Xone:1D with OS X 10.9 and above
Posted by , Last modified by Al Crombie on 02 July 2018 09:39 AM
XONE:1D device drivers for Mac support OS X platforms up to 10.8 (Mountain Lion), so unfortunately XONE:1D is not supported for direct connection to OS X systems above this.

If you use a version of OS X beyond Mountain Lion, however, you can still use the controller for remote MIDI control following a different method for connecting the hardware.
- simplest option in such cases is to use a 'generic' USB to 5pin DIN MIDI cable and 'wall-wart' (i.e. smart phone type) USB charger;
You will need:
A smart-phone charger*
An A/B type USB cable
A USB-to-MIDI cable/adaptor**

*USB charger should be type commonly used for for smart or iPhone etc. Any similar type, so long as it's rated at 500mA (0.5A) or higher
and has correct slot to connect A type USB plug (same as used for connecting the 1D to a computer).


First, connect the USB cable between the smart-phone charger and 'USB TO PC' socket on the 1D (this provides power to the XONE:1D instead of the 'usual' connection to the Mac
Then connect the USB connector end of the USB-to-MIDI cable to the Mac, and connect the 5pin DIN connectors to the XONE:1D 'MIDI' ports;
- the MIDI IN plug on the cable connects to the MIDI OUT socket on XONE:1D
- the MIDI OUT plug on the cable connects to the MIDI IN socket on XONE:1D

**an adaptor something like the one in the image below (USB-MIDI cable) will work fine and any other 'generic' type should also work OK.
You can search the web for "USB to MIDI cable adaptor"; there are numerous online stockists, and you can get them from €10-20.


The USB charger provides a 5V DC power source to the XONE:1D unit and the USB>MIDI cable enables the connection and data communication between the XONE:1D, Mac and host software application (Traktor, Live etc.).
- generic cables are available in many types, and for a variety of budgets. You can use a cable costing between 10/20 (£/$/€), though anything up to three figures can be budgeted for more specialized adaptors/MIDI interfaces.

We've checked this configuration out using a low cost cable and do not encounter any problem setting things up or in operation.
We do not think there would be many scenarios where it would be absolutely necessary to use different (more expensive) type of MIDI/USB interface, but subjective context is best judged for yourself, than advised remotely. As a rule of thumb, only spend more if you know low latency is critical in remote control of your system (this type of cable does not affect audio 'latency' or 'buffer' settings in any way).

Below are a couple of images to illustrate the above configuration;
- 1st ['generic interface config'] shows connections to a XONE:1D for power and control:

NOTE: MIDI OUT on the adaptor/cable connects to the MIDI IN port on the XONE:1D, and MIDI IN cable to XONE:1D MIDI OUT).
- 2nd ['X1D+GEN.MIDI-USB_TSP_OSX10.10'] illustrates MIDI device settings in the application's hardware preferences - Traktor in this case, noting the 'device' connected is the name associated with the cable/adaptor; USB Midi

NOTE: The host software will not recognize connection is for an A&H device in this context, but control still works fine.

keywords: Xone:1D X1D Xone1D OSX 



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