• Joe A
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    Catalina Warnings
    The latest macOS Catalina (10.15) will be released soon, but audio/music people should probably not jump in right away! A growing litany of audio/DAW manufacturers are warning of incompatibilities, and telling their customers to hold off until they can update their products for full compatibility. I would guess that in many cases this may have to do with the fact that Catalina will no longer support 32-bit code—most applications now use 64-bit coding, but there are probably bits and pieces of older code in many DAWs and plug-ins. (Mojave offers periodic warnings of future incompatibility—I get them sometimes when opening Pro Tools!) Of course most studios and DAW users already know not to be the first ones on the block to do any major updates, but newer users should take heed. The best strategy before updating is to check with the makers of *all* software for definite word on compatibility, and when they begin to appear, bookmark any (reputable) sites—especially music/DAW-related sites—that provide Catalina compatibility charts.
  • Joe A
    Posts: 1834
    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Catalina Warnings
    Catalina has been released, but audio/music people should still definitely hold off from upgrading! The list of audio/DAW manufacturers warning users to hold off updating has grown considerably since Catalina was first announced—even my own mailbox is populated with numerous incompatibility warnings from a host of companies (see below). A quick search for "Catalina compatibility music software" should turn up plenty of information, including a few active compatibility lists, which I'd bookmark and consult regularly before even thinking about jumping in. Companies warning not to upgrade: Antelope Avid Eventide FXpansion iZotope Native Instruments Plugin Alliance Soundtoys PreSonus Reason Universal Audio
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