oh, don’t worry about FX and plugins,
what I really want to be able to do is just open the project the way it was,
and see where all the audio is on the timeline
(I’d probably then export it as stems and import those into another DAW )
I do have a license for Cubase 4 LE somewhere, but if I recall correctly, that LE version wouldn’t let me open an SX3 project… do you think the Cubase 6 Elements would open an SX3 project?
Nope, 6 elements will open 6 artist and 6 full projects but not older Studio or Full (SX) projects, You will be able to open 3 SX projects with the full pack and for compatibility sake you can download a version of SX 3 that works with the 6.5 license from the Steinberg server
I have not tried the demo version and thus cannot comment on if it will export, but it is worth a try
Presuming you are the same guy as is using that avatar on SoS you are based in the UK, Digital Village and the other mail order houses has a Cubase specialist that can handle your queries, alternatively call the English Steinberg support line at 0049-40-42236-115 to get the last word on this, they are quite helpful.
But you will need a full SX 3 or Cubase 4, 5 or 6 license for it to work
You might want to take a look at the second hand market, because of the dongle system it is easier to buy and sell Cubase than systems that use authorisation and the second hand market is quite lively, any of the above version will do
If it is just a one off project like you say you may want to ask a friend to lend you a key for a few days or do the conversion for you
Yes but why do end users have to keep hearing about it when there is a top notch solution already available, which is fully supported by the developers for a negligible cost?
I am not saying this person is using an illegitimate version or that their source is same but it begs the question about professionalism on Steinberg’s part for even having that old rubbish still available.
We don’t. This isn’t the Cubase 6 forum. That’s one of the reasons why the forums are only unlocked for users of that product.
I actually think is quite professional (and good customer service) to retain old updates and downloads. It shows that they’re not going to fully abandon their old user base.
Besides, the cost of keeping the old stuff available nowadays is negligible.
Updates are way different from keeping a full version there for the sake of a few stragglers who are not yet ready (or willing) to get on board the barge called Steinberg and by having a demo available as indistinct from the proper version bar a few arguably unnecessary plugins means the gesture is now redundant.
and while it may be true that Steinberg are continuously innovating and keeping their products compatible with OS developments, the same cannot be said for project compatibility as evidenced by the fact of history, ie even SX3 will not import VST 32 files, as something like Cubase Elements will not import so-called “full version” product project files.
From VST 32 to SX 1.0 Cubase got a new audio engine. They would have completely removed the old audio engine, thus making the old files unusable. If they HAD left the old engine, I can imagine it would have caused havoc.
A stripped down version of Cubase not opening the full version’s files?
There’s X number of things that Cubase implements that Elements does not. They’re essentially two different programs. A more comparable question would be “Can Cubase Artist open Cubase files?”
It’s about coding changes. With programming, it’s better to be sacrificial than nostalgic. Even one line of code from an old, outdated engine or something can wreak havoc on a program’s stability and performance.
Which are stored within the project file, making a Cubase 6 project file have something that Elements doesn’t know how to handle.