Can I use Cubase without the USB dongle?

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Can I use Cubase without the USB dongle?

Post by i0i0i0 » Sat May 25, 2019 6:29 pm

Sorry for the stupid question but the process is pretty confusing.

I'm ready to pull the trigger today and purchase/download Cubase Pro but wondering if I'll be able to use it without the dongle since it's on backorder.

Any clarification appreciated!

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Re: Can I use Cubase without the USB dongle?

Post by marQs » Sat May 25, 2019 7:32 pm

No, only Elements and AI work with the soft elicenser.
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Re: Can I use Cubase without the USB dongle?

Post by David W » Sat May 25, 2019 7:52 pm

marQs wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 7:32 pm
No, only Elements and AI work with the soft elicenser.
Cubase SE, the other sub-Elements version that is bundled with various products but not sold as a retail product, works with the soft eLicenser as well.

Nuendo, Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist require a USB eLicenser.

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Re: Can I use Cubase without the USB dongle?

Post by i0i0i0 » Sat May 25, 2019 8:23 pm

Gotchya - thanks gents.

Elements will do for now and I can upgrade to Pro when USB is available.

Heck, I've still got 20 days on Trial - maybe it'll show up before then but I'd only be saving $5.

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Re: Can I use Cubase without the USB dongle?

Post by David W » Sat May 25, 2019 11:03 pm

The current half price sale on Cubase ends on 3 June. If you want to upgrade to Pro, you should buy the upgrade before the end of the sale. It doesn't matter if you do not activate the licence on a USB eLicenser until after the sale ends.

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Post by i0i0i0 » Sun May 26, 2019 12:56 am

David W wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 11:03 pm
t doesn't matter if you do not activate the licence on a USB eLicenser until after the sale ends.
I wondered that too. Thanks for pointing that out - will do!

Thanks to all.

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Re: Can I use Cubase without the USB dongle?

Post by i0i0i0 » Sun May 26, 2019 6:27 pm

David W wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 11:03 pm
The current half price sale on Cubase ends on 3 June. If you want to upgrade to Pro, you should buy the upgrade before the end of the sale. It doesn't matter if you do not activate the licence on a USB eLicenser until after the sale ends.
Waita sec - The website clearly states the "USB-eLicenser is required to activate, try and use products like Cubase Pro/Artist, Nuendo and WaveLab Pro."

So if I buy Pro before the sale ends and the USB licenser is still on backorder - I can't use the software until I get the licenser...?

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Re: Can I use Cubase without the USB dongle?

Post by David W » Sun May 26, 2019 9:25 pm

i0i0i0 wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 6:27 pm
David W wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 11:03 pm
The current half price sale on Cubase ends on 3 June. If you want to upgrade to Pro, you should buy the upgrade before the end of the sale. It doesn't matter if you do not activate the licence on a USB eLicenser until after the sale ends.
Waita sec - The website clearly states the "USB-eLicenser is required to activate, try and use products like Cubase Pro/Artist, Nuendo and WaveLab Pro."

So if I buy Pro before the sale ends and the USB licenser is still on backorder - I can't use the software until I get the licenser...?
Correct. You cannot activate a Cubase Pro licence without a USB eLicenser.

I hope that Steinberg will come up with a way ahead for those interested in buying Cubase in the sale who cannot obtain a USB eLicenser in time to try and buy the application before 3 June. However, there is no guarantee they will do so.

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Re: Can I use Cubase without the USB dongle?

Post by i0i0i0 » Mon May 27, 2019 12:57 am

That definitely sucks.

I've really been enjoying working with Elements so far so if Pro is this and more, I'd be comfortable buying now at the discount, even if I have to use Reaper until the dongle arrives.

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