Explanation of Public vs Private Beta
Avid/M-Audio uses Public and Private Beta as part of the product development process.
M-Audio devices are used in a wide variety of situations with a range of applications, and while we believe the drivers to be stable, after internal and private beta test qualifications are complete, we sometimes release the drivers to Public Beta as a last catch for potential issues. Public Beta drivers are available to all registered* members of the M-Audio User Forums.
The Public Beta test cycle is an important part of the process, so please post all feedback and issues with Public Beta drivers to the corresponding beta forum section. If the drivers are working, please take a moment and let us know; this feedback is important too! Please Note: Technical Support for Public Beta is performed only in the forums. Please do not contact M-Audio’s support staff concerning public Beta issues.
*Note: Forum registration is separate from product registration; click here to register for the forum.
Private Beta testing is an extension of our internal test qualification. This is a more technical and in-depth approach to testing and includes verifying feature functionality and situation based testing. Private Beta testing is for advanced users who are comfortable testing devices/drivers that may be deemed “experimental”; who possess the technical skills to troubleshoot problems to identify potential bugs vs. external (system specific) causes; who can communicate thorough steps to reproduce issues with detailed and relevant system information, log files, etc; and who are able to regularly participate and engage in internal discussions.
Avid/M-Audio Engineering Test Services is currently accepting applications for plug-in, application, DJ related and driver development beta testing. The nature of testing in private Beta is much more serious, and not all applicants will be accepted as we have received an enormous amount of interest in our private Beta program.
Qualified applicants will be sent a quiz to determine their skill level. Elite performers who are accepted are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA); upon completion testers will receive additional information and instructions for accessing the Private Beta forums and participating in current testing projects.
Any individual or groups of individuals who work for an audio interface and/or audio software vendor or manufacturer other than Avid are immediately disqualified from participating in the private Beta program.
If you are interested in participating in our Private Beta program please submit an application here