Mac Audio Glitches: Serato Reports; Avoid 10.5.2, AirPort For Now

As more readers send in reports, the picture looks something like this: both Mac OS X 10.5.2 and an AirPort update for Tiger are suspect in problems causing audio dropouts and other issues on some (not all) recently-updated Macs. Serato is joining Native Instruments in saying 10.5.2 is "officially unsupported." At the same time, a number of readers on Tiger are reporting dropouts with their AirPort switched on; if you haven’t installed the AirPort update, I’d avoid it just in case, but in the meantime, try switching off your AirPort card while doing audio work if you run into trouble. …

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Mac OS X 10.5.2: Music and Audio Problems on Apple Laptops? (Or Blame AirPort?)

Mac users can get passionate about running the latest and greatest. But it’s worth tempering that enthusiasm, as on any OS, with some healthy caution about your critical machines. Photo by Mark Pang. (Beautiful office, mate!) Apple’s "point" releases — those seemingly-harmless updates you get automatically in Software Update — do sometimes break stuff. I tend to ignore the updates until I’ve had a chance to confirm they’re okay. Case in point: it looks like 10.5.2 can result in glitchy audio on laptops. Native Instruments has an official statement out on the problem, but according to them, this issue can …

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NAMM: Cakewalk Supports Leopard, Loads Up Booth With Macs

Speaking of Cakewalk, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users can now use Dimension Pro and Rapture with Apple’s latest OS. (I have to admit, I was unaware they weren’t working together, but there you go.) That’s not the interesting news, though. More unusual: Cakewalk’s SONAR demo was on Windows XP running in Boot Camp on Apple hardware — a Mac Pro tower beneath the booth and a less-discreet pair of Apple Cinema Displays. MacBooks demoed Cakewalk’s soft synths natively on Leopard. I still have no audio-specific reason to advocate upgrading to Leopard at the moment, but good to know. And …

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Leopard Watch: Adobe Updates Premiere Pro, Soundbooth

Premiere Pro and Soundbooth both appear to function on Leopard, but Adobe has nonetheless squashed some bugs in updates for each program. Links to each over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Keep those compatibility reports coming. We’ve heard some general frustrations with Leopard (as can happen with any OS update), and ongoing specific issues with M-Audio products. Digidesign Pro Tools 7.4 remains unsupported on the new OS. (Note that “unsupported” doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work, as one reader observes.) I’m running Leopard here successfully on a MacBook Pro. It’s working nicely, and there are some nifty usability improvements, but …

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Leopard: Incompatibilities with JACK, Soundflower; Finder Audio Previews

Generally, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been working pretty well for most users, though we continue to hear a number of complaints about compatibility with M-Audio hardware. There are some annoyances, though, including one glitch as far as routing audio between apps. Updated: the good news is, this is fixable. In the “bad” category, Paul Davis, the creator of JACK and Ardour, writes: Leopard has stopped JACK and other inter-application audio routers from being used as the default audio device. Apple is now distributing an SDK that is aimed at “aiding” developers in writing user-space CoreAudio “drivers” such as …

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Game Day: Play Drums, MIDI, Guitar with a Wii Controller, Free

Bless Nintendo for making the Wii controller: inexpensive, lots of internal sensor data (motion sensing, tilt sensing, buttons), elegant design, and standard Bluetooth support allowing it to be used with Mac, Windows, and Linux. Now there’s free and open source software for making the most of your Wiimote as a musical instrument. First up: Wiinstrument, a multi-purpose percussion instrument, now available for all three operating systems (a Windows version was recently added). Plays percussion / drums with gestures Use an (in-development) internal sampler with WAV files, or trigger other software via MIDI Use tilt for control changes Supports tilt, velocity …

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Leopard Watch: Edirol Driver Updates for Everything

Thank you, Edirol. While some of your competitors lag months behind OS updates or fail to release drivers for some products entirely — not naming any names (I assume our readers will do that in comments) — Edirol has really been on the ball. (Also on our good list driver-wise: RME and MOTU, among others.) Edirol announced today they have drivers ready for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, available for immediate download. What’s covered? Edirol says they’ve got updates “for their entire range of controller keyboards, field recorders and audio interfaces, including the ground-breaking M-16DX digital audio mixer.” Okay, I …

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Native Instruments Posts Installer Patch for Mac OS X Leopard

Native Instruments’ software is already compatible with Mac OS X Leopard with some minor issues; the one significant issue was a problem with installers, and they’ve just corrected that: Native Instruments Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Universal Installer Patch: direct download link If you need to install NI software on a clean system — say, a machine you did a clean install on, or if you’re really lucky, a shiny, new MacBook Pro — this should make sure you’re in good shape. Note there are still some bugs with NI software — be sure to read the whole …

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Rumor: Mac Java’s Demise is Real, and Why That Could Be Good News for Multimedia

Java loves music and multimedia, but — well, we may actually have to let it die on the Mac in order for it to be reborn. (For the uninitiated, that triangular thing is the open-sourced Java mascot, Duke. Shown here with Project LookingGlass’ brilliant creator.) Photo: yuichi.sakuraba, via Flickr. Java may not be on the radar of the average Mac user, but to the Java development community, Leopard has been a bombshell. Apple’s been slow with Java releases before, but something’s different this time: there’s been almost no information on the topic, and Apple has even pulled an existing Java …

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Leopard Reports: Native Instruments, MOTU, Why Tiger Still Rocks, Java

Native Instruments and MOTU have each posted compatibility update pages for Mac OS X Leopard. There’s not a whole lot of information yet (particularly form MOTU), but now’s the time to bookmark those pages! Be sure to watch comments from readers for other helpful compatibility information — much of it positive at this point. Native Instruments: Compatibility with OS X Leopard NI’s latest versions of Kore, Traktor, Guitar Rig, and Kontakt are all good to go. But other software has some issues related to installation and dialog box operation. While it’s not reported on this page, we’ve also heard one …

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