Big Sur warning

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 12:57 pm

E-drummers using Apple Macs are advised not to update to Big Sur MacOS.

Among those urging customers to hold off from updating is Steven Slate Drums, which notes that its SSD and Trigger solutions are not compatible for Logic or Garageband.

“We are working to resolve this issue and will notify you as soon as this is resolved,” Slate advises.

Also warning customers against the update is Alesis.

“It is important to us that you continue to enjoy using your Alesis products without any downtime. We encourage you to remain on your current macOS until a full statement announcing hardware and software compatibility is made,” a customer alert advises.

Alesis goes further, recommending customers to turn off automatic macOS updates to prevent updating accidentally.

Roland is also taking a wait and see approach: “If you are using a Roland product with a connection to a Mac computer, please continue to stay with macOS Catalina (macOS 10.15) until the results of (compatibility) verification are announced.”

XLN, maker of Addictive Drums, is taking the same approach, noting that its products are not compatible with macOS Big Sur, but says “We're working on it!”.

Native Instruments points out that Big Sur has been tested since its beta version was available in August, but stresses that “we ultimately need to ensure our product compatibility with the release version as well”

It has already identified a number of issues, including potential damage to controllers using a Traktor Kontrol S4 MK3.

Other problems include potential CPU spikes with Maschine MK2 or Mikro MK2, as well as Komplete Audio 1, Komplete Audio 2 Or Komplete Audio 6 MK2.

 The bottom line seems to be “hold off and let others experience the problems instead”.