This happens sporadically, when I simply start up Cubase, without any reason it asks me to re-activate my content and padshop licenses for the packs I have installed. It then cannot find a license and proceeds to take every content pack “offline”.
Another thing that happens is when opening Cubase and simply loading one of my projects - I get the “VST Plugins Missing” dialog - usually plugins I regularly use, such as Battery or Lounge Lizard.
Closing Cubase and re-opening usually resolves this issue.
and no, even padshop runs without dongle now. I actually noticed that when I accidentally installed an older version of padshop and then found the newer update in the steinberg download manager. I am running Padshop completely without dongle.
this license quirk only happened once yesterday…might have been a temporary issue with the licensing server? not sure.
both of these plugins are VST2, not sure if that has to do with it as sometimes there are even more plugins “missing”.
what happened before this dialog came up though was that cubase had crashed coming from a big orchestral project with around 80 OPUS instances. after closing it and attempting to open a project containing only foley and dialog audio clips, cubase crashed. This happens quite often when I had a big score open using quite a bit of RAM and CPU.
Restarting cubase, I am greeted with this “VST’s missing…” dialog. So it could have to do with that as well…