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Author Topic: Steinberg Cubase v3.04 (1996, for IBM/PC) - original ISO install media  (Read 2023 times)

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Offline chrisNova777

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the files on the CD are dated October 10th, 1996

http://www.mediafire.com/file/e3v5310ae5a5xuu/Cubase304.iso


original install cd
for those in possession of the required parallel Dongles (red or green?)
i dont think a blue dongle will work for this version!

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I have a full, boxed version of Cubase 3.04 which I bought when it came out :D

The red dongle that came with it only allowed you to run the normal Cubase but not the Score or Audio XT.

VST 3.5 came out shortly after that and I was entitled to a free upgrade. I don't remember if I had to send my dongle back to Steinberg or not, probably yes because the red dongle I still have runs VST3.5 AND 3.04.
Since VST3.5 was a paid-for update it is unlikely they would have let it use the same dongle.
On the other hand, in 1997 CD burners were still quite rare and expensive and since VST3.5 came on CD only, maybe Steinberg felt safe enough to let it run on the same dongle.

Did anyone upgrade like I did and remembers how they did it?

Is the green dongle for 3.04 Score or Audio XT?

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i think the green is associated with score yes.. but im not sure
my friend has one!! he agreed to let me have it as hes not even using it, and hes in Berlin,
ive been trying to get it from his sister, and i even made the trip down there to pick it up soley with the intent of getting that green dongle to figure these facts out for certain to confirm once and for all but unfortunately his sister (actually his sisters husband) was unable to find it, and brought me down a bunch of stuff that i wasnt actually looking for instead (a pop JV880 expansion board + DX7IID factory reset cartridge?) i still havent got the green cubase dongle. i think his sister still has it but i didnt want to annoy them too much trying to get it. i will hopefully try again another time in the future to try to get my hands on one, or score one someother way.

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It would also be interesting to see if the green dongle runs the Standard Cubase 3.04 too.
BTW, on the VST3.5 CD there is a version 3.05 of Standard/Score/Audio, which is the very last non-VST version.
It runs with the 3.04 dongle as it was a free update.

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right that version was provided to make it the baseline for compatibility purposes i think
isnt ther a 3.05 update to update to 3.05 from 3.04 too? i think so

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Not sure, I've never seen one. At the time, here in Europe, downloading even a couple of megabytes was a big deal.
So it would have been sent by Steinberg on request by post. To be honest, even getting to know that an update was available, was a problem unless you had registered your software :)

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Correction. You are right!
Here they are:
ftp://ftp.steinberg.net/Archives/Cubase_preVSTversions/PC/Cubase30/

or

ftp://ftp.steinberg.de/Archives/Cubase_preVSTversions/PC/Cubase30/

Standard and Score are 3.04 to 3.05 update files
(the readme file says you can use them to upgrade to 3.05 from any version like 3.01 / 3.02 / 3.03 and 3.04)

The Audio version instead is a FULL install, no previous version required.

I have checked the AUDIO installation files in the Zip with the ones on the VST3.70 CD and there are some differences (see pictures: VST3.70 foldes on the left, Steinberg FTP version folder on the right)

In the AUDIO driver folder some files are newer on the VST3.70 CD (see picture 2 for an example of the AUDIO/CBX-D3_D5 subfolder).

The other difference is in the STYLES folder: the FTP version has an extra style subfolder missing from the CD version (see picture 3).

I don't have a Cubase Audio dongle (yet!) so cannot test in practice.

PS.: About dongles.

Score 3.05 has its own RED dongle (see my post at the bottom of this page http://www.oldschooldaw.com/forums/index.php/topic,568.0.html )
It has a sticker that says "Cubase Score".
I will NOT run Cubase Standard.

Red dongles for Standard Cubase 3.05 seem to be identical to the red dongles for Standard VST3.X but I have had mixed results running Standard Cubase 3.05 with dongles that specifically came with VST3.X CDs.
I have four of those dongles and some of them work some don't. I am planning an in-depth test soon.

With regards to the BLUE dongle that comes with VST5 I can confirm from testing that:

- You CAN run VST3.X versions with that dongle as well as 5.X
Blue Standard dongles will run Standard VST3.X and Standard VST5.X
Blue Score dongles will run Score VST3.X and Score VST5.X

I don't have a blue VST5.X/32 to check if it works with VST3.X/24.

Blue dongles CANNOT run pre-VST versions like 3.05 or earlier unfortunately.

Green dongles are still a mystery to me...never seen one apart from pictures.
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i think i still need the 3.x Cubase mac cd images if anyone has them?