The CMC-AI from Steinberg is a USB based AI knobcontroller, part of six USB-powered CMC micro controllers that can be individually combined to create a custom-made Cubase or Nuendo control desk. The AI Knob is a helpful "point and control" knob offering speed when editing parameters and adjusting settings. It complements the flexibility of a computer mouse, rather than trying to replace it.
The mouse is simply moved over a parameter, which is then automatically placed under full precision control of the AI Knob, with no need to make any additional settings in Cubase, any additional software module, or on the interface itself. Adjust plug-in and track parameters using fingertips, create elaborate volume curves or browse sounds and presets effortlessly. Additionally, four user-assignable function buttons allow the user to adapt the unit to their specific needs.
There are two special working modes In addition to the AI mode that further enhance the unit's capabilities. In the Volume mode the AI Knob turns into a high-precision master volume control, while the Jog mode equips the knob with intuitive jog functionality. Plus, by pushing the AI Knob once the Browse function is activated, allowing for selecting presets and sounds from pop-up dialogs with a turn of a knob.
Note: On the PC, Cubase AI is Windows 7 only.
USB-powered AI Knob controller
AI Knob adjusts software parameters selected by computer mouse
Volume mode allows AI Knob to adjust the value of the master fader and Jog mode equips the knob with intuitive jog functionality
Browse mode allows AI Knob and arrow keys to search and select a preset in the browse window
Four user-assignable function buttons
Includes download version of Cubase AI, a compact version of the Cubase music production system
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Hardware Mac Intel processor (Intel Core Duo or faster recommended) OS X 10.5.8, 10.6.4, 10.7 (32-/64-bit kernel) 1GB RAM CD-ROM drive USB component port (1.1/2.0)
PC Pentium / Athlon 2 GHz or faster (dual core processor recommended) Windows XP SP3, Vista SP2 (32-/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-/64-bit) 1GB RAM (2GB for Windows 7 64-bit) CD-ROM drive USB component port (1.1/2.0)
Software Mac Intel Core Duo OS X 10.7 (32-/64-bit kernel) 2GB RAM Core Audio compatible audio hardware 4GB free hard drive space 1280 x 800 display resolution recommended DVD-ROM drive Internet connection for license activation
PC Intel or AMD dual core CPU Windows 7, native 32-/64-bit 2GB RAM Windows compatible audio hardware (ASIO, WDM) 4GB free hard drive space 1280 x 800 display resolution recommended DVD-ROM drive Internet connection for license activation