macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon Compatibility Information

Updated January 8, 2021

Please see macOS Big Sur and Apple silicon compatibility status for each product below.

USB

Symphony Desktop

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

Duet for iPad & Mac

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs*
(See below)

Apple Silicon: Partially Compatible – Core audio compatible without Apogee software
 – Maestro control software not compatible. Update in progress (see below)

Note: Duet 2 is Legacy Status and not tested but should work similarly to Duet iOS.

ONE for Mac

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs

Apple silicon: Partially Compatible – Core audio compatible without Apogee software
 – Maestro control software not compatible. Update in progress (see below)

ONE for iPad & Mac

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs

Apple silicon: Partially Compatible – Core audio compatible without Apogee software
 – Maestro control software not compatible. Update in progress (see below)

Quartet

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs*
(See below)

Apple silicon: Partially Compatible – Core audio compatible without Apogee software
 – Maestro control software not compatible. Update in progress (see below)

HypeMiC

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

MiC +

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

JAM +

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

Groove

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

Symphony I/O (USB AIM)

macOS Big Sur: Compatibility to be determined

Apple silicon: Compatibility to be determined

THUNDERBOLT

Element Series

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs*
(See below)

Apple silicon: Compatibility coming soon!

Ensemble Thunderbolt

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs*
(See below)

Apple silicon: Compatibility coming soon!

Symphony I/O Mk II

Symphony I/O Mk II (Thunderbolt)

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs*
(See below)

Apple silicon: Compatibility coming soon!

Symphony I/O Mk II (PTHD)

Check with AVID support on Pro Tools Status

(Refer to www.avid.com for compatibility with Pro Tools™ software)

No Apogee Software Required  

Symphony I/O Mk II (Dante + PTHD)

Check with Audinate support for Dante Status

(Refer to www.audinate.com for compatibility with Dante™ software) 

No Apogee Software Required 

Symphony I/O Mk II (SoundGrid)

Check with Waves support for Soundgrid Status

(Refer to www.waves.com for compatibility with Waves SoundGrid™ software)

No Apogee Software Required 

PLUGINS

Apogee Native Plugins

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible (with Rosetta translation)

Includes:

  • Clearmountain’s Domain (Apple silicon compatibility to be announced)
  • Clearmountain’s Spaces
  • Symphony ECS Channel Strip
  • Pultec EQP-1A
  • Pultec MEQ-5
  • Opto 3-A
  • ModEQ 6
  • ModComp



*Known Issues

These are the current known issues with Apogee products on Intel based Macs running macOS Big Sur

Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt

  • Symphony Control: Clicking on Insert Labels resets unit and blanks or crashes
  • Logic 10.5.1: Channel strip not fully functional can’t select Inst, -10 and High shelf is grayed out
  • Clock source is not properly indicated in Symphony Control

Ensemble and Element Series

  • Logic Pro X Audio Device Controls not working, including the Direct button
  • Clock Source can’t be properly selected and will stay on current setting (no issues with sample rate selection). Must connect to previous macOS version to change setting, then can reconnect to Big Sur
  • Intermittent detection issues where Control flashes occasionally or shows blank screen

Duet for iPad and Mac

  • Keyboard volume control & visual popups on computer screen not functional

Quartet

  • Keyboard volume control & visual popups on computer screen not functional

*Apple Silicon Compatibility: Work in progress

Compatibility with the Apple Silicon platform requires rewriting of large portions of Apogee’s code base and control applications, which will take significant time.

When complete, it will result in:

  • Full integration with Apple core audio controls, such as volume adjustments from the Apple keyboard
  • Integration with Apple’s creative audio suite apps such as Logic & Garageband
    • Device Control: ability to adjust Apogee preamp controls & features from within Logic or Garageband
    • Direct button for low-latency monitoring on compatible products
  • Re-written controller software for seamless access to all features and settings of the Apogee interface

Apogee is dedicated to making all our current products fully compatible with the new Apple Silicon Macs and are excited about the capabilities of this new platform.