Long time colleague and editor of CreateDigitalMusic.com Peter Kirn confirms what I've been saying for a while: Mac OS 10.5.2 is a dog. Granted, my issues with 10.5.2 were mostly with Skype audio, but they're audio-related nonetheless.
Kirn's piece today on CDM Leopard Audio Woes and Digidesign; 10.5.2 is a Lemon for Music? calls Apple out for audio problems in 10.5.2 with audio applications, specifically lagging Digidesign and M-Audio drivers. "The more we learn about Leopard, specifically 10.5.2, the worse it get" he says.
Kirn goes on to say:
Ironically, my household PC running Vista is now running music stuff just fine. Part of the problem as I see it goes beyond any one OS – audio performance is incredibly delicate, and no matter what Apple complains about “controlling the whole widget,” if desktop OSes are going to do multimedia well, the whole set of priorities and quality control needs to be reevaluated. It seems like it’s something no one is saying: for all the focus on the Web as the home of development, what we should start to expect from the actual OS is less eye candy and more conservative, long-term nuts-and-bolts reliability.
Read more about the issue on CDM: