Since these guys are re-writing the USB driver, maybe it's a good opportunity to get them to test out some of these odd issues people sometimes have.
I know Access hasn't been able to recreate many of them in their testing lab, but maybe these guys can? Since they're taking so long, and since they decided to wait until after Mavericks was released instead of the 3-month beta period when they were supposed to do this.
Some guidelines they could use to test the fringe cases: instead of hooking up a Virus to a Mac and calling that the test environment...why not test it like how REAL, working music producers use it. Plug in the Virus, a Maschine, couple other USB synths, external hard drives, a FireWire audio interface, THEN see if it works flawlessly. In other words, get them to do some "real world testing" for once.
Couldn't agree more. Just using the Virus alone with no other gear in a real life studio isn't very likely. As my self using an iMac with a usb connected midi controller, an usb backup disk, and usb connected media disk and a Firewire sound card makes it difficult to use the Virus without any issues. Ive been reading solutions like buying a standalone USB hub with its own power supply etc etc to be able to use the virus without any issues just because the way the iMac is built. A computers only purpose is not to only to produce music and i do not think that the developers think "Hey we need to have a separate USB connection so that musicians can run their viruses".
So the developers need to do some real testing as you said. The TI has been around for some time now and i think that the development is some years behind when you think of the possibilities and the power that a computer has today. Connections like thunderbolt and usb 3.0 should be standard.