Here is a list of different plugins and software for music production that currently works with the M1 Silicon processor. It also shows if it runs natively or through Rosetta (emulation).

Please add your own results in the comment section. I will add your results to these lists every day.

Updated: Nov 22 2020.

Audio Software:

SoftwareDoes it run?Native?
Logic Pro 10.6.0YESYES
FL Studio 20.7.3YESNO
Ableton Live 10.1.30YESNO
GarageBandYESYES
Studio One 5.1.1.61815YESNO
Reaper v6.15/64 Catalina Version OnlyYESNO
Avid Pro Tools First V 2020.9.0YESNO
SpliceYESNO

Plugins:

Plugin NameRunning VST?Running AU?Native?
Waves Complete 11.12.11.20YESYESNO
FabFilter Total Bundle 2020.06.11YESYESNO
Sylenth1 v.3.067YESYESNO
reFX Nexus 3 v. 3.3.8YESYESNO
Native Instruments Komplete 12 SELECTNONONO
u-he Diva .9709YESYESNO
Xferrecords Serum 1.308YESYESNO
Spectrasonics OmnisphereN/AYESNO
Spectrasonics TrilianN/AYESNO
Spectrasonics KeyscapeN/AYESNO
Arturia Analog Lab 4N/AYESNO
Arturia vCollection (ver 7)N/AYESNO
Arturia PigmentsN/AYESNO
Arturia OB-XaN/AYESNO
Toontrack Superior Drummer 3YESYESNO

Sound Interfaces:

Sound InterfaceDoes it work?
Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd GenYES
UAD Arrow Thunderbolt 3NO
Presonus AR16CYES
Roland Fantom 6YES

13 comments

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    Neville Bharucha 20th November 2020 , 2:06 pm

    Great list!
    What about spectrasonics and output stuff?

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      Martin Svensson Raay 20th November 2020 , 2:09 pm

      I’m currently testing other plugins out for this test and Spectrasonics stuff are planned to be tested as well but if someone’s got Spectrasonic Omniphere or Trilian, please comment on this post with results 🙂

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    Miklos Kovacs 21st November 2020 , 12:12 pm

    Does this mean that also UAD Apollos are not working with the M1 yet?

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    Ed 21st November 2020 , 7:07 pm

    Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 works perfectly.
    Focusrite Control current 3.6 version or latest beta 3.7 don’t detect my scarlet 4i4 3 gen but the scarlet gets recognized by the macbook pro immediately.

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    Eoghan 22nd November 2020 , 5:34 pm

    Spectrasonics (tested Omnisphere, Trillian and Keyscape – all latest releases) works in the R2 wrapper- tested with Logic Pro only (so, AU only). Did notice on occasion Logic Pro will scan the Spectrasonics plugins and place them in non-compatible, but they still work fine. If I rerun the plug-in scan again, Logic will state they are fully compatible/validated. Either way, the plug-ins do work. Also tested Arturia (Analog Lab 4, latest vCollection (ver 7), Pigments and OB-xa) – all are working / all show up as fully validated in Logic.

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    Eoghan 22nd November 2020 , 6:50 pm

    Presonus AR16C works as a class compliant USB audio device (did not load any Presonus drivers). Mac Mini M1 is showing it as 18 in / 4 out and Logic sees all the available ins/outs for this interface. Also tested the Roland Fantom 6 – setting the USB driver to generic on the Fantom (do a write/reboot). Shows up in the midi settings and works fine with Logic as an external MIDI controller. Roland has not released any updated drivers for Big Sur yet, so not sure if their Fantom USB audio driver will work with the M1.

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    James 23rd November 2020 , 11:30 am

    Got 8GB 512ssd Mac Mini M1 while I wait for my 16GB 1TB M1 to get here around Christmas and…… Holy shit I’m so happy.

    VSTs working on Ableton Live 10 Suite in a 40-50 track EDM mix-master fun project (w/ reverbs, delays, heavy distortion, SC, etc…):

    Thermal by Output (actually not destroying my cpu but still heavy handed with Rosetta 2)

    RC-20 Retro Color by XLR Audio is a breeze (like always)

    All heavy lifting Izotope plugins surprisingly running super well below 60% CPU in a project that has 50 tracks and 6-8 bussed Pro-L2’s with heavy sidechain on two Pro-C2’s… (Neutron & Ozone Advanced, RX-8, Tonal Balance 2, etc…) all smashing.

    The whole Fab-Filter Bundle is on steroids. (Max 30% CPU usage with 4x oversampling on all Pro-L2s/Pro-C2’s)

    General project opening and latency with a Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen is literally gone. Running 48k at 24depth and 128 samples… literally hasn’t dropped out once, not one crackle. AND I have safari, apple music, and RX-8 RUNNING AT THE SAME TIME.

    Pretty stoked. Honestly if you can handle waiting up to a year possibly for UAD to get their shit together (aka you dont think you are Dr. Dre and rely fully on UAD plugins) then
    zero latency is fully achievable with M1 on Ableton, and its not even native yet. Live 11 can’t possibly mess this up. I think M1 for Ableton producers is a god-send, especially after dealing with Windows horse-shit Asio Drivers for the last 2 years.

    Happy huntin!

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    Vincent Gasqui 23rd November 2020 , 6:56 pm

    hi!

    if someone could test with the Zoom livetrack L-12 or 8 and 20!?

    Great list, thanks for help us !

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    Tyler Pietruszka 24th November 2020 , 6:47 am

    My 2012 MacBook pro crashed that i was using to record through a Focusrite saffire pro 40. Looking at buying an M1 but scared it wont work with the interface. Currently Focusrite says that it will work with the big sur update on early 2020 macs but cannot confirm it will work on the new M1. Any feedback is much appreciated and Happy Recording my friends.

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    Edwin Veras 24th November 2020 , 11:20 pm

    I haven’t seen anyone testing the M1 on a live scenario using Mainstage with all the plug-ins running and changing patches while the before patch is still running on the background, etc.

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    Alex 26th November 2020 , 8:08 am

    Can confirm that Portal by Output works, so does vital (synth) by Matt Tytel.

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    Pedro Ahets Etcheberry 26th November 2020 , 11:10 pm

    Anyone knows if the audient id44 works with the new m1 Macbooks?

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