Didn't KORG turn Serial after a while with the Legacy Series? Same with LinPlug (once Elicenser, now Serial).
Oh man, this is so much fuel for future flames, but...
I registered for Wavelab8LE free and didnt realise it used it...
It is Steinberg, it is even mentioned over in over with pretty much every music magazine LE is sold with.
gamecat666 wrote:I havent installed it as I dont like that low level software 'rootkit' protection (like PACE), but I would be temped to buy a USB dongle to use it as they are pretty cheap.
Does the USB dongle also require wierd drivers or is it just plug+use?
Elicenser, and that years before Pace/iLok adapted the same system, uses a "License Manager" software. The only main difference is (at least on my end), that you do not(!) need a user account. But it is recommended in case of failures of the USB key.
The drivers are absolute low-key (barely register on the CPU) and are only recalled if the host program is loaded. Same with iLok these days - only "faster" responding. Horror stories from 5-10 years ago, that this is a CPU hog is simply not true, though it is true that the Elicenser checks if the software is still running from time to ime.
You basically type in the serial you got from the Steinberg homepage (if it's like Cubase LE, then it's a call/response solution - you register at Steinberg, type down the serial from the mag, get a serial for the Elicenser to activate Cubase/Wavelab in return) into appropriate the Elicenser manager. The Elicenser then connects to a global database and checks if the serial is valid and then either moves it to the Elicenser USB key (if it's made for that) or the main HDD (the Software Elicenser). Certain licences can then be moved to the USB key, if they were on the HDD prior to that.
I can not say anything about "lost licenses" due to an USB key failure. Mine are working for years now (actually, I'm down to one), and the license manager does an in-depth check of your hardware (USB key especially) prior to software launch. Something that can be manually triggered with the iLok (the "Sync" feature). I never needed a "repair" service to far.
I would like to know what other stuff uses it too. It'll not be worth it just for one freebie
LE software bei Steinberg is not(!!!) free - unless you got it "free" through greyzone means (meaning: you didn't buy a magazine and rather got it from a "free login", or got a CD as gift but not the hardware bundled as well). All AI/LE versions are sold for at least 15 EUR (mag-ware) or are bundled content (hardware)
I do have severe issues with that comment.
Steinberg/Yamaha uses Elicenser. So all most recent Steinberg software, and Steinberg/Yamaha software (Halion, the Yamaha plugins, Rupert Neve Portico, etc) use the Elicenser system.
Elicenser belongs to Steinberg
Pace owns iLok
I'm not too sure on what Propellerheads is using these days. But I did remember they were speculating Elicenser as well.
Oh, another software company that is using Elicenser:
Axis Plugins (anually payment)