As has become unfortunately typical from TASCAM, macOS Sierra-compatible drivers for much of their audio hardware are not yet available. Previous years have seen a three-to-six month wait after the release of each new build of OS X for TASCAM to finally put out even preliminary public beta drivers.

TL;DR: if you use TASCAM audio hardware, don’t upgrade to macOS Sierra yet. Check back around Christmas. Maybe.

Update 2016-09-28: TASCAM updated their OS Compatibility chart for Sierra. Cross reference your devices there.

I Don’t Think “Availability” Means What TASCAM Thinks It Means

In a bizarrely-worded Facebook post last week, TASCAM wrote the following:

macOS iOS10 has been released today, and we are now preparing to test our family of audio interfaces on this new operating system.

The first clue we need is “macOS iOS10”. In fact, that’s the last clue we need. Unfortunately, TASCAM gave us more in the comments. When a customer asked why TASCAM waits until now to begin preparing to test instead of, you know, using the developer previews that have been available for over three months, TASCAM replied:

It comes down to the availability of preview copies of the various operating systems.

Yeah. Those developer betas sure are tough to get these days. Apple really should make more than 100 preview copies available, huh?

TASCAM's response indicating they have no knowledge of Apple's developer previews

I wish this response were surprising.

TASCAM has their own website where customers can download things. One would think TASCAM might begin to understand this basic concept is also employed by other technology companies.

I’m frustrated that we even have to publish articles alerting people to things like this. Maybe for TASCAM users we don’t have to? Maybe folks already know what to expect? Still, we’d hate to see any of you upgrade only to find that your audio hardware is no longer recognized.

To borrow one of my favorite phrases from one of my favorite authors (and favorite drummers, too), TASCAM’s hardware is “cheap, and worth it.”

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I suppose I’m in the same predicament. I’ve taken a hiatus with home music recording, so last time I used my Tascam 144 was with Cubase 5, Ive recently purchased my first MacBook Pro (coming from Windows) and I was weary as Apple has their way with ever-shortening product lifecycle, aka ‘planned obsolesce.’ Thats unfortunate though, this Tascam unit was pretty solid for my needs with home music recording… I suppose it won’t work with Sierra than huh? If anyone else has any news/updates or suggestions for an alternate brand/model thats similar to this one lmk please.


Hey Denilso,

Thanks for sharing your experience. I own an US-1641 and have exactly the same issue. I was going to upgrade the hardware and buy again a Tascam product. Now I am not sure. At least, we may expect from Tascam to announce when they plan stop the support.

It’s not acceptable to be hostage. It looks like the hardware and the software team don’t work well together within Tascam.

Another bad experience from Apple discussions. Finaly solved by moving to another brand.

I really think about doing the same.

Hello, Lippo! Let me share my story with you here! I’m really p*ssed at TASCAM now! I’ve been waiting for the updates on their drivers and, of course, be able to make use of my TASCAM US-144mkII. They had a chart on their website showing that the drivers for that device and a bunch of others were on final testing. That was awesome! All we had to do is wait a bit more and update the Mac OS and keep working. Well, yesterday I went to their website and the info I got from the chart was that some updates… Read more »


Alesis seems to have this same problem. It’s as if the jump from their analog beginnings, where they made their names, to the digital realm, where everything is headed, is too large these companies.