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How to switch from eLicenser to iLok

Posted On18/03/2022
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Hello there! We’re excited to enter a new era of easy installation procedures, license management, and using our products with or without a physical USB key!

With our new Vienna Assistant, iLok’s options to activate your licenses in the Cloud or on the iLok Key, and lots of other improvements, we’ve streamlined the entire process from purchasing to playing so you can focus on what really matters, your music!

To celebrate all this, we’re offering store-wide discounts on all of our products!


Your Steps to iLok

We’re offering the conversion to iLok licenses in stages, like boarding a plane in groups, to prevent congestion. Users who purchase now or have purchased recently will be the first who can deposit their licenses on their iLok account, since all new purchases require iLok authorization.

1. If you don’t have a an iLok account, create one for free.

2. Download and install the latest iLok License Manager.

3. Register your iLok User ID at MyVSL. You can buy a new iLok USB key from here on

4. Transfer your licenses to your iLok account by clicking the green “Deposit” button.

5. Open the iLok License Manager on your computer and activate your licenses. You can place your licenses either on a physical iLok Key (iLok 2 or iLok 3) or in the iLok Cloud (except for Free Instruments whose authorization can only be machine-based or key-based).

6. Use our new Vienna Assistant to download and install your iLok compatible software products and sample libraries. Instead of downloading, you may also opt to order the Vienna Hard Drive that contains the installer files of all library and software products. Please note that the iLok compatible software applications will replace the eLicenser versions on your computer. The library content you will install contains all previous library and preset updates, so you’ll have the most current version on your system. The Vienna Assistant offers an option to delete your old eLicenser protected libraries (i.e., the sample content) to save space.

7. Open and save your existing projects.
After you have installed all iLok compatible software components and sample content, open the project in your DAW. When your computer is online, the VSL part of your project will be converted in the background. Then save the project again and you’re done. When your music computer is offline, you need to connect your ViennaKey/USB eLicenser with the corresponding licenses to open and save your project. The online solution guarantees that you will always be able to convert your projects in years to come, without the need to keep intact physical eLicenser keys.

Please find more details, videos, and FAQs here.

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Continued Usage of eLicenser

eLicenser authorized software and library products will keep on working on existing systems. The Vienna Protection Plan will continue to be active for the rest of its term. You can use your eLicenser licenses as long as you like, and as long as the eLicenser Control Center and the latest available eLicenser compatible VSL Software and libraries are running on your operating system.

However, Steinberg’s eLicenser License Server will not be available forever. Once it shuts down, license downloads to and license transfers between ViennaKeys/USB eLicensers will no longer be possible. Even after the eLicenser License Server has gone, you will be able to use our eLicenser authorized products on your computer, with your eLicenser key plugged in, for as long as it works under your computer’s operating system.

eLicenser compatible content will remain available for download in your MyVSL area and can be retrieved using the classic Vienna Download Manager. It can’t be installed using the new Vienna Assistant.

Please note that you can’t use both the eLicenser and the iLok version of a software application (e.g., Vienna Synchron Player) on the same computer. Technically, you could run the eLicenser version of one software (e.g., Vienna Instruments Pro) and the iLok version of another software (e.g., Vienna Synchron Player) on one computer, but we don’t recommend this in the long run. It’s best to convert all of your products to iLok at your next best opportunity.

Starting now, when you purchase any of our products only iLok compatible licenses will be issued. At this point, you can transfer all of your registered VSL licenses to your iLok account by clicking on the green “Deposit” button and all of your licenses will be available in the iLok License Manager for activation. Nevertheless, you can still continue to use your eLicenser protected content and software. At one point you will have to decide if you’re using eLicenser or iLok protection in your working environment, especially when our legacy software is not compatible anymore with your computer’s operating system, or when you purchase new products that can only be authorized with iLok.

You will receive an iLok license for every single registered permanent product license in your VSL account. For technical reasons, the licenses of the following legacy products are not going to be transferred to your iLok account:

  • Vienna Ensemble Pro versions 3/4/5/6
  • Numerical Sound FORTI/SERTI (IRs for Vienna Suite, discontinued in 2014)
  • Inspired Acoustics INSP:IR (IRs for Vienna Suite, discontinued in 2014)

The following products will be iLok compatible a bit later:

  • Vienna Suite (Vienna Suite Pro is already available with iLok authorization)
  • VI Vienna Imperial
  • Vienna MIR Pro Plug-in
    The plug-in version of MIR is the one that you can instantiate directly in your DAW. The MIR version that’s implemented in Vienna Ensemble Pro 7 is already available with iLok authorization.
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Theft and Loss Coverage

With the availability of iLok and its options we’re no longer offering the ViennaKey nor the Vienna Protection Plan. An active Vienna Protection Plan continues to cover only VSL eLicenser licenses on ViennaKeys/USB eLicensers through the end of its term.

If you’re using a physical iLok key, we suggest activating iLok’s Theft and Loss Coverage (only available on iLok 3 keys, not on iLok 2 keys), in combination with Zero Downtime. Both of these are offered through PACE.

You’ll find more information in our FAQs.

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What else is new?

Vienna Instruments Pro, the advanced player, is now free and comes with every VI Series product! Vienna Instruments, the previous free sample player, has been discontinued. Existing DAW projects based on the Vienna Instruments player will open with the iLok version of the Vienna Instruments Pro player.

VI Standard Libraries of Collections and Single Instruments have been discontinued. Only VI Full Libraries are available, at lower prices! Users of registered VI Standard Libraries will always be able to upgrade to the VI Full Libraries. Single Instruments can now be found in the corresponding collections in your Vienna Assistant, to provide a better overview.


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