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Steinberg Key e-licenser USB dongle
Steinberg Key e-licenser USB dongle

Steinberg Key e-licenser USB dongle

USB-based DONGLE software key required to operate all Steinberg products released after January 2005
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Steinberg Key e-licenser USB dongle

The USB-eLicenser (formerly "Steinberg Key") is a copy protection unit (sometimes called "dongle") which is needed to use Steinberg's software range. With the host applications Cubase, Nuendo and WaveLab, the USB-eLicenser is already included in the product package. The USB-eLicenser is also required to run Steinberg VST instruments, but is not included in the product boxes and must be purchased separately if no USB-eLicenser/Steinberg Key is already present on the system.

The USB-eLicenser is actually a tiny computer which stores licenses for Steinberg products, and is connected to a USB port on your computer. All current Steinberg products that use a copy protection device use exactly the same system. The Steinberg copy protection system allows the storage of several licenses on the same USB-eLicenser. Licenses can also be transferred between USB-eLicensers with certain limitations. This can be very useful, for example in the unlikely event of a Steinberg customer wishing to sell a product.

USB-eLicenser is included with the following products:

  • Cubase
  • Cubase Studio
  • Cubase Artist
  • Cubase Essential
  • Nuendo
  • WaveLab

USB-eLicenser is not included with the following products:

  • HALion
  • HALion Sonic
  • HALion Symphonic Orchestra
  • The Grand

*This applies only for the full version of the product, as updates do not contain a Steinberg Key (USB-eLicenser).

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