October 25, 2005

Why I Hate Digidesign, Vol 36 rev C

by Chris Randall

My little sister could write drivers better than the absolute travesty that Digi pawns off as the Mbox driver. It's always been a problematic little piece of code, but once I finally installed OSX 10.4, it actually became agressively stupid, making it the President Bush of drivers.

My normal course of action when installing a new Mbox CoreAudio driver is to uninstall the old one first, because Digi manages to write drivers that actually compete with each other for the same piece of hardware, which is stupid. So I do that, then install the latest CoreAudio driver from the Digi page, and the Mbox doesn't show up as a possible CoreAudio device any more. What's more, when I run an application that has audio, the stupid Digi Hardware Manager thing still pops up, but you can't connect, because it says the hardware is in use.

I put up with Apple's quirks because I like OSX (for surfing, email, iChat, etc.; not, as I've made plain, for making music.) But putting up with Apple doesn't mean I have to put up with the shoddy driver guys at Digidesign. So, the Mbox gets pitched. Fuck this stupid hunk of plastic, and fuck the company that made it. It has been nothing but trouble since the day I got it.

So, I need a new interface for my OSX box.



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Oct.25.2005 @ 7:01 PM
Why not get some Presonus gear? Maybe they'll even give you a discount considering they're bundling in your plugins.

Also, about recording some audio from Spectaculator: Audacity can record from the Line Out of your computer. Being that this is every sound that comes out of your computer's speakers, you obviously have to turn off iChat and anything else that makes noise, but otherwise it works well. I've used it to sample game emulators in the past.


Oct.25.2005 @ 7:02 PM
Suit & Tie Guy
i think they must have had M-Audio do the the Mbox driver. i would assume this because of the name, and the fact that my M-Audio Duo crashes my 17" PB mercilessly anytime i plug it in without having booted it with the Duo connected to begin with.

Oct.25.2005 @ 7:40 PM
Chris Randall
M-Audio used to just be plain old retarded. Now, they're the retarded step-child of Digi, so they're doubly untouchable in my book.

Yeah, I'm gonna score a Firebox or Inspire off of the Presonus folks shortly, I think.



Oct.25.2005 @ 8:51 PM

Oct.25.2005 @ 10:59 PM
Crashon DeLamuzed
what you need:
link [www.behringer.co...]">link [www.behringer.co...]
BTW: wasn't SMG a skinny puppy lyric first? or what the hell is it from?

Oct.25.2005 @ 11:24 PM
Chris Randall
Everybody's a fucking comedian.



Oct.26.2005 @ 12:57 AM
RME can do no wrong, IMO.

Oct.26.2005 @ 1:17 AM
Crashon DeLamuzed
sorry Chris, not trying to be an ass at all, just curious. Hell, I bought and love your first album the day it came out. Just curious what it's from, not a comedian. (i'm sure this question is prolly old for you now, but I never read those tabloids) not a big deal, if your're sick of answering it, sorry.....don't, i know it's a trivial thing...

Oct.26.2005 @ 1:29 AM
brandon daniel
So I take it you'll be buying an Mbox2 then?



Oct.26.2005 @ 12:06 PM
I think the comedy bit was in reference to the Behringer link.

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