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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I have a way to try it out before upgrading, I'll let you guys know within a couple weeks (finals and all...)

Also, I use a Firewire to thunderbolt adapter right now, works just fine
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Thanks for the replies guys, and for the link to the FW<>TB cable. I appreciate the info! Cheers D
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I'm pleased to return to this forum after a month or so away.. and I'm extremely pleased (understatement) to confirm that I have my old Alesis FW Multimix 16 working on my MacBook Pro running OS Sierra following the posts on this thread.

A massive, massive thank you to Joshua and co for your help here - I really appreciate it.

If it helps - I followed the following processes in this order:

[1] Joshua's initial steps at the top of this forum, to find and install the last driver Alesis published for Mac - up to step 4.

[2] My Mac didnt see the desk as a valid audio device (and nor did the Alesis FW control panel) so I tried running the command to set boot args. This didnt work and spat out an error- but a bit of googling around for that error made me realise that I had to be in Recovery Mode to run that command (and also not use "" quotes!!).

I used this link to help me:

http://apple.stackexchange.com/questi...

[3] So now I'm in Recovery Mode ok, and I execute the command just fine now. Bonus!

[4] A reboot to get back into usual non-RM state

[5] Desk still not seen in either audio devices on Mac or in Alesis FW Control Panel

[6] Off I go to http://community.alesis.com/alesis/to...

and execute the steps listed there to disable SIP on Sierra - really simple, just boot again into RM and enter

csrutil disable

just as that post suggests.

[7] Another reboot to get out of RM -and this time when I plug the desk in, after a 20-30 sec wait or so that feels like an eternity...

BINGO
BINGO
BINGO,

We have the device seen in both Mac OS System Pref and Alesis Control Panel. Superb!!

My spec:
Macbook Pro Early 2015
Proc 2.7 GHz Core i5
Mem 8GB

Physical cables I used to connect from the Thunderbolt MiniDP port on the Mac to the Alesis desk:

[a] Apple cable to convert from Thunderbolt/MiniDP to FW800: Apple Item Code MD464ZM/A

example URL:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Thunde...

Complete stitch up at £25-30, I was lucky and found a s/h one on Gumtree.

[b] Cable to plug into above adapter to convert from FW800 to 6pin FW FW400 used by Alesis desk -

FireWire Gold-Plated 800 to 400 9 Pin to 6 Pin 1.5m Cable IEEE 1394
example URL:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...

So cables [a] + [b] in series above provide the correct physical form factor to link the MacBook Pro to the desk.

Havent load tested it yet but I have both Cubase 7.5 and Reason installed OK and using the desk OK, in both standalone and ReWire config. Cubase Device Setup reports a latency (using Alesis Control Panel 'normal' setting) of around 8mS which is sensationally low.

I hope this is a useful addition to the thread for Sierra users - it would appear to work just fine, and I'm looking forward to making music again instead of nerding on a Saturday evening.

David
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Just wanted to thank you so much! I'm running a 15" MacBook Pro on Sierra 10.12.1. This process worked for me. Took a while to figure it out, but it does work. My Alesis Firewire Multimix 12 recognized and is working.
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Cheers - Nice! Glad it worked for you too :-)
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Thanks man, I'm going to try it out for my MultiMix 8 Firewire. I bought a USB version and was not happy with the enlarged size or unnecessary extra features (The extra mid control on two channels looked neat, but I really don't need it). I'll try to reproduce your steps, but it's a little hard for me to get my head around it at the moment. Worst case scenario, I use the new USB one and whine a lot when carrying it around :p
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No worries - hope you can get it working OK. As you say, shame to not be able to use a desk that you know and like due to lack of drivers... exactly how I felt.

The posts I found most useful when I went through this were Joshua Gunty's and Sacha Dobschal's in the excellent thread above.

All I really wanted to do was try and list in a step-by-step manner the procedure I went through to save hopping up and down the thread, off to other links etc.

