In a recent issue of Keyboard Magazine, writer John Krogh strongly recommended against musicians using Mac OS X at this time, and reported that many Mac OS music software titles won’t function properly under X — or even under Mac OS 9.1 (he doesn’t use above Mac OS 9.0.4 currently because of this).
Keyboard also said that none of the professional sequencers/recorders currently available for Power Macs would run under Mac OS X, indicating that the software will have to be totally rewritten. Keyboard quotes Cycling ’74’s David Zicarelli as saying of Mac OS 8.6 “most people seem to consider it the golden era of the Mac OS.”
Meanwhile, MacCentral reader Martin Totusek said that there seems to be a huge lack of native Mac OS X music software titles announced for release. The music-related industries are “clearly watching to see what happens next on the Mac OS platform,” he added.
However, most folks think that the situation is merely part of the growing pains of a major operating system change. Gene Steinberg, author of ”
The Mac OS X Little Black Book,” said that Apple’s Mac OS X site contains information about pending software releases.
“There’s work to be done with regard to sound handling under the new operating system,” he said.