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StudioLive AI/RM Series - Apple Silicon M1 Computer Compatibility

Published October 29, 2020 / Updated Dec 11, 2020, and January 11, 2021


Apple has announced its plans to move away from Intel-based x86/x64 CPU solutions to instead use a custom-designed, RISC-based solution (aka “Apple Silicon”), now known as the M1 Chip. This coincides with the release of macOS 11.0 Big Sur, which supports both Intel and Apple Silicon hardware.

PreSonus Support for Apple M1 Mac's will be available in early 2021.

Starting with Big Sur macOS 11, Apple introduced Rosetta v2, which allows applications to run in an emulated mode. Our tests revealed performance problems when using our software with Rosetta v2 (emulation mode). PreSonus is working on developing native applications for these new Apple M1 machines available in early 2021. 

We do not recommend Apple Silicon-based Macs for use with any PreSonus interfaces, mixers, or applications at this time.

What you should know about our products on Apple Silicon Macs thus far: 

Apple has retired their old method of custom device driver support called Kernel Extensions (also referred to as KEXT files) in favor of a different way of supporting connected devices called DriverKit. KEXT files meant for Intel machines will not load on Apple M1 Silicon machines. 

StudioLive AI-Series mixers and rack mixers will not work with Apple Silicon Macs. There are no plans to develop a driver to enable 1394 to connect to these machines. We will continue to support Intel-based Macs. StudioLive Ai will continue to be supported on the Windows 10 platform. 


macOS Big Sur Compatibility for the current Intel-based Macs can be found HERE.

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