Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8r2 for M-Audio Systems on Mac OS X 10.4 ("Tiger")

Mac OS 10.4.x "Tiger" compatibility for supported M-Audio devices requires Pro Tools M-Powered software version 6.8r2 or 7.0:

Supported M-Audio Hardware

With Pro Tools M-Powered Software Version 6.8r2 for Mac OS 10.4.x "Tiger"

Product Information, Specs, Drivers:

  • Audiophile 192
    • High-Definition 4-In/4-Out Audio Card (PCI) with Digital I/O and MIDI
  • Audiophile 2496
    • 4-In/4-Out Audio Card (PCI) with MIDI and Digital I/O
  • Delta 44
    • Professional 4-In/4-Out Audio Card (PCI)
  • Delta 66
    • Professional 6-In/6-Out Audio Card (PCI) with Digital I/O
  • Delta 1010
    • 10-In/10-Out PCI/Rack Digital Recording System with MIDI and Digital I/O
  • Delta 1010LT
    • 10-In/10-Out PCI Virtual Studio
  • FireWire 1814
    • 18-in/14-out FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface w/ADAT Lightpipe
  • FireWire 410
    • 4-In/10-Out FireWire Audio/MIDI Mobile Recording Interface
  • FireWire Audiophile
    • 4-In/6-Out FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface
  • FireWire Solo
    • FireWire Mobile Audio Interface for Songwriter/Guitarists
  • Ozonic
    • 37-Key FireWire Audio/MIDI Interface and Controller

Pro Tools M-Powered Software Compatibility

  • Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8r2 for Mac OS 10.4
  • Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 for Mac OS 10.3
  • Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 for Windows XP
  • Pro Tools M-Powered software requires one of the above M-Audio hardware devices
  • Other audio interfaces from M-Audio, Digidesign, or other manufacturers will not work with Pro Tools M-Powered software
  • Pro Tools M-Powered supports the use of any single supported M-Audio peripheral. Simultaneous use of multiple M-Audio peripherals is not supported.


  • A pre-authorized cross-platform (Mac/Win) red iLok USB hardware key is included with all Pro Tools M-Powered software purchases

Included and Optional Plug-Ins & Software

Optional Digidesign & M-Audio Hardware

Control Surfaces & MIDI Interfaces

Video Options

The following options are not available for Pro Tools M-Powered:

  • Support for DV Toolkit software
  • Support for DigiTranslator software
  • Support for Avid video peripherals

Maximum Performance Guidelines

  • Recording to the system startup drive is not recommended or supported
  • One or more separate internal or external dedicated audio hard drive(s) is highly recommended for maximum performance and track count. (see Hard Drive Minimum Requirements)
  • Although limited recording and playback of audio tracks may be possible using the internal drive in iBook, PowerBook, iMac, and Mac mini models, a separate external dedicated audio hard drive is highly recommended for maximum performance and track count. Digidesign recommends the use of FireWire drives for use with these computers.
  • Dual processor users will experience increased performance over single processor CPUs

Energy Saver Settings

Pro Tools Does Not Support Sleep Mode

In the Macintosh System Preferences, launch Energy Saver, click the Sleep tab, and disable all Sleep features. Set "Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive" to Never. Do not manually put your computer to sleep when running Pro Tools.

Processor Performance & Power Mac G5

For optimal Pro Tools performance, you must set Processor Performance (located in System Preferences > Energy Saver > Options) to "Highest". Updating your Mac OS may reset this to the default setting: "Automatic". After updating your Mac OS, check to make sure this is set to "Highest".

Apple's Mac OS help documentation provides the following info on Energy Saver Processor settings:

  • The PowerPC G5 processor in your Power Mac G5 can run at various speeds. The default setting for this feature is "Automatic", which allows the system to run the processor at full speed when required, and at a lower speed during periods of light processing activity. Certain real-time applications, such as audio creation or gaming, may perform optimally when using the highest processor performance setting. You can change the processor performance setting in the Energy Saver pane of System Preferences.

Supported CPU Models, Speeds & Requirements

  • Power Mac G5 - all models except*
  • iMac G5 - all models except**
  • Mac mini - all models
  • PowerBook G4 - 1 GHz and higher except***
  • iBook G4 - 933 MHz and higher
  • Power Mac G4 - 933 MHz and higher
  • iMac G4 - 1 GHz and higher

*Not Tested - Power Mac G5 models introduced October 19, 2005

  • Single dual-core 2GHz, model M9590
  • Single dual-core 2.3GHz, model M9591
  • Twin dual-core 2.5GHz, model M9592

**Not Tested - iMac G5 models introduced October 12, 2005

  • iMac G5 1.9GHz 17-inch Display, model MA063
  • iMac G5 2.1GHz 20-inch Display, model MA064

***Not Tested - PowerBook G4 models introduced October 19. 2005

Not Tested:

  • eMac G4 (although not tested, there are no known differences in performance compared to iMac G4 with similar processor speeds)

System Software

Mac OS 10.4 "Tiger" & Pro Tools M-Powered

The initial release of Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 for Mac OS 10.3 "Panther" will not work with Mac OS 10.4.x "Tiger". A free compatibility update for Mac OS 10.4.x for Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 owners with supported M-Audio devices is now available for download:

Total System RAM

  • 384 MB Minimum Required
  • 512 MB (or higher) Highly Recommended

RAM is dynamically allocated. OS X does not require minimum or preferred RAM settings for Pro Tools.

Additional Requirements


  • Color monitor required
  • Minimum resolution of 1024 x 768
  • 14" minimum, 17" or larger recommended if using external monitor
  • PowerBook and iBook models with 12" and larger LCD screens supported
  • Dual monitors with standard dual monitor cards as shipped by Apple supported

QuickTime Required

  • Apple QuickTime 7
  • Included with Mac OS 10.4

Storage (Audio Drive) Requirements

Additional Information

Pro Tools M-Powered Information

Pro Tools LE & Pro Tools M-Powered Systems

Pro Tools LE software requires Digidesign hardware. Pro Tools M-Powered software requires M-Audio hardware. More Information:


Driver Updates

PCI and FireWire driver updates for Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8r2 from the Digidesign website:

To download driver updates from the M-Audio website:

  1. Go to the Support-> Drivers section on the M-Audio website
  2. On the right, under Drivers Search, Select Product
  3. Check the box next to "Show Beta Drivers" to show all drivers
  4. Click SUBMIT

Download Documentation

For more information, see Getting Started with Pro Tools M-Powered, M-Powered Basics Guide, and other Pro Tools documents in the Support > Tech Support > Technical Document Library and included with Pro Tools M-Powered software.