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When will the M-Audio Drivers be available?

Last week I got one of these:

Fast Track Pro

I plan to podcast with it and use it to feed my headphone amp at the office.  I set it up with no problem and it sounds great.

This week I got one of these (on the left) running (on the right):Dell Latitude D820







Now, I am using it as a door stop:

Joking aside, I knew the drivers were unavailable before I bought it.  As a long-time owner of an M-Audio Delta 1010, I bought it having the faith that they would deliver drivers soon.  They did a terrific job getting WDM drivers out back when Microsoft first started supporting them (remember Windows ME?), and I bet they will do the same now.

They are clearly late this time (and some of their competitors are notably on time) and I do have a beef with their public statement (from their site, emphasis mine):

M-Audio has been keeping pace with changes to the Windows Operating System since the release of Windows 95 nearly 12 years ago.  We are very excited about the opportunity to offer continued support to our Windows customers as the Windows Pro Audio community begins the gradual transition to the Vista era.  Over the past year, we have worked directly with Microsoft’s Vista team to prepare for this release.

Currently, M-Audio does not offer Vista drivers or Vista software updates (beta or otherwise).  As soon as Vista drivers or updates for any product are available, this FAQ and other portions of our Web site will be immediately updated to reflect this.  Due to the nature of software and driver development, we are not able to provide exact dates or timeframes for when specific drivers will become available—but please rest assured that supporting Vista is a top priority for us.

If they have worked “directly with Microsoft’s Vista team” for the past year, then they should be able to tell us when the drivers will be available.

When, M-Audio, when?

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