No doubt those members who use VSL products are aware of the move from eLicenser to ilok (dongle or cloud) so what do people think?
Those entirely new to VSL will probably be starting with the ilok so it won't be such a palaver as for the rest of us. Changing over isn't just about a change of license key (or cloud) as much as the risk and the work involved.
The change and the necessary video entertainment(!) is a topic on the VSL site.
The process isn't without problems. I sympathise with professionals who may be more musicians/composers than IT experts; and who may have their work interrupted. I'm still not sure how everything is to be done but as I see it so far:
Create an ilok account (and buy a key at the rip off price of £40 which you registered with your account).
Link your ilok account to your VSL account by way of your ilok user ID.
You'll then get the chance simply to load your licenses onto the ilok with some exceptions where the confusion starts. But part of it is you manually activate anew all your licenses on ilok.
So far that's complicated but light work. Next, you need to download all your libraries and other software again. This is going to take forever and a day for me. The lighter side is that as you attend to projects, they'll automatically save converted to Vienna Instruments Pro.
Looking through that MISSION COMPLETED thread many problems have arisen. I'm not known for my technical wizardry these days although I did a stint as a programmer using BAL (assembler) long ago. So I'm surely going to make a cockup somewhere. I'd be loathe to delete my eLicenser and downloaded libraries until I'm 100% sure the new system works - which means a couple of new 2TB SSDs (I keep an exact backup copy of the libraries). So that's another £400 on top of the license key plus insurance. Which is a fair bit of money with the risk attached.
I have yet to decide whether to go ahead. Eventually the eLicenser will die out - no dates given. What it altogether means to me is the huge amount of work getting every VSL-using project up to scratch to produce a damned good rendering, just in case the transition fails. That's going to use up all my music time for a very long time, in the hope of overtaking the demise of the eLicanser.
I can't see why VSL made it so complicated. Surely it's within the brain capacity of the IT world just to convert eLicanser licenses straight over to the ilok in a suitable format and activate them on the fly, with both keys connected to one's computer? But there it is, as in Brave New World, progress is only progress when something new is more complicated than what exists now.
I begin to regret going down this route. Aside from a couple of "virtual performances" at local insterest groups and the failed dance troupe project, I'm only interested in mock-ups and for those some very old samples are adequate. Needless to say I'm very angry at this upheaval. I won't be buying any more sample libraries or other Fx/VSTi products.