New G4s: No MIDI?
says tests show problems with MIDI interfaces and software on the new Macs
Emagic, a developer
of digital audio equipment and software, has reported problems with the new G4s
equipped with USB MIDI interfaces, including combinations of its own Logic Audio
and certain hardware. The company issued the following statement:
"The most recently
released generation of Apple G4 Macs ('Gigabit Ethernet') experience some problems
involving the USB driver interface.
"Affected is Logic
Audio in combination with the Unitor8 MkII, AMT8 und MT4 MIDI interfaces. This
issue also affects the MIDI software and USB MIDI interfaces of several other
manufacturers we randomly tested. At present, we can not recommend using USB interfaces
with these Macs. It is also possible that the upcoming new Macs (Cube, new iMacs),
which are not available for testing at this time, will display similar problems.
"In cooperation with
Apple we will work intensively to find a solution to this problem and will post
more information on this issue shortly.
"Our first tests did
not indicate any problems using MIDI interfaces (Unitor8 MkII, AMT8) with a serial
port. This, however, means a 'Stealth Port' has to be installed in these new Mac
G4's. It should be noted that due to a small change in the motherboard design
of the new Mac G4s, the older Stealth Port does not fit perfectly and has to be
modified manually. Please ensure that the newest version of the Stealth Port is
installed in these machines if a serial interface is used."
USB MIDI interfaces have been reported since the first generation of USB-equipped
Macs. We'll follow up with information on this latest generation of problems as
it becomes available. For more information on Emagic, visit http://www.emagic.de.
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