4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2012 5:20 PM by isteveus
Tb0b Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi !

 

I recently buyed a sound card USB M-Audio Fast Track (the last one) and plugged it in my macbook late 2009 running OSX Mountain Lion.

Everything seems to be ok (sound works fine, but i prefer sound from my embedded sound card from the macbook, it doesn't clip like the fast track that i find a bit sensible) but i've installed "drivers" that was on the CD with the package of the sound card.

So my question is: what is this F****** driver ? what is installed on my mac ?  i don't want ASIO or other driver , i just want my coreAudio and i can't see what was installed except a button in system pref that allow me to select 13 or 24 bit.

 

Do you think installer has installed ASIO drivers on my mac ? or just the control pannel for the bit level ?

 

i should never put this CD in my mac ... can you help me ?


MacBook (13-inch Late 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: M-Audio Fast Track and Drivers used
    isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,155 points)

    First of all if you are getting clipping then you are overloading the preamp or you need to turn the gain down on the fast tracks input channel. If you are overloading the input it's better you are doing it to a cheap interface then your expensive Mac.

     

    Fast Tracks don't need a driver they are class compliant the software that usually gets installed is to switch the interface between 16 and 24 bit.

  • 2. Re: M-Audio Fast Track and Drivers used
    Tb0b Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    At first thanks a lot for your answer and sorry for the first line of my post (buyed instead of bought)

     

    When I say that sound is clipping it's beacause of my beat in garageband that is too strong, but with the headphone out i don't hear clips, i just see them in the track while with the fast track i hear them ...

     

    I'm now reassured if you can tell me that the software installation in the CD doesn't touch my OSX drivers even if M-audio name this "Drivers install" on their site.

    So, if i understand it's just the sys-pref button to switch 16-24 bits that is added ? nothing else.

    How can i see if other drivers have been installed ?

  • 3. Re: M-Audio Fast Track and Drivers used
    Tb0b Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i've uninstalled drivers and saw what wah uninstalled. Except a file named MaudioFastTrack.kext there were only software to switch 16-24 bit.

    What is the .kext file ? i've rebooted , the driver is no longer installed but my sound card si always recognized et works good.

     

    what do you think about this, do i may re-install driver or may i keep my system like this ?

  • 4. Re: M-Audio Fast Track and Drivers used
    isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,155 points)

    .kext is a kernel extension file it may be needed for some versions of os x or could be needed to do the 16/24 bit switch.

     

    The fast track is class compliant so drivers really aren't needed as you found out.