Apple M1, M1 Pro & M1 Max – Audio Compatibility Chart

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.

The M1 processor is a revolution in mobile sound processing, composed of a powerful quad-core CPU and high-performance quad-core GPU. It allows you to run plugins and software from the desktop industry that have been ported to the M1 chip.

With the M1 Music Production Platform, you can use a wide range of plug-ins and software to create a professional sound. It is for musicians, producers, and songwriters who want to have a seamless workflow from their computer or laptop to their M1.

The Apple M1 audio performance is crazy good.

If you’re a music enthusiast looking for the best music production experience, the M1 is your best bet! It can run on Mac and it’s compatible with a huge list of plugins and software. This list will show you the Apple M1 audio performance.

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
Cubase 11NONO
Pro Tools 2020.1YESN/A
Cubase Elements 10.5YESN/A

Plugins:

Plugin NameRunning VST?Running AU?Native?
Waves Complete 11.12.11.20YESYESNO
FabFilter Total BundleYESYESYES
Sylenth1 v.3.067YESYESNO
reFX Nexus 3 v. 3.3.8YESYESYES
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
UAD PluginsYESYESNO
Plugin Alliance (Plugins Pack)YESYESNO
IK-Multimedia T-Racks (Plugin Pack)N/AYESNO
Valhalla Plugins (Plugin Pack)N/AYESNO
Slate Digital (Plugin Pack)N/AYESNO
Soundtoys (Plugin Pack)N/AYESNO
Sonnox OxfordN/AYESNO
Wavelab Elements 10YESN/AN/A
Amplitube 5YESN/AN/A
Izotope Elements SeriesYESN/AN/A
Izotope RX6YESN/AN/A
Softube Time and ToneYESN/AN/A
Celemony Melodyne Essential 5YESN/AN/A

Sound Interfaces:

Sound InterfaceDoes it work?
Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd GenYES
UAD Arrow Thunderbolt 3YES
Presonus AR16CYES
Roland Fantom 6YES
Uphoria umc 404hdYES
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Neville Bharucha
Neville Bharucha
3 years ago

Great list!
What about spectrasonics and output stuff?

Chivas
Chivas
2 years ago

Did you run the test yet?

Delecroix
Delecroix
2 years ago

Hi guys!

It’s Pulsar Audio. We now support Apple Silicon (M1) computers natively.
Could you add this information here please :)

Thanks a lot!
Sean

Miklos Kovacs
Miklos Kovacs
3 years ago

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

Ed
Ed
3 years ago

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.

Eoghan
Eoghan
3 years ago

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.

Carter
Carter
2 years ago
Reply to  Eoghan

Do they run smooth / does the computer have to work extra?

Eoghan
Eoghan
3 years ago

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.

James
James
3 years ago

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!

Pete
Pete
3 years ago
Reply to  James

Interesting that you e been able to get RC-20 to run. Seems incompatible w Logic on my M1 Mac mini. Maybe b/c you’re running Ableton via Rosetta?

Henrik
Henrik
3 years ago
Reply to  Pete

Yep I tested running first running Logic native and that doesn’t work, switching Logic to Rosetta mode and trying to rescan plugins did the trick for me.

Vincent Gasqui
Vincent Gasqui
3 years ago

hi!

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

Great list, thanks for help us !

Thomas
Thomas
3 years ago
Reply to  Vincent Gasqui

I got my M1 MacBook Air working with a new Zoom LiveTrak L-20 in class compliant mode with no issues at all. Record and playback fine with Protools.

Sean
Sean
3 years ago
Reply to  Thomas

It sort of works, but it’s battery power only! Any workaround? I can’t deal with 3 sets of batteries a day…

Tyler Pietruszka
Tyler Pietruszka
3 years ago

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.

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

I’m in a similar situation,
I’m also eager to know about the new (M1 Pro) MacBooks that come with Monterey.

I’m on the fence between getting an older intel tomorrow or the new model.

Edwin Veras
Edwin Veras
3 years ago

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.

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

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

Pedro Ahets Etcheberry
Pedro Ahets Etcheberry
3 years ago

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

Troy
Troy
2 years ago

Yes it does.

Martin Diers
Martin Diers
3 years ago

ReFX Nexus 3.3.8 support Apple Silicon according to the change log: https://refx.com/nexus/version/

Eoghan
Eoghan
3 years ago

Roland ZEN-Core was a no go. Roland is working on a Big Sur compatible update, so hopefully that will fix the issue.

