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Apple Silicon Support for Waves Plugins

Feb 12, 2024

With the release of Waves V13 plugins, we announce full official Apple Silicon support for host applications that are themselves Apple Silicon-compatible. In addition, we announce full official Apple Silicon support for V13 SoundGrid applications and above.

Waves V14 plugins are fully supported in Apple Silicon processors running the following DAW versions and higher:

  • Pro Tools 2022.12
  • Logic Pro 10.7.4
  • Ableton 11.1
  • Cubase 12
  • Nuendo 12
  • FL Studio 20.8.4, 21
  • Studio One 5.4, 6
  • REAPER 6.35 for ARM
  • Bitwig Studio 4.0.4
  • Garage Band 10.4.4
  • Mainstage 3.5.5
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 22, 23
  • Adobe Audition 22, 23
  • Digital Performer 11
  • Reason 12.6
Waves V13 plugins are fully supported in Apple Silicon processors running the following DAWs:
  • Logic Pro 10.6.3
  • Ableton 11.1
  • Cubase 12
  • FL Studio 20.8.4.2048
  • Studio One 5.4
  • REAPER 6.35 for ARM
  • Bitwig Studio 4.0.4
  • Garage Band 10.4.4
  • Mainstage 3.5.3
  • Adobe Audition 2021
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 2021 15.4.1
  • Digital Performer 11

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

V14 plugins:

  • Luna 1.2.7

V13 plugins:

  • Pro Tools 2021.7
  • Ableton Live 11
  • Cubase 11.0.40
  • Reason 11
  • Luna 1.2.7

V12 plugins:

  • Pro Tools 2020.12
  • Ableton Live 10
  • Reason 11

Waves V13 SoundGrid Applications & Driver and above are fully supported in Apple Silicon processors on macOS 12 and up.

Follow these important steps to install SoundGrid Applications on your Apple Silicon Mac computers.

  • SuperRack
  • eMotion LV1
  • SoundGrid Studio
  • SoundGrid QRec
  • SoundGrid Driver

Exceptions:

  • COSMOS Sample Finder, Key Detector and StudioVerse require the Rosetta 2 emulator to install and run. Installing these products or bundles that contain them is not possible without Rosetta 2 installed on your computer. We are working to add native Apple Silicon support in the near future.
  • ReWire: The ReWire software protocol does not work on Apple Silicon processors.
  • H-Reverb, IR-1 plugins: While these plugins run fine natively in the DAWs listed above, when running in the Rosetta 2 emulator environment, H-Reverb and IR-1 display graphic issues.
  • C6 Multiband Compressor (Mono): While this plugin runs fine natively in the DAWs listed above, when running in the Rosetta 2 emulator environment, C6 Mono does not function properly.

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

  • Final Cut Pro*: Although Apple has announced that its proprietary DAWs are officially supported natively on Apple Silicon processors (without Rosetta 2), we have found that Waves plugins do not load or work properly in Final Cut Pro on Apple Silicon processors.
  • OBS Studio

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