Ableton Live Mac M1 Benchmark List

Here is the Ableton Live Benchmark project file to use. Just download it, run it and see how many tracks you can get to play without having the sound start crackling up.

Make sure that you’re running 2048 Samples (or the highest available) and 48000 Sample rate.

To see the CPU performance, close all other apps you currently have running on your computer besides Ableton Live and open the Activity Monitor app.

Make sure to use the highest settings as in the picture above.

Here’s how to use this test:

  1. Duplicate the only track that is used in the project.
  2. Duplicate as many instances of this track as you could and still be able to play the sound without any hickups.
  3. As soon as you can hear any difficulties in the project, delete tracks until you find that the project sounds fine. That is the amount of tracks that your system can handle in this test.
  4. Post your results here in this blog post comments. Please make sure to include your version number of Ableton, system (model number, year, specs).
Computer# of Test TracksVersion No.
MacBook Pro 16” M1 Max 32GB RAM24511.1b5
MacBook Pro 13” M1 2020 16GB RAM13311.1b6
MacBook Pro 16” 2019 2.4 GHz intel core i9 32gb ram19011.0.11
Dell XPS17 (9700), 4K, 2060Max-Q, 32GB, 2TB SSD, i7-10875H10911.0.11
Scan 3XS Music production laptop, i7-10750h, 32 gb ram15311.0.11
i9-10900K PC Desktop, 64GB, 2TB SSD, RTX3080, Windows 11 Pro18411.0.11
MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 16GB RAM20511.1b6
MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro (Running in Rosetta)15011.1b6
MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2014 2.6Ghz i5 8GB RAM3211.0.11
MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 16GB RAM 3211.1b5
MacBook Air M1 8-Core1211.1b5
iMac 27 2020 i9 3,6Ghz 10-core18011
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  1. Hey! Did the test. Had a 153 tracks running, no crackles. Computer: Scan 3XS Music production laptop, i7-10750h, 32 gb ram. Version: 11.0.11

  2. 32 tracks on a Macbook Pro 13″ (Mid-2014) with 2,6 GHz Intel Core i5, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, 256 GB SSD on MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 (18G9323) with Ableton Live Suite 11.0.11 (Build 2021-09-28)

  3. 109 Tracks – Dell XPS17 (9700), 4K, 2060Max-Q, 32GB, 2TB SSD, i7-10875H, ThrottleStop used to turn-off CPU stepping/turbo/C1E modes (no fan noise/temps steady at 50 degrees Celsius or less), Live version 11.0.11 running on Windows 11 Pro.

  4. 11.0.11 – Mac mini 2018 / i7 6 core 3,2 GHz / 32GB / 1TB SSD –

    108 tracks running smoothly.
    Between 109 and 145 I have a quick dropout right at the beginning but after that it plays the loop with no issue.
    Start to crackle at 145.

    Thinking about getting a MBA M1 with 16GB and 1TB SSD. Do you think I’ll have better performance with the MBA or should I go straight to the M1 pro?

  5. I’m throwing in the towel at 384. Ableton crashes when I try to duplicate any more. Audio plays fine tho and CPU never goes above 70% Threadripper 3960x 128gb ram

  6. Macbook pro 14″
    10 core Max 32 core GPU
    32gb ram, 1tb SSD
    Mac OS Monterey 12.0.1
    Ableton Live 11.1b5
    240 tracks running smoothly

      1. These are not empty tracks, read the main post above, this was a specific track count test for that.
        I don’t own those plugins you asked so i can’t test them.

  7. Macbook pro 14″ 2021 M1 M1 Max 32core, 32gb ram 1tb SSD mac os Monterey 12.0.1
    Ableton 11.1b5 240 tracks
    ableton 11.1b6 241 tracks

    1. I totally agree with you about the Air M1 test, that test is not correct at all as the air should only be 10% less if any compared to the pro so either they had their buffer settings incorrect or something else was conflicting with the ableton session on their machine.

  8. 60-62 Tracks with i7 Macbook Pro late 2013 (8GB RAM), Big Sur 11.6, Ableton Live 11.0.11
    Pro Tipp: There is a Ableton Performance-Thread at Ableton Forum. They are using the Ableton live Demoprojects!! Its about Ableton live 10, perhaps someone start a new thread with Live 11 + some Apple m1 Configs…..

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