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This installer package contains drivers and software for the M-Audio Revolution 7.1 8-channel 192 kHz/24-bit PCI audio card, providing audio output support for up to a 7.1 speaker configuration.

What's New

  • [Driver] The "stereo-only" Analog 1/2 engine has been removed and the functionality replaced with an added "stereo-only" format on the primary Analog engine, thus improving system stability.
  • [Driver] Addressed kernel panic issues.
  • [Device Helper] Fixed issue where Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) would not shutdown or restart.
  • [Panel] Additional speaker sets in Control Panel.


Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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GetSomeSauce Member IconReview+74

Hiya. I'm not necessarily in the same boat as MACENTHUSIAST, but I'm paddling nearby.

I have my preferences set to push out all audio through the Revolution 7.1 card. However, all too often, audio will come out of the computer's lone speaker instead of through the card. I could have two videos open in Quicktime and one will play through the card while the other plays through the computer. What's up with that?

Audio from flash files embedded in web files likewise more commonly plays through the computer than the card. That's sad.

On the happy side of life, it sounds decent and this single-cable-connection thing is neat. Yes, neat.

Lastly, the audio in inpure. I'm not sure if inpure will make sense, so let me put it this way. My receiver, to which the Revo 7.1 is connected, is exceptionally sensitive to digitial information. If the digitial stream is infected by analog data, it will cut the audio to salvage its internals. My receiver must do this way too often. This too makes me sad.

Please! Bring out an update to 1.5! Pretty please?

Otherwise, nice work M-Audio!

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Version 1.4.1
Macenthusiast Member IconComment+1

Just to qualify my review of just a few moments ago...

I had just been forced to do *yet another* complete uninstall (this, to the uninitiated, involves multiple restarts) and reinstall of the software when, suddenly and as if a bolt of lightning struck me violently (I'm lying for effect, of course -- this frustration had been building up), an epiphany forced itself upon me: this has been going on for literal *years* now, and the user base has not seen a single, major FIX for the critical, and most nagging issues plaguing this software, save for a feature-reducing band-aid, and rather pleasant icon (don't get me wrong, I like the icon -- take it away and I pull yet another star! -- just kidding).

So, upon retrospect, I have to reduce the 2.5 star rating I previously gave this product to a simple two-star salute (luckily I gave up the other, much more crude, salutes long ago).

That's all.

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Version 1.4.1
Macenthusiast Member IconReview+1

Hi everyone,

If you can get through my rant, there's a bit of a review in there somewhere.

Longtime M-Audio user here.

I have to say I had high hopes when this particular piece of hardware came out, thinking M-Audio would have already observed and learned from the catastrophe which was the Creative SoundBlaster Live! fiasco (which I, along with many others, lost our investments on). The Creative card itself was wonderful, but the lackluster drivers (and the problem was NOT with the Creative software engineers coding the drivers -- they were --and hopefully still are -- big Mac fans), along with the company's steadfast refusal to come up with an OS X version, destroyed any hope we had of 3D, positional audio (a la EAX) in future Mac games.

Unfortunately, and after the culling of one of two audio engines (an obvious cost-cutting shortcut, to OUR detriment), the Revolution software remains buggy. It looks as if MacUpdate staff either removed the past comments/reviews as a result of this culling, or as a result of new ownership (Avid), or a little of both. Please feel free to correct me here, Admins ; ). Certainly, the removal of the additional engine reduced the mathematical chances of an app or system crash as a result of the drivers, but the quality of these drivers remains an issue. I don't think the ownership change (Avid purchased M-Audio in the not-too-distant past) did much for these drivers, except put a nice finish on the driver/installer icons (which should've been there from the beginning -- the lack thereof was, in this case, an indicator of the amount of attention paid to the project, imho. -- this IS the Mac, obviously.)

