Derek Sanders


Logic Studio 8 and OS X Lion

by on Aug.28, 2011, under Rants

I had recently upgraded my MacBook to Lion, and yesterday I wanted to record my birthday mix. I needed to get Soundtrack Pro since all of my equipment was dialed in for the proper levels to record in that. The software is rather annoying, but I digress. The problem was that Apple decided they no longer needed to support a $600 software on their latest and greatest piece of shit, so running the installer like anyone would normally do gives you a nice prompt about the software not being supported on Lion and something else about PPC. Great — I’m glad Apple likes to steal my money. Quoting Cartmen here “Well then can we at least pull up here and get some dinner? ‘Cause I like to be wined and dined after I’ve been FUCKED!”

If you investigate the issue you will see that anyone who merely upgraded their OS is able to run Logic and the applications from the command line, so it’s obviously not a compatibility issue. However, I did a clean install of Lion. The only problem then was how to install it without going through the headache of extracting each individual package on the disk. The answer:

cd /
sudo /usr/sbin/installer -pkg /Volumes/Logic\ Studio/Installer/LogicStudio.mpkg -target / -verbose

You will see this at the end of the install:
installer: Installer requests the "Jam Pack Content 1" disc. Multi disc installing is not supported.
installer: Failed to insert requested disc.installer: The upgrade failed (The Installer can’t locate the data it needs to install the software. Check your install media or Internet connection and try again, or contact the software manufacturer for assistance.)

The only way you’re going to get all the additional audio content discs installed is probably going to be a manual install for each of them. For example, I have the Jam Pack Content 1 disc loaded:

for f in /Volumes/Jam\ Pack\ Content\ 1/Installer/Packages/*.pkg; do sudo /usr/sbin/installer -pkg "$f" -target / -verbose; done

I noticed some things failed — for instance I don’t have GarageBand installed, and then there were a few that said it wasn’t a supported installation method.

The Audio Content discs appear to be capable of installing through the normal GUI methods.

I was then able to use everything as normal — though you will need to run Logic Pro first and enter your serial key so the rest of the supporting Applications will run off the systemid file that Logic created.

/Applications/Logic\\ Pro

I only tested a variety of the supporting applications, but these will run straight from Spotlight or double clicking the application:
Soundtrack Pro
Apple Loops Utility
Impulse Response Utility
Mainstage — starts up but there is a kernel read violation. Reloading it again and it seems to work just fine?

Hopefully this will help someone out.

Disclaimer: If this breaks your OS it’s not my fault.

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