MOTU ready for the Snow Leopard

Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard is due to ship on August 28th. To prepare for this major OS release, MOTU has worked closely with Apple to ensure a smooth transition for your MOTU products when you make the move to Snow Leopard.

In most cases, current versions of your MOTU software have already been made forward-compatible with Snow Leopard, including support for Mac OS X’s latest advances in multi-threading and multi-processor operation. In other cases, MOTU software updates or driver updates are now (or soon to be) available to tame the new Snow Leopard in your Mac.

64-bit support is on the way
MOTU engineering teams are hard at work developing support for Snow Leopard’s new, optional 64-bit mode. For now, however, Snow Leopard defaults to 32-bit mode, and all newer Mac models that have the ability to support 64-bit mode (from late 2008 onward) default to 32-bit mode. Therefore, until 64-bit support becomes more widespread for the Mac in general, MOTU recommends running Snow Leopard in 32-bit mode. Stay tuned to for future announcements about 64-bit support in MOTU hardware drivers and software products.

MOTU hardware
Device drivers are now available for Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard for all MOTU FireWire/USB2 audio interfaces, FireWire video interfaces, PCI-424 audio interfaces, and USB MIDI interfaces. For a complete list of the minimum driver versions required for Mac OS X v10.6, read this tech note. Please download the latest installers here.

MOTU software
All currently shipping versions of MOTU software products are compatible with Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, except for Ethno Instrument (see note below). For a complete list of the minimum versions required for Mac OS X v10.6, read this tech note. If you don’t already have them, you can download the latest updaters here.

If you own a MOTU virtual instrument or any other iLok-authorized product, be sure to download and install the latest iLok software installer from on your new or updated Snow Leopard system.

Ethno Instrument will soon be compatible with Snow Leopard. Please check this tech note for further news as it becomes available.

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