Logic Pro 7 - Exploding XSKeys

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by kerbliner, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. kerbliner macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2007
    This is a really weird one...

    A client of mine contacted me on Wednesday saying his Logic XSKey had exploded. I would usually think that they’re doing something stupid, or exaggerating the situation (I get a lot of calls like this you see...). In this case, it’s totally true!

    In the middle of a recording session, Logic Pro 7 quits saying ‘no XSKey’, the computer shuts down, and there is a high pitched whistle coming from the back of the Mac Pro. The dongle was literally blowing itself up like a balloon! It was removed immediately (burning fingers on molten plastic), and has now set in the shape you see in the pictures...


    Not something you see every day! I'm really not sure how this is even possible considering USB connections are 5v 0.1A, nowhere near enough power to cause overheating like this!

    My contact at Apple has shipped out a couple of reaplacements right away, although we're right on the verge of going over to Logic Studio anyway (XSKey-less thankfully). I thought I'd share this with the MacRumours community for interests sake, and to see if anyone else has ever seen this before!?!


  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Thats amazing...!

    We have 80 odd logic XS keys at the Uni, none of them ever did that and tbh I've never heard of one doing that for the 600+ logic users at the Uni...!!!

    I'm happy to see the back of the dongle tbh, never liked them. Shame I can't get rid of the iLok too.
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Glad it's gone as well! MacBook/15MacBook Pro users only have two (very valuable) USB slots, the XSkey never helped productivity...
  4. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    If that's not a clear sign to head for the light of the dongle-less Logic Pro 8 then nothing is.

    Logic Studio 8 is the best thing Apple did in 2007 IMO.
  5. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    I would assume that will be instantly replaced. I would be upset at the lost productivity. Recently upgraded to 8 so the dongle now sits in the box. I hope you are able to work things out quickly. I wonder if a cap went or something...

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