TC Electronic Konnekt 8/24D and Mac OS X

First of all, I’m writing this when the most recent firmware version is 1.22. It is important as you may guess from version to version things change, and in case of TC, not necessarily to good.

If you are hearing drop-outs, glitches and crackles working with Konnekt 8 or Konnekt 24D on your Mac, there are several things to check and take note of:

  • Try switching rate from 44.1 kHz up to 96 kHz and back to the lower number. It helps with glitches.
  • Under heavy CPU load try using 48 kHz instead of 44.1 kHz. I don’t know the reason, but it helps. Theoretically the effect should be opposite, but on practice it works.
  • If you hear drop-outs or glitches and your buffer setting is already at it’s maximum – 1024 buffers – drop the value to 512 or 256 buffers. It sounds insane, but it worked for me.

It seems internally the driver doesn’t work well when either 44.1 kHz or 1024 buffers are selected. Try to avoid them and see if helps.

These are pieces of advice I collected while making either my Konnekt 8 or Konnekt 24D of my friend work with Mac OS X 10.4.10. The heart of both Macs is the PowerPC processor in case it is important. I have an iBook G4, my friend – PowerBook.

Drop me a line if you find any other reason that really helped.

My suggestions for Konnekt users on PC can be found in my other post.