New USB dongle guards crown jewels 24/01/05Steinberg announced that their USB-based hardware
copy protection device as a separate product.
Accompanying the product launch is the announcement that customers
who purchase Steinberg VSTi products released for the first time after 1st
January 2005 and who do not already own a Steinberg USB key copy
protection device as part of their Steinberg product will be required to buy
a Steinberg Key as a required component to be able to run the VSTi
software. However, existing Steinberg Cubase SX/SL, HALion,
Hypersonic and Nuendo customers already in possession of a USB Key
will no longer have to obtain a USB Key that they do not need, and will be
able to buy future Steinberg VST instruments at a reduced price as a
The current standard of copy protection employed with its latest
generation DAW and VSTi products is among the most successful in the
industry today. Supplier of this successful technology is the German copy
protection specialist, Syncrosoft GmbH.
"This system offers many benefits for Steinberg customers," explains
Claus Menke, Steinberg's Head of Product Management. "The
introduction of the Steinberg Key will extend the highly successful current
generation of the Syncrosoft copy protection system to all new Steinberg
VSTi products, helping to protect not only our investments, but also that
of our customers and dealers," Menke continues.
Pricing and availability
Steinberg Key will be available for €19.90* from February 2005.
*SRP includes 16% German VAT. Prices subject to regional variations.