New Macbook Pro 2018


#1

The new Mac Book pro has new interfaces, no more usb 3.

Who uses that new Model and what Adapters do you use to connect your Audio interfaces?

Today I had troubles with Audio Noise and crackles with GigPerformer.
Then I realized that the issue comes from the used Adapter.

Maybe I expect too much.
HDMI, ilok dongle, usb keyboard and usb rme audio interface connected to the same adapter.

When an audio crackle occured, i just pulled the usb cable of the audio Interface and connected again, then the Problem was solved for the next 20 minutes.

Does anybody have experience and solved that issue?


#2

I wouldn’t put everything on one laptop port. I use an Anker USB-C to 3-port USB dongle (https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Aluminum-Adapter-MacBook-ChromeBook/dp/B00XU6IMWY) and I have my RME audio interface there along with all my MIDI controllers (via a seperate USB hub plugged into one Anker port). I have a thunderbolt external display for when I’m rehearsing and that is plugged into a different USB-C/Thunderbolt port on the Mac.

As for iLok, throw it away :slight_smile:


#3

Thx for that tip.

iLok: I have to use it because of that amazing plugins from Slate Digital, Kush, SlyFi and Eiosis.


#4

Yeah, I understand — I have however made it a policy to never use plugins that require iLok and instead I lobby such developers to use a non-hardware dongle solution. As long as people are willing to buy plugins requiring dongles, it will keep happening.

Let me know when you do a show and someone bumps into your computer and breaks your iLok or you lose it while rushing to tear-down after a show but don’t notice until the next time you perform :slight_smile:


#5

Just read an article about iLok Cloud.
Seems that this is as secure as the hardware.

I have written to Slate Digital, that they should think about using that.


#6

ILok does have a disk lock version these days and most companies seem to support it. I would not want to use any authorization that requires an internet connection every time you start it


#7

With the iLok License Manager app, you only need an internet connection to set up and verify your licenses. After that, it’s hassle-free.


#8

Yes, and I use apps that use that mechanism but not all apps that use iLok allow disk based authorization, I believe the app developer can make that choice


#9

I have this one from day one:

Never had a single issue with it. But I’m with @David, better to spread the load, if too many devices connected to a single port.


#10

I’ve been using this one because it has the mini display port which I need:

While I never had a USB problem with this adapter I did from time to time had an issue with Ethernet port and the mini display port and I had to “reboot” that device by disconnecting and then reconnecting it.

One the other hand the USB-C to USB adapter from Apple is your safest bet. I’ve never had a problem with that one and when I want something to work for sure :slight_smile: I connect through that one.


#11

Just got a feedback from Slate Digital Support, they are just moving to iLok Cloud and it will be available later this year.


#12

Hi, can I verify the license at home, shut down my Mac, go to the gig, start the Mac and play?


#13

Yes. I sometimes don’t connect my work computer to wifi for months at a time. It’s never an issue. It’s also very easy to transfer your iLok licenses from one computer to another if it’s ever necessary.


#14

Really?
Just got. an E-Mail from slate Support,
They Said there is a permanent Internet Connection necessary as Long as i utilize their Plugins with ilok cloud.


#15

I don’t have any apps that need iLok cloud.


#16

Took a look at the support pages of RME.
Seems I did not install the latest flash update which addresses an issue with usb-c to usb2 connection.


#17

Same here. I completely stopped buying/using plugins that require iLok dongle.