Recently, I have been whining about some annoying MIDI latency-problems with C6.5. Instead of cleaning the HDs and reinstall everything as a “last solution”, I think I will try to install C7, and see if it solves the situation. Anyway, I bought the C7 upgrade license.
The Update Installer
From Steinberg, I got a link downloading:
- Cubase_7_Update_Installer_win.exe - 1,7 GB
I have two questions about the update-file:
- Is it required to have an existing installation of C6.5 before the update-file can be executed?
- Will an existing C6.5-installation be converted to C7 - or will C6.5 still be there after the update?
The Complete Installer
I also downloaded the Cubase 7.0.2 Complete Installer:
- Cubase_7.0.2_Installer_win.rar - 5.2 GB
The question here is: If the Cubase_7_Update_Installer does not convert the existing installation of C6.5 to C7 (6.5 remains) - are there still any advantages in running Cubase_7.0.2_Installer, instead of the Update?
If there actually existed a real “shared VST Folder” for all the plugins, everything would of course be a breeze. Then we could install/uninstall VST-plugins to the shared folder, and DAWs to their respective folders, totally independent of each other.
But now there are VST 2.x and 3.x, 32bits and 64 bits, residing in various folders. Cubase 6.5 tells me in Devices/Plug-in Information/VST Plug-ins/VST 2.x Plug-in Paths that I have three VST 2.x Plug-in Paths:
- C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2
- C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Vstplugins
- C:\Program Files (x86)\VstPlugins
However, the Windows Registry says that the following path is the one it calls the VSTPluginsPath:
- C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Cubase 6\VSTPlugins
And the last one is actually the folder where most (not all) of my VST-plugins live. So questions are:
- Is it possible to have C6.5 and C7 installed at the same time, and have them sharing the same plugins? Anyway - isn’t that part of the idea behind the VST-plugin concept?
- Do the Cubase_7_Update_Installer_win.exe - if allowing 6.5 to remain on the system - take better care of the shared plugins questions than the Cubase_7.0.2_Installer does?
Together or alone?
Is it considered unproblematic to have two versions of Cubase installed on the same system? Or would the setup be considered more reliable if the existing installtion is completely removed before the new one is installed?