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Old 11-08-2013, 12:05 PM
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Default Scarlett 18i20 and USB 3 on Mac

I'm thinking about getting a new Mac Book Pro. Since they only have USB 3 port and Thunderderp ports now, I'm wondering is the Scarlett interfaces will work on the USB 3 ports on the new Mac Books?

I know that on Windows they do not work when you plug them into a USB 3 port and you have to use a USB 2 port. But since the new Mac Books don't have USB 2 ports any more, wondering if I would be wasting my money or not.
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:07 PM
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Default Re: Scarlett 18i20 and USB 3 on Mac

I'm not using a Scarlette, but have it's older brother the Saffire Pro 40. Originally I ran it using a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter with NO PROBLEMS. Keep that in mind. From what I've read on here people are having luck with the Scarlette on USB 3 and MBP's. Also remember, that Mavericks OSX is NOT qualified yet for Pro Tools. Some people are having success, and others are having a real 'f**k' of a time getting them to play nice. Personally, I'd look into finding an i7 MBP with FW800, Thunderbolt and USB 3 loaded with Mountain Lion OSX (i'm running 10.8.2 with no problem) used (Pre-2013 ie: Non-retina). These models are also upgradable to 16gb of ram and you can swap out the optical drive for a second hard drive. I'm still waiting for my apple care to expire to make that move though.

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