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M1 Compatible Audio Plugins


David Nahmani

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[LAST UPDATED NOVEMBER 25th, 2021]

 

Here we track plug-ins, drivers, music software and hardware that are compatible with Apple Silicon processors (M1, M1 Pro or M1 Max).

 

If you know of plug-ins that should be added to this list, please reply below and I'll add them. For each listing I've provided a link to the official announcement by the manufacturer, or a link to a post here that details where the information was found.

 

Runs natively on M1 Apple Silicon:

• Aberrant dsp (SketchCassette II, ShapeShifter) link

• Acon Digital Acoustica 7.3 link, Mastering Suite link, Verberate 2 link, DeVerberate 3 link

• ADSR Sample Manager 1.7 link

• Antelope Audio link

• Apogee Digital (Symphony Desktop, Hype MiC, MiC+, JAM+, Groove, Duet (beta), One (beta), Quartet (beta), Element, Ensemble Thunderbolt, Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt, Symphony I/O Mk I USB and ThunderBridge) link

• Applied Acoustics Systems link

• Audient link

• Audiority (see list of products in the link) link

• Audio Thing Things-Texture, Things Tilt, Speakers, Wires link

• Baby Audio TAIP link

• Bitwig Studio 4 link

• Blue Cat Audio link

• Cableguys Halftime link

• Devious Machines link

• DiscoDSP (some plug-ins) link

• DSP-Quattro link

• Eventide Audio link

• FabFilter link

• FL Studio 20.8.4 link

• Focusrite Control link

• Fuse Audio Labs link

• Glitch Machines Fracture link

• IK Multimedia Modo Drum link, Sampletank 4, Syntronik 2 link

• Initial Audio link

• inphonik RX950 link

• JonV Audio fircomp 2 link

• Klanghelm link

• Linux link

• Melda Production (M TotalFX Bundle) link

• Metric Halo (MIOConsole3d & MHLinkDriver) link

• MOTU (see linked note) link

• NoiseAsh link

• Noise Engineering link

• Overloud Gem link

• Plogue Bidule link

• Polyverse link

• Presonus (USB Audio and Controllers) link

• Pulsar Audio link

• reFX (Nexus 3):link

• Reveal Sound Spire link

• Roland Cloud link

• RME Audio Drivers link

• Sound Theory Gullfoss link

• Spectrasonics link

• Spitfire Audio (some of the libraries) link

• Sugar Bytes link

• Symbolic Sound (Kyma) link

• Synapse Audio — Dune 3.4 link, Obsession 1.1: link, The Legend link

• TAL link

• Tokyo Dawn Labs (Molot GE, Molotok) link

• Tone Projects Kelvin Tone Shaper link and Unisum link

• Toontrack EZDrummer 2.2.2 link, EZBass 1.1.0 link, and Superior Drummer 3.2.5 link

• u-he link

• Valhalla link

• Vengeance Sound Avenger 1.8 link

• Voxengo link

• Wave Arts link

• Waves v13 link — except Waves Central v13 link

• Xfer Records (Serum) link

 

Supported under Rosetta 2:

• Apogee Digital (Apogee Native Plug-ins) link

• Antares link

• Baby Audio (everything but TAIP which is native) link

• Celemony Melodyne 5 link

• EastWest link

• Expert Sleepers link

• Glitch Machines (all products except Fracture which is M1 native) link

• IK Multimedia (most products) link

• IZotope link

• Korg software synthesizers link

• Lennar Digital (Sylenth1) link

• Line 6 link

• Native Instruments link

• Plugin Alliance link

• Softube link

• Sonarworks SoundID Reference link

• Sonnox (known issues listed) link

• Soundtoys link

• UVI link

 

Not supported under Rosetta 2:

This does not mean the software listed below will not run under Rosetta 2, it means only that the manufacturer either haven't tested it under Rosetta 2, or have tested it and found it not fully compatible

• Apogee Digital (Symphony I/O, Ensemble, Element, One, Duet, Quartet) link

• Arturia link

• Audio Damage link

• DrumForge link

• IK Multimedia link

• Steve Slate Digital link

• Universal Audio link

 

What is Rosetta 2?

Rosetta 2 is a translator that allows Intel software to run on the new Silicon machines. It's not meant to be a substitute for an app that runs natively on the new M1 processors. Apps unsupported under Rosetta 2 may or may not work: while many work just fine, some may present odd GUI distortions, crash validation, or appear sluggish.

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I thought Rosseta meant you could use all plugins that don't support M1 on the new M1 mac's but that's not the case or? I'm confused.

 

Not compatible:

• Antares: https://www.antarestech.com/os-compatibility/

• Apogee Digital (Symphony I/O, Ensemble, Element, One, Duet, Quartet): https://apogeedigital.com/home-feature- ... nformation

• Arturia: https://www.arturia.com/faq/utilization ... os-big-sur

• IK Multimedia: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/contact-su ... 0M1%20chip.

• Native Instruments: https://support.native-instruments.com/ ... 0014683497

• Soundtoys: https://support.soundtoys.com/article/4 ... patibility

• Steve Slate Digital (end 2021 — beginning 2022): https://slatedigital.zendesk.com/hc/en- ... rocessors-

• Universal Audio: https://help.uaudio.com/hc/en-us/articl ... ility-Info

• Waves: https://www.waves.com/support/waves-wit ... processors

 

So this means that you can't use the NOT COMPATIBLE plug-ins on M1 mac's even with Rosetta or i'm wrong?

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I thought Rosseta meant you could use all plugins that don't support M1 on the new M1 mac's but that's not the case or? I'm confused.

Yes, that's what it means, in theory. However basically Rosetta is a translator, and running an app with a translator is not guaranteed. Some manufacturers have tested it and support it, while others have either not tested it yet, or tested it and determined that they weren't happy with the results. Sometimes the interface looks odd. Sometimes the plug-in will crash. Other times, the app or plug-in will run just fine. But you make a good point, I've renamed that category "Not supported" rather than "Not compatible". Thanks for pointing that out.

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I thought Rosseta meant you could use all plugins that don't support M1 on the new M1 mac's but that's not the case or? I'm confused.

Yes, that's what it means, in theory. However basically Rosetta is a translator, and running an app with a translator is not guaranteed. Some manufacturers have tested it and support it, while others have either not tested it yet, or tested it and determined that they weren't happy with the results. Sometimes the interface looks odd. Sometimes the plug-in will crash. Other times, the app or plug-in will run just fine. But you make a good point, I've renamed that category "Not supported" rather than "Not compatible". Thanks for pointing that out.

 

Thanks for the explain!

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Audio Editors I use.

I have TwistedWave as the external editor in Logic.

DSP-Quatro

https://www.dsp-quattro.com/dspquattro/Site/product.html

 

TwistedWave

https://twistedwave.com/mac

Both added. Thanks!

You have TwistedWave under Rosetta 2 but it does run as a Native M1 application.

with native support for Apple Silicon / the M1 chip.

 

 

 

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Just compatible, or Native? Pretty much all my 3rd party plugins function, though some of IK's stuff isn't quite right.

The list I started is Native-compatible, but we could have another that is Rosetta2-compatible.

 

Wow, I really appreciate you taking the Big Sur —> M1 tangent an running with it in such a comprehensive way! Super useful!

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Wow, I really appreciate you taking the Big Sur —> M1 tangent an running with it in such a comprehensive way! Super useful!

Great! Good to hear you find it useful. It takes a bit of time to research these things thoroughly but at least I have all the links to the official manufacturer announcements so we know it's not just hear-say.

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