So, here I am a couple of years later, with the Revolution 7.1 and 5.1 being the only Mac prosumer/consumer audio game in town (perhaps that might change with the current hardware revolution at Apple -- a la Intel), and the only thing which seems to have changed is the frequency with which this nagging audio stuttering/skipping occurs (you'll recall I mentioned the reduction in mathematical frequency theory I threw out there earlier). This is the same skipping/stuttering which had the annoying tendency to crash the application/game it occurred in 85% of the time: except for now it only occurs perhaps 40% of the time. The 'crashless' stuttering occurs much more frequently (still annoying, mind you; and it sounds the same).

Never mind the fact M-Audio never bothered adding Sensaura nor EAX support to the drivers. Sorry guys, but the gloves are off. This is rotten software, and you haven't done much to fix it -- always behind the curve when it came to OS updates. I mean, c'mon -- let's get real here: your company does a lot of hardware and driver support for the Mac (excluding the Revolution, of course!): you mean to tell me you weren't seeded a copy of the updated OS in advance? While you're at it, tell me another one...

Sorry people, the gloves are off: this is lousy software. At this point, I'm so disgruntled that, not only will my next prosumer purchase (if, luckily enough, we happen to have another alternative within the coming months) definitely be from another vendor, any pro purchases I make in the foreseeable future will not have the M-Audio label on them... unless you do a 360 on your QA, and soon...

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Version 1.4.1
Jeff-H. Member IconReview+188

I installed this after installing Tiger...

So far no problems at all.
I was having intermittent center channel loss in the previous version ( I believe it was 1.2.9), but everything seems fine now.

However, I'm holding my breath because M-Audio's software has given me many problems in the past, and their support sucks.

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Version 1.4.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

Thank you for posting this update here, along with a download link.

I am grateful for this posting because your site (m-audio.com) has switched over to a flash-only site sometime within the past nine months, and I am no longer able to access your site with my browser of choice: Camino 0.8 and system default plug-ins.

I would like to continue supporting and evangalizing your product, but if you continue to exclude customers from your web aite because of their choice of web browser and/or plug-ins, well, I'll look elsewhere.


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Version 5.1
Anonymous Member Icon

Childish... Ask yourself: did you buy your audiocard for M-Audio's site or for producing music?

No, I don't work for M-Audio. I even don't have any of their product but my reaction would be the same if any product of any kind of any manufacturer would have such a review...

The rule 'you can't satisfy everybody' is sooo true. You never know what might make a customer angry. :-)))

Anonymous Member Icon

I bought the card for producing music and playing games. Up until about nine months or so ago I was able to access M-Audio's site using any web browser. At some point they switched to a flash-only site (which is a well documented bad idea), since then I cannot access their site. E-mails to 'webmaster@m-audio.com' get bounced. Because I cannot access their site, I cannot get contact information.

If I cannot get to their site for driver updates and support, then I'll buy product from a different vendor -- my original argument.

You're right, though, you can't please everyone all the time. :-)

Anonymous Member Icon

I just wanted to say that if my card's manufacturer (creamware) would have switch to a, say, Linux only web page (I don't know if it's possible but - let's say that) I would do everything to have access to the site. I love the sound of my card and besides it - it's simplier to get a copy of Linux/Mac (and make a separate partition for it) than to buy a new card. I mean M-Audio gives you a high quality product not to be so easily replaced by any other card in the price range. I'd recommend you having an additional partition for internet purposes, only and leave your audio software partition internet free. That way you don't spoil your audio confiqg by chance. Besides, IE (I use it in most cases) and Netscape (to visit some sites IE behaves strange) coexist very well, trouble free. To be sure no error would damage my disk I have a disk image called 'InternetHD' (20MB) and it is a startup item. My browsers are set to have all the caches in the disk. :-)


how about we stop discussing the manufacturer's decision to support newer web standard (upgrade your browsers people...) and actually discuss the merits of THE CARD itself.

i'm looking at buying one, as i would like 5.1 surround capability on my powermac g4 for viewing DVDs and playing audio intensive games.

Jack Kerouac

Dude, try using safari or setting up your browser better. I'm using 0.8.1 and Flash works great on that site

Anonymous Member Icon

flash sucks

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Date 25 May 2005
Platform OS Classic / OS X / PPC 32
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