Just curious what everyone thinks about this: In Cubase/Nuendo the new syncrosoft drivers which run the dongle system have been shown to have a severely negative impact on the performance of the software, in particular the MIDI system. They say that if you grab a MIDI note and swirl it around you can visibly see the sluggishness brought on by the CPU cycles being chewed up by the hundreds of lines of code (with many loops) in the MCFACT module. In other words, Steinberg's quest to secure the program from hackers, which of course they didn't even succeed in doing anyhow, has lead them to install a system which makes the software perform badly. They are fully aware of this of course. Interesting strategy because in the end only the paying customers suffer, the hackers had no problem at all ripping Cubase/Nuendo 3.0/3.1 and posting it to any of a thousand different download sources. This riles me a bit because in my case Cubase costs $869. Apparently Syncrosoft rewrote much of the driver for the 3.1 update which decreased the code, and therefore the performance impact. But nonetheless both Cubase and Nuendo remain somewhat crippled due solely to the security driver which saps rescources excessively. What's your opinion on this whole thing? Think about the model, you buy a premium-price product which promptly assumes you are a crook and subsequently chews up your system resources "all the time" foreverafter, solely in an effort to foil your theft. I was just about to buy Cubase 3.0 but I think I'm going to just stick with my ancient copy of Nuendo 2.0. This is ridiculous stuff, I'm not paying them cash for a separate security key which ruins the performance of the software. That's outrageous. Up until now I've been quite pro-Steinberg but I have to admit this is one of the least classy moves I've ever seen by a software manufacturer. It really stinks IMO. Punish all the paying customers and meanwhile the crackers/downloaders are not impeded one single tiny bit. I read that it took the hacker(s) who defeated the new system 1,500 man hours to completely write the driver from scratch. So now they have the full driver and it only takes them a few minutes to update it with each new release. Translation, it's peanuts for them, this system didn't affect their plans to crack/release these titles one iota. It only affected people who bought it legitimately.