macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon M1 Chip Compatibility Information

Updated July 30, 2021

We’re working hard on M1 compatibility for select Apogee products. Barring another pandemic or other unanticipated chaos, please see our delivery estimates for Apple silicon/M1 compatibility by product below.

NOTE 4/20/21: Regarding Apple’s announcement of the new M1 iMac and M1 iPad Pro  – We will evaluate Apogee compatibility timing with these new Apple products when they become available to our testing team. 

USB

Symphony Desktop

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

Duet for iPad & Mac

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs

Apple Silicon/M1: Apogee Control 2 beta Software Now Available

Please note: Duet 2 is a Legacy Status product but we will be working to make Duet 2 compatible with Apogee Control 2 soon. Please sign up using the form above for updates.

ONE for Mac

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs

Apple Silicon/M1: Apogee Control 2 beta Software Now Available

ONE for iPad & Mac

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs

Apple Silicon/M1: Apogee Control 2 beta Software Now Available

Quartet

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs

Apple Silicon/M1: Apogee Control 2 beta Software Now Available

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

THUNDERBOLT

Element Series

Apple silicon / M1 chip / Big Sur compatibility: July-August 2021

NOTE: As of macOS 11.5.1, existing Element Thunderbolt driver works on Intel machines, including Logic Device Control features (includes Direct button). Apple Silicon drivers coming soon!

See below for known issues

Ensemble Thunderbolt

Apple silicon / M1 chip / Big Sur compatibility: July-August 2021

NOTE: As of macOS 11.5.1, existing Element Thunderbolt driver works on Intel machines, including Logic Device Control features (includes Direct button). Apple Silicon drivers coming soon!

See below for known issues

Symphony I/O Mk II

Symphony I/O Mk II (Thunderbolt)

Apple silicon / M1 chip / Big Sur compatibility: July-August 2021

NOTE: As of macOS 11.5.1, existing Symphony I/O MkII Thunderbolt driver works on Intel machines, including Logic Device Control features (no Direct button with Symphony). Apple Silicon drivers coming soon!

See below for known issues

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 

Symphony I/O (USB, ThunderBridge, Symphony 64)

Apple silicon / M1 chip / Big Sur compatibility: Fall 2021

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. Works as of macOS 11.5.1 on Logic Pro X 10.6.3
  • Clock source is not properly indicated in Symphony Control Works as of macOS 11.5.1

Ensemble and Element Series

  • Logic Pro X Audio Device Controls not working, including the Direct button Works as of macOS 11.5.1 on Logic Pro X 10.6.3
  • Clock Source can’t be properly selected and will stay on current setting (no issues with sample rate selection). For possible workarounds, see this article. Works as of macOS 11.5.1
  • Intermittent detection issues where Control flashes occasionally or shows blank screen

Quartet, Duet for iPad & Mac, ONE for iPad & Mac (Black or Silver)

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

*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 current products and select the EOL products listed above, fully compatible with the new Apple Silicon Macs and are excited about the capabilities of this new platform.