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Native Instruments has found in testing that some USB devices are experiencing issues with Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). At this time, they are working with Apple to resolve the issue. According to NI, these devices are affected by USB compatibility issues when used with Mountain Lion: AUDIO 2... Read more »
In certain cases, such as when installing Focusrite software, the GateKeeper feature in Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8) must be disabled. (Disclaimer: Be sure you know what you are doing before you disable a security feature such as GateKeeper! We are not responsible for any problems that may... Read more »
Sibelius Avid (the parent company of Sibelius) is currently working to deliver a version of Sibelius software that is compatible with Mountain Lion. EastWest Testing of EastWest's PLAY instrument is still under way. At this point, the company recommends waiting to upgrade until their products... Read more »
Updates on Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) compatibility: IK Multimedia IK Multimedia software is compatible with Mountain Lion, but does require authorization with the latest Authorization Manager, v.1.0.7. There are still issues related to sounds installers, which are not working properly on Lion... Read more »
Universal Audio has announced that UAD v6.3.0 software (see item elsewhere in this installment of inSync) is not yet officially supported under OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Although preliminary tests indicate UAD software appears to be working well with the new operating system, complete validation... Read more »
For the latest news on software and hardware compatibility with Apple's new OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) please visit our SweetCare article — and check back often. We'll be updating the article as more information becomes available.
According to our friends at Avid, the new Apple Mac Pro 12-core computers have been approved for use with Pro Tools 10.2 and Mac OS X 10.7.4 (Lion). This includes LE interface support as well as HD family (HDX, HD Native, and HD TDM) support. Compatibility testing and support for Mac OS X 10.8... Read more »
MOTU has stated that current versions of all their software and hardware drivers appear to be compatible with OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). However, final compatibility testing is still on-going. Expect software updates soon to ensure 100% compatibility.
Apple has released OS X 10.8, also known as "Mountain Lion." We're super excited; the new operating system is said to include over 200 new features and brings tight integration between the entire Apple family of products, including Macs, iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch), and iCloud... Read more »
Want to get up and running quickly with a new piece of gear or software? Our advice is to follow the "quick start guide" included with many products these days. (If there isn't a separate quick start guide, there generally is a "getting started" section in the owner's manual that serves the... Read more »
Q: I'm just getting started with my studio, and I like how your Creation Station PCs are designed for music. But can I also use them for my spreadsheets and word processing and e-mail? Or do I have to have another computer for that? A: An excellent question! Sweetwater's Creation Stations are... Read more »
Ableton has announced that version 8.4 of Live will feature native 64-bit support. Even better news is that registered Live 8, Live Suite 8, Live Intro, and Live Lite 8 users can download a beta version of the new software now! The beta version allows the use of more than four gigabytes of RAM... Read more »
Laptop users, take note! The Gator G-Laptop Stand is one of the coolest accessories for your computer we've seen, for both studio and live use. The G-Laptop Stand is made of sturdy aluminum. It folds flat for easy transport, yet it locks in place with locking screws to form a rugged support for... Read more »
While many of us have transitioned to working largely in the box, there is still hardware in many studios. In fact, more and more of us are finding that "hybrid" rigs, combining the best of both analog and digital gear are actually the best solution for great sound quality and good ergonomics... Read more »
Our friends at SoundToys have released the following statement on 64-bit compatibility with their plug-ins: We are indeed working on 64-bit support, and have been for many, many months. We understand that this is an important issue for our AudioUnits and VST customers, and we would like to... Read more »
Check out the new interactive walk-through for Pro Tools software activation at our Pro Tools Resource Center. The featured article links directly to Avid resources as well as their activation page. You'll find that this handy guide and links make it easy and fast to get up and running with... Read more »
Apple has announced that the next version of OS X: OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion." The new operating system will be released in July. Keep your eye on this space, we'll have all the breaking news on software and hardware compatibility.
It's always a sad and scary thing when a software company goes out of business, as unfortunately happened recently with Bias, Inc. The first response of many users of that company's software is often panic: "What will I do now? I need that software to do my work!" First, it helps to keep... Read more »
Many of us like to track with a bit of "comfort" reverb or delay in our headphones when recording with a DAW — the comfort reverb or delay isn't recorded, it's simply there to make the singer more comfortable. The problem is, unless your audio interface has DSP onboard and can supply... Read more »
This may just be the most versatile MIDI interface ever! The iConnectivity iConnectMIDI can connect to your Mac/PC computer, iOS device, USB device, or MIDI device and route MIDI signals wherever you need! You get two USB mini ports, a USB Type A host port, two sets of MIDI I/O ports, and more... Read more »