Topic: Babyface Pro problems with 3.24 Driver (Big Sur)
I'm having problems with my Babyface Pro on Mac OS 11.1 on my Mac mini 2018. At first everything is fine, after some time there are occasional glitches and drop outs, and these get worse with time, and I have to reboot to continue with any work. This happens both with the audio output from apps like Logic Pro, where I have control over buffer etc.. and via apps like iTunes where I don't.
I tried disconnecting the digital optical connections, this makes no difference. But when I change the unit to Class Compliant mode the problem is gone. But my studio setup has additional I/O via the Optical ports, so in doing so I lose that and other Pro functionality.
I've done two other things to investigate this:
1). Bought a CalDigit TS3+ Thunderbolt dock, and tried connecting the unit via USB via this unit instead of directly to the Mac mini, and the old-style USB connectors, as well as the USB-C connectors. At first I thought this helped, but after an hour or so, the glitches began again.
2). I have installed Catalina and RME drivers to see if this is indeed connected to 3.24 Driver / Big Sur, and will report on this.
On searching the web for similar cases and information, it seems like my issue is similar to the infamous T2 chip related "timing daemon" problem which surfaced in 2018 - which Apple themselves eventually owned up to having to fix. But of course I'm just speculating here.
Here are my system details: Mac mini 2018 i7, with 32Gb of RAM. Mac OS 11.1 (Big Sur). Babyface Pro (original unit), with firmware update 1.28 and driver 3.24