Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan status update on compatibility

I absolutely love updates like the rest of you but this time I did the sensible thing and waited for confirmation.
I still haven’t upgraded yet, i’d rather have Cubase and all my Native Instruments stuff working.
I’m more annoyed at Apple for promoting the blind upgrade of their operating system without warning people there could be some very inconvenient compatibility issues.
Also, I believe Apple should be doing more to make things compatible. I see a future where they are so pushed to release updates to keep the market excited that they expect 3rd party developers to sort out all the problems they might cause…
Iknow nothing about programming though so i’ll just continue to wait patiently :slight_smile:

Smart man, @HarrySound. I filed a ticket with Apogee. This was their response:

“After checking with Steinberg, it doesnt appear as though Cubase 8 is compatible with El Capitan. The Duet runs off of the Mac’s CoreAudio driver, and if its working in every other software, its likely due to Cubase not being compatible. Please contact Steinberg for more information.”

Note that, as reported on their Mac OS X El Capitan Compatibility Info page, for their Firewire audio interfaces, Duet and Ensemble, Apogee is:

… ending official support of these products on OS X El Capitan and beyond, …

No official word from RME regarding their Firewire audio, though ones like the FF800 and FF400 were officially discontinued anyway. However, I have asked the question on their Official Statement about compatibility with El Capitan? thread, so we shall see what they come back with.

Looks like El Capitan has the sheer drop of its namesake, as far as FW goes!

At least Win 10 continues with support for FW, for the moment, but the writing is on the wall now. Like most FF users, we’ll probably keep ours until they or the PCIe FW cards drop, though, as we are not really using them right now, it might be a good time to sell them, while there might still be some buyers on the market for for them. However, I would prefer to hang onto them until AoIP interfaces with smaller IO numbers get released.

I just updated El Capitan 10.11.2 Beta (15C27e) and Cubase Artist 8.0.3 still crashes before it loads.

I’m using Scarlett 2i2 and have installed their classCompliantMode driver. Still no luck being able to use Artist. Just reporting in, in case its somehow of use.

Maybe the general release of 10.11.2 will fix this issue.


I was also not able to use my Scarlet interface at first (18i20 in my case). I had it working using aggregate device and it was kind of usable. My problem with that solution for me was that my ADAT inputs had some weird issues (input not lining up properly, noisy buzz on working inputs, etc.) but it might be a working alternative for you as you don’t have any ADAT ports on the 2i2. So for my part I decided to give some other DAW a run while Steinberg fix the issue. By the way, the interface is working flawlessly in Studio One… I’m actually trying the demo of Studio One 3 and I seriously considering getting it as they offer it as a crossgrade. I could use it as a fallback DAW as I still prefer the features in Cubase, but I find them very slow to follow upgrades and all… and plus there is no dongle to put up with!

I found the instructions somewhere in this forum; here is the link to the post:

Hope this help!

So are there any further infos when we will get an el capitan working version?
Once again the steinberg company prooved its inability to provide a flawless osx upgrade process…
Thats inacceptable.
But it also seems that they just dont care about user - im really sorry to sad that but - its always the same

They care. In the meantime maybe you should try your hand at learning another DAW? and then when ol’ Steiny is back up you can have some new stems to load into Cubase! Good luck

The bare minimum would be to provide us a date at which they will give more news.

definitely no and yes. i can work with other daws… perhaps i will change completely to logic like many others. but “not back again” :slight_smile:
the thing would have been so simple, el capitan was no surprise release… everyone knew that the new release is around the corner. but steinberg was not fussed about that, cause they didnt care.

ah and perhaps the webmaster from this forum could take the time and take care of the issues with tapatalk, cause the steinberg forum is the only platform in my arsenal that does not work with tapatalk.

thank you

What’s all the fuss with El Capitan? It’s not exactly groundbreaking. The only thing you will likely notice is the new Beachball spinning wheel, since the OS itself is still buggy (I have it on a laptop). Go make some music and enjoy C8 on Yosemite, which works brilliantly.

Well, there’s plenty more! iOS 9 requires El Capitan for full synchronisation. Apples new keyboard/trackpad/mouse requires El Capitan. And on it goes…

And if you buy a new Mac, El Capitan is your only choice!

That’s my problem. I’m blocked upgrading my aging iMac.

I’ll accept having bought a new mac with El Capitan pre-installed, but for the other reasons…? Come on. People have been making music on computers for generations without the need for Apple’s latest mouse or having to have their notes sync’d with their phone.

Cubase will be compatible when it’s ready. Until then, there’s really no much point worrying!

Which is beside the point? Who told you everybody uses their computers JUST for Cubase and music-making?

And what business is of a company to dictate when I should or should not install a new OS, by stalling to update my paid-for product?

No they don’t (care). Public Beta of El Capitan (free to everyone), was available for testing 4 months before release.
Obviously Steinberg didn’t care to even notice, yet alone to download and test it with their products…
Suddenly and totally unannounced El Capitan appears (I’m being sarcastic here) and all the hell beaks loose… What a joke…
As it is, out of “big 4” DAWS, Cubase is THE only one NOT compatible with El Capitan.
PS; Doesn’t bother me much at this stage, since I’m also using (El Capitan certified) - Logic, Live, Reason and Traktion.

New Mac? I have a brand new Mac Pro that I installed an older OS on by just downloading it and creating a boot drive. Apple even states that your previous OS downloads are stored on the App Store for you under the Purchases tab. Accessories? Apple is not the only place in town to buy an Apple trackpad. Don’t fall for the MUST UPGRADE BS that Apple does every September - especially on an OS with such a rocky start.

Unfotunately Steinberg didn’t offer me Cubase for free, I have paid it a lot of money.
So ‘when it’s ready’ is not properly a good message… The “service” is Down, if I was a Company and not a private user I would start to ask Steinberg 10 Euros for each day Cubase “service” is unavailable…
then you will see they will start to take care of beta OS builds and early development/tests for compatibility (at the right time). However I have to thanks Steinberg! Without this embracing fault probably I would not choose to buy Logic Pro, much more cheap and much more better :slight_smile: thank youuuuu

Unless you know something that nobody else does, Apples trackpad and Magic Mouse 2 are the only options if you want those capabilities and features.

No, I’m suggesting that you use your current mouse/trackpad on an older OS that will run on the new hardware or simply buy version 1 accessories from some place other than Apple - which there are many. However, if you’re insisting on being Apple’s guinea pig every time they wave a shiny silver product in front of your face, then good luck with your music hobby.