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For a few years now, each version of Aalto has reproduced this specific problem, and 1.9.2 is no exception. After pasting the license inside the VST, all is well. Then at some point, the license disappears and watermarking begins.

The problem is NOT:

1) permissions in AppData folder, as the current licenses in plaintext are indeed in Roaming/Madrona Labs/Licenses

2) related to a change in Windows OS, as I have experienced this problem in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and now Windows 10

3) related to admin rights (at least in an obvious way) as my DAW of choice, Reaper, starts with those rights (and the fact that pasting the license works means Aalto can write to AppData from inside the Reaper sandbox so that really can't be the issue)

Unfortunately, this issue is actually sort of a big deal. Maybe 70 percent of the time when I open a session with Aalto in it, I have to hunt down the track making noise. I have resorted to creating a Notes file that I keep on my computer to quickly cut and paste the license in when I use Aalto.

Now, I am well aware of Madrona's stance toward iLok. However, with all the headaches caused by the current copy protection scheme, I have to admit that iLok's seems much more robust. I have never had a single problem with iLok. It works.

Is there anything that can be done to improve this situation? It is currently a blight on what is otherwise, obviously, excellent software. We like using Madrona because it sounds special -- what I currently say to my clients while they're watching me search for the source of white noise is "this plugin is sort of a pain in the ass, but it sounds so good we just deal with it!"

Thank you for everything you do!

Hey there -- thank you for responding!

I am using 1.9.2 of Kaivo and Aalto, 6.12c/x64 of Reaper, and Windows 10 1909.
There is no disk encryption/compression on this computer, and quite low CPU use generally on a quad-core Xeon custom build with 16 GB of RAM.

Absolutely happy to stay in touch, as I am a mega-fan of both Aalto and Kaivo.