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Can I use a DAW without internet access?
Old 3rd December 2010
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Can I use a DAW without internet access?

I am about to buy a desktop pc or laptop and either Cubase or Reason for the very first time. I will be working in a room without internet access. Firstly do I need internet access for Cubase (Reason says I do) and if so why do I need internet access, is it purely to activate or register the software? in which case can I do that on another computer and then use Cubase freely elsewhere. If not will a wi-fi laptop be sufficient for Cubase?
Any help really appreciated as Im about to explode from frustration.
Old 3rd December 2010
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For Cubase you only need internet to register - and you don't need to register to use. You can always register later.
Old 3rd December 2010
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Why would you need the internet on your studio pc? its actually a good idea not to have the internet, so you don't have the chance to get viruses. completely unrelated, also you can't look at porn
Old 3rd December 2010 | Show parent
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I run a computer with cubase that has never been on the internet, no problems. You can use a different pc to register it, and you can also just download updates onto a different computer then move them over on a usb stick or something to install them on the computer without internet access.

Seems like the best way to work if you want your DAW computer to be reliable and minimize the risk of problems.
Old 4th December 2010 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by spice house ➑️
Why would you need the internet on your studio pc? its actually a good idea not to have the internet, so you don't have the chance to get viruses. completely unrelated, also you can't look at porn
I was thrown by the spec in future msuic mag for Propellorhead's Reason 5 which stated Internet access as one of the requirements. It just confused me being a total novice and as Im spending alot of money I thought it best to check it out here first.
Old 4th December 2010 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by erasedcitizen ➑️
1. You can use a different pc to register it,
2. and you can also just download updates onto a different computer then move them over on a usb stick or something to install them on the computer without internet access.
yep, thats what I do, I download all my updates on my PC and move them to a USB stick and plug it into my Mac to update/upgrade

I wouldnt be lookin at Cubase as my first choice for a laptop. Id be looking at Reaper or Studio One
Old 10th December 2010 | Show parent
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Is it also possible with UAD2 cards?

Also, I'm not yet familiar with Ilok and stuff like that.

I too do not plan to connect my DAW to the internet (I have a laptop I can put on a stand besides me)
Old 10th December 2010 | Show parent
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Back in 2003 I got a virus on my DAW that wiped out a tune I was tweaking over a 9 month period.

So yeah, no more net access for my DAW since!

If you have to do online registration, ect...it can be done with a flash drive and net access on another computer.
Old 10th December 2010 | Show parent
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I see threads on this topic every week or so. They always make me smile. Thanks for the reminder.....
Old 10th December 2010 | Show parent
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Can you use a DAW without internet access?

many say that if you're on a PC, it's the only way to fly...
Old 11th December 2010 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by _Ludovico ➑️
Is it also possible with UAD2 cards?
No problem. You can download the authorization files with another computer and transfer it with a USB stick or CD or something. You'll have to do that every time you buy a new plugin from the site.
Old 12th December 2010 | Show parent
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It depends on the work you do, I used to have a Sonic Solutions workstation that was off the network, and off the internet. It was a pain in the butt to keep switching between two computers. My work got a lot more efficient when I was able to do everything on one computer. Granted the internet is a huge temptation to waste time, but if you have a measure of self discipline, you can be very efficient when everything related to your work is in one place. There will always be software and driver updates that are a lot easier to install when you are online.

For my home PC I'm experimenting with the idea of using a virtual machine. So the Daw software, and other essential stuff is all the is installed. Then I use a virtual machine for general web surfing, trying out new software, iTunes, and anything else that might screw up my otherwise lean and clean system.

That works well, but a virtual machine isn't very efficient with system resources.

At work I use Sandboxie for web browsing. That gives me a little extra safety online. I have never used anti-virus software. I think anti-virus software does nothing good. You can still get viruses, and sometimes anti-virus software can wreak havoc with your system.

~Jay
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