Things Fall Apart

A week ago, my PC had no trouble sending audio to the Yamaha Motif via Yamaha’s mLAN (firewire) connector. It had been working flawlessly for a year or so, ever since I acquired the Motif.

But then something bad happened. I don’t know what it was. Suspicion centers on the M-Audio Firewire 410 audio interface driver, which I foolishly installed in order to do some secondary testing while reviewing the Roland Fantom, and on the fact that I’ve been moving the Syncrosoft dongle back and forth from this PC to the laptop. Or maybe it was when I moved the Motif physically, and tugged a little bit on the Firewire jack. But no, I don’t see how that could cause the symptom I’m seeing.

Uninstalling and reinstalling the Yamaha drivers, which I’ve done twice, isn’t helping. The installer thinks it’s doing its job, but afterward Device Manager tells me the mLAN 16E2 driver has not been installed.

The moral of this story is, don’t write product reviews using a hardware system that you actually use for creative or productive activities! When you get your computer music system up and running, lock the motherfucker down! Don’t install anything, don’t change anything, don’t update anything. Just make music.

I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve wasted by not following this advice. I need a part-time IT employee just to maintain my system in a trouble-free state — and yeah, I’m going to pay that person a competitive wage to work on my system. Sure. No problem! The magazines I write for pay for articles at such fantastic rates, I have money to burn.

Footnote (Oct. 11): A Yamaha technician suggested updating the mLAN firmware in the Motif. Why this should allow the driver to install, I wouldn’t know — but it worked. My system is now happy again, and so am I. It takes so little to make me happy!

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