UR22 and El Capitan

As the result of some equipment rotation, my Steinberg UR22 audio interface ended up connected with my MacBook Pro, which is running OS X El Capitan version 10.11.4. I was a little surprised to find that the white LED on the UR22 was blinking – meaning that the interface is not connected. (A steady light means it is.) Also, the Settings extension for the Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver would not load when I tried to check the version of the driver.

Apple always seems to make some drastic changes to the audio system of OS X in every major version, so that audio interface manufacturers need to play catch up for a while. Usually they don’t take a lot of time to release updated drivers, but a new major OS X release is a good way to gauge who is on the ball and who is not. Usually Create Digital Music compiles a frequently updated list of compatible products, as they did with El Capitan.

It turned out that Yamaha/Steinberg have already updated the USB audio driver a couple of times since the release of OS X El Capitan, but I was just running an older version of it. Downloading the latest driver from Yamaha or Steinberg cures the problem. Just follow the installation guide and install the new driver over the old.

Drivers updated, mon capitan! Full speed ahead!

Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver Updates and Downloads

CDM: OS X El Capitan update breaks some music software

The Steinberg UR22 has been discontinued. Try the Steinberg UR22 mkII* instead.

*Musikhaus Thomann Linkpartner

NOTE: I’m trying out my new Thomann store redirector. If you follow the UR22 mkII link above, it should suggest you a regional Thomann web store in the European Union, based on your browser’s language setting. Let me know if it works, or doesn’t. (Twitter is fine.)

Also available: my review of the original UR22 (from 2013, in Finnish)

Prince collaborations and giveaways

Rest In Peace, Prince. As the world mourns the passing of His Purpleness, it is definitely difficult to share our favorite tracks and performances, because Prince had some funky ideas about the Internet, and where the world tends towards streaming, he resisted the trend (except for Tidal, so go figure).

Still, some great cover versions, collaboration tracks, rare cuts, and songs he gave away to others are available  – here is a small collection I came up with, just trying to remember the best ones over the years.

Prince – A Case Of You*
From the 2007 album A Tribute to Joni Mitchell*, featuring Björk, Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello, and many more.

Kate Bush – Why Should I Love You?*
A lovely collaboration with Kate Bush from her 1993 album Red Shoes*. Why it wasn’t titled ”Why Should I Love U?” is anyone’s guess. Kate recently wrote a message to Prince on her website.

Bangles – Manic Monday*
Prince wrote the Bangles’ biggest hit under the pseudonym ”Christopher” (his character in the movie ”Under the Cherry Moon”). In April 1986 it was blocked from the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s number one position by Prince’s own Kiss.

Madonna – Love Song*
Prince played guitar on some tracks on Madonna’s Like a Prayer* album, and they did this together in Paisley Park.

Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Oops, not available.

More if I find more.

* the links take you to the iTunes store