Macbook Pro 2017 - music producer needs compatible ports

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jdd/soc, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. jdd/soc macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2017
    Poway, California
    Goodness I was going to purchase a new 2017 MacPro, but because in only come with the USB-C ports it is useless to me. How about having two USB ports and/or the same ports on the old unit. I guess i will just keep my old unit and they lose a sale. Sad. As someone that produces music the audio interfaces don't match up to the new computer. My lightning bus-powered interface, Resident Audio, doesn't support it. What a joke. Make me think of Betamax. jdd
  2. William Payne macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2017
    Wanganui, New Zealand.
    This is a beaten to death topic in the MacBook Pro section. Solution really is either buying adapters, docks, or my preference buying cables that fit whatever port is needed externally. Or obviously not buying the laptop at all.

    It is what it is. There really is nothing that can be done about it unless Apple releases another machine at some stage.
  3. Ashton Cofer macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2017
    Columbus, Ohio
    The solution is actually quite simple as long as you are always using the same equipment. Just purchase a couple USB A to USB C adapters that can attach to the end of your USB A equipment. They can just stay on your equipment permanently and it will be as if your equipment uses USB C. Here's a link to some cheap adapters on amazon: (2 for $9.99)
  4. William Payne macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2017
    Wanganui, New Zealand.
    I've heard stories of some after market adapters not always working. Unless you have a fixed cable hardwired into your equipment I think a whatever to USB-c cable may be a better option.
  5. evec macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2016
    Most of USB-Sound interface can operating "direct" connect to USB-C though "Apple USB-A to C Connector".
    The expensive connector with HDMI may have problem with Sound Interface.
  6. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    With USB C its VHS everything else is Betamax and will be superceded over the next couple of years.

    However how about something like this little beauty to provide all those legacy port options and charging in one little portable box.
  8. MarkJames68 macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2017
    Isn’t your interface Thunderbolt? Just get a TB2->TB3 adapter. The USB-C form factor are actually Thunderbolt 3 connections.

    And I’m assuming you mean MacBook Pro because nobody knows the ports on the (rumored) next generation Mac Pro yet.

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