I have never had trouble with Steinberg’s dongles (touch wood) so this is not a complaint about the existing copy protection scheme, but I’d like to start a discussion about perhaps reviewing and revising it.
Like many others, I have two computers, a studio workstation and a laptop. I have gotten to the point where I’d be comfortable taking my laptop on stage and use VI’s live, and Halion 5/HalionSonic 2 would be an essential part of my sonic arsenal.
However, I am concerned about the USB dongles. For starters, my laptop only has two USB ports, and I am not comfortable bringing a tiny dongle that holds all my licenses to a gig; the risk of loss, theft or damage is non-trivial.
Now, since Native Instruments and Spectrasonics have a dongle-free copy protection system that works, I wondered if it isn’t time for Steinberg to embrace the future and offer something similar?
NI and Spectrasonics allow you to install and use their products on more than just one computer at the same time, and that is of course the way to go for guys like me.
A different scenario is deployed by Waves, they dropped iLok in favor of Cloud licenses or generic USB devices. While the cloud thing is still cumbersome, I applaud the fact that they offer choice.
So how about it, Steinberg? Can we entertain the possibility of a dongle-free/multi-device future?