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Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Compatibility Guide

Published: Tue November 11, 2014  News Feed

Apple announced Yosemite, the successor to Mac OS X Mavericks, at their Worldwide Developer's Conference 2014, way back in June. Even though it represents a great improvement for the Apple OS, some music producers working with computer music gear are still not sure about updating! However, manufacturers of Apple compatible devices have been testing to make sure their products work with the new OS. Our Yosemite Mac OS X 10.10 Compatibility Information Guide has all the information you need to know!

With every OS update, there's always the worry that your gear may not work properly any more! This is especially true of music producers, who might fear losing crucial data when updating to a new operational system, or who sometimes might find that a device that used to work perfectly well has stopped working. Of course, those worries are well-founded, and things like that have happened over the years - it's nobody's fault, mind... this is just how technology works! Some older gear will always have more compatibility issues than new gear, and when Apple develops a new OS, they can't really work closely with everyone, all the time, though they work closely with many brands, and beta testing always helps minimizing any major issues.

You should be excited about the new Yosemite OS, as it has a host of new features that should be great for music producers, such as:  
  • You can see iPhone calls and messages on your Mac, great if you're collaborating with someone over a long distance, or just to make sure you don't miss important messages when you're absorbed working on a track.
  • New Bluetooth option allowing OS X Yosemite users to scan and connect to enabled devices. MIDI over Bluetooth LE, is a new feature that Apple aims  to create as a standard for MIDI devices. This is worth mentioning considering there are many third-party creators of keyboards, drum pads, and DJ controllers made specifically for iOS devices.
  • Improved Airdrop, which will allows seamless sharing with your device, so you can drop a track just bounced from your DAW onto your iPad immediately, or vice versa.
As a rule of thumb, however, especially when working in a recording studio environment or while in the middle of a digital audio recording project, it is never advisable to make major changes to the recording environment. These changes include such things as updating your drivers, updating software versions, and especially updating your operating systems.

One should never make such major changes to their recording environment until you have completed said projects. Once you have a gotten to a safe point, it would then be advisable to take the time to back up and/or make an image of your computer as a precautionary safeguard should anything bad occur during the update/upgrade process.

Once this step is completed, it is a good time to do some intel gathering. Once you have checked and double-checked that you are free and clear of known compatibility issues or bugs, it is fair to assess that you can update and upgrade your system.

Here's what some of the most popular brands have said about where they're at regarding Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility:  

Ableton announced that Live 9.1.5 or higher is compatible with Yosemite. Also compatible is the latest version of Max for Live (6.1.9). Since Live 8 is a legacy version, there are no plans to update it further and is not officially tested or supported on Yosemite (although it may run). If you choose to use Live 8 with Yosemite, you do so on your own accord.  

Should you upgrade to OS X 10.10? 
If you plan to upgrade to OS X 10.10, please be aware that there's always a risk that a new operating system introduces unforeseen problems or incompatibilities with your DAW, third party plug-ins (VST / AU), hardware drivers or other software tools you are using. We strongly recommend checking with each manufacturer if your software and hardware will work with the new operating system.   If you are working on time-critical projects, we'd recommend staying with your current operating system for the time being.  

Are there any known issues with OS X 10.10?
Certain 32-bit VST plug-ins that make use of outdated versions of the JUCE framework seem to have drawing problems with the plug-in GUI.   The symptoms are: completely empty plug-in windows, misaligned UI elements, not being able to close the plug-in window.   If you experience such issues, we recommend using the 64-bit versions of these plug-ins, if available, and contacting the plug-in developer for additional information.   Users encountering errors while exporting audio/video may be using a Live zoom setting other than 100%. If you experience such errors, please reset the zoom to 100% to complete the export.  

Their Official Statement said: "The correct operation of the full, public release of this platform is not yet verified by our development and test departments. As a result, support for OS X Yosemite is not currently offered for Allen & Heath digital hardware, software applications, or third-party proprietary software used with our product ranges. We cannot confirm a date for providing support for this platform at present, but note that full software testing and verification will commence following the official launch by Apple. As our test programmes are completed we will update this notice."  

Apogee has released drivers and control software that is compatible with OS X Yosemite for many of the products on their current product line. You can download the most recent software here. If yours hasn’t been updated yet, check back soon.  

