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Steinberg CI1 USB Audio Interface

This intuitive interface and accompanying software package introduces the novice engineer to the possibilities of at-home recording. (9) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

For hobby musicians, guitarists, singers or electronic music producers as well as for all audio affine tasks -- the CI1 USB studio, together with Sequel LE and WaveLab LE, offers the ultimate entry-level recording, editing and producing system solution. CI1, Sequel LE and WaveLab LE provide a host of tools to meet the individual demand of each and every user -- with outstanding audio quality, massive features, all at a mind-blowing price!

Music and Audio Enthusiasts

CI1 and the included software package 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 -- even if you don't have any musical skills. 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 mic preamps provide all capabilities necessary to connect any dynamic or condenser microphone for recording professional audio material. The bundled software applications, Sequel LE and WaveLab LE, provide the tools required to record music, edit audio material and master productions, with the additional option to publish it all on the web.

Instrumentalists

Guitarists benefit greatly from the CI1 interface and Sequel LE software. The HI-Z input on the CI1 lets the guitarist plug an electric guitar or bass directly into the CI1 without the need for an additional DI box. The great-sounding AmpSimulator in Sequel LE provides various ready-made sound templates of different styles. And the simplicity of creating a project with loops and sounds gives the musician all the features to create tracks to jam along to.

Cubase Owner

CI1 is, simply put, the ideal low-cost audio interface for any Cubase owner who needs to record vocals, instruments, keyboards, percussion or any other audio source. With it's two fantastic-sounding microphone inputs comprising balanced XLR/jack combo connectors and high-quality microphone preamps and the onboard +48V phantom power, as well as the HI-Z on input 1 the CI1 provides all the functionality an audio interface should provide.

USB Audio Interface

The CI1 USB-powered studio is a straight-forward audio interface without frills and fuss. Housing two microphone inputs with balanced XLR/TRS combo connectors, high-quality microphone preamps and onboard phantom power, CI1 allows you to use just about any microphone. And with the dedicated high-impedance switch on the first input channel you can jack your electric guitar or bass directly into the CI1. But it's not all hardware -- CI1 comes with a great software bundle. Sequel LE is designed for first-time computer music aficionados looking to record their music with ease while WaveLab LE boasts audio editing, mastering and full internet audio publishing features. All this makes CI1 your very own mobile recording studio!

USB Powered

The CI1 is powered by a computer's USB. And by simply connecting the CI1 to a USB port the user gets immediate full control of Cubase. Even the +48 V phantom power of the two microphone inputs doesn't require an additional power supply. With the CI1 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.

Two High-Quality Mic Preamps

The CI1 provides two fantastic-sounding microphone inputs comprising balanced XLR/jack combo connectors and high-quality microphone preamps, each equipped with individual gain control and a Peak LED. With the onboard +48 V phantom power, the user can record at home or on the move using just about any dynamic or condenser microphone.

Direct Connection of Guitars

The first input channel comes with a dedicated high-impedance switch, letting the user jack an electric guitar or bass directly into the CI1 via the XLR/jack combo input.

Optional Accessories

The optional mic stand adapter BMS-10A allows the user to attach the CI1 to a microphone stand and adjust it to a position that fits to his/her personal needs.

Studio Quality Standard

With 24-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 48 kHz, the CI1 offers a professional digital audio recording standard that lets the user record the music in studio quality. The CI1 is a high-quality audio hardware built by and designed together with Yamaha to provide a build quality that can only be described as truly professional.

Hardware Latency-Free Monitoring

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.

Individual Master Level and Phones Level

The Line outputs of the CI1 are equipped with balanced TRS connectors, providing professional output studio connectivity. The Phones output is also equipped with a professional 6.3 mm TRS connector. The signal levels of the Master outputs and the Phones output can be adjusted independently. The headphones signal is not affected by the Master volume control.

Included Software

With WaveLab LE being one of the most popular audio editing and mastering software applications and Sequel LE, Steinberg's intuitive music creation software tool, CI1 provides a software bundle that can only be described as one of a kind.

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Minimum System Requirements

The minimum system requirements state the minimal specification your computer must have to be able to use the software.

