Apogee bundles their Maestro software along with hardware such as their Duet or Ensemble. I've never used Maestro with more than the 2-in, 2-out Duet, but I've found it to be quite capable. In fact, it only has one fatal flaw: when you restart your Mac, your audio hardware won't have the proper settings until you launch Maestro. Sure, you can quit the software and it will 'remember' your last-used settings, but when you restart, they are again forgotten... until you launch Maestro.
It seemed ridiculous to me to own such superb hardware and have to deal with an annoyance like that every time I restart.
And then, I realized the solution was already installed on my Mac.
If you're like most people, you've never used the Automator software that comes with OS X. It can be a little intimidating, but it's actually quite simple, and it's going to solve our Apogee Maestro problem of forgotten settings... forever!
Let's go! (click on any pic below for a larger view)
Launch "Automator" in your main applications folder in your Mac. Choose "Application." Yes, we're going to make a quick piece of software.
In the far left column, you'll see Library. If it's not selected, click it. In the next column, scroll down and click "Launch Application". Drag it into the far right column.
Go back to the middle column. Scroll down again and select "Pause". Drag it into the far right column.
Again in the middle column, scroll down and select "Quit Application". Drag it into the far right column. NOTE! Make sure you uncheck "Ask to save changes".
You've now created an OS X app. In the menubar at the top of your monitor, under File select "Save". Name your app (I named mine Apogee Maestro Startup). Save it in your Applications folder. I've made enough apps using Automator that I made an Automator Apps folder within my main Applications folder (as seen in the top pic), but that's not necessary. Just name and save your app.
Now, there's just one thing left to do. We need this app to launch at startup.
In the top left corner of your monitor, in the Apple Menu, select System Preferences.
Select "Login Items" on the right and you'll see a dialogue box like this with your startup items in it.
Click the + button and find the app you just made. Select it. Note the far left column where you can hide the app when it launches. It isn't important, but you might as well click that box so you won't have to watch Maestro launch and then quit. You'll still see the icon bounce in your dock to alert you that it's running (until it quits, of course).
Now, whenever you restart your Mac, Apogee Maestro will launch and then quit it a few seconds later, giving it just enough time to recall the settings for your Apogee hardware.
P.S. All of my Apogee Duet/Maestro posts are here.
Dave Yowell said:
Hi Jalpuna, thanks for that great solution.
How could Apogee have overlooked such an obvious thing!
Just a tiny thing you could add is that in OSX 10.9 .5, in system preferences, the System and Accounts icon has been changed to Users and Groups (at least that's what I see).
What's the point of this. Why not just add Maestro to startup items, and have it launch at startup and stay open? What's the point of creating automated open/then close app for this?::::: | March 27, 2016 11:39 AM
If all I need are for Maestro to launch my settings, I'd rather have it close when it's finished instead of keeping an app I don't need open in the background. If I don't need it open, I don't want it cluttering my dock.
Keep in mind that I wrote the above post six years ago. A lot has changed since then. I haven't used the above setup in years. I haven't needed to.::::: | March 27, 2016 11:46 AM