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Apple M1 Support for Waves Plugins

Last updated on: 10/14/2021 9:04:54 AM

With the release of Waves V13 plugins, we announce full official Apple M1 support for host applications that are themselves Apple M1-compatible.

Waves V13 plugins are fully supported in Apple M1 processors running the following DAWs:

Logic Pro 10.6.3 (in ARM64 mode)
FL Studio
Studio One 5.4
REAPER 6.35 for ARM
Bitwig Studio 4.0.4
Garage Band 10.4.4
Mainstage 3.5.3
Adobe Premiere Pro 2021 15.4.1
Adobe Audition 2021
Digital Performer 11

Waves plugins load and work in the following DAWs within Apple Rosetta 2:

V13 plugins:

  • Pro Tools 2021.7
  • Ableton Live 11
  • Cubase 11.0.40
  • Reason 11

V12 plugins:

  • Pro Tools 2020.12
  • Ableton Live 10
  • Reason 11


The Waves Central application requires the Rosetta 2 emulator to run, but installs plugins that are supported natively on M1 (on the DAWs listed above). We are working to add native M1 support for Waves Central in the near future.
ReWire, H-Reverb, IR-1 plugins: The ReWire software protocol in these plugins does not work on Apple M1 processors. When running in the Apple Rosetta 2 emulator environment, H-Reverb and IR-1 display graphic issues

The following host applications are not supported on M1 (with or without Rosetta 2):

SuperRack, eMotion LV1, SoundGrid Studio, SoundGrid QRec, SoundGrid Driver: Waves SoundGrid applications and drivers do not currently work on M1 processors. We are working to add M1 support to Waves SoundGrid applications in the near future.
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 Final Cut Pro on M1 processors.

We will work to provide official M1 support for more host applications as they become M1-compatible. We will update this page with new developments as they are available.

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