Alesis Multimix 16 Firewire can actually work in Mac OS X 10.10.4!

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Hey everyone, I am writing to rekindle discussion surrounding the lack of Alesis Firewire drivers for Mac OS X 10.9 and 10.10. I just picked up a used Multimix 16 Firewire, bummed to discover that there were no drivers for 10.10, which my new computer is running. But the great news is that I have discovered a way to make it work anyway! Here's how I did it:

1) Download the Alesis Firewire driver version 3.5.6 and install it on a compatible system (I did it on 10.6.8).
2) Once the driver has been installed and you have restarted that system, go to [Hard Drive]/System/Library/Extensions and find the file "AlesisFirewire.kext". Copy that file to an external hard drive, or store it somewhere online such that you can copy it to the computer running Yosemite.
3) On the computer running Yosemite, download the Kext Utility app (http://mac.softpedia.com/get/System-U...).
4) Open the Kext Utility app, drag "AlesisFirewire.kext" into the Kext Utility, and let it do it's magic. Once it's finished, restart your computer.
5) Connect the Alesis Firewire device and your Mac should recognize it as an available audio interface!
6) If it doesn't, try running this command in terminal and then restarting again: sudo nvram boot-args="kext-dev-mode=1"
7) Hopefully by then it works for sure.

I hope this helps all you legacy users out there :)
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alexfleury

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hello,
first, sorry for my english.
thanks for those informations...
Do you know if the alesis IO26 work with an thunderbolt-firewire link, please?
thanks,
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Interesting. I'll have to have my team test this out to confirm.
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Basil Magiakos

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Problem in Mavericks .. firewire "unable to list Firewire devices"
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Dani W

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Hi im trying to set the alesis multimix 16 firewire up with ableton live on Ableton 9, do you know how to do this? or can you send me the kext file if I give you my email address?
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be good to get all associated files on one url, even the drivers hard to find
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David Youngs

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The driver I used is available from the Alesis site at

http://5a18fcdc5c8aa2617926-54d68a14e...

HTH
David
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Hi,
is it possible that you or s.o. else share your working AlesisFirewire.kext file?
My Multimix16FW doesn ́t work after updating to Sierre 10.12.3

best regards
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Thunderbolt-Fire Wire with Alesis IO26, is it work or not ?.

Hello,
I would like to know if it's possible to use thunderbolt Fire wire for my Alesis IO 26? And second question, do i need to use a power supply in addition?
And last, is it possible to work on Yosemite OS X 10.10.3?
thanks!!!
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Hello,

No, the mixer is not officially supported to work with a Thunderbolt FireWire connection. The latest Mac drivers are not officially supported on Yosemite but a few have been able to get it work.
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Alex, you should try my method on 10.10.3 or up to 10.10.5. Thunderbolt to FireWire shouldn't matter because OS X should still recognize it as a FireWire device if you get the Alesis FireWire kext properly installed.
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I am selling my Alesis and Mackie firewire mixers as the customer service for both brands can only be described as 'heartless'! Thunderbolt is the norm? I know about 100 people who make music, or used to, with firewire and I only know 2 people with thunderbolt - Myself and and my brother! Reading about, it seems that Motu and Focusrite have paid for their firewire drivers to be 'publshed' by newer versions of Windows and Mac 10.9 (Despite them pushing their thunderbolt technology) so we'll be going through them for our gear now. And we'll absolutely slating your brand to anyone who'll listen (We both make music for a living!). You've had months to sort this out and you knew the technology was changing as far back as 2009 so you and your brand have no excuse to be ripping your customers off like this (Customers who used to be grateful that you sold products they could just about afford, allowing them to make music from home!). Laters taters.
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I've just tried this, after upgrading my Mac Pro to El Capitan. Unfortunately I haven't had any luck with any of what you said.
Any chance of a driver update for the Firewire 16? I've been holding off upgrading my OS for literally years! I still have my macbook pro running Lion as I can't use any of the free upgrades, it will stop my desk from working! Not that I want to buy another desk, but if I did, I can't find anything fairly small that will do multitrack recording, which is the reason I bought the desk in the first place, so it's really unhelpful that it doesn't work!
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Hi Joshia,
thanks for the info. Is there a chance that El Capitan will work using this method?
I foolishly updated without checking. Last few updates don't seemed to have bothered my iO/26FireWire connecting but this one has.