Adam K
Adam K
3 years ago

The following plugins work on M1 both in Logic and Pro Tools:
– Plugin Alliance (Brainworx, SPL, etc..)
– IK Multimedia T-Racks 5, Modo Bass
– Valhalla (all of them)
– Slate Digital (all of them)
– Soundtoys
– Sonnox Oxford

Altough at this point basically all useless for me since UAD doesn’t work…

Brandon Whalen
Brandon Whalen
3 years ago
Reply to  Adam K

I can’t get SoundToys to work in Logic, though I did get UAD all running. What version of SoundToys do you have installed?

Steve B
Steve B
2 years ago
Reply to  Brandon Whalen

I had to manually rescan mine in the plug-in manager and be running in Rosetta

Donald Burns
Donald Burns
2 years ago
Reply to  Adam K

My slate plugins all access pass are not coming up in protools on my mac book pro
Is there anything I need to download to achieve using the plug ins?

Dan
Dan
3 years ago

Can anyone recommend a midi controller (keyboard, not a launchpad) that works on the new m1 macs (I am new to apple and logic). Thanks

Papa G
Papa G
3 years ago

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (2nd Gen) works great as far as audio in/out goes, but trying to send MIDI out through the Focusrite makes Ableton crash every time.
Valhalla reverb and delay work fine.
RC-20 works fine.

I plugged the Focusrite in via an Anker 7-in-2 hub using USB-A cable, and had a USB hub running off the other USB-A port on the Anker.

Adam K
Adam K
3 years ago

Happy to confirm that with the new UAD 9.1.3.1 software update, Apollo interfaces and all plugins work seamlessly. Altough officially it’s still not compatible with M1, it’s just an update for Big Sur compatibility, but with Rosetta it works fine now!

al
al
3 years ago

how are the izotope plug ins working?

Kyrill
Kyrill
3 years ago

Maybe you can add other section for midi controllers because i read on the apple community blog that some korg midi aren’t being read on the silicon devices, also if you’ve checked your midi and its working let us know! Thanks a lot!

Exhaust
Exhaust
3 years ago

Do meldaproductions and cable guys plugins work with M1 right now?

Kyrill
Kyrill
3 years ago

Can anyone confirm if Drip by Kyle beats work?

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

has anybody tried a Motu M2 interface? I just got a MacBook Pro with M1 and am thinking about buying a Motu.

Leonard
Leonard
3 years ago

Hello, do you know if the Behringer interfaces (especially the Uphoria UMC 404HD) work with the M1 MacBook? I suggest all the MIDI Keyboards in general should work if the interface works shouldn’t they?

Andrej M
Andrej M
3 years ago
Reply to  Leonard

hi, uphoria umc 404hd works on M1 mac mini /big sur very good.

Tronam
Tronam
3 years ago

FabFilter are M1 native now, which makes sense considering they had already ported their plugins to iPad OS. Valhalla’s Super Massive is their first M1 native release so far, with more on the way.

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

Hello, looks like Fabfilter is already M1 supported https://www.fabfilter.com/press/1607590800/fabfilter-updates-its-plugin-line-up-with-native-apple-silicon-support

. Is this list going to continue being updated? Thanks!

C Holdz
C Holdz
3 years ago

Please have drum/drummer VST’s like Steven Slate digital optimized for native M1 coding. Xln Addictive Drums 2, Toontrack superior drummer 3, FXPansion BFD 3, and most of all, Rayzoon Jamstix 4.

Logic’s Drummer is amazing, but I would like to have at least Jamstix 4 for more options and programming ability/editing.

Michael
Michael
3 years ago

what works on m1 mac mini 16/512
Pro Tools 2020.1
Cubase Elements 10.5 /minor graphic issues Groove Agent SE
Wavelab Elements 10
Amplitube 5
Izotope Elements Series
Izotope RX6
Softube Time and Tone
Celemony Melodyne Essential 5

tbc 🙂

Michael
Michael
3 years ago
Reply to  Michael

Pro Tools 2020.12 !

All work under Rosetta. More to come – when i‘m on my desk

Dillon Anderson
Dillon Anderson
3 years ago
Reply to  Michael

I have a 16gb ram 512 gb HD new Mac mini and the CLA signature collection loads but freezes up so bad it’s almost unusable. It runs in the background but I can’t make any adjustments.

Silja
Silja
3 years ago

Does anyone know if AKAI Midi keyboards work with M1?

Artem
Artem
2 years ago
Reply to  Silja

Mine works too: AKAI MPK261

Pascal
Pascal
3 years ago

Mac mini M1, currently using the Mac audio output as my audio interface is not supported yet.
Cubase Pro 11.0.10, Halion 6, Groove Agent 5 are all running fine (Rosetta 2) with surprisingly low cpu usage.

David Nakazono
David Nakazono
3 years ago

Anyone have success with the Steinberg UR22 on the M1? Or any insight as to when Steinberg will update for compatibility?

Jean-Luc
Jean-Luc
3 years ago

Sadly, the piano plugin Ivory (Synthogy) doesn’t work yet on M1. The company told me they’re working on it, no date published yet.