Arturia have provided info on what to do in case of V-Collection 3 install Fail in Yosemite OSX 10.10:   If during the installation process, you face this message:


Click "OK" button   Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click General.


Press : Open Anyway button. Then if you try to install the V-Collection, you could face this message:


In this case:  
1) Install the latest eLicenser Version
2) If there is a issue related to load or install one of the Software of the V-Collection, you can download the latest versions :   ARP-2600V CS-80V Jupiter 8V Mini V Modular V Prophet V Spark VDM Wurlitzer V Oberheim SEM V Analog Lab  

Important Note:
Analog Lab as a Plugin works on Audio Unit only for the moment Even if Oberheim and Wurlitzer are failing the installation, the softwares are fully working, this is related to eLicenser, and we are working hard in order to bring you a solution ASAP.  

Avid does not support Yosemite for any of their products at this time EXCEPT for Sibelius 7.1.3 and 7.5. Sibelius 6.2 and earlier are not supported on OS X 10.10, but Sibelius 6.2, although not fully tested nor supported, should work on OS X 10.10. It will have the same issues with registrations as OS X 10.7 and 10.8  

Tests have shown that Melodyne editor, assistant, essential and also Melodyne studio 3 run without any problem on the new operating system. If you use Melodyne as a plugin, please check whether your DAW is already compatible with Yosemite before updating to the new system.  

Focusrite has stated that all of their products EXCEPT the RedNet interfaces are compatible with Yosemite.  

Anyone is using the Blueboard be warned that there appears to be an issue with the Blueboard and OS X 10.10 Yosemite: the Blueboard won't connect to the Mac bluetooth via the Blueboard app after an upgrade to OS X 10.10. IK Multimedia is aware of issue but no further news yet.  

Due to changes within Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Stutter Edit is currently not supported. Stutter Edit is still compatible with the latest version of OS X 10.9 however.   There are currently no known issues with iZotope’s other current products and Mac OS X Yosemite. Testing with this new version of OS X is ongoing, and some issues may arise that may require a software update.   If you do run into any OS X 10.10-specific issues, iZotope has requested that you contact iZotope Support directly.  

LINE 6  
Line 6 has updated their product line for compatibility with Yosemite. You can download updated drivers and software here.  

They are conducting ongoing testing and development in order to support this new operating system with their products. When official support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite is extended to a specific product, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite will be listed as a supported OS on the product’s page under Specifications.   Many hardware products are class compliant, and do not require drivers or updates to connect to a Mac running Yosemite.  However, prior to updating your computer’s operating system, make sure that any audio software applications you plan to use with your hardware are supported on your computer and operating system.  

MOTU has worked with Apple to ensure current MOTU products are compatible with OS X Yosemite, and to provide a smooth transition for your MOTU products when you upgrade to OS X Yosemite. The latest versions of all MOTU software and audio/MIDI hardware drivers available at motu.com/download (including several driver updates posted this week) appear to be compatible with OS X Yosemite, although compatibility testing is still on-going. In some cases, MOTU software updates may be available soon to achieve 100% compatibility. Check motu.com frequently for further announcements in the near future.  

Native Instruments has conducted compatibility tests with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite which have shown current NI products to work without any specific issues under standard installations of this operating system. However, products with a hardware dependency, such as Maschine, Komplete Kontrol, Traktor, Guitar Rig and Controller Editor will not launch when AVIDs Core Audio Manager / Drivers are installed under 10.10 Yosemite. Native Instruments and Avid are working together to resolve this compatibility issue.   Native Instruments is currently conducting further systematic compatibility and performance tests with the release version of Yosemite, and will provide new information as it becomes available.  

Still testing, no announcement yet.  

