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Cubase LE for OS X PPC

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (165.34 MB)
MD5: a3dcf1c27bec04b4d9286fd6bf4714b4
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Cubase_LE_108_104_Mac.sitx (167.42 MB)
MD5: dc369860d9075963c774da80b17d00ea
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Cubase_LE_app.sitx (93.19 MB)
MD5: d585dd8bf1af21ce1bacc309f5ebe025
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Cubase_LE_1.0.10.110_Updater.dmg (5.64 MB)
MD5: 9fdd23cf09125d23c42df077b81fc4e5
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Guides on emulating older applications

The light version of Cubase that came after the VST series, often provided free with hardware.

Unzip and run 'Cubase LE.pkg' to install, no serial, dongle or dongle emulator is required to run this software.

Architecture: PPC



Note: The .pkg installer may experience issues if attempting to install this onto Macs running Mac OS X 10.2x to 10.3x. Try using the pre-installed copy (3rd DL above) if this occurs.

The "Getting Started.pdf" (Manual DL above) states that Cubase LE requires a G4 Mac. However it appears to run OK on a G3 too (screenshot 4 above).


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by davebacsi - 2020, July 11 - 7:34am

Hi, it seems a pretty limited capability release. This LE version. I see 2 slots of vsti insteuments total per project, etc...
I cannot beleive how I overlooked that Cubase SE exists on macintoshrepository, another release that runs on osx and does not need USB dongle! I just realised today, oh my... SE is unlimited, like I can pack plenty of effects per track, add numerous vsti instrument per track.

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by supernova777 - 2018, December 9 - 2:11pm

protocol7: i was the one who created the torrent of this from my original cd; all the files from the cd were added you will not benefit any by finding a "original cd" as i put everything from the cd into the files that i packaged into the torrent (which was the first and only torrent i ever made and im shocked that it still works)

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by macanalista - 2017, September 7 - 4:20am

@MikeTomTom: I downloaded both new archives, with the .sitx one happens the same as with the .zip, when trying to install the "%@" appears. Up to here my conclusion is that the system was unarchiving fine but there is some incompatibility with the installation file in MacOS 10.3.9.

The Cubase application alone can be unstuffed ok and it works!!

So many thanks for your work and persistence, it made me have the program running in MacOSX which is what I wanted.

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by MikeTomTom - 2017, September 2 - 10:48pm

@macanalista: Yes, whatever is happening when you extract this .zip file, it is not doing the right thing. It is extracting the zip but is not recombining the data and resource forks of the file correctly.

In the picture you supplied, the log is showing that it is launching a still separated resource fork of the file *MacOS_X/Cubase... etc and cannot find the data file to complete the install.

The log should not show that *MacOS_X part in there, it should only show a path to the complete Cubase .pkg without any *MacOS_X mentioned in the log entry.

As this file was zip archived using the built-in Mac OS X archiving utility, you need to use the same to extract. On Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 this utilility is called To make sure that you use this utility to extract the file correctly you should right-click (or Ctrl + Click) this zip file to get a contextual menu and choose "Open With" the BOMArchiveUtility from the menu, to ensure that this utility is used to complete the extraction.

[Edit] I added the installer (2nd DL) as ".sitx" - so you can try this with StuffIt if all else fails.

[Edit 2] I'm now having my doubts about this .pkg file being compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3 - I just tried to install this on a G3 Mac running 10.2.8 and I also got that install window with "%@" instead of the Cubase to install and the installer had errors.

I've archived the pre-installed copy from my G4's 10.4.11 disk and extracted that onto my G3 running 10.2.8 - and that runs on the G3! - So I'll add this to the page also, as it might be the only way to have this working on 10.2 - 10.3

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by macanalista - 2017, September 2 - 1:01pm


The MD5 checksum gives the same number as yours.

I made a snapshot of the installer and log at the moment it stops, can be seen the title isn't saying "Welcome to the Cubase installer" as it should but instead of "Cubase" appears "%@". There is no discs to choose, the space is blank.

Is the only case this happens when installing apps. I tried many times, also searched for any "cubase" word in the system and prefs but none found.

Here the address of the snapshot (as I don't know how to paste it here):

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by MikeTomTom - 2017, September 1 - 10:22pm

May be this could be due to the bad weather

Could be and good point. The outage appears to be over, as they are back now.

