Product Compatibility for Apple M1 Silicon Macs (Updated 18 March 2021)
Apple announced its M1 Silicon chip with ARM-based silicon processors that run in their new computers. This will allow users to cross-platform support of the macOS and iOS.
Software developed for Intel won’t run on the new chips, so software companies are scrambling to make their software compatible. Rosetta 2 is an option for some software. Read more about that below.
In addition, the new Mac runs macOS 11 Big Sur only, so products will also need compatibility with Big Sur. See our macOS Big Sur Compatibility list.
Rosetta 2 Translation Environment
Rosetta 2 is a translation tool, or emulator, that will allow users to run old Intel software on the new Silicon machines. Apple Developer explains, “Rosetta is meant to ease the transition to Apple silicon, giving you time to create a universal binary for your app. It is not a substitute for creating a native version of your app”.
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M1 Silicon/Rosetta 2 Compatibility
= Compatible | = Not Compatible | = Support with Rosetta 2, or partly supported
ABSoft Neat Video Update
ABSoft announced native support for the new Apple Silicon CPUs in two of the Neat Video 5.4 plug-ins.
- Neat Video v5.4 plug-in for Resolve
- Neat Video v5.4 plug-in for OFX hosts
They work about 30% faster than the Intel-based plug-ins executed via Rosetta on the same Apple Silicon hardware. Two plug-ins have got ahead of the pack and now can run on M1 computers natively:
Support for Apple Silicon in other Neat Video 5 plug-ins is in development. They are expected to get the ability to run on M1 Macs natively in one of the following 5.x updates within weeks and months. The timeframe will depend on the availability of the native M1 versions of the corresponding host applications and development tools.
New: Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, and Audition for Apple M1 Systems
New builds with M1 support are available as of Monday, 21 December 2020.
Beta version: Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, Audition
Release Date: 21 December 2020
M1 compatible Adobe products
- Lightroom 4.1+
- Audition (Beta)
- Premiere Pro (Beta)
- Premiere Rush (Beta)
- Photoshop 22.3
Products that run under Rosetta 2
- Acrobat Reader
- After Effects
- Character Animator
- Lightroom Classic
All products are compatible with M1.
The following products ARE compatible:
- Final Cut Pro 10.5
- Motion 5.5
- Compressor 4.5
- Pro Video Formats 2.2
- GarageBand 10.4
- Logic Pro 10.6
- Logic Remote 1.5
- MainStage 3.5
FormZ v9.1 will work with the Rosetta 2 emulator.
No Avid products are currently supported on the M1 Silicon Processor. More information. Avid is currently working on Big Sur and M1 compatibility.
Pro Tools will run under Rosetta 2
Sibelius may run in Rosetta 2 but you will possibly run into problems so take caution. New
While there are no known compatibility issues with Big Sur, M1 support available in future updates.
- Maya will run under Rosetta 2 but is not M1 optimized.
- Fusion 360 will run under Rosetta 2 but is not M1 optimized.
- AutoCAD not supported
Blackmagic Design Update
Davinci Resolve Studio 17.1 and Fusion 17.1 have native support for M1 silicon macs. Read more: Update: DaVinci Resolve & Fusion 17.1, M1 Silicon & Big Sur Support
Blackmagic Speed Disk Test 3.3+ is good to go with Silicon Macs.
The app works with Rosetta 2, however, bugs have been reported by users. Blender 2.91.0 for Mac includes the ARM release.
Blue Cat Audio
They’re still working on updates for native Apple Silicon support, but report that “existing Intel versions of the plug-ins should run on Apple’s new ARM-based Macs via the Rosetta 2 translator.” More information.
Color Grading Central
Not currently compatible but future support planned.
CoreMelt plugins will run under Rosetta 2. They are working on a native solution now. Read more.
Digital Anarchy New
Flicker Free, Beauty Box, and Samurai Sharpen updated for M1 and Big Sur as of March 9, 2021. Read more
CinePlay 1.7 has M1 Mac and macOS 11 Big Sur compatibility
Scopebox public beta with M1 support coming soon.
The app works with Rosetta 2, however graphical bugs have been reported by users.
All FabFilter plugins now support Silicon natively! Read more.
Full native support with Homebrew
Yes, it is M1 compatible!
FxFactory and FxPacks
FxFactory has a huge list of FxPacks that are compatible with M1 Silicon Macs. View the list here.
Image Line Software FL Studio
Version 20.8RC is reporting crashes and issues on the M1 processor. This version is running under Rosetta 2 though, and users can get early access to FL studio 20.8 here.
