Old interface not recognized by new mac

Imac 10.12.3 3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 . 16 GB Ram MOTU Traveler MK3 (latest drivers)

Just bought this dandy new computer and hooked up my interface with no problem. Everything worked fine. Then intermittently, the traveler became disconnected wth the computer. I simply disconnected the usb chord and then reconnected and the computer recognized the interface. For some unknown reason, my interface will not connect any more. Tried rebooting but that did not work. I called apple and they said that the interface is simply too old. Is this BS or do I really need to go out and buy another interface? Thanks for your help.

Pete Thomas

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It could be te MOTU drivers aren't compatible with Sierra:

Current versions of all MOTU software products and most hardware drivers available at motu.com/download (latest versions) appear to be compatible with Sierra, although final compatibility testing is still on-going. Please make note, however, of the required driver updates below.

I would contact MOTU

called apple and they said that the interface is simply too old. Is this BS

Maybe maybe not. It may be too old for the latest version of OS X is probably what they should have said.

It could be that that interface isn't too old, but that the computer is too new.


Even if you've got the latest driver running, try reinstalling it. I found I had to reinstall a few things after the Sierra update.


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