Its really working out very well as so much software that was not accessible for me suddenly is and its all on the same computer.
If the iLok system helps keep these audio software companies health and some what protected from piracy then I feel its worth supporting even if its a little bit of a hassle....honestly when I need to locate the ilok2 dongle, well its no bigger the a flash drive I have a hard time finding it among the spaghetti junction behind my laptop....that says more about trying to running a studio from a laptop
With so many variations in Hub configurations, USB, Thunderbolt, Firewire I feel there's really no reason for concern.
Well one of my real concerns is also hardware, I have audio cards, UAD2 firewire, Powercore, Kyma system, etc that i still use. If I upgrade to a new Mac then I loose all this stuff that I have built up over the years. And I'm not ready to spend thousands of dollars more to get back to where I was, it all still works fine for me.
For sure the hardware aspect of our systems can be an anchor to the software world. You still have powercore.....I so wish I could get my hands on TC electronics VSS3 reverb. My favorite reverb. I had it on a powercore pci express card a while back. The algorithm is probably in their Reverb 4000 unit.
Wasn't there talk of Universal Audio releasing TC electronics software on the UAD-2 platform?