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OVERVIEW

Holds over 500 software licenses in a smaller, sleeker, more robust design.

The iLok2 from Pace is smaller, stronger, customizable, and has a much higher capacity than the original making this portable software license solution better than ever before. iLok 2 is small enough that you can fit two of them side by side in adjacent USB ports, and the sturdier USB connector and solid body makes each one tough enough for constant usage. Best of all, thanks to the latest in technology, the smaller iLok can now hold over 500 software license authorization while allowing you to add a custom label under the protective sleeve so you know which iLok is which.

iLok2 is also compatible with the original. You can download any licenses that are available for download in your iLok.com account to your new iLok. The new iLok is backward-compatible and except for the License Card slot, does everything the original iLok does. You can also move your licenses from an original iLok to a new iLok in your account with the iLok.com Move Licenses utility, subject to software publisher restrictions.

The iLok2 is also fashionable with a sleek black design and cool blue LED to let you know when it's in use.

FEATURES
  • Smaller design allows 2 iLok 2's to fit side by side in adjacent USB ports
  • Holds over 500 software license authorization
  • Sturdier construction
  • Sleek black design

Order the new-and-improved iLok 2 portable software license holder today!

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PaceiLok 2 License Manager
 
2.0

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

27%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I will buy it again in case of need it

I bought it to use it with my ProTools 10 and works perfectly, but it's too overrated.

I bought it to use it with my ProTools 10 and works perfectly, but it's too overrated.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

What are you really getting?

License managers in general tend to cause headache where there should be none. The iLok is no exception. After purchasing some expensive software such as Pro Tools, you are required to buy their...Read complete review

License managers in general tend to cause headache where there should be none. The iLok is no exception. After purchasing some expensive software such as Pro Tools, you are required to buy their hardware DRM to use the software you've already paid for.

A fun fact to keep in mind is that a Pro Tools "free trial" requires you to buy this dongle. If you are someone who is looking to test out different tools for their workflow, this is going to cost you.

My brother has purchased a few dongles in the past and doesn't seem bothered by them except of course when he misplaces them or when one breaks. As such, I have seen a few such as Steinberg's E-licenser, the 1st-Gen iLok and Reason's Ignition Key.
Propellerhead seems to be the only company that respects your purchase by giving you something that's *not made of plastic* and doesn't break easily. I wish I could say the same for Pace and their iLok, which feels flimsy and does not seem like it would last long outside the studio.

I give the benefit of two stars because it does what it says on the tin. It could have done better if Pace cared enough to give it more durability. The license software works.

Overall, I stay away from anything having to do with license managers. Case in point, during this specific order when we ordered the new iLok amongst other things (mics, stands), our iLok either fell out or got left behind. This is out of character for Musician's Friend because I've never had issues with poor packaging before. Laughably, this was time-sensitive and we needed the iLok to use Pro Tools. Since we didn't have the dongle, we had to record with other means.
Thankfully, I always have my own copy of Reaper ready to deploy at a moment's notice. In two minutes, Reaper installed, launched, set up hardware and was ready to record. I guarantee you cannot get things done that quickly with anything using a key.

If you must purchase this product, just keep in mind that you're the one buying this piece of plastic and your ability to work seamlessly is tethered to this dongle.

Reviewed by 12 customers

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1.0

Absolutely awful

By Kevin the frustrated user.

from Canada

About Me Casual user

Pros

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

      I use this for Pro Tools 12, and it is absolutely useless. Despite having the USB plugged in to authorize my copy of Pro Tools, it still requires a software to be downloaded to prove that I didn't pirate the PHYSICAL USB key.

      The worst part is is that I need to re-install the software on a weekly basis. It seems to delete itself from my computer at random, making me unable to use Pro Tools, a software that I paid too much money for, as the iLok License Manager is hellbent on making sure I can't use Pro Tools. What am I paying for?

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      1.0

      Why Why Why Why!?

      By kirby

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Power user

      Pros

      • Unreliable

      Cons

      • Slow
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • trash can

      Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

      Yes, my ilok does cause cpu spikes and latency.Even when it's reconfigured and synced. I will never buy an ilok or any ilok supported software items again!