cheers,
Paul
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not sure, i've been avoiding that update...
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Paul Kean

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I've reverted to Yosemite on a Mac Mini and happily back in action without needing to touch my iMac.
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Bishop

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Paul have you got the multimix working with Yosemite?
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i have multimix running with Yosemite but every so often the driver craps out and i have to reboot my machine. then it runs fine again for a while.
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Really useful and helpful comments in your post! With that insight, I suspect a little massaging can get the drivers to work in El Capitan, as well.

Problem: I can't find any way to download Alesis Firewire driver version 3.5.6, which of course is the essential starting point for any solution. Alesis apparently doesn't recognize my purchase of the MultiMix 8 Firewire (although it was bought from them!) or my long-ago registration on their website and formums, and since they no longer "support" my unit, I can't get myself into the download areas. Suggestion?

I'm presumably missing something simple in all of this, but I usually know my way around the Mac and websites/internet/procedures & protocols; apparently, not this time.
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You can find the driver here: http://www.alesis.com/products/view/m.... Please post if this workaround worked for you? Thanks!
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For Chris D (or any other employee)... I did find a way to register and download the 3.5.6 Mac firewire driver file. Thanks for keeping the legacy downloads and info. available!

And, now, a suggestion for a little perspective from folks who are howling about the "lack of support" for Alesis' legacy products...

Since Alesis has made and still makes quality goodies, and is associated with other vendors who still do, I'll skip the growling over your not updating drivers for equipment from a decade ago.

These days, big-name but small-size equipment companies often really are smaller and less well-funded than we might wish (or dream) that they could be. It would be nice if Santa drops by and his elves update the drivers, and then you simply post them, but that ain't likely to happen, according to Santa. He has mostly "legacy" elves, and they run things on an Amiga.

I'm encouraged that you are taking a look at Joshua Gunty's insights and procedures to see if it can be easily generalized into a "fix." Thanks. Do what you can, because it encourages future sales to folks who might have more money for new equipment, day after tomorrow, than they have today.

Seriously, I hope you guys keep selling hot gadgets and making money. Having you fail won't solve any problems for any of us, now or in the future. Been there, had that disappear. Afterwards, "revenge" ain't sweet -- we can't growl at an abandoned website. :-)
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Followed your direction carefully Joshua on my macbook pro and I actually got to see my Alesis firewire show up on the audio devices list but I'm not getting any sound out of the mixer. I've only got my headphones hooked up but my computer audio is not making it to the headphones

Please let me know if you have an suggestions. Thank you!

UPDATE!!!!

OMG This actually worked! I had to unplug the cable to my laptop and back in (the mixer cable) and bam! sound.

Going to try it out with logic pro x next!!!!!

Joshua you are the man! doing what Alesis could not do in years!

-Bishop
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Right on, glad I could help :)
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Hey Joshua,

Is there any chance you could upload the .kext file somewhere? I am unable to find a system running an OS old enough to instal the v3.5.6 driver.

Thanks!
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Hi Jason, yes I uploaded that and the dropbox link got a bit buried in this thread. Here again: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i02wg1hyrf...
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Hello!

I'm trying to get a MultiMix 12 Firewire to work on my MacBook Pro running El Capitan. I had it working before my laptop updated, but now the AlesisFirewire Control Panel doesn't see the board, and neither does the Mac control panel.

I followed the steps you gave, but it is acting no differently. Even after using the terminal command, the board doesn't seem to connect at all.

Thoughts?
Thank you!
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Hey, there is a way to get it running on el capitan.

Follow this instructions:
http://community.alesis.com/alesis/to...

:)
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I know this advice is a little late but, I would, at all costs, avoid upgrading to El Captain. Worse release yet. Tons of compatibility issues even with major plugin manufacturers such as avid, native instruments...etc.

I'm not surprised your having issues with that OSX. El Capitan also has had some major kernel rewrites.