Mac

Supported operating systems: Mac OS X 10.5.5 and 10.6

Mac computer with an Intel processor recommended

1024 MB RAM

Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended

DVD-ROM drive

1 GB of free HD space

USB component port for CI2 connection

Internet access required for license activation

Windows

Supported operating system: Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit/64-bit) or Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)

2 GHz CPU (dual core CPU recommended)

1024 MB RAM

1 GB of free HDD space

Display resolution 1280 x 800 pixels

DVD-ROM drive

USB component port for CI1 connection

Internet connection for license activation
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 4 in
Customer Reviews
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"For $99.00 Cdn, you can't go wrong. The Steinberg CI1 will get the job done with a minimum of frustration, it sounds great, it's"
Sound: The Steinberg CI 1 is very realistic through powered (M Audio SP8B and SW) a little less full through phones (Sennheiser). There is zero latency when playing (Reason 5) and on playback. It's totally compatible, I would say with any style although I wouldn't know about speed metal. Don't play it. All in all a great sounding interface. Feature: A very useful and easy to use feature is the DAW signal feed and Line in feed. At the halfway mark you hear your DAW signal and the recorded signal in a balanced mix. The High Z switch is great for guitar. The phantom power for Condenser mics is a plus. The inputs are simple and just what's needed, nothing more. I will probably never use the software that came with it, I've been using REAPER ever since it came out, and am still with them on Vs 4.14......it works superbly. I also use Reason 5.0.....that's all I use, plus some Izotope plugs. Ease of Use: It was very easy install this product. Another review I've read said that it doesn't work with Windows XP.....not true, it does. I'm using it on a Toshiba Satellite with AMD Athlon X2 (dual core), with 4Gb RAM. Straight into one USB port, the other port is powering a Korg K49 MIDI controller keyboard. The Steinberg is powered by the USB, so no warts to clutter up the floor. Very little or no learning curve to install or use this device. Quality: This unit is made by Yamaha for Steinberg, and has the usual Yamaha quality. It has quite a heft to it for a small box, so far it's very reliable (only had it a couple of days) there are very few moving parts (just the knobs) so I can't see that being much of a problem. Value: I think it's the lowest price one available. I could have got the M Audio Fastrack, but didn't seem as sturdy, haven't looked at any others except to investigate the TASCAM, but was warned it's a bit delicate in the hardware end. Manufacturer Support: The Steinberg website is pretty informative generally. I haven't had any conversations with them as of today. The Wow Factor: I need it, I'm using it, hopefully to help me make good music. Overall: I have no idea how long this will last. We'll have to see.
Style of Music: Jazz fusion, world, chill, ambient and experimental.
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Steinberg CI1 USB Audio Customer Review
Sound: The box itself works fine. I use it with Windows 7, it doesn't seem to work on XP. The 24 bit recording gives a clear roomy sound for vocals and accoustic instruments. The controls are simple and easy to use. Be careful that you have selected the right channel when recording. Feature: The SW Sequel LE and Wavelab are nice to use but have some serious limitations. Firstly the licensing system is a real pain in the butt. I had lots of problems getting started with it though Steinberg did help out with advice through e-mails. Sequel has only 8 tracks which is a bit limiting and the mp3 encoder only allows a certain number of uses which means you then have to pay (No way!) or do this task on other SW. I now find myself recording a few tracks on this sound card and SW with my laptop, which has the faster processor to cope with it, and then transferring it all back onto my old PC to use with Cubase or Logic which is something of a comprise on what I originally hoped for. Ease of Use: I thought that as I knew Cubase it would be easy but it has taken a while to find out how everything works. Another pain is that you can only import audio tracks from your desktop and not from files elewhere. Quality: Seems quite sturdy and there aren't too many controls to go wrong. The sockets are combined to take both jack and XLR so if it breaks there's no alternative connection. Value: There are other similarly priced soundcards that will do much the same as this one- M-audio, Alesis.. Manufacturer Support: Steinberg were helpful and replied to my e-mails when I had problems.
Style of Music: folk, blues, Irish
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