In true lemming style, I’ve jumped headlong into the Mountain Lion abyss today, and have installed it onto my main iMac and mobile MacBook Air too. So far so good, but I’ve yet to do anything mission-critical. I feel I might be in for a few surprises when I plug in various lumps of DJ hardware though. But Native Instruments have pre-empted my future rants with a compatibility update.
I didn’t report this previously, but the last round of MacBook Pro updates while gorgeous, did chuck a hefty spanner in the NI hardware works. Older audio interfaces stopped getting along with the new USB 3 ports, and 10.8 seems to be doing similar things too.
Read on for NI’s take on things:
MAC OS X COMPATIBILITY INFO
This page provides information about the compatibility of Native Instruments products with Mac OS X 10.8. It was last updated on July 25, 2012.
Audio interface compatibility
Native Instruments has conducted compatibility tests with its hardware products under OS X 10.8, connected to USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports of both recent and current-generation Mac computers. Some NI products are experiencing a degraded audio signal caused by USB driver issues present in Mac OS X 10.8. The same issues are also present under Mac OS X 10.7.4 on current-generation Macbooks with USB 3.0.
The following products have shown to be affected:
AUDIO 2 DJ / AUDIO 4 DJ / AUDIO 8 DJ
AUDIO KONTROL 1
GUITAR RIG MOBILE
GUITAR RIG SESSION
RIG KONTROL 2 / RIG KONTROL 3
TRAKTOR AUDIO 2
TRAKTOR KONTROL S4
The following products have shown to be unaffected:
KOMPLETE AUDIO 6
MASCHINE / MASCHINE MIKRO
TRAKTOR AUDIO 6 / TRAKTOR AUDIO 10
TRAKTOR KONTROL S2
Native Instruments is currently in contact with Apple in order to find a solution. To address the issues in the meantime, Native Instruments is providing a set of beta drivers that circumvent the problem.
Further information and download files for these drivers can be found on our Drivers and Updates page.
I’ll be plugging stuff in tomorrow morning and will test. But I’m fairly confident that NI won’t be the only ones effected. As ever, caution is advised. If you depend on your DJ computer to just work and keep on working, keep the Mountain Lion caged for a while.