iPad Pro PSA: Apogee ONE incompatible with iPad Pro 3rd Gen. (2018)

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by gnomeisland, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. gnomeisland macrumors 6502a

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    The 2018 iPad Pro doesn't play nice with the Apogee ONE for Mac and iOS. Apogee's own USB-C cable does nothing. Using a USB-A cable with the USB-C adapter gives you audio out but nothing shows in Maestro which means no control over phantom power, internal vs. external mic, and no low-latency mixing. Apogee says the problem is that with the switch to USB-C, the audio protocols have changed and they need to write new drivers. No timeline on update though.

    I suspect that this is true for Duet and Quartet as well but I don't have those to test.
     
  2. jammybastard, Nov 30, 2018
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    I contacted Apogee CS and they confirmed their products are not compatible with the 2018 ipad proa.
    They said that their engineers are working on a solution.
    Hopefully it will be a just new cable with USB-C to Apogee’s connector ao I can use it with my One and Jam96k.
     
  3. gnomeisland thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have an Apogee micro-USB to USB-C cable that is listed on their website as compatible with the ONE but it does not work. The tech I spoke to said this isn't a cable problem it is a change in how audio is handled.

    The 2018 iPad Pros don't seem to use the MFi standard/technology. This is critical because all the Apogee iOS products use a special chip to do full-support of Lightening, which was one of the big hardware changes between the USB-only Duet and ONE and the iOS versions. Apple now implements a pretty standard USB-C audio, like their notebook/desktops, so I'm 99% sure it is a driver issue.

    I'm curious to see if the new drivers actually bring support for the older USB-only devices since the MFi hardware isn't necessary anymore.
     
  4. jukeboxaddict macrumors member

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    Hmmmm does anyone know if this means the Mic Plus is also incompatible? It ships with a Micro USB (on the mic's side) to USB-C cable.
     
  5. gnomeisland thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No clue. It probably depends on how the audio interface is implemented. Does it work on Windows or Android phones? If it does, then it may have a USB standard mode and work fine (even if it doesn’t/can’t use the MFi drivers).

    I have the older MiC but haven’t tried it yet. Even if it did work I’m not sure it would be of help to you.
     

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