We now offer three different types of authorization across five different devices!
No other competitor comes close to the flexibility we offer  now!
Every option below has advantages and disadvantages so read everything closely before you choose which option is best for you!
Feel free to email us any questions if you are still confused which route to choose….8)


IMPORTANT!  If you are a multi-user facility, then only option #1 is your only option.  USB Device, iLok and System Binding are for single users only unless your facility has 4 or less users.

Option #1A: CodeMeter CmStick USB dongles OR PropellerHead’s Ignition Key
This is the option we have primary used and sold since version 2.x, but we only prefer it for facilities now.  If you are a single user and don’t own one already choose Option #2 or #3 below instead.

Who is this for:
+ Facilities needing multiple licenses and maximum flexibly.
+ Single users that already own and uses a CodeMeter CmStick

+ Supports Floating Network Licenses that work over LAN or WAN.
+ Example: You can put 20 licenses on a single dongle, hang it on a centralized server and up to 20                           licenses can then be accessed from anywhere in the facility or thru the web.
+ Allows single users to be more mobile since you can take the dongle with you and use on any PC or Mac.
+ Easier license management and easiest future license upgrades
+ Cross-Platform License.
+ It’s shiny and metal chrome and built like a tank!
+ Works on Raspberry Pi devices also that allows you to set up a super cheap always ON license server.

– Not for the Individual user.  Multi-user Facilities only!
 – Need to buy a CmStick if you don’t already have one, but we sell them on our site. If you don’t live in the U.S.
then check the Cleverbridge site for cheaper shipping of both the Plastic CmStick and the Metal CmStick (recommended)

We can add our licenses on those once you receive it in the mail.

Option #1B: CodeMeter ACT Network dongle-less
this is also a LAN/WAN based Floating Licensing system just like the above ^^ BUT is mainly for facilities that are using Virtual Machine’s for their License Servers cuz these do not like USB devices hung on them very much.
NOTE: if your facility changes License Servers more than once a year, than avoid this option if possible and choose #1A instead.  Also keep in mind that this option has slight downtime when moving servers unlike when having a physical hardware dongle, so you have to decide if this option is better for your facility or not.  8)
Individual user

 For CodeMeter setup videos for LAN or WAN access, see THIS PAGE.


Option #2: USB Device Hardware Locking (USB Flash Drives or iLok2 or iLok3)
Now you can lock to removable USB Devices. (This includes iLok’s also , but not in the traditional way)
We just bind to any USB device’s serial number and create the license with your serial number embedded to make it all work.
So in a few simple steps, BaseHead will be locked to one of these removable devices so you can be mobile.

NOTE: for Facilities of 4 or more users we will not allow this type of authorization.  Please choose the first option on this page!

Who is this for?
People that already have an iLok or USB flash drive on their system and don’t want to use another USB port for a       CodeMeter CmStick, but still need to be mobile.

 (Note: iLok version 1’s are NOT supported with this method.  You’ll need an iLok2 or iLok 3)

+ Let’s you use your iLok or USB flash drive you might be using for Waves plugins already plugged in your           system and not have to use another USB port
+ Allows single users to be more mobile since you can take the dongle with you to use on any PC or Mac.
+ Cross-Platform License.

 – NOT recommended for multi-user facilities at all unless under 5 users. Please order a CmStick instead or use the CM Network dongle-less option.
– Doesn’t work over LAN or WAN network like the CM options, so it’s NOT recommended for facilities
– Doesn’t support multiple floating licenses on a single dongle/license like a CM version does.




Option #3: Dongle-Less  (Locking to your system CPU)
Yes, we’ve listened and we know many of you just plain hate dongles.
We do also to be honest, but they are a necessary evil in most cases and allow you to be more mobile if you work around town at different places.
Many of you don’t need this so now you can finally “Ditch the Dongle!!”

NOTE: for Facilities of 4 or more users we will NOT allow this type of authorization anymore.
Please choose the first option on this page!

Who is this for?
      People that hate dongles and work in one location, on one computer and don’t plan to ever work anywhere else.

       + Doesn’t use a USB port
+ Saves you money by not having to buy a CmStick dongle and pay for shipping.

       – NOT recommended for multi-user facilities at all. Please order a CmStick for this case. 8)
– The license can only be used on one machine at a time so you’ll need to choose between PC or Mac.
– You are not mobile at all unless locking to a laptop
– Transfer or ownership not allowed
–  Switching to new machine is NOT instantaneous cuz you need to contact us and wait for a response.



I see a Renewal Date on the Start Page.  Is my license gonna die on that date?
Nope!  our standard licenses are Perpetual and will never die.  This date is just when your 12 months of free updates and priority support end, but BaseHead will keep on working past this date just fine.  The only exception is if you purchased a special license from us direct that is marked as Terminal or EDU

What if I loose my USB Device or iLok I binded my license to or it gets damaged?
You can can get new licenses issued  at $15 per platform for the new iLok or USB Device
Unfortunately, we get charged a fee each time we write a license so we have go charge something.

What if a new major version comes out 3-5 months after I buy a license, do I have to pay for that?
Nope!  you get 12 months of free updates from the time of purchase and this applies to minor or major versions.  Once your 12 month period  ends you can purchase and extra 12-36 months to help us out and to make sure you have the latest bug fixes and features OR just wait until your see a feature your really want before extending your Support/Maintenance Plan.

What if I chose to bind to my System Drive and had to reformat my PC or Mac?
If you are using version 5.x then just send us a new License Request.
version 5.x will soon have a user manageable license system and the moves will be free of charge.

 version 4.x users:  there is a small fee to move licenses cuz we have to pay CodeMeter to write those.            See the store of prices!

How do I move System bound licenses from one rig to another?
send a new License Request from the new machine and tell us it’s a Replacement license and you are moving systems.  After we receive it we will issue a new license and kill off your one.  This process can take up to 48 hours depending on your location cuz of time differences and a human needs to do it.  If you are someone that needs to jump around a lot please choose a dongle bound solution above.