It’s that nerve-wracking time to upgrade again – to help here’s a mini guide to OSX 10.9 Mavericks Compatibility
Operating system upgrades are always a bit of a ‘double-edged sword’. On the one hand, you could stand to benefit from new features, improved performance, and in some cases, additional disk space.
On the other hand, an upgrade can result in a sizable chunk of your gear and software suddenly not working. In a studio, this can be disastrous. Imagine working in any environment, and finding half of your tools broken and inoperable, and you’ll appreciate why many producers will leave upgrading until they absolutely have to. Hey, if it isn’t broke, don’t try to fix it…
However, these days, manufacturers are very keen to have compatible drivers and updates available as soon as possible.
Apple has just launched its latest OS update, and sent the Apple-based production world into a panic. There are plenty of the biggest developers who are already ahead of the curve, however.
To help those who are about to make the transition, or who are considering a new Mac, here’s a mini guide to OSX 10.9 Mavericks compatibility, from what is known…
*Please note, ‘officially compatible’ will mean that compatible drivers are available. These may need to be downloaded from the manufacturer website. Also note that the list below covers hardware compatibility only, and not bundled software compatibility.
- Firewire Saffire Audio Interfaces – Officially compatible
- USB 2.0 Scarlett Audio Interfaces – Officially compatible
- Saffire 6 USB – Not officially supported. According to Focusrite, the USB 2.0 version is working without issue, whilst the Mk 1 (USB 1.1) version has driver bugs.
- Forte – Officially compatible
- VRM Box – Currently not supported
- Current ‘Launch’ range (Launchpad S, Launchpad Mini, Launchkey, Launchkey Mini, Launch Control) – Officially compatible
- Remote SL MKII Range – Officially compatible
- Launchpad (original) – awaiting driver fix.
- Twitch – awaiting driver fix
- Audio/ MIDI Interfaces
- Duo Capture EX – Compatible driver available with some exceptions (see info here).
- Duo Capture and Duo Capture MKII – Compatible driver available with some exceptions (see info here).
- Quad Capture – compatible driver available.
- Octa Capture – Compatible driver available.
- Studio Capture – Compatible driver available.
- Tri Capture – Compatible driver available.
- VS-20 – Compatible driver available with some exceptions (see info here).
- UM-One & UM-One MkII – Compatible driver available.
- A-300Pro, A-500Pro, A-800Pro – Compatible driver available.
- A-49 – Compatible driver available.
- A-88 – Compatible driver available.
Though currently not officially supported, several Betas are apparently working without issue.
- Live 9 – Beta version of 9.1 in testing, and it’s very stable according to those using it. You can sign up to the Beta programme here, but it seems that (if it is performing as reported) an official release will not be far away.
- Live 8 – Beta version of 8.4.2 in testing. Again, it’s very stable according to those using it. Sign up to the Beta programme here, but it seems that (if it is performing as reported) an official release will not be far away. It should be noted that Ableton state that ‘…older versions than Live 8.4.2 will not work flawlessly in OS X 10.9.’
- Live 1-7 – Not compatible.
The Props’ have released an informal statement regarding their products:
‘Our initial testing of the new Mac OS X Mavericks has not revealed any problems with Reason 7.0.1, ReCycle 2.2 or the Balance audio interface. We are doing more in-depth testing as we speak and will release a more formal compatibility statement as soon as we are done.’
Steinberg has published a statement to say that there is currently an issue with CoreAudio2ASIO, which can cause ‘dangerous digital noise’. Yikes! The best advice is not to upgrade right now if you plan to use Cubase. Stay posted here for updates…
- Logic Pro X – Apple state compatibility (10.8.4 or later), and no issues have been reported on active user forums (note- 3rd part plug-ins will also have to be compatible with Mavericks, however)
- Logic Pro 9 – No official word from Apple. Most users not experiencing any major issues, though a few with earlier installers are having problems installing.
This covers most of the major software and hardware brands, but we’ll try to add and update this post when appropriate. as always, unless you are sure that upgrading will not cause issue, the best advice is to wait.