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.23.2013 @ 8:54 AM
It's refreshing for an OS X update not to break nearly everything.

That being said, I'm still at 10.7.5 on my work machine and have no appetite for updates, even though we treat our OSX machines like fancy Linux boxes.

Oct.23.2013 @ 9:15 AM
Thanks for the info Chris. Although the Mac in our house (my wife's) is not used for music, I'll tell her to hold off anyway.

Meanwhile, my "free" Windows 8.1 upgrade has been chewing up what little free time I have. Shame on me for assuming a .1 release would not break things like automated backups to my home server. I'm still trying to find out if it can be fixed or was purposely removed by Microsoft. If on purpose, I'm going to have to do a reinstall of Win 7 or Win 8 and stick with that until I come up with a different backup solution. Haven't even checked to see what of my music stuff might have been broken yet.

Oct.23.2013 @ 9:38 AM
Chris Randall
I haven't done the 8.1 update yet. I just assumed it, like all Windows updates to date, didn't really affect anything audio-wise. (Our original Mayhem release, created before Vista was even announced, still runs fine on my Win8 machine, for instance. The OS X version doesn't work at all and hasn't for years.)

I may check that, but I'm loathe to as my Win8 machine is my main production machine for both AD work and music. Perhaps I'll do some research there.


Oct.23.2013 @ 9:39 AM
@theoryzero -- at least you can upgrade. Both my windows live login and windows 8 store stopped working for no reason when I tried to do an install.

Of course Windows 8 is a mixed bag of awesome and stupid -- the Video app has never been able to play a video for me. And no one at MSFT seems to have a clue why. Or care. They probably all use VLC too.

Oct.23.2013 @ 9:44 AM
Chris Randall
Yeah, most of the tiled apps totally suck. I really like the tile screen, but I have a gigantic multi-touch monitor just for the driver's seat, and that's what the tile screen was designed for. It works well in that context.

link [www.flickr.com]

But the video, audio, PDF, text apps... Jesus christ, they're awful. Take forever to start, impossible to close, and they only work like 10% of the time.


Oct.23.2013 @ 9:48 AM
Chris Randall
Since I didn't make it clear, 10.8 is a _very_ good version of OS X. As is 10.6.8. I would have no problems whatsoever recommending someone go to 10.8 from 10.6.x right now. Skip 10.7 entirely. It is the Windows Vista of Mac OS. Totally pointless, totally shitty, and totally useless.


Oct.23.2013 @ 9:53 AM
I have to say that if you use more than one monitor, like, ever, mavs is a massive, mandatory update. The off screen g world was for the fucking birds. - JC

Oct.23.2013 @ 11:24 AM
I did the upgrade on a Retina Macbook Pro i have here in hopes that the "advanced power management" might allow me to get more than 1 hour battery life while i wait for Apple to replace the unit.

My FXpansion plugs are no longer authorized.

Is that the issue you are having Chris?

BTW - still no battery life so that was a wasted hour.

Oct.23.2013 @ 11:32 AM
I'm still running Win7, wasn't all that temted to upgrade to 8, with 8.1 I'm not so sure...

Metro part of it aside, people seem to be liking its desktop as in - it works better as the one in Win7 (newer, optimized...).

True? Worth upgrading?

I'm using StudioOne 2.something and have a legit Win8 serial somewhere (bought it while it was 39$.


Oct.23.2013 @ 11:51 AM
Chris Randall
Yes, myrnaloy, that's the exact same problem I'm having.


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