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Steinberg CI2 Plus Production Kit  

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    Exceptionally smart, plug-and-play Cubase controller and USB audio interface.

    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 “AI READY” LED
    CI2+ features full plug-and-play support, so there’s 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 “AI Ready” 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 — 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 — 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, there’s 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.

    INTERACTIVE RECORDING
    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.

    AI KNOB
    One of the most innovative features of CI2+ is the revolutionary AI Knob, which is a “point and control” 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.

    TRANSPORT CONTROL
    The buttons “Next”, “Previous”, “Play/Stop” and “Rec” are additional buttons for transport control of Cubase. The “Previous” button moves the project cursor on Cubase to the previous marker position. When the browse mode is active the “Previous” button moves the cursor to the previous column. Holding down this button starts fast rewind. The “Next” button moves the project cursor on Cubase to the next marker position. When the browse mode is active the “Next” button moves the cursor to the next column. Holding down the button starts fast forward. Pressing the “Previous” button and the “Next” button simultaneously enables or disables the Cycle function on Cubase. The “Rec” button starts the recording in Cubase. The “Play/Stop” button alternately executes Play or Stop on Cubase.

    INCLUDED SOFTWARE

    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 Steinberg’s 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.

    Features
    • 24-bit/48 kHz quality audio interface with latency-free hardware monitoring
    • Two great sounding mic/line inputs with XLR-combo sockets and +48V phantom power
    • Hi-Z switch on input 1 for direct connection of electric guitar and bass
    • Two balanced line outputs and 1 phones output
    • USB-powered for mobile recordings
    • Ultra-precision AI controller knob plus dedicated transport buttons and hands-free recording with optional footswitch
    • Includes proven Cubase AI 6 and WaveLab Elements 7 software

    Kick-start your productions, order the CI2+ System today.

     

    CI2 Plus Production Kit Specifications:

    • Electrical Characteristics
    • AD/DA: 24-bit
    • Sample rate: 48 kHz (max)
    • Gain: +60 dB (- 60 dB ~ -16 dB)
    • HI-Z switch – Input impedance: 500 ohms
    • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz (-3 dB @1 kHz)
    • THD+N: 0.05% (@ 1 kHz, output level: +4 dBu)
    • Dynamic range: 96 dB (A-weighted)
    • Power consumption - USB (bus-powered): 5 V 500 mA 2.5 W
    • General Specifications
    • Power requirements: USB-powered
    • Physical dimensions (HxWxD): 1.79” x 7.48” x 5.30”
    • Net weight: 1.59lb.
    • Included accessories: CI2+ unit, Tools for CI2 CD-ROM (Mac/PC hybrid), Cubase AI 6 DVD- ROM (Mac/PC hybrid, also contains demo project), WaveLab LE 7 DVD -ROM, priinted CI2+ operation manual (EN/DE/FR/JA), USB cable
    • System Requirements
    • 2GB RAM
    • 8GB of free HD space
    • Display Resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
    • DVD-ROM dual-layer drive
    • USB port required for connection of CI unit
    • Internet connection for license activation
    • MAC: Mac OS X Version 10.6/10.7 - Intel Core Duo CPU
    • Windows: Windows 7 - Intel or AMD Dual Core CPU
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    4.0

    Powerful Studio Kit

    By Steranko75

    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Templates
    • Many Vst Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Mp3 Codecs Not Free
    • Registration Is A Chore

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Steinberg CI2 Plus Production Kit:

    The Steinberg Cl2+ Kit comes with the Cl2 controller, Cubase 6ai and Wavelab 7 elements software. These three pieces comprise a complete home studio setup. The controller has a sturdy and well-made feel and the software installed easily on my iMac.

    The registration process was cumbersome, as the software and the guide and the online tutorials don't all tell the same steps, which resulted in an email to tech support. The did respond within 24 hours with clear and relatively simple steps which corrected the registration issue.

    One other complaint is that the MP3 codec is not included. After a brief trial period, it must be purchased. For a workaround, I exported the finished mix as a .wav file, opened in audacity and exported as an MP3. For the cost of the Steinberg kit, I really feel the MP3 codec should be included.

    The VST effects are pretty good and offer a massive quality improvement over previous budget studio setups I have tried in the past. The first trial song I recorded included two guitars, bass and vocals. I did a quick mixdown and added effects, which to my ear sounded fantastic.

    The documentation included on the CDs is somewhat hard to understand. I prefer to have each topic given a overview tutorial and a complete deep dive discussion. The included manuals stick to complete deep dive discussions which provide way more information than I was ready to digest on day one.

    After a few days of using the Cubase 6AI you will be asked to upgrade to Cubase 6 Elements. The cost of the update was relatively small for what it offered in increased tracks, effect sends and number of effects. I opted for the upgrade and was almost immediately satisfied and glad I did.

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    4.0

    Home or mobile recording with USB power

    By Steranko75

    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Software Included

    Cons

    • Brief Printed Material
    • Minimal On-screen Help

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Steinberg CI2 Plus Production Kit:

    This production kit from Steinberg offers a solid feel and lots of software for a modest price. The included Cubase ai6 and Wavelab le7 software took about 30 minutes to get installed on my iMac, and when I plugged in the controller it was automatically configured very quickly. The real test of a recording package for me is how quickly can I turn out a demo, and I was able to do this very quickly and easily. In fact, the included Cubase ai6 includes templates which really are quite useful. I selected the acoustic+vocal preset and followed the suggestions on screen (which mic to use for which input, etc.) I set levels, armed the tracks and hit record. Easy! The audio quality of the recording was impressive, with nice eq and a bit of chorus added in as part of the template. Very easy to use and worked well.
    The included printed manual is very thick, but written in like 10 languages, so the portion that applies to you is only a few pages (a big quick start guide really). There are lots of electronic materials, but would rather read the manuals on the sofa rather than at my studio desk. Also, the on-screen pop-up help is nearly non-existent, so there is a bit of guessing to be done if you don't read the electronic manual(which is VERY helpful). I would like the ability to install the software on two computers - one for the studio and one for my laptop.

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