Neil
Neil
3 years ago

Does anyone know if a Yamaha TF1 mixer would work with the Mac mini M1? If I knew this would work I’d buy one tomorrow!
Currently working on an iMac with Catalina
Thanks

Mastermeister
Mastermeister
2 years ago
Reply to  Neil

Antelope Audio Discrete 4 Synergy Core and Bitwig, both with their associated plug -ins, are currently working on my M1 Mac Mini. The only exception is the Antelope AFX2DAW software but for those that need to use the Antelope effects post-recording in the daw there is a workaround currently until / if AFX2DAW is updated to work with Apple Silicon. They say they are working on it but I know that the windows users who have been waiting will be rightfully skeptical…

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson
2 years ago
Reply to  Mastermeister

You seem to mention a workaround for AFX2DAW until a permanent fix is in? Their ad literature, which does mention AFX2DAW is incompatible but being worked on, was vague enough that I bought it , it wouldn’t work and they refunded my money. I’ve got their Orion Studio Synergy Core interface.

derek
derek
2 years ago

Hi Guys.. Total newbee here about to pull the trigger on Minimac m1 8gb/256gb.
Does anyone know if Toontrack EZ Drummer2 works on it with logic pro x.
Thanks a mil

Camilo
Camilo
2 years ago
Reply to  derek

I don’t know about EZ drummer, but superior drummer works like a charm.

Muhazir Azhari
Muhazir Azhari
2 years ago
Reply to  derek

yes. it does work using logic pro, but not native yet

Mihai
Mihai
2 years ago

Really helpful!

I am currently using Valhalla Plugins VSTs and they all work perfectly. And NI also are starting to work as AU and VST.

alfred
alfred
2 years ago
Reply to  Mihai

what m1 Mac computer you’re ruining how much gb rams.

Andy
Andy
2 years ago

Thank you for this page. And please see this.
Purity updates to v1.3.8 with Apple Silicon M1 support.
https://www.kvraudio.com/news/sonic-cat-updates-purity-to-v1-3-8-with-apple-silicon-m1-support-51516
https://sonic-cat.com/purity/#tab-id-1

Hardy
Hardy
2 years ago

Hi, has anyone used a Roland Octacapture or a Boss SY1000 with a MacBook M1 ? I’d also like to know if IK Multimedia I rig HS2 works ? Thanks for your replies.

Hardy
Hardy
2 years ago

…I Rig HD 2…

Mikael B
Mikael B
2 years ago

Fxpansions Tremor works in Rosetta2 mode (So non-native) using the macOS 10.15 installer, that you’ll find In your Fxpansions account.

Mikael B
Mikael B
2 years ago

Cakewalk Z3TE+2 works in Rosetta2 mode (non-native in other words) using the latest Cakewalk-Command-Center app. AU and VST3 only.

Shep
Shep
2 years ago

Is anyone able to make Waves work with the M1?

Nuno Andrade
Nuno Andrade
2 years ago

Hi. Soundcraft ui24r seems to be working fine with the M1 and Reaper Native. – Maybe it’s because soundcraft ui24r controller is via browser wifi, so no software controller to be installed.
Cheers

Michael
Michael
2 years ago
Reply to  Nuno Andrade

Does anybody know if this will work?

MacBook Pro M1 Pro running Monterey
Pro Tools
Superior Drummer 3
Waves
UAD plugins
UAD Apollo Twin thunderbolt

Will consider running UA Luna DAW providing superior drummer and waves work in there.

I’m buying a MacBook and at this point I don’t know wether to go for an older intel or the latest M1 Pro

Any help much appreciated!

Martin
Martin
2 years ago

Presonus Studio One 5.4.0 has just been updated to run natively on M1. Just thought I’d share the info. Cheers :)

Gomjab
Gomjab
2 years ago

The list needs updating. FL Studio, Omnisphere and all of the u-he plugins are native. Probably more.

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

Can I just check this list applies to M1 Pro and M1 Max chips and not just the M1?

Plugins wise, is it possible for a column for AAX plugins?

Tronam
Tronam
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael

This page hasn’t been maintained in ages and is woefully out of date. The best, most complete online resource for tracking Apple Silicon native support of plug-ins, DAWs and standalone software is at the asaudio.tech website. It started off as a forum thread on KVR Audio, but was eventually branched off to its own database. It even includes version numbers for when AS support was added. I wish websites like this one and various others would link to better resources if they can’t keep up.

030anrimaruyama
030anrimaruyama
1 year ago

Hey Martin,
Just went through a few courses of yours, keep up the great work!

Alexander
Alexander
9 months ago

hackintosh 12600k 32 ram: 205 tracks

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