Updated Sonica Theater USB drivers


M-Audio recently updated the driver for the Sonica Theater USB, of which I know many of you have (that and the Sonica Transit). I can honestly say that with 10.3.9 I finally beat my DTS demons, but if you’re still having problems, the updated drivers claim a DTS fix among the list of improvements.

– Now supports OpenAL and discrete Multi-Channel up to 7.1
– Added new surround modes: “Stereo x 2”, “Stereo x 3”, and “5.1 Expansion”.
– When the surround mode is set to “None/OpenAL”, audio applications can now output directly to all the available speakers.
– Updated the user interface to make it more consistent.
– Added an Uninstaller.
– Fixed a system crash that could occur when switching between speaker sets.
– Fixed DTS digital playback with Mac OS 10.3 Apple DVD Player.

Better late than never I guess. While searching for the driver wont (as yet) pull up any results, it is listed at the top of the “latest Updates” page.


7 Responses to “Updated Sonica Theater USB drivers”

  1. Abraham Says:

    OK, now I can FINALLY get serious about purchasing a DTS solution for my Mac Mini. I am just wondering how well it will work in the 10.4 DVD Player.

  2. Jonathan Greene Says:

    Finally!! Going to install now and see whether it solves some of my issues as well…

  3. Dave Says:

    I have the Sonica, not the Sonica Theater. I just installed Tiger tonight.

    10.4 completely fails to recognize that it’s even connected! 🙁

    So this product just went from “barely usable” to “worthless.”

    Anybody have any luck getting the Theater to run with Tiger?

  4. site admin Says:

    My Sonica Theater works with Tiger, DD, DTS, iTunes the whole bit.
    I didnt upgrade to those new drivers, maybe try rolling back to an older version.

  5. Dave Says:

    Sounds like Sonica Theater owners have lucked out.

    I had to go back to 10.3.9 to get the Sonica USB to work at all.

    I’d trade it in for the Sonica Theater, but I hate giving more money to M-Audio to reward them for not properly supporting the product I already have.

  6. Jason Says:

    The Sonica USB does not work in Tiger. The driver is not compatible with Tiger’s new kernel extension model. M-Audio is working on updates, so stay tuned.

  7. Stephen Says:

    I have the Sonica Theater and Tiger…i updated the m-audio drivers and it fixed my problems for about a day. I still get that wretched sound about 50% of the time. I think i may try to roll back to the previous drivers…but this idea makes little sense to me. Waiting for the tiger update for the Sonica Stinkeater and hopefully i will have a working product at that point. Never buying m-audio again.

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