Updating from Cubase elements 9.5 to 13 but on another mac

Hi everyone…

I’ve recently bought a new MacBook air. I’ve been using Cubase Elements 9.5 on my old machine, iMac from 2017 that runs on older MacOS, I didn’t bother to update it because of compatibility issues with NI software at the time.
I would like to install latest version of Cubase Elements on my new MacBook Air.
Couple of questions:

  1. Do I need to have older version installed on my new computer?
  2. Will my old Cubase 9.5 on my old machine still work without any licensing issues? I intend to still use my old computer with my old Cubase in it.



No. update the license on the old system. Cubase 13 can be installed on up to 3 computers simultaneously.

Yes. You will get Cubase Elements 11 (Not upgradable) license, which you can use on your system to run Cubase Elements 11, or Cubase Elements 9.5. Or, as mentioned, you can install Cubase 13 on 3 systems.

Thanks a lot!

If you think that at sometime in the future you might want to run these older versions on a different computer it could be worthwhile to move them onto a dongle before upgrading.

@Martin.Jirsak won’t they end up with an Elements 12 and not 11 license?


Cubase 11 was the last eLCC version. So on the eLCC, there must remain Cubase 11 version. In the Steinberg Activation Manager, the will be the latest one, which is version 13 at this moment.

Oh duh, C13 has blinded me

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