Native Instruments: OS X El Capitan Now Safe For Traktor, Maschine Users

Having cautioned DJs and producers using Macs about a month and a half ago against upgrading to OS X 10.11.1 (El Capitan), Native Instruments has announced today that the issues are resolved.

The primary issue with the 10.11 software update included major kernel panics when using older NI devices, like S4/X1 MK1s, Maschine MK1s, Audio 8/4/2 DJs, and Rig Kontrol 3s. New version 2.8.0 drivers available here have fixed that issue. There also were issues with NI Audio Units (like Maschine, Massive, and Reaktor) completely not working in DAWs like Logic.

Serato DJ and Rekordbox users should continue to refrain from upgrading their operating systems as both Serato and Pioneer have released statements that their softwares currently experience major issues on El Capitan. For Serato users, the new update often manifests in issues with the hardware drivers – we’ve seen reports of controllers not working, mixers not unlocking the full version of the software, etc.

On Rekordbox, the issues are much more contained to the new Rekordbox DJ performance section – potentially disabling the DJ features entirely and invalidating the license. Dangerous!

As always, if you’re a DJ who plays out regularly, we recommend not updating your operating system until all of the software and digital hardware tools you use have been verified as working by the manufacturer.   

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