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    Hi
    Feel free to abuse me if this has already been asked a thousand times. Is there anyway to use an audio 8 with a new MacBook Pro or are they dead in the water now? I was forced to buy a new MacBook & never thought about the audio 8 not working.
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    It should work with a USB-C to USB-B cable.

    Like these: https://store.djtechtools.com/produc...a-cables-usb-c

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostapha View Post
    It should work with a USB-C to USB-B cable.

    Like these: https://store.djtechtools.com/produc...a-cables-usb-c
    I tried plugging it in but the MacBook didn't see it. I will have another try tomorrow with a fresh mind. Thanks for the reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Percy View Post
    I tried plugging it in but the MacBook didn't see it. I will have another try tomorrow with a fresh mind. Thanks for the reply.
    OK I tried plugging the sound card directly into the MacBook Pro (High Siera and the sound card doesn't't dshow up. Anybody have any ideas or is the audio 8 now finished with.
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    The Audio 8 needs drivers on macOS, which are no longer supported on newer OSes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astromech View Post
    The Audio 8 needs drivers on macOS, which are no longer supported on newer OSes.
    Boo.

    My A10mk2 worked with whatever the last major version was (not the one that was released a few days/weeks ago)...high sierra maybe?

    It's getting harder to find affordable DJ interfaces for 4 decks without integrating it into the mixer...the SL4 might be the only game in town unless you want to go with a recording interface.

    Hopefully, I'm wrong. Someone please tell me I am.

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    The Audio 10 is still supported. I use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astromech View Post
    The Audio 10 is still supported. I use it.
    Thats great but they are not cheap. It always seems sad to have a sound card that is as good as new but not be able to use it. I also use a Korg Zero 4 mixer which has a built in sound card. I am looking into using that bu it is Firewire which causes cable issues. I may try apple support & see if they think it is possible. All this Wonderful new tech has its downsides. Gear from 10 years ago doesn't work or isn't supported but turn tables from 30 years ago work fine, hahaa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Percy View Post
    Thats great but they are not cheap. It always seems sad to have a sound card that is as good as new but not be able to use it. I also use a Korg Zero 4 mixer which has a built in sound card. I am looking into using that bu it is Firewire which causes cable issues. I may try apple support & see if they think it is possible. All this Wonderful new tech has its downsides. Gear from 10 years ago doesn't work or isn't supported but turn tables from 30 years ago work fine, hahaa.
    It's the future.

    FWIW, AFAIK, Firewire still works, it's just a bit of a PITA. If you have the right things to plug a thunderbolt 1 device into your computer, I have a couple of Apple Firewire interfaces for thunderbolt that may still work. If you want it, PM me, and I'll send you one for the cost of shipping. (No idea if they still work, they've been in my box of computer parts since like 2013).

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    Unfortunately USB-C -> Thunderbolt adapter + Thunderbolt -> Firewire adapter is the way to go with these things. I haven't used the Zero 4 but I have several Firewire devices and I don't even trust them through Thunderbolt. I had many problems with my Evo5 soundcard; it all worked fine but if you tried recording the digital signal via Firewire there were weird distortion problems. I wound up selling my Apogee Firewire soundcard because of similar issues when using the adapters -- it sounded and worked great unless I wanted to record the digital signal. Troubleshooting didn't help and Apogee help was limited since the soundcard was discontinued. So I bought a Focusrite USB soundcard which I don't like nearly as much (latency is not really acceptable) but USB has never given me trouble like this.

    If you have Firewire working well, I'm impressed I love Macs but it's annoying as hell that they stopped supporting Firewire and now Thunderbolt. Best bet might be to get a 2013 Macbook, don't upgrade the software too much, and take good care of it.
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