Phasing out 32-bit support

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Phasing out 32-bit support

As is detailed in this article, coming this fall with the macOS 10.14 update, Synfire and HN2 will make the final move to 64-bit and no longer ship with any 32-bit components.

We would have liked to continue support for legacy 32-bit audio plugins, but time is moving on. In order to stay compatible with evolving operating systems, we have no choice but to eventually abandon 32-bit audio for good. On Windows 10, the transition will take a little longer, presumably until next year.

Questions, suggestions and discussion are welcome in this thread.

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We are making progress with the migration. Synfire is already running 64 bit and is now being fine-tuned and tested.

Most developers merely need to tick a box to make their software compile for 64 bit. Since Synfire is based on rather unusual programming languages (for their AI capabilities), it is more work for us. We are currently porting all software to a new generation of our development environment. Graphics interfaces and other details have changed a lot, so this migration is a bit time consuming. 

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Synfire users should get rid of their 32 bit projects and migrate them to 64 bit racks at earliest convenience (https://users.cognitone.com/wiki/migrating-64-bit). The next update of Synfire will no longer be able to open 32 bit racks and arrangements. 

Most likely though, you will be able to run Synfire 1.8.5 on macOS Mojave for a while. It is said to be the definitely last macOS to support 32 bit apps. This will give you the opportunity to migrate your racks and arrangements anytime next year.

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Steinberg is doing the same with their tools.  I recently got the latest Cubase Elements which no longer supports 32-bit VSTs.  (I found that, for me, Cubase seems to have the best percussion editor which I am using along with Addictive Drums now.)  Curiously, the latest Wavelab Elements still seems to support 32-bit VSTs.  So, I suspect Synfire and HN2 users will need to migrate anyway, if they are using the latest of other tools.

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Mojave is out now and Synfire 1.8.5 still works fine, as far as we tested. This will allow for a smooth transition to the 64 bit only platform.

As always however, we recommend waiting for at least the first macOS update after a new release, before upgrading a mission critical production system. At this early time, if you happen to have two Macs, we recommend upgrading only one machine for testing for now.

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