Cubase for Schools: How to Make Music Remotely and in the Classroom

Cubase for Schools:  How to Make Music Remotely and in the Classroom

Working from home is becoming more and more common. Whilst this can bring many benefits, it also creates challenges, such as how to access all the software that you use in your office or classroom. Thankfully, when it comes to creating music remotely, the Steinberg eLicenser for Cubase makes this transition much easier.

Cubase for Schools

Cubase is a fantastic product for teaching music-making and is available at discounted educational prices.

Steinberg products are known as the industry stand for music and audio production. By teaching your students with these you are giving them invaluable experience of the tools they will be using professionally in the future.

Whether your students want to work in a recording studio, agency, film studio, radio station or concert hall, learning with Cubase will give them a decisive head start and set them up for success.

But, as you would expect for professional software like this, licensing is very strict, meaning that it isn’t straightforward to use it in different locations outside of the classroom.

Fortunately, with the latest technology, you can give your staff secure, easy access to Cubase no matter where they are in the world.

What is an eLicenser?

Cubase requires a USB dongle to access all the fully licensed professional functionality. This is fine when you’re using it on one computer, but becomes a problem when you are regularly switching locations and/or it needs to be accessed by different users. Dongles can easily be lost when they are constantly being transported and passed around. And there’s always the chance of one being accidentally left on a device in an office or classroom and stolen.

That’s where the Cubase eLicenser comes in.

Using the latest hardware and software technology, Counterpoint can configure Cubase so that all your licenses are held centrally and securely, and can easily be accessed by users either in the classroom or working remotely.

This also ensures that you only pay for the licenses you need, as you can easily track the number available on your server.

Gone are the days of having to carry around extra bits of hardware to enable you to use your music software. Now all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Cubase via Server

In order to take advantage of the flexibility that the eLicenser offers, you need to purchase hardware for your server cabinet which allows you to plug in your USB dongles and share the licenses via your network.

The dongleserver Pro is suitable for most educational institutions, providing secure and reliable access to your licenses.

However, larger organisations may prefer the dongleserver ProMax which offers additional reliability and redundancy with two built-in power supplies and two network connections. Additionally, the parameters, passwords and certificates are automatically backed up to an integrated SD card, and the device is equipped with a multi-segment status and fault display for information at a glance.

Both devices can be rack-mounted for use in an IT server room, or free-standing as required.

Whichever option you choose, your USB dongles always remain securely locked away within the dongleserver. Once it has been installed and the software has been configured on the server, a user can establish a connection to a certain dongle through a control panel on their computer, and then they can use Cubase locally. Once they have finished using the software, the connection to the dongle is deactivated and the license is freed up for another user.

If you’re not sure which is the right dongleserver for you, Counterpoint can advise you on the best solution for the particular requirements of your organisation, as well as configuring it for you and providing ongoing support so as to maximise uninterrupted uptime.

Extended warranty and advance replacement packages are also available to protect your organisation against any downtime should the worst happen.

Cubase via VPN

Once you have the dongleserver and eLicenser configured, all you need is a secure VPN or standard internet connection to access your school network, and you can use Cubase anywhere in the world as long as you’re connected to the internet. So whether you’re in the classroom, working from home, or at another remote office space, you can always be making beautiful music.

Can I use Cubase on 2 computers?

Yes. The eLicenser tracks concurrent users. So if you are the only person using a license, you can use it on your school computer when in the classroom, and pick up that Cubase rack where you left off when you are working from home.

You can’t use the same license on 2 computers at the same time. So you need to ensure you have the right number of licenses for the number of people who may be using the software simultaneously.

Compare Cubase Editions

If you’re not sure which is the right version for you, or how to configure it with your school network, contact Counterpoint today and our expert consultants can guide you through the process.

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