PreSonus has qualified the following products for use with Yosemite:
  • FaderPort
  • Studio One 2.6.3
  • Notion 5
  • Notion Conducting
  • Classic StudioLive 24.4.2, 16.4.2, 16.0.2 and FireStudio Project, FireStudio Mobile, FireStudioTube and FireStudio Lightpipe with Universal Control 1.7.2
The following products are still under testing:
  • Capture 2.0
  • Room Control
  PreSonus is also aware of the following problems and are working hard to resolve them:
  • Recording audio with the StudioLive 32.4.2AI, 24.4.2 AI and 16.4.2AI is currently not possible on Yosemite when using Universal Control AI as the mixers are not seen by Audio MIDI Setup as an audio device. However, control of the AI consoles is still possible using this version of Universal Control AI
  • Recording Audio with a StudioLive RM Series Mixer using Universal Control AI or is currently not possible as it cannot be seen by Audio MIDI Setup as an audio device. However, control of the mixer is still possible using UC Surface.
  • AudioBox USB, 22VSL, 44VSL, 1818VSL, iOne and iTwo with AudioBox VSL 1.3 will not display or use control panel until the device is hot-plugged (meaning pull the USB cable and plug it back in).
Initial testing of the new Mac OS X Yosemite has not revealed any problems with the latest versions of Reason (version 7.1.1 and 8), Reason Essentials (version 2.1.1 and 8), ReCycle (version 2.2.4) or the Balance audio interface.   RME   RME has released driver version 2.03 for their USB interfaces including the Fireface UFX, 902, UCX, UC, Babyface, MADIface Xt and MADIface USB. This update fixes crackling and stutter effects on OS 10.10 Yosemite. It also includes other bug fixes.  

Roland has posted a compatibility chart declaring which hardware drivers have been updated for Yosemite. You can view the chart here.   Rapture LE, SI-Drum Kit, and Cakewalk Sound Center will not work on Yosemite.   SONNOX   Compatibility testing of Sonnox G5 plug-in software with OS X 10.10 ‘Yosemite” has so far shown no specific issues in Yosemite-compatible host DAWs. Not all DAWs are yet confirmed compatible with OSX 10.10 Yosemite, but they will conduct further compatibility and performance testing as necessary, and make further announcements in due course.  

Steinberg said they currently cannot recommend Steinberg customers to update to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. While they ensured that installers of current product range were compatible with Yosemite from the start, there has been sporadic user feedback regarding issues when running under Apple’s new operating system since its public release. This information is currently being evaluated through their quality assurance team; in case you rely heavily on a seamless operation of Steinberg products, you're advised to postpone the Yosemite update until they have published their product compatibility chart.  

According to Apple, OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks includes heightened security measures that are also part of the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite. These security measures affect some TASCAM audio interfaces, so users are advised to be aware, and hold off on updating until further information is available.  

These products use Apple's built in CoreAudio driver. The Settings Panel installer is fully compliant with Apple's latest security measures.  
  • US-2x2
  • US-4x4
  The latest drivers are compliant, but testing is ongoing for these products:
  • US-322
  • US-366
  • US-1200
  • UH-7000
Cannot be used with the current driver (public or beta): IF-FW/DMmkII: Development is on-going and a version that is compliant with the new security measures will be made available as soon as possible. Please keep your system at 10.9.4 or earlier if you wish to continue to use the IF-FW/DMmkII.   TASCAM Mixer Companion: Gatekeeper Security must be set to "allow all" for TMCompanion to be installed. It can be reverted to higher security settings after installation.   Other audio interface products not mentioned are no longer supported.  


They have updated the drivers for the following products, for Yosemite OSX 10.10:

At this time, the new Apple hardware products and OS X Yosemite have not yet been fully tested by Universal Audio.   UA will fully test these new products as soon as possible and will post further information as it becomes available. Initial tests of OS X Yosemite and UAD software have detected no major issues.

However, this testing has not been comprehensive and there may be other issues to consider before upgrading to OS X Yosemite in the near future.   Known Issues: Some relatively minor graphics issues with UAD software have been reported. These issues generally don’t prohibit use of the software and will be addressed in a UAD future release.  

Thunderbolt 2 Compatibility: All Universal Audio Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices are compatible with both Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 ports, so we do not anticipate any issues with the new iMac with Retina 5K display or the new Mac mini which now feature Thunderbolt 2 ports.  

All Waves Native plugins V9 as well as the Waves License Center are now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.   Please note: SoundGrid plugins and software applications are not yet supported by Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. We are working to resolve this compatibility issue as soon as possible. Waves has also included a fix for anyone who had installed Waves plug-ins on a Yosemite-equipped Mac. You can download that fix as well as the Offline installer if you have not yet installed your Waves plug-ins here (the offline installer is required to install Waves plug-ins on Yosemite).  

It has been confirmed that glitch noise is produced when you use the TAC-2/TAC-2R under Mac OS X Yosemite (v10.10), so do not update your Mac OS to the latest version (v10.10) for the time being if you use the TAC-2/TAC-2R.  
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