If you upgraded to macOS Sierra w/out first making sure that UA had released compatible driver updates (they haven't), then you (like me) have likely been bummed ever since.
But if you (like me) have a UA Thunderbolt device*, then you're in luck! Here's the fix:
- Disconnect/power down your UA device
Both work just as well.
- Download UAs 'UAD-Mac-v874.pkg' driver
Then drag it to your desktop so it'll be within easy reach when you need it.
- Boot your Mac into Recovery Mode
Make sure your volume's all the way up. Then reboot. Hold down the Command + R keys simultaneously soon as you hear the chime.
- Go into Terminal
When the “OS X Utilities” screen appears, pull down the ‘Utilities’ menu at the top of the screen and choose “Terminal”.
- Disable csrutil**
Type the following command into the Terminal and then hit return: csrutil disable; reboot
- Install The UA driver you downloaded earlier
Go through the reinstall process 'UAD-Mac-v874.pkg' file. The installer will tell you that you need to reboot to finish the driver install process. Let that reboot happen. The driver is now (re)installed.
- Boot back into Recovery Mode
Reboot, then press and hold Command + R right after you hear the chime.
- Go back into Terminal
Type the following command into the Terminal and then hit return: csrutil enable; reboot
Reconnect/power up your device. All should work as it did before. Enjoy! :)
* This only works with Thunderbolt devices, and the connections must be 100% Thunderbolt too (no adapters).
**After you hit enter, you may or may not see a message telling you that the "System Integrity Protection has been disabled and the Mac needs to restart for changes to take effect". I didn't. Others did. Either way your Mac will automatically reboot.
- Disconnect/power down your UA device
As if it wasn't already a no-brainer to get this app. If you play guitar and have an iPhone and for some reason don't already have GuitarToolkit, now's the time to buy.
Check out my review of it here if you haven't already & follow the link to purchase.
Are you familiar with Radiohead's "Fitter Happier"? It's the seventh track on Ok Computer (click the player above to listen to it now if you need a refresher). Thom Yorke once said that he considers this song to be the most upsetting thing he's ever written.
But what makes it so upsetting? The music plays a part for sure. The words too. Especially the words. It isn't just the words (a frustrated list of mid-90's slogans interspersed with the shards of an impending nervous breakdown) or what they represent, it's their delivery. I can't say for sure, but it's my hunch that Yorke chose that voice instead of his own because his was too human to do the song justice. What better way to deliver such disconnected, self-deceiving, hopeless, hollow prose than by marrying it to a voice that can only pretend to be a person? Listen again now and see if you can suss out why that voice is so inhuman.
I'll give you a hint: It's not what's there, but what isn't.
The computer isn't breathing.
Listen for the breath before the words in that song: There's nothing there, and it sounds... wrong. Programmers noticed this problem a few years back, and added subtle little intakes of breath into the spaces where we're all so unconsciously accustomed to hearing breathing happen.
If you're reading this on a modern Mac, then you can hear it for yourself. Highlight this paragraph and the one just above it, and then control-click the highlighted text. Then select first "Speech" - and then "Start Speaking". Listen for it just after the commas, and just before each new sentence begins. It's hardly perfect, but it's a whole lot closer to real than it used to be.
What you just heard contains the key to changing chords like a pro. I'll explain how this works in my next post, "Easy as Breathing: Part 2".
Every so often I find my concentration broken by birds. It's happened most while I've been working on this website, as I have been every day now for more weeks on end than I care to count. Rewarding work for sure (or at least I trust it will be in the end), but the process isn't often much fun. I wasn't built to sit in one place and stare at a screen for this long. How all of you out there with office jobs can tolerate anything even close to this on a daily and potentially never-ending basis is absolutely beyond me.
I might've given up long ago were it not for the birds.
I'm not a big fan of birds in general, if I'm honest: I find it really difficult to relate to them emotionally. The cries of these particular birds, however, always make me smile; because these particular birds are seagulls, which reminds me that I live less than ten blocks away from the ocean and that my desk is a lovely old wooden table and my office a big, wooden balcony with wide, green leaves for walls and a ceiling of bright blue sky.
"Why do you need to live in California?" my folks sometimes ask me. Why live all the way out here when it's so far away from where I grew up and where almost all of my immediate family still
This is why.