The Vienna Key is necessary to run any VIENNA INSTRUMENT. This USB protection device by Syncrosoft is not included in the box of any Collection, it is a separate item you have to get additionally.
You will need one Vienna Key for every computer you want to run a VIENNA INSTRUMENT on. So you'll have to order at least one Vienna Key with your first purchase. Users who order the complete SYMPHONIC CUBE will get one Vienna Key for free.
You can use one Vienna Key for all of your VIENNA INSTRUMENTS Collections if you want, as long as you run them on one machine. Of course you can also run several Collections on more than one computer, e.g., Solo Strings and Chamber Strings on Computer A and Orchestral Strings and Brass on Computer B. This will require the purchase of two Vienna Keys, one for each computer. This way you can distribute your VIENNA INSTRUMENTS as you wish over several computers. You can also move the licensing information from one Vienna Key to another, but you can't have the same Collection on two Vienna Keys at the same time.
If you already have a Syncrosoft USB protection device (from Steinberg for instance), you can use it for the VIENNA INSTRUMENTS, too. Please download the latest "Syncrosoft License Control Center" from the Syncrosoft website so all the relevant VIENNA INSTRUMENTS information is available on your Vienna Key. The only difference from the original Vienna Key is that you can't run Demo Mode #1 (see below) on a Syncrosoft USB protection device not issued by the Vienna Symphonic Library.
Here's an explanation of the Demo Modes:
Demo Mode #1
Even before registering your VIENNA INSTRUMENTS Collection you can test the product on any computer with a new Vienna Key plugged in. There are 180 "starts" available. This number doesn't refer to starting up the computer or to starting a new session. Each of the following procedures is a "start": Instantiating the VIENNA INSTRUMENTS, loading a Collection, or loading an instrument from the Extended Library. So the period of time you can use the VIENNA INSTRUMENTS in Demo Mode #1 depends on how often and how many instruments you audition. Therefore we recommend registering your products as soon as possible.
Demo Mode #2
This is the 30 day demo mode after registering your Collection: If you have bought only the Standard Library, you can try out the Extended Library for 30 days. You have 30 starts available in these 30 days. If you've used up your 30 starts before your 30 day trial period has expired, please connect to the Syncrosoft Server using your License Control Center to get another 30 starts.
Apple G4 800 MHz (G5 recommended) with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
PC Intel/AMD 2 GHz (3++ GHz recommended) with Windows XP