How to Activate Z3TA+ 2 In 2024

Z3TA+ 2 is a classic virtual synth that was discontinued in 2017. Even if you’ve managed to redownload the software, it’ll be stuck in demo mode until you activate it.

Thankfully, there’s a simple way to activate Z3TA+ 2 using the current BandLab Assistant on desktop. This method will also work with the Steam version of Z3TA+ 2.

Mockup of Z3TA+ 2 within the BandLab Assistant app.

What You Need to Activate Z3TA+ 2

First, you’ll need to open Z3TA+ 2 in either your DAW or on your desktop. 

You’ll also need the BandLab Assistant desktop app. If you haven’t done it yet, create a BandLab account and download the BandLab Assistant. 

BandLab Assistant

This free desktop app lets you quickly access your BandLab projects and browse thousands of loops and samples. It also helps you manage the Cakewalk by BandLab app for Windows.

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Activate Z3TA+ 2 Using the Offline Activation Method

Once you have Z3TA+ 2 and BandLab Assistant ready, follow these steps:

  1. In Z3TA+ 2, go to Options > Offline Activation > Export Activation Request.
  2. Save the activation request file to an easy-to-remember folder location. Z3TA+ 2 will save the request as a .crq file*.
  3. Open BandLab Assistant and sign in to your BandLab account. Then click on the Apps tab.
  4. Under Cakewalk by BandLab, click the drop-down arrow next to the Open/Install button, then click Process Offline Activation Request and select the request file.
  5. BandLab Assistant will generate a response.dat file. Save the file in an easy-to-remember location.
  6. In Z3TA+ 2, go to Options > Offline Activation > Import Activation Response.
  7. Select the Activation response.dat file and click Open. If done correctly, Z3TA+ 2 will be fully activated and you can start making sweet, sweet music with it!

*This encrypted file can only be used to activate Z3TA+ 2 on your specific device. It cannot be shared with other users.

Learn More About Z3TA+ 2

I have a soft spot for Z3TA+ 2 which I talk about in this post, Z3TA+ 2: The Abandoned Classic Software Synth. There, you can learn a bit about its history and find some modern alternatives that satisfy your synth needs.