Let's talk licensing!

We now offer three different types of authorizationacross 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!
Note: All four options below still require the CodeMeter Runtime installed.  This is what  makes it possible for us to lock to any USB device now.
Feel free to email us any questions if you are still confused which route to choose....8)



Option #1: CodeMeter CmStick USB dongles OR PropellerHead's Ignition Key
This is the option we have primary used and sold since version 2.x and we still prefer it for many reasons.
A Propellerhead Software Ignition Key is a CmStick in disguise, so we can add our licenses to these also no problem!
Just choose the CmStick option on checkout!   8)

Who is this for?

  • Facilities needing multiple licenses and maximum flexibly.
  • Single users that like to be as flexible and mobile as possible.
  • Anyone that already owns 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 and 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 an use on any PC or Mac.
  • Easier license management and easiest future license upgrades.
  • Cross-Platform License.
  • It's shiny metal chrome and built like a tank!


  • Need to buy a CmStick if you don't already have one, but we sell them on our site or you can buy one direct from CodeMeter in Germany.  (Best for people living in Europe to save money on shipping)

If you choose this option with a CmStick Combo the Licenses will already be on the CmStick when it arrives in the mail.
To Learn about how to Add Licenses to an existing CmStick SEE THIS PAGE!

Option #2: USB Device Hardware Locking (USB Flash Drives or iLok2 or iLok3) (using the CodeMeter runtime) 
Now you can lock to removable USB Devices and yes this includes iLok's also , but not in the traditional way.
We use the CodeMeter runtime to bind to any USB device's serial number your want and we make a custom plugin to make it work.
So in a few simple steps, BaseHead will be locked to one of these removable devices so you can be mobile.

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 an use on any PC or Mac.
  • Cross-Platform License.


  • Doesn't work over LAN or WAN network like a CmStick, so it's NOT recommended for facilities.
  • Doesn't support multiple floating licenses on a single dongle like a CmStick does.
  • NOT recommended for multi-user facilities at all.  Please order a CmStick for this case.   8)

To Learn more about the process to Hardware Lock to one of these USB Devices see the Setup Instructions HERE! 



Option #3: Dongle-Less  (Locking to your PC or Mac's system drive)
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!!"

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.


  • The license can only be used on one machine at a time so you need to choose between PC or Mac at purchase time.
  • You are not mobile at all unless locking to a laptop.
  • NOT recommended for multi-user facilities at all.  Please order a CmStick for this case.  8)

To Learn more about the process to Hardware Lock to your System Drive SEE THIS PAGE!


Licensing FAQ:

What if I loose my Dongle or the USB Device I binded my license to, it gets broken
 I chose to bind to my System Drive and had to reformat my PC or Mac?
You can bind to 3 different USB devices or System Drives, but of course 'only one at a time' per license purchased..
So after your initial binding you get two more moves in case you loose the USB device, it breaks or it gets stolen or you had to reformat your System Drive.
After you run out you can buy another 3 pack of Licenses for just $25.  We get charged for each License we write so we have to charge something unfortunately. Most likely before you run out transfers a new version of BH will probably be available you'd want to upgrade to anyway giving you a renewed 3 pack...8)