Nexus 2 was one of our favorite synths. It was straightforward and sounded great. It’s a pity that we had to stop using it. The only reason for this is that we really can’t risk using a dongle while on the road. It breaks easily, and if it breaks, there’s no backup system. If we don’t have the Nexus dongle with us on the road, the only way around it is to use other synths. And while we’re at it, we might as well make the change permanent.
Our eLicenser dongle has already suffered some damage, and we’ve had to tape it back together. It makes no sense to be dependable on such an impractical, fragile and ultimately redundant device.
It sucks that having a legitimate licence actually makes things more difficult than using pirated software. We even considered using a pirated version of Nexus 2, even though we have bought it – just to be able to use it without the dongle. Too bad that there is not an up-to-date Mac release of Nexus 2. We have bought all the software we use in music production, so it would be a pity to have to resort to a pirated version.
The eLicenser dongle is so small that it easily gets lost unless it’s attached to something. We already have a ton of live equipment, and the last thing we want to worry about is a little USB dongle.
In my previous rant about the poor state of the current MacBook Pro laptops, I mentioned that there are only two USB ports in the latest models. Using an eLicenser USB dongle would take up 50% of the USB ports. We sure have much better use for the ports than a stupid license dongle.
Almost all other software synth developers have moved on to digital licensing. I think Ableton and Native instruments have a really good digital licensing system, that allows installation on a production computer and a live computer. In the future, we will not buy any software synth that uses a USB eLicenser dongle. ReFX, if you’re listening, please come to your senses and move on to digital licensing.