Julian_M wrote:Long time since I posted here last as Mrs M's been quite poorly, but as I've been shopping around for another Firewire interfaces this evening (Mrs M wants to do some of her own recording) and checking compatibility, I stumbled on to this thread.
Sorry to say, but you've got it all wrong!! I'm reliably informed (by my latest bank statement), that everyone reading this thread should immediately set about becoming absolutely current with the very latest versions of MacOS as a matter of urgency.
Do not, I repeat do not, delude yourselves into thinking that your horribly out-of-date Firewire interfaces will continue to serve you perfectly well for many years to come.
[This most especially applies to owners of interfaces from RME and Apogee, but also (at a pinch as Mrs M won't know the difference anyway) those from Focusrite, MOTU, Presonus and Mackie.]
You lot really have to understand that you simply cannot continue just plodding along at 400 or even 800 Mbits/s! Embarrassingly slow! What you all need - nay deserve - is the latest, greatest, super-duperist, fastest, USB 3 and Thunderbolt interfaces. Think of the exhilaration of the speed with which your audio signals will transmit up and down those cables! Stop denying yourselves this ultimate thrill! Think of the teeny-weeny latencies you won't be able to hear anyway! Think of those massive sessions involving multiple orchestras you've always wanted to record! Think of the exquisite sonic detail you'll theoretically be able to capture if you also upgrade the rest of your entire signal chain! Out with the old - in with the new, shiny and vitally necessary equipment upgrades!
And absolutely do not under any circumstances chicken out and keep hold of that old equipment, reject entirely the possibility that you won't be able to hear the tiniest difference. Immediately and without hesitation, sell it cheap (not giving a moment's consideration to the impact of a sudden massive glut of Firewire interfaces on the secondhand market) or, preferably, if you happen to live in Yorkshire, just leave it outside your house and PM me your address - I will nobly rid you of the embarrassment, nice chap that I am.
I never upgrade my Mac OS unless I really have to, it's a con, and a lot of my stuff may not work.
I was on Mavericks up until about a year ago, when my Mac broke (they do you know) and had to be repaired, it came back with Sierra on it (not High) I have no intention of updating. It's not compulsory.
Unless they pull that old trick of no support, we have to live with the illusion that computers and music are a good thing, but only if you have a bottomless wallet, like Mac users obviously have.
It's easy to end up with a pile of useless interfaces and other stuff, sometimes it's tempting to plug that old digital multitrack back in.