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Post by Dynamic Mike »

Steinberg have emailed me a code for a 30% Black Friday upgrade to Cubase 11. To be honest there's nothing really useful to me in C11 that I haven't got in C9 but for just £95 (rather than £136) it seems maybe prudent to upgrade now.

What's making me suspicious is the offer also includes an automatic free upgrade to C12 when it's released next year. Other than Steinberg dropping the eLicenser next year (& perhaps want to encourage people away from using one) I can't see any reason why they'd do this. Maybe they're strapped for cash right now developing C12, in which case it makes sense.

Maybe I'm just paranoid but this seems too good to be true. The code is valid until 31.12.21 so there's no great rush to redeem it.
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It's what they call a 'grace period' update -- anyone buying/registering C11 now will get a free update to C12 when released.

They always had a couple of months' grace period like this after a new release, the idea being to avoid a huge dip in sales before the anticipated release and, presumably, to spread the load on their servers over time too.

This time, they announced their plans for C12 when they would (in their previously regular product cycle) normally have released a paid 11.5 update. And the grace period applies from that announcement.
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Dynamic Mike wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:36 am To be honest there's nothing really useful to me in C11 that I haven't got in C9...

Export queues - saved me hours of work and mistakes!
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Re: Cubase 12 - Free upgrade code

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The Elf wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:52 pm
Dynamic Mike wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:36 am To be honest there's nothing really useful to me in C11 that I haven't got in C9...

Export queues - saved me hours of work and mistakes!

I don't even know what that means! We operate at very different levels. I'm aware I don't even scratch the surface of Cubase's capability, but I stick with it because I'm comfortable & familiar with it. :)
But.. thinking on it, since Matt's mentioned it, I've actually upgraded during the grace period in the past so any suspicions are totally unfounded & I'll take the bait.
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Dynamic Mike wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:36 am Steinberg have emailed me a code for a 30% Black Friday upgrade to Cubase 11. To be honest there's nothing really useful to me in C11 that I haven't got in C9 but for just £95 (rather than £136) it seems maybe prudent to upgrade now.

What's making me suspicious is the offer also includes an automatic free upgrade to C12 when it's released next year. Other than Steinberg dropping the eLicenser next year (& perhaps want to encourage people away from using one) I can't see any reason why they'd do this. Maybe they're strapped for cash right now developing C12, in which case it makes sense.

Maybe I'm just paranoid but this seems too good to be true. The code is valid until 31.12.21 so there's no great rush to redeem it.

Are you sure you can qualify for the upgrade price of £95? I have been emailed the same offer and clicking the link takes me to this page.....

https://www.steinberg.net/promotion/?ut ... 9-174L12OJ

That shows you can upgrade from C10.5 to C11 for £85 but from the following to C11 is £136....

Cubase Pro 11
Update from Cubase Pro 10, Cubase Pro 9.5, Cubase Pro 9, Cubase Pro 8.5, Cubase Pro 8, Cubase 7.5, Cubase 7, Cubase 6.5, Cubase 6, Cubase 5, Cubase 4

Could you post a link to the page where you can upgrade from C9 to C11 for £95? Thanks
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It's £136 minus 30% once you've entered the code, which is about £95. But it doesn't appear until you've added it to the basket.
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Re: Cubase 12 - Free upgrade code

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Dynamic Mike wrote: Sat Nov 27, 2021 1:09 am
The Elf wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 2:52 pm
Dynamic Mike wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:36 am To be honest there's nothing really useful to me in C11 that I haven't got in C9...

Export queues - saved me hours of work and mistakes!

I don't even know what that means!

You've finished you mix and you're ready to export the audio...

You set up an export queue that:
  • Exports an MP3, with your 'mastering' inserts active on the master output.
  • Exports a 16-bit WAV file with inserts active on the master output.
  • Exports a 24-bit 'un-mastered' WAV file with the master out inserts de-activated.
  • Exports any other format/combination you need.
Click one button and go have a coffee - when you return it's all done.

Need to make some changes and re-export all that output again? One button. And it never makes the mistake of choosing the wrong format or forgetting to de-activate processors.

This one feature is worth the upgrade price IMHO. People pay more for plug-ins that make much less difference to their lives.
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The Elf wrote: Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:45 pm Exports any other format/combination you need.

=stems of your mix

definitely a great feature worth the upgrade

And then after a few months you'll have the free upgrade to 12

Dynamic Mike wrote: Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:36 am this seems too good to be true


No, I confirm what Matt said, the offer is consistent with their normal upgrade policy
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Dynamic Mike wrote: Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:49 am It's £136 minus 30% once you've entered the code, which is about £95. But it doesn't appear until you've added it to the basket.


Thanks, and yep, that's a good deal, especially with the C12 offer
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worshiptuned wrote: Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:13 pm
The Elf wrote: Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:45 pm Exports any other format/combination you need.

=stems of your mix

Not just stems, but yes, those too. :thumbup:
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Re: Cubase 12 - Free upgrade code

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I myself am a bit suspicious about the C12 upgrade offer: would from that version on a subscription model being used, eg you get C12 for one year. And have to pay again the next year... otherwise you cannot use the product anymore. Without the USB dongle you always have to have an internet connection for licensing verification so that would be possible. You will be paying for the full product while others will have the marketed cheaper option of subscribing yearly.
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mva68 wrote: Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:46 pm I myself am a bit suspicious about the C12 upgrade offer: would from that version on a subscription model being used, eg you get C12 for one year. And have to pay again the next year...

Steinberg have stated very recently that based on customer feedback they have no plans to introuduce a subscription model. Things do change, but I'd feel fairly confident that it won't be an issue.

I have to say, Cubase gets more and more tempting the more I look at it. I do regret not grabbing a licence when they did their 30th anniversary sale...
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