Cubase 5 is a music production software that allows you to record, edit, mix and master your songs. Cubase 5 requires a license to run, which can be stored on a USB-eLicenser (dongle) or in a Soft-eLicenser (virtual license container on hard disk). To activate Cubase 5, you need an Activation Code that can be obtained by registering the software online in your MySteinberg account or by redeeming a Download Access Code in the Steinberg Download Assistant.
In this article, we will show you how to activate Cubase 5 with an eLicenser, either USB or Soft. Please note that using a crack or any other illegal method to bypass the license activation is not supported by Steinberg and may cause serious problems with your system and software.
Steps to Activate Cubase 5 with an eLicenser
Install Cubase 5 on your computer. You can download the latest version from the Steinberg website[^4^] or use the installation DVD from the boxed version.
Install the latest version of the eLicenser Control Center[^2^], which is a utility that allows for managing music software licenses by a variety of manufacturers. You can find it under 'Program Files' (Windows) or 'Applications' (Mac OS X).
Open the eLicenser Control Center and apply the 'Maintenance & Online Synchronisation' by clicking on 'Perform Maintenance Tasks' (or click on the 'Maintenance' button at the top right if not shown). This will update your eLicenser database and ensure a smooth activation process.
If you have a USB-eLicenser, connect it to your computer. If you don't have one, you can use a Soft-eLicenser that is created automatically during the installation of Cubase 5. You can see your available eLicensers in the eLicenser Control Center.
Enter your Activation Code in the 'Enter Activation Code' field and click on 'Continue'. You can find your Activation Code in your confirmation email if you purchased Cubase 5 as a download from the Steinberg online shop, on the Essential Product License Information card if you purchased Cubase 5 as a boxed version, or in your MySteinberg account if you performed a reactivation.
Select the eLicenser where you want to store your license and click on 'Download License'. The license will be downloaded and stored on your chosen eLicenser.
Once the activation is completed, you can launch Cubase 5 and enjoy its full functionality.
If you encounter any problems during the activation process, please refer to these help articles for more information and solutions: