EIE Pro Drivers Not Yet Available for macOS Sierra

Repeat Offender

On September 20th, Apple released Sierra, the new version of OS X (now renamed macOS). Despite the fact that beta versions of Sierra have been available for months, AKAI has failed to produce EIE Pro drivers for macOS Sierra and have remained silent on when or if drivers will be made. So we (EIE Pro owners) have to wait on updating our production machines.

Like any dutiful producer, I’m very conservative when it comes to upgrading my OS. But this time, there are many features I’m excited for. SIRI on the Mac, messages, and other improvements that work with iOS 10. Outdated hardware drivers keep me from updating either operating system, as they are so tightly integrated.

This has happened with every new Apple release since the EIE Pro came out and I’m beginning to think that Sierra is the last supported release (if they release EIE Pro drivers for Sierra at all). I would appreciate warning if that’s the case, but judging by their nonexistent customer support, I don’t expect it.

I haven’t replaced this box like I hoped, but that’s now a priority. It’s a shame, because I really like the EIE Pro. I’m still looking for an appropriate replacement. I’m leaning toward a Focusrite box (as I mentioned in a previous post), but I’ve read they have their own issues. If you have a suggestion, let me know in the comments.

I feel that if a company isn’t interested in supporting it’s computer connected products with updated drivers, it should “set them free” by making them open source so the community can maintain them. But I fear that’s not AKAI’s style. They have our money and now they don’t care.

As always, you can find the driver page where they will be available, if they become available, here.


EIE Pro Drivers Not Yet Available for macOS Sierra — 5 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I can’t vouch for how well this will work for you – all I can say is it got the EIE Pro working for me!

    I use a Hackintosh, and after updating to Sierra and my EIE Pro not working, I used the script in this post to try and get my Motherboard’s Realtek audio working for the time being… and somehow, it’s made my EIE Pro show up in the audio control panel and work too! https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/sierra-desktop-realtek-applehda-audio.197923/

  2. Hello,

    I wanted to post on Akai forum but they keep deleting post about this issue. Their customer support looks pretty bad.

    I’ve tried the solution proposed above but since I do not use a Hackintosh it didn’t help.

    I’ve updated my MAC to Sierra so I’m stuck with it now and downgrading it to El Capitan looks painful.

    Here is what I did to use my EIE Pro again on my computer:
    – I’ve created a partition on my hard drive.
    – I’ve downloaded El Capitan install file from the Apple App store (you can find the El Capitan file in the Purchased section)
    – I’ve created a El Capitan Boot installer on a Flash drive. You need a 8Gb flash drive or larger. You have to use a flash drive because Sierra won’t allow the El Capitan install to run directly from it.
    – Restarted the computer while holding the Option key down
    – Select the boot flash drive and install El Capitan on my partition

    I know have a El Capitan partition that is compatible my EIE Pro. It was a long process but I didn’t loose any file on computer (which I would have by completely downgrading the computer) and it’s probably faster than waiting for Akai to release the driver.

    You can find a lot of tutorials on internet for the above steps.

    Good luck and F%#!k you Akai

  3. I have collaborated with Akai( and the sister companies) professionally on many level in the past. They are chasing bedroom producer $, same as Ableton and a bunch of other companies. I can say with 100% certainty that Akai is a “stay away from” company and will not perform mechanically or via software for anyone working professionally with normal standards. My email is in the post, feel free to reach out for info. I left music production a few years ago as the transition started, I want no part of professional audio/production anymore >> what I saw and know is too depressing.

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