SubBoomBass 1.1 from Rob Papen is here with new copy protection

SubBoomBassSubBoomBass from Rob Papen was released last year, giving users a no-nonsense synth bass virtual instrument for under £100. It secured a Future Music Platinum Award and is used by producers the world over to give their tracks that low end power needed to kill it on the dancefloor.

This week saw the release of a 1.1 software update for SubBoomBass, so what you might say… Well, some new sound sources have been added including Taiko, Orchestral Bassdrum and Timpani samples. There are some other new features like a second sequencer and also a ‘DnB Session Bank’ from UK Dubstep producer Leon Day.

Also and interestingly, Rob Papen has decided to make a move away from Steinberg’s dongle based eLicenser copy protection technology and has returned to using just a serial number, which while less secure, is widely regarded as more user friendly. The ways in which software companies choose to protect their intellectual property often causes heated debate with many users having something to say on the topic. The balance between offering a robust protection method while not inconveniencing legitimate users is a difficult one to strike.

Feel free to leave your views, which do you find is the easiest copy protection system from a user’s perspective?

Posted by Joel Heatley

I've been lucky enough to be involved in developing, testing, manufacturing, marketing and selling sample libraries and virtual instruments for over 10 years. During this time I've seen a lot of great new software being released, some of it changing how computer based music is produced. It's this creativity and innovation which makes this industry very exciting and truly inspirational.


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