So I hope it proves successful for you too.. that last half or minute or so when you wait for the desk to be recognised can seem like an eternity, but keep your fingers crossed! Cheers :-)
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Hey man, looks like everything works just fine! I really appreciate your post. Now running Sierra 10.12.3 and my MultiMix 8 Firewire works in Logic Pro X 10.3.1 and seemingly everywhere else I normally use it. I'm going to go sell the MultiMix8 USBFX now, wish me luck!
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Hey @David Youngs and @Sp4zc0r3,

I have exactly the same laptop and configuration as David, and followed Sp4zc0r3's instructions with David's KEXT from dropbox. Still no dice. Neither the control panel nor system config shows my MultiMix 12 FW at all.

-SIP is disabled
-KEXT installed with KEXT Utility
-Boot-args set (ran into the same issue as David and fixed the same way)

Any thoughts?
Thanks :)
Will
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Does your multimix have the most recent firmware? I had to update mine, but when I looked for the firmware update again, I couldn't find it.
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Hmm.. afraid nothing obvious springs to mind :-(
Did you check all the physical connections between desk and Macbook OK, and maybe try un/re-plugging in the FW one end. Also - waiting a good 30 sec for the device to be recognised is seemingly necessary, the device doesnt appear instantly. I'm sorry I've nothing more concrete to offer, it sounds like you've done everything OK. Maybe driver as per Sp4zc0r3's post above? Best David
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Hi,

may s.o. please share his working AlesisFirewire.kext at Sierra 10.12.3?

best regards
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@Mikel Harkins

Try this

https://www.dropbox.com/s/58ui6yo4g3g...

This is my kext file from my Mac running same Sierra 10.12.3

I upgraded to this version of Sierra a few days ago and suddenly thought - uh-oh, what if it broke my Alesis hack? But I just tested and still all working OK on this latest OS rev.

David
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I just wanted to put this out there in case anyone struggled with the instructions (like I did). I went the barely-safer route than completely disabling SIP and only disabled it for Kernel Extensions. Don’t worry if you don't know what that means, but if you do this, from now on be extremely careful with entering passwords and installing unsigned drivers/kernel extensions on your Mac.

I am providing this set of steps for any incoming MultiMix8 Firewire users trying to upgrade their system to Sierra.

Preparation steps:
1. Close all programs, especially cloud services, and prevent automatic updates.
2. Download Sierra update.
3. Backup onto Time Machine and ALSO create a bootable-full-disk backup using SuperDuper! (In case everything explodes)
4. Eject all backup disks
5. Update to Mac OS Sierra

Sp4zc0r3's Adapted Concise Steps for Installing Multimix 8 Firewire drivers onto Mid-2015 Macbook Pro 15" after upgrading from Yosemite to Sierra (All credit to original posters, esp. David Youngs and Joshua Gunty, you guys are awesome)

1. Download latest Alesis Firewire driver and install it on a compatible system (Yosemite worked fine). Verify the Alesis MultiMix8 Firewire has the most recent firmware.

2. After system restart, go to [Hard Drive]/System/Library/Extensions and find "AlesisFirewire.kext". Copy the file to DropBox, Google Drive, or OneDrive for safekeeping.

3. On the target Mac, download and run the Kext Utility app, wait for it to complete its initial task.

4. Drag "AlesisFirewire.kext" onto the app, wait for it to complete its task.

5. Restart the computer into Recovery Mode (restart and hold cmd+r until the Apple logo appears).

6. Launch the Terminal from the utility menu and deactivate the System Integrity Protection (SIP) only for Kext (Kernel Extensions) by entering the following command line (hit enter after each full line):
csrutil enable --without kext
reboot

7. After Sierra loads plug in the Alesis MultiMix8 Firewire via Firewire to Thunderbolt adapter.

Rejoice!
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Sweet - glad it worked for you... good point re disabling SIP less globally, I hadnt even considered that. Rejoice indeed!
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Howdy, just wanted to say following these instructions worked for my MultiMix 8 Firewire on OS X Sierra 10.12.3. It's an older iMac, so rather than holding Cmd+R on reboot, I had to hold Option (which was actually Alt for me because I'm using a Logitech keyboard believe it or not) and then boot to the "Recovery HD". Thanks for the help!

