Changing Cubase from Windows to MAC

Dear Forum,

I would like to purchase MAC M3, a big change from my Windows 10 laptop. Can I still use my Cubase 12 on the new MAC machine?

I also have a Wave Lab as well. Can I switch and using the same .cpr files?

Thanks so much for any help/advice .




Yes, all Steinberg applications are fully cross-platform and you can use them on Windows and Mac while sharing the same files.

No worries, the move is very smooth with Steinberg products.

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I use Cubase 12 on a Macbook Pro M2 and is a blast. Noticeably better than my previous M1. So I assume an M3 can only be better. As far as installing your Cubase license and opening .cpr files, it shouldn’t be a problem.

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I’m also moving from Windows to Mac this week.
What happens to any .wav files when moved from Windows to Mac?

If I make a backup of a Cubase 13 project in Windows 11, then copy the backup folder to Mac, does the audio get converted into Mac format automatically, or do I need to convert the .wav files first?

Apologies for the ignorance, been on Windows for 25 years and never touched a Mac!

Thanks in advance.


The WAV file is the very same on both systems. There is no conversion needed.

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Thanks for the quick reply!

one thing to remember is you have to use all VST3 plugins too keep cross platform compatability. I have PC projects from last year or so that don’t open properly becasue I’d used VSt2 plugins . The projets open fine but the plugins don’t. Makes revisiting mixes impossible unfotuntaley as you have no idea what the settings were.



ah i forgot to ask and assumed - all of my Cubase licenses are transferrable from Windows to Mac, right?


Correct. You can use any license on Windows or Mac.

With the new Steinberg Activation Manager-based licenses, you can just activate the license on the new computer and you are ready to go. You can use the license on up to 3 computers simultaneously.

With the USB-eLicenser, just plug it in and you are ready to go. With the Soft-eLicenser, go through the Reactivation process, please.

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