Paying for download

how and when do I pay for the download of Cubase 12 pro so I can get an access code

Steinberg only sells the latest version of the products. You can only purchase Cubase 13 at this point. However, purchasing Cubase 13 gives you access to Cubase 12 as well but the license, technically speaking, is for version 13.

One way to buy Cubase 13 is to click the button on the web page: