Hello. I am typing in this forum with the subject of the USB E-Licenser. I am wondering if newer E-Licensers are compatible with Pre-Version 12 iterations of Cubase. The product I have is Cubase SL 1.0. I read on Amazon that the dongle is compatible with SL 2.0 through a question someone asked, but I do not know for sure that the dongle is worthy of the SL 1.0. version. I understand that the USB E-Licenser has retired, but I prefer old technology for reasons. I also understand that Cubase SL 1 is a legacy product, but clarification would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Please read Steinberg Licensing: A New and Exciting Era Begins | Steinberg to have a good understanding of the change.
In short, the older software continues to use the same protection method as when it was released.
I’m not positive but I presume a physical dongle was not needed, the Synchrosoft Elicenser of that era likely had a soft elicenser available.
To tell you more this info is needed: The OS and its version that you are using, and whether you have the software currently installed.
I have Windows 11 and Cubase SL 1.0. I know that the version I mentioned is not compatible, but if it launches, I guess it works. From what I read in the revisions category, the dongles are compatible with each other, but I think I have to agree with older keys do the charm.
…so what are you asking?
I apologize. I was asking for which dongles are compatible with Cubase SL 1.0.
The compatibility is between the Elicenser software and your OS, without regard to the product version.
Do you actually have a license?
Did you actually launch the software?
First of all, I do have a license. It is registered through the Soft E-Licenser way. I double checked to see if the serials matched.
Secondly, I launched the software, but it told me that no E-Licenser was present. I also checked the Licenses button that told me to have a dongle. I did order myself a dongle for the occasion, but it has not arrived.
In short, all I need is a dongle for the software to properly take action. I did this on my own terms.
You will still need a licence to put on the dongle. It doesn’t come with one
You are talking about a 21-year-old version of Cubase, which is long since out of support. It is unlikely to run on any current operating system, let alone be compatible with a modern version of eLicenser Control Center if, indeed, that ancient version used eLicenser. If I remember correctly, Steinberg’s protection technology changed to eLicenser at around this time and it may well be that Cubase SL 1.0 is protected by a pre-eLicenser dongle. The change in Nuendo protection came between Nuendo 1 and Nuendo 2 - as Cubase SX 1 and Cubase SL 1 were derived from the Nuendo 1 codebase, I suspect that Cubase SL 2 was the first version to use eLicenser.
If you are determined to run such an antique version, then I suspect that you are going to need to track down a dongle that is already activated.
Unless you have powerful reasons to run such an antique, I’d buy a Cubase Elements 12 licence and install it on modern hardware, which is likely to give you a much better experience overall. (I know that Cubase SL became Cubase Artist, but eighteen versions later than Cubase SX/SL 1 if you count all the paid x.5 updates, even Cubase Elements 12 is likely to be more powerful than Cubase SL 1)