I have upgraded to Cubase 12, which is to great advantage to me as I can now easily work on a project at my office and at my home studio. However, any piece I’ve composed that uses The Grand 3 requires that I bring my dongle back and forth with me.
Is there any plan to change the licensing model for The Grand, or should I start looking for a different piano emulator?
Unfortunately, not yet. But, we are constantly working on the migration of the instruments and of course also the whole Absolute Collection. It is still work in progress and will take more time because we really have to take care of a lot of instruments and expansions to bring all these to Steinberg Licensing.
thanks - although as you can see that information there is incorrect as it says the Grand 3.3.0 DOES NOT support elicencer but we know it does. Retrologue 2, Padshop2 and Halion Sonic don’t even feature. I’ve a feeling GA SE (?) is also one ?
Those plugins were updated because they ship with C12 and had to be compatible. So really Backbone and The Grand are the only ones ‘separately’ updated.
It seems that SB won’t release ‘updated’ licences for Absolute until they can do the whole thing in one go (a single upgrade licence)…meaning all the plugins etc will have to be updated first. It also means all those plugins will need to continue to support the elicencer whilst that happens.
Maybe that will be Absolute 6 ? but managing that migration and updates whilst keeping everybody running on a variety of licences is gonna be a total nightmare I expect.