Sorry to hijack, but adding to Trock’s question, I have an old style Elicenser, would a new one have any positive effect on DAW performance? If so could I swap onto a new licenser and keep the old one as a spare (I know I would need to switch the licenses, I am not expecting a duplicate of the licenses)
You can just drag and drop the licenses from one USB-eLicenser to another. Old eLicensers rarely stop working without warning, but if you want to be 100% safe it’s fine if you buy the new model and transfer the licenses as soon as possible. The new dongle should last a very long time.
Cubase SX 1 era eLicensers (those really long ones) had severe performance issues. Switching to the latest model should make many actions considerably smoother, basically as fast as your computer can handle.
The much faster startup is just where the difference between the Cubase SX 1 dongle and new models is most noticeable. The lag caused by the ancient Cubase SX 1 dongle affects pretty much every part of the application to some extent.
I have just now swapped out my Mk1 licenser for the latest - Mk4. Copied across licenses, ran Maintenance, registered new dongle at My Steinberg. All took just a few minutes.
I think I can see several areas of improvement.
Cubase start up was 20s, now 11s
White flashes before Steinberg VSTi GUIs open appear shorter.
CPU %. Difficult to judge, but I feel there is some useful improvement maybe 5-10% better.
Project opening times are definitely shorter too. Project close was always good for me, but now very fast.
All in all, money well spent and I have my old licenser as an emergency spare.
Further to my previous posts, I have been using Halion Sonic SE today, patches now load in a second or two since new eLicenser. I am used to waiting 10 seconds or more. Groove Agent SE is also much faster. Who knew!
So I am guessing that most or all Steinberg vstis are checking with the eLicenser as they load. this benefit alone, over time justifies the upgrade.
Yes, I agree. Since I upgraded to Artist from Elements (this October), I wonder that something (all) was loading much faster. But upgrading to Pro (this December) had no changes in load time. Maybe reason is that there is no Pro Dongle?