From what I have heard, VST2 will not be discontinued for another year or two. That may not be true. Surprisingly, I don't even get why that is an issue. VST3 came out in like 2008 right? If a software plug developer hasn't updated to the most recent format, is it really viable? It was the 32-bit to 64-bit that was the most disruptive because operating systems could not work with the latter. That as well became a non issue like 4 years ago right?32 bit plugins are dead, but are you saying it won't do VST2 at all? That's a real reason to not upgrade.
Not sure if this is relevant, but even with a Cubase upgrade, you can still open earlier versions if you need those older VSTi's or effects.I see your point - but I've got legacy VSTis that are 32 bit, and I'm running through a bridge so I can keep them going because I have always tried to keep my old projects still loadable. Its means that every couple of years I load and resave every cubase project. It means that I can still load in a project created in the late 90s. Usually a few things won't load as they've been updated, but I do have some very old early MIDI Yamaha soft synths from that era that are still working - and if I load up an old project, because back then I was lazy - all I might have is a stupid label saying track 14, and if a sound doesn't play, I don't know what it is - if it's a GM sound then I can find a replacement, but if it's an old synth I'm stuck. Only this week I've been working on a big project original created in 1997. Not much of the original will be left, but one sound I cannot replicate, so I'm using the original. It's just odd that if we buy an analogue synth in the 80s and 90s we still use it today if we didn't replace it, but if we buy a VSTi, then we lose it at some point in the future. I've got plenty I'd happily lose that never really cut it, but a few - like early Garritan and some produced by those here today gone tomorrow companies I'd hate to lose. I'll have to have a look and see what I'll have to do without to see if I maybe try to do something to extend a few?
I believe the license allows installation on 3 separate computers at once.Well - I'm just about to give it a go. The new dongle-free security system was a bit of a faff, but once the VSTi folders are scanned, we'll see what I have no longer got access to.
It's also version 12.0.0 so that's no updates yet? first start up it hung on the VST folder scan. First scan took fifteen minutes! It seems to be able to load all the critical stuff so I'm up and running fine it seems. Not sure if this also means I can install it on the other computer now I don't need to move the dongle?