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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Snapper, Time-Saving Audio Tool for Mac Finder, Now Shipping

A year ago, Mac music and audio producers were abuzz about a preview of what was then called Soundabout. The idea was to have a powerful audio tool that was always within easy reach in the Mac Finder, for not only previewing audio files, but converting and even editing. Developer AudioEase has finished that tool. It’s now called Snapper instead of Soundabout, but all the features are there: Preview with space bar, just like Apple’s QuickLook, but with more control Immediately see a Snapper interface with waveform preview when you click a file in Finder Drag-and-drop conversions to other file …

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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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Audiofile Engineering: Site and Application Updates from Mac Audio Developer

Awhile back, we reviewed Wave Editor, and deemed it one of our favorite audio editors for Mac OS X. Our friends at Audiofile Engineering have ushered in the holiday season with a complete site redesign and numerous application updates, including the highly anticipated Wave Editor 1.3, and Leopard-ready updates to apps across the board. You may also recall that Audiofile Engineering recently rescued the excellent instrument and effect host, Rax – formerly developed by our friends at plasq. It is clear that Apple borrowed heavily from Rax’s design choices and intentions with their new MainStage application (bundled with Logic 8) …

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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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