Also, it bewilders me that Alesis won't release a proper driver for us. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only reason you have to go through all of this is because they won't certify the driver with Apple?
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That's my understanding. Since all that really has to happen is disabling the SIP after using the Kext tool to modify the Alesis kernel extension. Every iteration of the Multimix 8 after the firewire version has been progressively inferior (and bulkier), they don't even have a USB 2.0 model anymore. Very frustrating!
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It does work!! Thank you all! I have been using a Firewire Multimix 16 on a MacPro, 10.4 and recently acquired a used iMac running El Capitan. It wasn't until I found this forum and using all the steps mentioned in previous posts that I was able to get the iMac to see the Firewire Multimix 16. Now, I am also switching from Cubase to Logic Pro X, so I have a new learning curve. Thank you again.
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Hi, there.

I managed to get it to work on my MacBook Pro (2012) with High Sierra.

I followed the instructions on this page and on another one (http://community.alesis.com/alesis/to...)

It did not work, so I reinstalled the driver (version 3.5.6) and it worked!
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Worked! Thanks so much - lifesaver!
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Works perfect! Thank you!!

I can confirm I got the io26 fully working on my MBP 2018 Sierra 10.13.6 using USB-C to thunderbolt adapter > Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 > Firewire 800 to 400 cable > Alesis io26. I disabled the SIP but the io26 still didnt work but then found this thread, downloaded the Kext app, dragged the Alesis kext file over and plugged the io26 back in and BOOM!! ... it worked, not exploded! ;)
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Thank you! It worked on my Mac on OSX Yosemite 10.10.5 with a FireWire connection to my Alesis Multimix12 Firewire. It also seems to work fine with Garageband. It didn't work the first time I installed the Driver (MultiMix FireWire - Macintosh Drivers [v3.5.6]) and when I ran the terminal routine it asked me for a password but didn't accept any characters. I restarted several times with no result. Then I de-installed the driver and re-installed it. When I then restarted the system all of a sudden in recognized the Alesis FireWire!

Thank you for posting this, even now it is worth while. Appreciate it.

Warrior4Ever
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I’m running Mac OS 10.14.6. Mojave. FireWire 8.0 to ;4.0, refuses to recognize my Alesis io 26. I ran the “terminal” systems integrity entry ( csrutil, in a kernel ) and it didn’t work. Tried MixPad, Reaper & Abelton lite. The Alesis is recognized in the systems hardware report, using the “latest “ driver available. Nothing works...I’m a neophyte....HELP!!?? Thanks in advance
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If you haven't already please restart after each of the steps and also do as mentioned in this thread: https://getsatisfaction.com/alesis/to...

I've just done this process again as I had my MacBook Pro repaired by Apple and reinstalled it. Running Mac OS 10.14.6. Mojave

Step #1
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Follow the steps at the top of this thread by Joshua Gunty

1. Reboot your machine in recovery mode : (Click restart and) hold cmd+r (until apple logo appears)

2. Launch the Terminal from the utility menu and deactivate the System Integrity Protection status by entering the following command line :

csrutil disable

##
You run terminal by:
Start up in Recovery Mode as above.
Click on Utilities in the menu bar.
Click on Terminal.
##

3. ## Reboot the computer ##

Step #2
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Follow instructions as mentioned in this thread here:
https://getsatisfaction.com/alesis/to...

Summary of them are (Please remember the reboot)

1) Download the Alesis Firewire driver version 3.5.6 and install it on a compatible system

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.

3) Download the Kext Utility app (https://mac.softpedia.com/get/System-...).

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.

## Reboot the computer ##

5) Connect the Alesis Firewire device and your Mac should recognize it as an available audio interface!

Hopefully this will work for you?