In a mail sent in February 2020, Steinberg offered all registered users of Cubase AI 4 and newer and Cubase LE 4 and newer a free update to the latest version.
This Help Center article gives detailed answers to questions you might have in this regard.
Who is entitled to the free update?
All users that have one of the following licenses registered with their MySteinberg account are entitled to update to the latest version of Cubase AI or Cubase LE:
Cubase AI 4 / AI 5 / AI 6 / AI 7 / AI 8 / AI 9 / AI 9.5 / AI 10
Cubase LE 4 / LE 5 / LE 6 / LE 7 / LE 8 / LE 9 / LE 9.5 / LE 10
This means that all Cubase AI and almost all Cubase LE versions are covered.
For technical reasons, only Cubase LE 1 could not be included.
How can I get the update to the latest Cubase AI / Cubase LE version?
If you are entitled to the free update, you should already have received an Activation Code by mail. Please check your mailbox.
After you've downloaded (see download sources below) and installed the software, you can use the Activation Code to download the required license. Learn more...
If you cannot find the mail, please contact our support via the support form within your MySteinberg account.
What are the system requirements?
Before updating from an outdated Cubase AI/LE version, please make sure that your system meets the requirements of the latest version - currently, this is Cubase AI 10.5 resp. Cubase LE 10.5.
macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and 10.15 (Catalina)
Windows 64-Bit 10, Version 1809 or later
Download size: ca. 15 GB
Memory (RAM): 4 GB required, 8 GB RAM or more recommended
30 GB free storage space
ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended
Complete system requirements (scroll down to Cubase, please)
Where can I download the latest version of Cubase AI / Cubase LE?
What is so special about the update offer?
Cubase AI and LE are so called OEM programs which are only available in a bundle with audio hardware. They have a limited feature set and cannot be purchased separately. So far, users of Cubase AI and Cubase LE could solely upgrade to bigger Cubase versions such as Cubase Elements, Cubase Artist and Cubase Pro. Only temporarily, Steinberg offered a paid updates to current Cubase AI and Cubase LE versions.
Now Steinberg is offering a free update to the latest generation of Cubase AI and Cubase LE. And as if this wasn't enough, the updated license even includes future versions of Cubase AI and Cubase LE.