iLok?

Nov 9, 2008 at 8:50am

iLok?

Hi,

I’d like to place an order as a student but was wondering how the iLok system actually works.

If I order Max 5 as a tangible item, will it include an iLok dongle?

Also if I just go down the activation route, will I still be able to authorize Max 5 after I’ve formatted my computer?

Thanks,
James.

#40748
Nov 9, 2008 at 9:42am

Hey man,

I can help.

I had the same question a few months ago myself. I did contact the Cycling cats, which were really helpful.

Basically, you need to buy yourself a blank iLok, from any proper music store that sells things from MIDI keyboards to programs. This will cost you about 30GBP.

You also need to set up a iLok account. Really simple, just go to http://www.ilok.com and setup an account, choose a username etc.

Then when you are ready to buy Max, you will get an activation code, you take that to the authorization page on the Cycling website.
Make sure you click on iLok authorization page, then fill out the details, making sure you have filled in the right information for your iLok account and the code for max.

I have an iLok version myself, i prefer it, because like you, i format my computer when i fill it up with too much crap.

Hope this info helped

#144465
Nov 9, 2008 at 12:14pm

I’ve considered going the iLok route a number of times, but have held back
through a) having a bad iLok experience with PTMP (an authorisation
unexpectedly expired, then neither Digidesign nor iLok would put their hands
up for un-expiring it!), and b) scared shitless that I’d lose the thing.
As I understand it; you lose it, you pay for a whole new licence.
Coupled with the fact that the guys at Cycling are so understanding when it
comes to providing additional authorisations, whether it’s for a new
machine, or a replacement hard drive, or whatever, I’ve just never
considered it worth the risk.
My 2p
Roger

On 09/11/2008 09:42, “Lewis G. Edwards” wrote:

>
> Hey man,
>
> I can help.
>
> I had the same question a few months ago myself. I did contact the Cycling
> cats, which were really helpful.
>
> Basically, you need to buy yourself a blank iLok, from any proper music store
> that sells things from MIDI keyboards to programs. This will cost you about
> 30GBP.
>
> You also need to set up a iLok account. Really simple, just go to http://www.ilok.com
> and setup an account, choose a username etc.
>
> Then when you are ready to buy Max, you will get an activation code, you take
> that to the authorization page on the Cycling website.
> Make sure you click on iLok authorization page, then fill out the details,
> making sure you have filled in the right information for your iLok account and
> the code for max.
>
> I have an iLok version myself, i prefer it, because like you, i format my
> computer when i fill it up with too much crap.
>
> Hope this info helped
> –
> ——
> LgE
> Artist/Producer/Quasi Thinker
> ——
> http://www.myspace.com/lewisgedwards
> Organic Electronic Music
> ——

#144466
Nov 9, 2008 at 1:29pm

Hmm, thanks for the replies, I’ll have a think about what I should do.

#144467
Nov 11, 2008 at 3:05am

Quote: roger.carruthers wrote on Sun, 09 November 2008 07:14
—————————————————-
> I’ve considered going the iLok route a number of times, but have held back
> through a) having a bad iLok experience with PTMP (an authorisation
> unexpectedly expired, then neither Digidesign nor iLok would put their hands
> up for un-expiring it!), and b) scared shitless that I’d lose the thing.
> As I understand it; you lose it, you pay for a whole new licence.
> Coupled with the fact that the guys at Cycling are so understanding when it
> comes to providing additional authorisations, whether it’s for a new
> machine, or a replacement hard drive, or whatever, I’ve just never
> considered it worth the risk.
> My 2p
> Roger
>
>

I second that. Brandeis University had an iLok stolen from the electroacoustic music studio and they spent last year without Waves because of it (maybe they have replaced it by now, I don’t know)–I guess that’s what they get for putting it on an iLok so students could use Waves on their laptops in the studio.

From what I’ve seen, not only Cycling74, but every company that doest not have a deauthorize feature is pretty easy to work with when it comes new computers/hardware replacement (NB: I’M NOT CONDONING PIRACY, ALL I.P. DESERVES RESPECT). I don’t know if it is the fact that I tend to not sleep much working long hours pushing my machines to the max, but it is scary how often I seem to go through HDs and logic boards. Sometimes it has taken a phone call, but in the end, I have always been able to get my authorizations redone even for software that has a limited number or requires deauthorization. I’ve thought about it, but so far have never needed an iLok.

#144468
Nov 17, 2008 at 4:31pm

Yeah in that case I’m not going to bother with the Ilok. Thanks again for the replies.

- J.

#144469
Nov 18, 2008 at 1:12pm

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