Shotput Pro is now compatible with M1
iLok currently works with Apple Silicon systems under Rosetta 2. In 2021, iLok plans to release a universal binary version that will run natively under Apple Silicon.
Not currently compatible
iZotope is not currently compatible with the M1 processor. “All iZotope products will require an update to be compatible with the new hardware. We’d recommend waiting for official compatibility before installing.” Learn more.
HDR Light Studio is still Intel-based but is running well on M1-based systems and works with an Intel build of Cinema 4D. However, the HDR Light Studio Cinema 4D connection is not currently compatible with the M1 build of Cinema 4D. An updated plug-in will be available in the future.
Maxon (Red Giant / Redshift)
Cinema 4D is ready for the new M1 Macs with R23 SP1+. Cinebench is also available for both Big Sur and the new Macs.
Red Giant updates are in progress, so it’s not compatible yet.
Redshift compatibility update is in beta, so if you need compatibility now, download the beta version.
McNeel Rhino 3D
Rhino 7 NOT compatible with M1 and will NOT run under Rosetta 2. For now, if you’re a Rhino user, don’t buy an M1 Mac. Read more
Rhino 8 development to support Apple Silicon via Universal Binary for both Intel and Apple Silicon has started. More
RenderGarden has been tested and it works fine under the Rosetta 2 emulator. They’re working on a native version now.
Not supported on M1 but will run under Rosetta 2.
Studio One is now officially supported for Apple Silicon ARM processors in Rosetta 2 compatibility mode.
Python users, you’re in luck! It’s fully compatible!
Will run under Rosetta 2.
The following products are compatible with M1 chip computers running in Rosetta Translation Environment:
- Reason Suite 11.3.4 and later (online only)
- Reason 11.3.4 and later (online only)
- Reason Intro 11.3.4 and later (online only)
- Reason Lite 11.3.4 and later (online only)
- Authorizer 2.11.2 and later
Rosetta is required for Reason to work. At first launch of Reason on your M1 chip computer, you will be asked to install Rosetta (if not already installed).
An update is in progress and should be available soon.
Serato DJ is not supported on M1 CPUs.
Not supported on M1 but will run under Rosetta 2.
Screenflow v9.0.7 – is available and is M1 Optimized but is not Rosetta 2 compatible.
Telestream says, “We are actively updating Wirecast to be compatible with the new Apple Silicon hardware. The completion of this work depends on several of our integrated partners updating their applications as well. While Wirecast will technically run on the Rosetta emulator, performance is going to be highly dependent on your workflow and cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, if Wirecast is a critical application, we recommend holding off on transitioning to the new Apple Silicon hardware until we have a more concrete release date for our supported version of Wirecast.”
SketchUp is NOT officially supported on M1 but people are reporting that SketchUp2021 is working on M1 machines with Rosetta 2. There are some issues though at this time. They have a forum post in the SketchUp community about testing on M1 Macs.
Hive 2.1 is compatible with M1, however, the AAX plugin format for AVID Pro Tools is currently not compatible with macOS 11 Big Sur.
Waves plugins aren’t officially supported yet but will work with the Rosetta emulator in some DAWs.
Pro Tools 2020.12, Ableton Live 10, FL Studio 20.10, Studio One 5, Reason 11, Bitwig Studio 3.3, Digital Performer, Adobe Audition 2020
These DAWs have not yet announced official support for M1 processors. However, we have found that Waves V12 plugins load and work, when these DAWs are running in the Rosetta 2 emulator environment. Still, this is not official support, Waves Support will not be able to troubleshoot technical issues.
Waves Central, standalone instruments and amps
These applications load and work properly on M1 processors, running in the Rosetta 2 emulator environment. Still, this is not official support, Waves Support will not be able to troubleshoot technical issues.
Logic Pro, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut Pro
Although Apple has announced that its proprietary DAWs are officially supported natively on M1 processors (without Rosetta 2), we have found that Waves plugins do not load or work properly in these DAWs on M1 processors.
Cubase, Adobe Premiere
Waves plugins cannot currently be used in these DAWs on M1 processors.
SuperRack, eMotion LV1, SoundGrid Studio, SoundGrid QRec, SoundGrid Driver
SoundGrid applications and drivers do not work at all on M1 processors.
Rewire, H-Reverb, IR-1 plugins
Rewire software does not work on M1 systems. The IR-1 and H-Reverb plugins display graphic issues on M1 systems with Retina displays.
Posted by Michele Yamazaki