Mixbus and Snow Leo Jack only works 1 out of 5
Don´t know if it´s Mixbus or Jack but one of them or maby both acts really strange and I´m lucky if I get it to work about 1 out of 5 times, sometimes I try for hours with no luck at all.
I´m running Snow Leo 10.6 but I doubt it will fixe it self uptdating to latest snow Leo cause Logic and everything else works just good.
It´s very confusing I´m not even sure I clearly can describe the different kind of problems I experience with this combo Mixbus and Jack. See my first language is not English.
Any way after only a short time using Mixbus I´m a fan I love the program but it´s not stable and Jack man what a strange thing. Who would need all it can do and when it comes down to buissnes it shows it actually can´t deliver at all, not everytime anyway. So why program such a complecated thing and first of all why hook up Mixbus with it, that´s what I can´t understand. Why not just work something out like Rewire between Reason and Logic etc etc.
A couple of days ago I even managed to connect Logic to Mixbus (with a couple of guitar amp and esx24 loaded in Logic, esx24 cause of the lack of midi in Mixbus). It did´nt work right away but in some strange way planlessly klicking around in Jack Pilot router trying to figure out how to work that thing it suddenly decided it wanted to work. Ofcourse I thought I did something wrong so that´s why I had to go through all the huzzle.
Anyway I recorded a short piece cause I wanted to show the guys over at a forum what a wonderfull thing I just found and man what a price, incredibly good sounding and moast of all so cheap. It´s allmoast for free guys was the message.
Next step was to try to hunt down a free guitarplugin that would work in Mixbus and I did with a little help
It worked ok, still can´t find no basgit plugin though and for drums well in my case I have to use Logic and EZ drummer or Adictive Drums. So after a few days playing around with mixbus standalone I decided to dig in to that Logic and Mixbus running at the same time thing again to be able to get some drums in to the music.
This is where it´s getting midly spoken confusing cause I was so sure I did something wrong the time before I tried this.
That firts time I was following a tip I found here and it said open the Jack Pilot app set your preferences, start jack pilot then Logic then Mixbus rout your ports the way you want them and your good to go. And like I wrote over here after a while it worked. Sure I had a delay playing guitar amp pro in Logic in to Mixbus but I thought that´s what you´d have to expect doing an advanced operation like that.
Anyway this time what ever I did I had no luck sat there for hours trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. Tried it again later the same evening but without starting up Jack Pilot, I only started up Logic and then Mixbus and routed my signals as I wanted them and voila SOUND from Logics guitar amp in mixbus. That´s when I thought OK you only start up Jack Pilot when you want to change something in you preferences if not just leave it, yeah that´s what was doing wrong before ok I got it.
I should tell you that all these times trying to get it to work stable I also have tried to tweak all options you have avaliable in OSX and the software that comes with my soundcard Safire Pro 10 i/o in just about every combination and order I could possibly think of.
Anyway today I wanted to record a song and as I said earlier I thought I knew how to get it to work so I was sure I was going to get lucky. Yeah sure man hehe and this time nothing worked at all, well I could play a short sample I recorded before Mixbus but that´s it can´t even get Jack Pilot to start. Well it does start sometimes depending on if I start Mixbus first but not for sure no no.
Well there´s no use in going on cause as you can see there´s no way I can give you a fair chance to understand what´s happening here and that´s not cause my bad english cause this is actually just plain strange. There´s no Logic hehe to it.
Anyway it seems that from the first time I downloaded Jack for Snow Leo the good guys programming it has come up with an update so I updated Jack too but it does´nt change anything, same crazy behaviour.
What´s bothering me is the "this is pro stuff". It is when it works man it´s good then and I´ve been trying to tell the small piece of the world that I´m connected to what a good thing it is but.....
In short words this whole idea with Jack, Ardour, Mixbus and open sorce is just to valuable and I´d hate to see it fail. Mixbus is one heck of a chance to place Ardour "on the map" in the competition with all the other daws.