

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    5.0

    just what i have been waiting for!

    By Rocketman

    from Bluffton, SC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Needed It Yrs Ago

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Steinberg CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio:

    I have been using Steinberg recording software for years because I just love how good it is and now I get to have an easy to use interface! I have been hoping for something like for years and now its finally in my home studio. it fits well on my desk and works perfectly with the included software. easy to set up and easy to get used to. lots of included sounds and plug ins, great value!

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    5.0

    Great Interface

    By ScottMusic

    from Calgary, Alberta

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Feels Solid
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • High Latency At Some Uses
    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile recording
    • Song Writers

    Comments about Steinberg CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio:

    This interface is great! Strong mic preamps, and fairly low latency, depending on use. The included Cubase AI6 is great, very user friendly with decent plugins. I am in a three person band who records only acoustic covers, so this interface actually works incredibly well. The interactive recording function is very useful for anyone, not just guitarists. Everything about this interface feels solid, even though it is plastic, it has decent weight to it and the plastic shell is holding up well after being thrown around a bit (Laptop bag to basement floors.) Overall, amazing interface for singer songwriters and beginners in the studio.

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    5.0

    Excellent product

    By DPD

    from USA, Earth

    About Me Novice

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          Comments about Steinberg CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio:

          The users giving this item a low rating aparently just do not know what they are doing. Buy a tutorial DVD that explains how to use Cubase. It is a lot easier than you think. Overall, especially for the price, this is an excellent item.

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          5.0

          Excellent Value

          By EC

          from VA

          About Me Professional Musician

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                Comments about Steinberg CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio:

                To the person complaining about the latency, that dpeneds on your hardware. I have seen as low as 7 ms reported and I have 20 ms which is acceptable for me. He also said that Cubase AI 5 is too complicated. Cubase AI 5 is a very excellent program. It may seem complicated at first because it is based on the highest quality profressional sequebcing software so there are many options. Once you learn it, it is easy to use. The effects are not as good as the full version of Cubase which is expensive software. It should be noted that you need to buy a dongle to use the software for more than a month but it is well worth it in my opinion.

                The Knobs feel right.The intuitive knob control of Cubase is one of the reasons I bought this unit. The unit is weighted partly to make it feel solid and not cheap but this also will prevent it from being easily yanked off your table.

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                2.0

                Could have been great

                Comments about Steinberg CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio:

                I record alone, starting with a basic track and then building from there. I thought this unit was going to allow me to do that on my laptop, but the monitor latency was terrible. I loved the layout of the unit, the build design was good, but without zero-latency monitoring you cannot record multiple tracks. If Steinberg can fix this problem, then they will have a good product. Until then, I wouldn't recommend this.

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                2.0

                I wanted to like this....

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Steinberg CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio:

                This package sounded like a great deal. An interface and software for under two hundred bucks. Exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately the monitor latency was so bad, even with the buffer all the way down, that it made recording more than one track nearly impossible. Also the Cubase AI 5 software that was included is NOT user friendly. Even registering the product key is an unnecessarily convoluted process.I will say that the pre-amps to the device were nice and the sound quality was very good, but the other issues made it impossible for serious recording.

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                5.0

                A sweet little ride!

                By yikesboy

                from SoCal

                Comments about Steinberg CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio:

                An awesome experience right out of the box for me. I am not a complete noob in this area but with my new iMac, I wasn't sure how difficult it would be to set up my new little studio with the CI2 and my MXL mics. It was stoopid easy to install, Cubase fired right up and saw the CI2 and I was recording really good sounding audio within about 10 minutes! The only other pairing that is as tight as this CI2 and Cubase is my iPod and iTunes...I can't say how much I like the interactive recording thing - I borrowed a buddy's Yamaha sustain pedal (it's a footswitch apparently too), and have setup my own little macro for recording hands free - dead easy.I didn't give it the full 5 stars in value simply because I think that the footswitch could have been included but that's a minor thing.Awesome product!

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                5.0

                Awesome piece of equipment for the price.

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Steinberg CI2 Advanced-Integration USB Studio:

                Wonderful, this thing works like a dream. Easy to use, simply plug and play, and you're ready to record. Cubase AI 5 is wonderful as well, Halion one, with the virtual keyboard is awesome. Only drawback is that some of the distortion isnt all that great in Cubase AI5, so I will try recording my amp. But other than that, wonderful little piece of equipment.

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