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by MacTouch - 2017, September 1 - 12:31pm

I don't know whats up with the US mirror

May be this could be due to the bad weather who paralyze more or less the country actually...

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by MikeTomTom - 2017, September 1 - 12:08am

@macanalista: I don't know whats up with the US mirror right now and am trying to find out.

But I said that I had downloaded the file from here and the US mirror to test them both and that both were exactly the same. There is no difference between either of them. I gave the matching MD5 checksum in my previous post here.

It would be better I think that you MD5 checksum what you downloaded against that checksum below. If it matches then you will have the same file also, and as it installs OK for me, then the problem you are having may be elsewhere. There might be something running on your system that interferes with this .pkg from installing. I don't know what that might be, but I think that it is a possibility.

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by macanalista - 2017, August 31 - 4:00pm

One possibility remaining as you said was to try with the us mirror file, but is not accessible anymore now!

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by macanalista - 2017, August 30 - 4:49am

Thanks a lot MikeTomTom, I also unarchived just double clicking, in fact the folder appears but as I said the installation doesn't go on, before the second radio button lighting nothing appears as text and the other buttons don't work, neither the Back one, have to quit the installer.

The system 10.3 is the one special for the MDD downloaded from MG then upgraded to 10.3.9 that works and installs everythingelse fine, .. perhaps is that 10.3.9 upgrade is somehow rotten?

Anyway I was just testing, have to give up until I change system and see, strange situation. I use every Cubase and Cubasis in Mac OS 9 and work okey

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by MikeTomTom - 2017, August 28 - 11:34pm


It downloads and installs OK for me - I DL'd from both the Main and US mirror links above, to test.
Both DL's have the same MD5 checksum, so no differences there:

MD5 checksum: a3dcf1c27bec04b4d9286fd6bf4714b4 *

The ReadMe documentation says G4 as a minimum Mac to install to, so this would count out your G3. I don't know why it doesn't install onto your MDD Mac tho'.

My test Mac is an iBook G4 running Mac OS X 10.4.11
I used the built-in Mac archive tool ( to extract the folder's content and installing from the .pkg took less than 1 minute. It launches and runs fine here.

The archive here is in good shape and does not require replacement.

Additionally, the iBook G4 I installed to is a plain vanilla Mac, it has no other additional attachments such as a MIDI interface. This software doesn't appear to require anything other than itself to run.

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by macanalista - 2017, August 28 - 9:28pm

I downloaded it once more, unzipped by simply double clicking, the folder appeared, tried to install and again it fails. That was on a G4 MDD with MacOS 10.3.9 AND a G3 with idem system. The installer stops before reaching the second radio button, then clicking anything does nothing and have to quit the installer. Tried too many times, if MacOS 10.3.9 is ok then the file went corrupted and has to be reuploaded, thanx

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by wazeem - 2017, August 27 - 6:19pm

I downloaded from the se server using Safari which upon completion did it's thing to unpack (I didn't get involved). Then a folder appeared on the desktop with all the files shown in the screenshots.
I then click the install package icon and away we go, it needs to install on the main HD (one with the OS on?). I have 3 HDs in my QuickSilver and it only gave permission for the one with the OS, there was 10GB spare capacity on it. I have no midi/audio things plugged in and the app opened and ran OK. It looks fun.

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by macanalista - 2017, August 27 - 8:53am

Please, I like to know if for installing it is necessary having previously installed a MIDI interface or something because when I try to do it the installation stops at the second radio button and simply have to force to quit the installation. I did it several times and downloaded it many times with the same result..

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by Protocol 7 - 2017, August 23 - 5:40pm

If anyone could up a full CD image of this that would be great.

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by MikeTomTom - 2017, August 22 - 12:27am

It looks that the image is corrupt or something, I can't mount it.

As mrdav says...It unzips to a folder, not an image.

To unzip it correctly; For best results, use the built-in native Mac OS X archive tool. It then unzips as a folder containing the installer package and additional files.

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by mrdav - 2017, August 22 - 12:20am

It is a folder, not a disc image, inside the zip.

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by macanalista - 2017, August 21 - 10:22pm

It looks that the image is corrupt or something, I can't mount it. Could it be reuploaded please?