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I will buy it again in case of need it

      By Cpedri

      from La Plata, Argentina

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

      I bought it to use it with my ProTools 10 and works perfectly, but it's too overrated.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      No

      By Mel O. D. Mayker.

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Experienced

      Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

      Really, is there no other way to thwart the very real unfairness of piracy? (And, ultimately, does iLOK even work in regard to that?) (I will hope so.)
      My most recent negative experience with iLOK is that I guess they upgraded something from iLOK One so as to create--ta da--iLOK Two, and because of that, a plugin that I should have been able to upgrade for 49.00 (KushAudio Clariphonic) will cost 98.00 to upgrade, because the upgrade won't work with iLOK One.
      I've had enough headaches with iLOK One. In this case, I've learned from my mistakes.
      My advice, then? If the software you are wanting to purchase depends on iLOK, buy other software.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      What are you really getting?

      By Brian S.

      from Stockton, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Does What It Says It Will

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily
      • Heavily Restricting
      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

        License managers in general tend to cause headache where there should be none. The iLok is no exception. After purchasing some expensive software such as Pro Tools, you are required to buy their hardware DRM to use the software you've already paid for.

        A fun fact to keep in mind is that a Pro Tools "free trial" requires you to buy this dongle. If you are someone who is looking to test out different tools for their workflow, this is going to cost you.

        My brother has purchased a few dongles in the past and doesn't seem bothered by them except of course when he misplaces them or when one breaks. As such, I have seen a few such as Steinberg's E-licenser, the 1st-Gen iLok and Reason's Ignition Key.
        Propellerhead seems to be the only company that respects your purchase by giving you something that's *not made of plastic* and doesn't break easily. I wish I could say the same for Pace and their iLok, which feels flimsy and does not seem like it would last long outside the studio.

        I give the benefit of two stars because it does what it says on the tin. It could have done better if Pace cared enough to give it more durability. The license software works.

        Overall, I stay away from anything having to do with license managers. Case in point, during this specific order when we ordered the new iLok amongst other things (mics, stands), our iLok either fell out or got left behind. This is out of character for Musician's Friend because I've never had issues with poor packaging before. Laughably, this was time-sensitive and we needed the iLok to use Pro Tools. Since we didn't have the dongle, we had to record with other means.
        Thankfully, I always have my own copy of Reaper ready to deploy at a moment's notice. In two minutes, Reaper installed, launched, set up hardware and was ready to record. I guarantee you cannot get things done that quickly with anything using a key.

        If you must purchase this product, just keep in mind that you're the one buying this piece of plastic and your ability to work seamlessly is tethered to this dongle.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        UNIT NOT OPERATIONAL

        By Spyderman Studios

        from New Mexico

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

          • Bad Out Of The Box
          • Breaks Easily
          • Pricey / Poor Value
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

            Unit did not function, non-returnable item. I bought Pro Tools 11 (full box set) and was not told it came with iLok, so ordered one overnighted. Decided to try the one from MF and it blinks but never powers up. :(

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Product

            By MWMR Audio Engineering

            from Atlanta GA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

                The 2nd Gen Ilok is a great improvement form the last.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                iLok, waste of time

                By jAv

                from Las Vegas

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

                  The customer service support around this product and its affiliates is a waste of time. 10 plus days and still waiting for the rest of my licenses. I feel punished because I lost my key.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  IPOS

                  By Mel O. D. Mayker.

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • -
                  • Compact
                  • Promise Of Ease

                  Cons

                  • -
                  • Limited Functions
                  • Reality Of Misery
                  • Unreliable

                  Best Uses

                  • Drawer Knick-knack
                  • Events
                  • Propping Up A Table

                  Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

                  I finally had to trash the plugins I purchased from MF (Antares plugins) because, w/o any way to predict the why or the when, somedays iLOK would function properly and other days it would not. I am out the price of this product plus the cost of the plugins and, also, the price of all the time wasted, doing production work I had to do a second time after having to trash the plugins.
                  Do your best to stay away from this this product, even if it means using only plugins that don't use iLOK licensing.
                  Truly, I'm doing my best to warn you.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  minus five

                  By jegler

                  from The Basement

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Comments about Pace iLok 2 License Manager:

                  iLok's new license manager is horrible. has left many users (including me) unable to use the software for which they paid. no phone support and spotty email support. minus five stars.

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