While M-Audio is unveiling their new Intel Mac drivers, MOTU has a treat for Windows x64 users: fully 64-bit drivers for all USB2 and FireWire audio interfaces, from the original 828 to the newest UltraLite (which is so new I can’t even get my hands on one). This is no beta; MOTU has released final drivers. PCI-X and PCI Express drivers are in beta now, and USB MIDI drivers are coming soon. As the major interface vendors have embraced Intel driver development on the Mac, they’re way ahead of the curve on 64-bit on Windows. By the way, I love MOTU’s audio interfaces on PC. I think they have a reputation as being a Mac-centered company, but many Windows-using MOTU customers will tell you otherwise.
Important note for anyone thinking of taking the plunge: these drivers support 32-bit emulation, so you can mix and match 64-bit and 32-bit Windows audio/music applications on your machine. You don’t have to give up 32-bit music apps; they’ll run just fine.
Now, here’s my question: anyone out there actually got a 64-bit computer and Windows x64 OS running to try this stuff out? Alternatively, any PC manufacturers out there who want to ship me a new computer?