Native Instruments Products will not be compatible with El Capitan on launch day

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On Wednesday, Apple is set to release the next major update to Mac OS X.

El Capitan, available from Wednesday 30th September for free from the Apple AppStore, promises to delivery massive under the hood improvements bringing better performance and faster app loading times. Lots of users will be eager to update and bag these free performance improvements.

However, it looks like Native Instruments is late to the party, and if you use any of their DJ and Producing product lines you may want to read on before upgrading your Mac.

Native Instruments has released a statement outlining potentially serious issues concerning Komplete, Traktor and Maschine products when used with El Capitan.

Two major issues have been identified:

NI plug-ins do not pass the AUDIO UNITS validation in Mac OS X 10.11

In Mac OS X 10.11, Native Instruments AUDIO UNITS plug-ins will not pass the AU validation and will therefore not be available in Logic Pro. The root cause of this issue has been identified and a solution is currently being developed in close contact with Apple.

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Incompatibility with some older NI hardware

There are compatibility issues between some older NI devices and Apple’s upcoming operating system. This issue triggers a ‘kernel panic’ – this serious problem will crash the connected computer immediately, resulting in loss of any unsaved work, or serious disruption of a performance.

The following hardware is affected:

  • Traktor Kontrol S4 Mk1
  • Traktor Kontrol X1 Mk1
  • Traktor Audio 2
  • Audio 2/4/8 DJ
  • Maschine Mk1
  • Guitar Rid 3 (Rig Kontrol Hardware)

There are beta drivers already available that fix this issue. Updated drivers will be released as soon as they have been fully tested on OS X 10.11 – shortly after Apple releases OS X 10.11 to the public.

Download the beta drivers here

To keep your system working normally with the affected products, Native Instruments strongly recommends waiting before upgrading your computer to OS X 10.11 El Capitan until these issues have been fully solved by either Native Instruments or Apple.

This is very disappointing news considering El Capitan has been in beta for several months.

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