Waves with Apple M1 Processors and Rosetta 2 Emulator

Last updated on: 1/31/2021 6:42:26 AM

Waves software is not yet officially supported on Apple Computers with the new Apple Silicon M1 processors.

We are working on providing official support. We expect developments in the near future and will update this page with new developments as they are available.

In the meantime, here are our findings:

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.
Please note: Even in DAWs where Waves V12 plugins do load and work, they are not yet officially supported. We will update this page with new developments as they are available.

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