Well I think I’ve screwed something up and its probably my fault as I was in a unique situation yesterday. I’m working in a studio and we needed to convert some old Cubase Song files to .cpr format. We have an old Macbook running on OS 10.4. I downloaded from Steinberg’s archives Cubase SX3 VST Song Conversion installer to install on the laptop, as it was the only PPC based system we had that would run Cubases SX3. This is supposed to run off your current license. I had to download an older version of the eLicenser installer that would work on that OS.
I used the Cubase 7 dongle we have on the main studio system to authorise that install. However I did not have the actual account login details to hand for the owner of the dongle (they are working overseas) so I used my login details for the eLicenser. I own a separate copy of Cubase 6. In any case, SX3 opened up perfectly fine and I did my conversions.
After that I started having mp3 issues back on the main system. Everything else works perfectly fine though. I just noticed now that the ELC software on the main system cannot open because it says it does not support PPC systems. So this has reverted my license software back to an older version. Do I simply uninstall the Elicenser and reinstall? I will need to get the actual login details of the composer first though. I was not aware the the license software was tied to the dongle in this manner. I assume that this will also mean that I cannot simply use that dongle on the laptop for future song conversions without having the same problem. I will need therefore Cubase SX3 on another system with 10.5 + that supports BOTH PPC and Intel apps.
What’s the best way forward? I don’t want to mrs with anything right now and screw up the install on the main system which is functioning fine except for MP3 export, which I can live without for the time being as I can simply convert WAVs to mp3 in iTunes.