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Steinberg CI1 - USB Recording Solution

Steinberg CI1 - USB Recording Solution

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Product Highlights

  • USB Powered Interface
  • 2 Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • Sequel LE Software
  • WaveLab LE7 Software
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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The CI1 from Steinberg combines a USB powered audio interface with a software package that together provide great possibilities to create, record, edit and produce your own music and audio material. With its intuitive music creation tools and the included Sequel LE version you have all you need to create songs. Additionally, the CI1 along with the light editions of Sequel and WaveLab present the ideal tool kit for editors and podcasters looking to record speech, publish podcasts and produce audio books.

On the hardware side, the CI1's two-channel inputs with +48V phantom power and high-quality microphone preamps provide all capabilities necessary to connect any dynamic or condenser microphone. 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.

Sequel LE delivers a selection of quality loops, ready-to play instrument sounds, effects and the same state of-the-art Steinberg audio engine found in Cubase and Nuendo. WaveLab LE 7 offers a suite of audio editing tools tailored to the needs of musicians, small recording environments and podcast authors. The podcast tool combines basic editing and mastering capabilities with full internet audio publishing features, creating a unique one-stop application for recording, editing right through to online publication via podcast.

USB Audio Interface
  • Features 2 microphone inputs with balanced XLR/TRS combo connectors, high-quality microphone preamps, and on board phantom power
  • Dedicated high-impedance switch on the first input channel allows you to connect your electric guitar or bass directly into the CI1
  • Powered by a computer's USB port
  • +48V phantom power of the 2 microphone inputs does not require an additional power supply
  • With the on board phantom power, the user can record at home or on the move using just about any dynamic or condenser microphone
  • Each microphone preamp is equipped with individual gain control and a Peak LED
  • 24-bit resolution with 48kHz sampling rate
  • 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
  • The line outputs are equipped with balanced 1/4" TRS connectors, providing professional studio connectivity
  • 1/8" TRS stereo mini headphone output
  • Master outputs and the headphone output levels can be adjusted independently
Sequel LE
  • Includes top features of the Sequel 2 full version
  • Contains selected audio content, instruments and track presets plus an effects set to add that certain touch to your songs
  • Supports Sequel Content Sets
  • Sequel LE projects can be opened in the full version
  • Fully upgradable to the Sequel full version
  • The Virtual Keyboard is ideal for playing and recording instruments with the mouse or computer keyboard
  • The Controller Mode provides a means to assign external controllers or keyboards to the most-used parameters in Sequel LE, such as mixer volume, track effects, solo/mute buttons, and more
  • The ultra easy-to-use Controller Learn function allows the user to assign a controller by clicking the parameter and moving the desired knob, slider, key, or button
  • The Controller Mode provides many options for live performances, such as editing volume or tune and effects with your hardware controller to create a song on stage without a mouse
  • The Free Warp mode enables you to warp any part of an audio loop
  • With the Audio Reverse function it is possible to play audio backwards
  • Customizable Track Icons allow the user to label the project's tracks and mixer channels, making them even easier to spot
  • Track Icons are selected from the factory picture library or a self-definable user library
  • Customizing Track Icons by changing size and shade let users give Sequel 2 projects their individual touch
  • The Tap Tempo function helps you to assign the tempo of each audio file or to fix the tempo of the song
  • When processing gets intense, there's the Track Freeze function which frees up CPU power for more tracks and effects
  • With Windows Vista or Windows 7, Sequel LE runs at very low latencies even without external ASIO hardware using the Vista Core Audio driver
  • Runs on your PC and Mac computer
WaveLab LE 7
  • Allows you to edit CD-quality audio material on 2 tracks
  • Also enhances recordings, using more than 10 plug-ins with several effects taken from Cubase professional music software
  • Integrated podcast function which allows for sharing music and voice recordings in the internet - it's possible not only to add parameters such as title or description, but also create several episodes and upload them directly to the server of choice
  • Comes with a modern and easy-to-use user interface, which is based on the new WaveLab 7 family design
  • Includes 9 plug-ins, based on Steinberg's VST3 technology, including the Steinberg Compressor, Limiter, the StudioEQ from Cubase, and Roomworks SE
  • More than 10 additional plug-ins including Leveler
  • Audio analysis section includes tools such as the 3D offline Spectrum view and Level Meters for the master section that allows the user to always easily keep an overview on the technical results of the current mix
  • Delivers flawless audio quality by supporting 96kHz sampling rate at a CD-quality playback resolution of 16-bits
  • Workspace concept based on the bigger WaveLab 7 versions offers the possibility to switch between several view-sets with a single mouse click, dramatically speeding up the entire working process
  • New window structure offers the possibility to drag and drop program windows, resize them and place them anywhere required within the WaveLab LE 7 workspace
  • The Audio Montage is the central working area, where audio files can be edited - it hosts 2 audio tracks as well as a basic editing feature set, including the possibility to set markers
  • The redesigned master section allows the use of up to 3 slots for the integration of plug-ins
  • Compatibility with Mac OS X operating systems
System Requirements
Mac Mac computer with an Intel processor recommended
OS X 10.5.5 and 10.6
1GB free hard drive space
Free USB port for CI1 connection
DVD-ROM drive
1280 x 800 display resolution recommended
Internet access required for license activation
PC 2GHz CPU (dual core recommended)
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista (32-bit/64-bit) or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
1GB free hard drive space
Free USB port for CI1 connection
DVD-ROM drive
1280 x 800 display resolution recommended
Internet access required for license activation
Steinberg CI1 - USB Recording Solution
  • USB Interface
  • Sequel LE
  • WaveLab 7 LE
  • One (1) Year Warranty on Hardware

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    useful thing

    By adi

    from reading, pa

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          Comments about Steinberg CI1 - USB Recording Solution:

          i bought it for a friend and he's satisfy with his recordings

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          A great sounding interface for little.

          By Skinny Voice Studio-Spanish voice overs

          from Ponce, Puerto Rico

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          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile


            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Steinberg CI1 - USB Recording Solution:

            I just received this interface and I can tell you that it sounds extremely great. And when I say "extremely great" I mean this interface gives you the most real sound you can imagine. The sound that c... read more [+]omes through it, isn't boomy as if it comes from your computer sound system neither it is too bright...it is, as I told you...REAL!!! This interface really slaps in the face of the Shure X2u both in sound quality and features. For the same price of the Shure X2u you get an interface with two high-quality XLR inputs of which one can be used to connect your electric guitar or electric bass, you also a separate volume control for your headphones, a master output volume control among other great features like phantom power and it also has two Line outs. Not to mention it comes with both Sequel LE and Wavelab LE and it has a sound quality of 24 bit depth/48 khz audio resolution...PLUS you can use this interface with most audio and music production software in the market. So, forget about the Shure X2u and buy this beautiful interface, YOU'RE NOT GONNA REGRET IT!!!

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