If I think of a work around besides re-writing the Kext completely I'll let you know.

good luck,

-Bishop
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Could someone actually upload the .kext they took from the compatible system? I don't have one at my disposal the moment.
(I misread the first step, thus my previously failed attempt)
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When you install the default drivers (3.5.6) it should install the correct kext file within the extensions folder as pointed out by Joshua. From there simply use the kext utility to rest the proper permissions on the file..

-Bishop
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Wow! I just ordered a Motu 828x while lamenting over the lack of drivers for my sweet old Alesis io 26. I just updated my 2007 MacBook Pro with a 2014 MacBook Pro, running Yosemite, 10.10.5. I may try this to see if I can get my Alesis up and running with the new MacBook.
But before reading this, what I was searching for, is a way to expand my mic inputs that are on the Motu 828x (it only has 2) by hooking it up to the Alesis io 26. Could this possibly be done? If so how?
Thanks in advance!
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The Alesis Multimix Firewire 16 also works with El Captian !!!! :)

follow this instructions: http://community.alesis.com/alesis/to...

:)
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Awesome!! it worked for me too
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I can confirm that my Multimix16 Firewire is working with 10.11.2 El Capitan.
That's what I did.
Installed the latest driver and followed the instructions in the first post.
After that, I rebooted in recovery mode, launched Terminal and entered: csrutil disable
After the reboot, I could select alesis as my audio source.

Perfect! Thanks a lot everyone!
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Any way you could send me a copy of the AlesisFirewire.kext file? Find me on Facebook Jason Misner https://www.facebook.com/jasonmmisner
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Hey Jason, you can find the file after you installed the driver.It sits in this directory:
/System/Library/Extensions and then search for "AlesisFirewire.kext"
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Rafael Marchante Angulo

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Thanks a million times, this worked a treat
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Fixed a friends new iMac (i5 Quad Core - 2015) with Alesis Firewire 16 (connected via Thunderbolt->Firewire adapter cable) using the above terminal fix. Now works a treat.

As a precaution, having disabled SIP, it would be prudent to have a good AV package installed, bearing in mind that SIP was probably introduced due to MACs being increasingly targeted via malware. ESET Cyber Security for MAC works a treat.
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Just in case you all find it interesting, I have followed the SIP-disabling process described in this thread, to get my io26 working on El Capitan again.

But I have also discovered that if I reverse the procedure and turn SIP back ON again afterwards in Recovery Mode, then El Capitan still recognises my io26 when I reboot my Mac.

While I am no expert on the inner workings of OS X, It strikes me that El Capitan simply freezes the kernel information at the point that SIP is enabled, so that no further changes can be made.

It might work for you too? Can anyone else verify.
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Hi Guys, so is this hack working on El Capitan? Thanks in advance!

-Bishop
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It should work if you disable SIP (System Integrity Protection, aka "Rootless, introduced in Capitan). To do that you have to boot and hold R button to enter Recovery Mode.

[If for some reason it doesn't work with R, like on a Mackintosh, try booting holding Option key and look for Recovery partition among bootable drives to select.]

Once in Recovery Mode, open Terminal utility and type "csrutil disable ", then press enter. If it asks your for password, give system password. If it says you don't have permission, try typing "sudo csrutil disable" then entering your system password.

Once you successfully execute that disable command, type "reboot" then enter to reboot your system.
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Would this work with the Alesis MultiMix 8 Firewire on Sierra? I downgraded back to Yosemite just so I could keep using it, but I'm needing to update to Sierra...
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^^ what he said - I just came over to Mac (Sierra 10.12.1) and would dearly love to use my old faithful Multimix Firewire 16 with it - any info/experience on whether the kext hack above would work on Sierra very gratefully received! Would be great to know before shelling out for a firewire convertor cable :-)
Cheers
David
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^^ edit: "Would be great to know before shelling out for a firewire convertor cable :-) "

It seems that such a thing doesnt exist, so seeing as my MacBook Pro doesnt have a FW port, it looks like I'm pretty stuffed :-(
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all you need is a thunderbolt to firewire adapter for that part. (https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Thunderb...)

it seems safe to assume this hack will work via El Capitan instructions for Sierra. you will need to disable SIP to properly install the kext.