October 23, 2013

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin...

by Chris Randall

Spent an entertaining morning sniping at the Apple Mavericks announcement yesterday. Right up until the point where Craig Federighi said "Free. Today." Once I got done wiping the orange juice off my MacBook Pro, I settled in for the usual nightmare.

Now, to be clear, I in no way _want_ to upgrade OS X. Ever. But the nature of Audio Damage's product line makes it so I have to, the second it comes out. So as soon as a new version of OS X is available, it's off to the salt mines for me. I strongly suggest (and not for the last time in this post) that you absolutely do not follow my lead.

First things first: there is no reason whatsoever to upgrade to Mavericks. Aside from all the memory compression fapping (which doesn't affect us, not being idle users of memory) and pipeline this and yadda-yadda that, there is nothing in Mavericks that will improve your songwriting skills or make your DAW run better. At all. Just don't bother. What you get, for all intents and purposes, are tabbed finder windows (which don't work as well as TotalFinder's do) an update to Calendar, and a mediocre mapping app. If an hours-long update process to get some kind of shitty tabbed finder windows is how you want to spend your time, knock yourself out. Otherwise, don't do it. Not today.

Since you're gonna ignore my advice and do it anyhow, here's what I've discovered so far:

All Audio Damage plug-ins, both 32- and 64-bit, swallow the update seamlessly. They are, as best we can tell, unaffected by Mavericks, which doesn't touch the folders they live in.

I did cursory checks of some other plug-ins. I had a couple crashes with Maschine when trying to load kits. Other NI stuff seems fine. I'm personally having some issues with FXpansion plugs, but I don't know if this is me or Mavericks or what. Studio One Two crashes on instance. Plogue Bidule seems to work fine. Max/MSP 6 (and M4L) require a Java update, but otherwise work fine.

So, spotty, basically. If you want to dick around with crashes and strange performance, and some plugs not working, by all means, update. If you have a show coming up, or are in the middle of a project, and you update, you're stupid, and I don't want to be your friend. You deserve all the problems you're having.


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Oct.24.2013 @ 9:40 AM
beauty pill
I watched the Apple presentation and when I learned it was free, I updated without thinking. I'm not proud of it.

Have not had any problems yet.

I want a new macbook pro.

- c

Oct.24.2013 @ 10:12 AM
I had a spare machine - I just updated one mac (like two weeks ago) with a newer one, so my old one still has nearly all the same software on it and isn't a production box.

(I set it to upgrade before you go to sleep. That way when I got up, it's done. Doing that the upgrade took me exactly 15 minutes of interactive time. I don't know how long the actual install took. The download was kinda painful, tho.)

Here's what broke for me:
My 3-year-old version of VMWare fusion.

So far, that's it. Ableton 8 and 9, Logic 9 and X, and all 150-or-so plugins seemed happy. So far. It's not outside the realm of possibility that stuff will break in circumstances beyond my day of testing.

I still gotta check Waveburner and Illustrator, and I couldn't fire up my ancient copy of Photoshop without first installing a new Java Runtime.

Oct.24.2013 @ 2:33 PM
Chris Randall
Just had a go with our stuff in Garageband X, which is totally sandboxed. They don't initially work, but there is a work-around that Sean Costello figured out. I'll detail it in a separate post if we can't immediately fix our installers to deal with it.

If they work here, that means they work in Logic X Sandboxed. Theoretically.


Oct.24.2013 @ 3:52 PM
i spec'd out a new macbook pro and it came to $3727. wtf. fastest CPU and 1TB of storage, 16 GB ram, external superdrive and applecare.

seems unreasonable to me. especially w/no user upgradable things. only at time of purchase.

i hope my quadcore mac pro from 2010 lasts forever. i see a hackintosh or suped up mac mini in my future.


as for mavericks.. i'll not find out until i have to. all you devs get to do the leg work there obviously. i also expect various developers to raise prices on mac plug ins over the next year or so.. maybe $5-10 or something.. a little extra pinch for the man hours that get recycled into OSX plugs again and again.

Oct.24.2013 @ 4:00 PM
Chris Randall
Mine was max-specced in January (?) and came out to $3299 + tax. (No AppleCare, which is a fucking rip-off.) I have to say that it is a hell of a machine. You pay a premium with higher-end MacBook Pros, but you get what you pay for.

I won't complain about build quality or cost of their laptops. The new Mac Pro looks like a screamer. I have enough to complain about with their stupid operating system dumbing-down procedures.


Oct.24.2013 @ 6:14 PM

i can't recall how much my macbook pro cost. i had a top of line 2008 model that went tits up 3 times (apparently not uncommon to this year) and apple lived up to their end of the applecare deal and provided me w/a brand new top of line MBpro quad core to replace it.. so i hardly have any room to complain. on that day i was beaming with happiness and love for all things apple as i walked out of the store w/a spanking new machine.

current mac pro i have is quad core i bought used or (new old stock) from a retailer.. i suspect that's what i'll do again unless i go for the tonymacx86 hackintosh sixcore..

as for the OS.. frack... the app store.. double frack.. all the potential pitfalls and speed bumps.. i hope it all shakes out in a not too super shitty way for devs as well as users.

Oct.25.2013 @ 8:56 AM
Chris Randall
I'm with boobs.

Oct.25.2013 @ 11:43 PM
I have had amazing experiences with Applecare. I wouldn't get it for a desktop, but for a laptop I wouldn't do without.

Oct.29.2013 @ 2:59 PM
Applecare for me seems to run the Murphy's Law route. Most times I have bought it, have not used it. The times I haven't, well....sucks to be me. I'm not sure what my friends and I do to our machines, but even some towers have been through a couple of logic board replacements etc....

Nov.06.2013 @ 7:12 PM
Chris - your last line of this had me laughing hard - and it hits the nail on the head. Should be a sticky for all DAW software and plugin companies!

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