macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon M1 Chip Compatibility Information

Updated September 24, 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: Regarding Apple’s announcement of the M1 iPad Pro with Thunderbolt port – Apogee’s USB devices already compatible with iPads will continue to work on this new model. Thunderbolt devices are restricted on iOS and therefore Apogee Element, Ensemble, Symphony mkII cannot be made compatible.

USB

Symphony Desktop

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

Duet for iPad & Mac and Duet 2

macOS Big Sur: Compatible with Intel Macs

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

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

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

See below for known issues

Ensemble Thunderbolt

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

See below for known issues

Symphony I/O Mk II

Symphony I/O Mk II (Thunderbolt)

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

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)

macOS Big Sur: Compatible

Apple silicon: Compatible

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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

  • Some users may experience an issue after installing where the iLok License Manager app won’t open. This is usually accompanied by an ‘Activation Error – DirectIO’ dialog and/or a ‘Software Component Unavailable’ dialog. The solution is to run the latest iLok License Manager installer again after you run the Apogee installer. The iLok License Manager installer is available as a download from Pace’s iLok website. If the iLok License Manager opens fine after you run the Apogee installer, there is no need to run the iLok License Manager installer again.
  • Apogee Control hardware remote is currently not support

Ensemble and Element Series

  • Some users may experience an issue after installing where the iLok License Manager app won’t open. This is usually accompanied by an ‘Activation Error – DirectIO’ dialog and/or a ‘Software Component Unavailable’ dialog. The solution is to run the latest iLok License Manager installer again after you run the Apogee installer. The iLok License Manager installer is available as a download from Pace’s iLok website. If the iLok License Manager opens fine after you run the Apogee installer, there is no need to run the iLok License Manager installer again.
  • Apogee Control hardware remote is currently not supported
  • iOS app “Apogee Control” is currently not supported

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.