How to Activate Cubase with an Elicenser Activation Code
Cubase is a popular digital audio workstation (DAW) software that allows you to record, edit, mix and produce music. To use Cubase, you need to activate it by downloading and storing the required license on your computer or on a USB-eLicenser (dongle).
In this article, we will show you how to activate Cubase with an eLicenser Activation Code, which is a 32-digit code that you can obtain from different sources depending on how you purchased Cubase.
What is an eLicenser Activation Code?
An eLicenser Activation Code is a 32-digit code that you can use to download and activate a license for Cubase or other Steinberg software. You can enter the code in the eLicenser Control Center, which is a utility that is installed along with Cubase or any Steinberg software.
An eLicenser Activation Code can have different sources:
Boxed software: If you have received Cubase in a box, it includes a Download Access Code printed on a sheet (Essential Product License Information). When you redeem the Download Access Code in the Steinberg Download Assistant, an eLicenser Activation Code will be automatically generated and used to download and activate your license. Older boxed Steinberg software only: The eLicenser Activation Code is printed on the included Essential Product License Information card.
Software downloads: If you have purchased Cubase as a download from the Steinberg online shop, you will receive a confirmation email. Depending on the product, the email includes the eLicenser Activation Code or a Download Access Code. When you redeem the Download Access Code in the Steinberg Download Assistant, an eLicenser Activation Code will be automatically generated and used to download and activate your license.
Reactivation: If you need to reactivate Cubase due to a system change or hardware failure, you can obtain a new eLicenser Activation Code by performing a reactivation in your MySteinberg account.
Legacy versions of Cubase LE, Cubase AI and WaveLab LE: If you have installed one of these legacy products, a demo license limited in time will be created. You can obtain an eLicenser Activation Code for a permanent license by registering the software online in your MySteinberg account.
How to use an eLicenser Activation Code?
The following steps outline how to use an eLicenser Activation Code to download and activate a license for Cubase:
Install Cubase on your computer.
Install the latest update if available in the Steinberg Download Assistant or on the Steinberg download pages. Some installers allow for including updates during the installation.
Open the eLicenser Control Center. You will find it under 'Program Files' (Windows) or 'Applications' (Mac OS X).
Apply the 'Maintenance & Online Synchronisation' by clicking on 'Perform Maintenance Tasks' (or click on the 'Maintenance' button at the top right if not shown).
If the required USB-eLicenser or Soft-eLicenser is displayed, click on the green button [Enter Activation Code] at the upper left of the eLicenser Control Center.
Enter the eLicenser Activation Code. You can also copy and paste the code into the input field. The eLicenser Activation Code must not have been used before.
The license will be downloaded and stored either in the Soft-eLicenser (locally on hard disk) or on a connected USB-eLicenser (dongle).