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

The Steinberg Key comes with a CD ROM containing informative videos and detailed PDF documents about the entire Steinberg product range.

  • One copy protection device for all Steinberg licenses
  • Detailed information to the complete Steinberg product range


The Steinberg Key is actually a tiny computer which stores licenses for Steinberg products, and is ocnnected 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 Key. Licenses can also be transferred between Keys with certain limitations. This can be very useful, for example in the unlikely event of a Steinberg customer wishing to sell a product.

The Steinberg Key is not included with the following products:

  • HALion 3
  • HALion Player
  • HALion String Edition 2
  • HALion Symphonic Orchestra
  • Groove Agent 2
  • Virtual Guitarist 2
  • Hypersonic 2
  • Virtual Bassist
  • The Grand 2

The Steinberg Key is included with the following products*:

  • Cubase SX3
  • Cubase SL3
  • Cubase SE3
  • Studio Case 2
  • Cubase System|4
  • Nuendo 3
  • WaveLab 6

*This applies only for the full version of the product, as updates do not contain a Steinberg key.

The Steinberg Key is not required to run the following products:

  • Xphraze
  • WaveLab Essential
  • Virtual Instruments Collection

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