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    I am but a pigmy regarding Cubase. I bought my son Ess'6 years ago and he liked it for the very low latency he could get with a not very fast desktop, a 2496 card and a "dumb" MIDI keyboard.

    I hardly ever fire it up now but when I do it finds the dongle and works fine. Just once in a while the security software throws a fit and has to update but then probably my fault for not using it for a year!

    Regarding the dongle debacle. Pros and cons. Pro is that you can have Cubase on as many machines as you like for one outlay. Con, they can get lost, stomped or (rarely) go wrong. Note, you can buy PCIe cards with 4 USB ports and a fifth inside the machine. Safe as!

    For laptops I have often wondered if a program could be written that stores an internal "virtual dongle" . Not sure how that would work but could say have an active life of 48Hours for a location job? Once done you would have to plug the dongle back in to get another 48 hr "fix".
    After all, trial software has a time limit and that seems pretty unbeatable?

    Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecc83 View Post
    For laptops I have often wondered if a program could be written that stores an internal "virtual dongle"
    Yeah that's pretty much how people who have a plank on thier boat do it.

    Personally, I have mine on a powered usb hub that it tucked behind my desk. Out of sight, out of mind (and feet and hands).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitargodgt View Post
    Yeah that's pretty much how people who have a plank on thier boat do it.

    Personally, I have mine on a powered usb hub that it tucked behind my desk. Out of sight, out of mind (and feet and hands).
    Ha! Just up and only a tincture of Joe has passed lips so the pirate allusion took a time to sink (Boom! Boom!) in!

    No, I really DON'T mean a crack, just a time limited period sans dongle.

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    I'm actually to the point where I think cloud based licencing would be good. I don't mind having to be online to use my stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitargodgt View Post
    I'm actually to the point where I think cloud based licencing would be good. I don't mind having to be online to use my stuff.
    You don't mean that the PC would have to be in constant Cloud contact? That could be disastrous on a location recording. If not then the idea essentially devolves to mine? You get a time limited "ticket" before you set out using your dongle. Dongle if taken with you but in a very safe place, NOT hanging out the side of the laptop!

    The PC runs on the ticket for the duration but, in the event of a delay you can find a quiet "hot spot" and increase the ticket time by another 24 hors say.

    I understand the vendors wanting to protect their investment of course but the security is all stacked in THEIR court and they say ***k! To any inconvenience it causes the punter. If a supermarket demanded similarly draconian security to stop the lift of even a bar of choccy you would not shop there!

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    I mean more along the lines of what waves has done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitargodgt View Post
    I mean more along the lines of what waves has done.
    Er, what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecc83 View Post
    Er, what?

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    Waves doesn't use ilok anymore. Licence files are downloaded from a cloud. Should you lose them (or in my case, purchase a new PC), you can get them back up to the cloud and put them on a different device once a year (if you need to do it more than once a year they charge you).

    My waves licences are on a USB flash drive, but it's nice knowing if I lost the drive or it got botched I can get the licences restored with no hassle.
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    cubase variaudio is so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phong thu am View Post
    cubase variaudio is so good.
    It can be very useful for sure.
    PC Win7-64-24G i7-4790k/Cubase 9 Pro 64-bit/2-Steinberg UR824's/ADAM A7x/Event TR8/SS Trigger Plat Deluxe/Melodyne 4 Studio/Other things that don't mean anything if a client shows up not knowing what it wants.

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