USB 3.0 issues with m-audio hardware

DaveLicky

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Jan 9, 2012
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Morning all.

I'm looking to build a home music production setup. I don't yet own a mac (looking at either cMBP, or iMac if it's ever updated).

My plan was to buy the keyboard controller (m-audio axiom 61) and interface (m-audio fast track) that I decided on, then get the mac.

I was about to pull the trigger and buy the m-audio gear on eBay, then I noticed someone had said that neither are USB 3.0 compatible.

Anyone had a similar problem? Are there any workarounds that don't give significant drawbacks? Anyone heard of any driver updates to make them work with USB 3.0?

Thanks in advance
 

DcoalStrat

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Aug 2, 2012
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Not USB 3 quality but USB 2. I got the fastrack it works fine with my machine. And you don't need USB 3 speed on it.j
 

DaveLicky

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Original poster
Jan 9, 2012
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Not USB 3 quality but USB 2. I got the fastrack it works fine with my machine. And you don't need USB 3 speed on it.j
I know USB 3 speeds are not necessary for audio interface use. My worry is compatibility.

Can you confirm that you're using a fast track with USB 3 and it's ok?
 

blazeken996

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Jan 29, 2009
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All USB 2.0 devices are compatible with USB 3.0 ports, they work exactly the same as if they were on a 2.0 port.
 

zalo

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Jul 30, 2012
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All USB 2.0 devices are compatible with USB 3.0 ports, they work exactly the same as if they were on a 2.0 port.
That is not true, you are making an assumption that the drivers were written correctly and shortcuts weren't taken that USB3 breaks.

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2012/06/usb-3-0-backwards-compatible-in-theory-but-some-audio-drivers-arent-cooperating/

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2012/07/usb3-apple-update-from-ni-your-best-bet-wait/

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2012/07/audio-woes-now-on-new-apple-os-not-just-new-apple-laptops-ni-driver-fix-in-beta/

Native Instruments was the first to be reported but I have read issues about M-Audio also. There are workarounds where you basically turn your USB3 compatibility off.
 

mjn298

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Oct 25, 2011
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Palisades, Washington, DC
I don't have an M-Audio Fast Track but I have a Tascam US-100 (which is conceptually similar from an I/O standpoint I would imagine) and it works fine plug-and-play.

I also have an M-Audio Oxygen (midi keyboard) that works perfectly also, so I can say that (at least some of) the M-Audio midi controllers work but I can't speak to the USB audio boxes.

Wish I could be more helpful.
 

DcoalStrat

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Aug 2, 2012
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I know USB 3 speeds are not necessary for audio interface use. My worry is compatibility.

Can you confirm that you're using a fast track with USB 3 and it's ok?

Im currently out of town and my Fastrack is not with me at the moment. But I might do a test when I get back home on Wednesday. My machine is barely new,less than 14 days. so I have not tried my M-Audio on my new machines with Ivy Bridge. I will let you know. How soon do you need the result?
 

DcoalStrat

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Aug 2, 2012
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Im currently out of town and my Fastrack is not with me at the moment. But I might do a test when I get back home on Wednesday. My machine is barely new,less than 14 days. so I have not tried my M-Audio on my new machines with Ivy Bridge. I will let you know. How soon do you need the result?

I confirm that Fastrack works on USB 3