Cubase 12 Pro Startup alert

I get this prompt when I start Cubase on my Mac Studio M1 OS Montery… This software has been uninstalled to the best of my knowledge but I still get this message every time I start Cubase. I’ve looked in Library/Audio/Plugins/VST etc. but there is nothing.

Does anyone have any thoughts on how to get rid of this message?


What locations do you mean by etc.?

Did you remove both the VST3 and VST2 versions?

VST3 is a standard location.
VST2 you can find the locations that your Cubase is looking at by looking at the paths in plug-in manager.

The Cubase shows this path but there is nothing on the folder.

This is a new Mac Studio with a clean install of Cubase 12 Pro. There are no VST2 or VST3 folders to be found.

Neither Steinberg (Yamaha) or East West can figure out how to remove this prompt.



Did you check
Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/Opus.vst
or ~/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST/Opus.vst

The filepath in your image is the system one, which is hidden, not the user/Library

Nothing in the User/ and the Hidden shows nothing. VST folder is empty.

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Did you rename the prefs folder to check if it’s in there?

Your reply isn’t really clear, it doesn’t show the file path… yes, I see the folders, but if the point was to show that you are looking in the right place, it doesn’t do that.

Anyway, the listing exists in an xml file that Cubase reads while launching.

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Here’s what the plugin manager is telling me the path is…but it is not there.

Here is the reason why it is on the block list.

BTW I did a rename of the preferences folder. Cubase is still looking for a license.

Alright, problem solved! The annoying prompt is gone!

Thanks everyone!


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