Sounds Expo04: Yamaha Debut mLAN OS X and Network Drivers
First ever showing - 11/02/04
Nick Howes sorts us out.
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Yamaha are obviously keen to push their mLAN technology, as you know - we've been evangelizing their mLAN equipped 01X for some time - in fact we just finished a competition to win one (winner tba shortly). Well the OS X drivers have been a little while coming as Apple have written them in at OS level, meaning a very close integration to the system, which translates to higher efficiency and lower latency.
Indeed, Nick Howes, the UK's top boffin on the O1X project was very pleased with the results. We spoke to him on the Yamaha stand at the recent Sounds Expo in London and he showed us just how integrated mLAN is going to be with the next release of OS X (see video for details). Expected in the very near future - we can assume a month, as Apple's policy is not to announced anything that can't be shipped within 30 days.
We also saw the first implementation of mLAN network drivers. Up to now, mLAN has been running as a peer to peer connection - eg: just two bits of mLAN gear talking to each other. Well now mLAN runs in full network mode, meaning you can build up a selection of mLAN equipped stuff and patch and route signals however you please between items using the Studio Manager software. So imagine, your 01X, Motif, i88x, Presonus Firestation all connected and totally user configurable and savable from within the Studio Manager, including wordclock and input routing. You could even route an effect send via the Motif's internal effects.
For the best explanation of the system, checkout, the video we shot at the show (coming v.soon)