Now that Ableton Live is Apple Silicon-native, will your plug-ins and tools still work?

Ableton Live 11.1 beta means a native version of the host that can take full advantage of the hardware inside the latest Macs. But what about VST, AU, Max for Live, and other content – especially if it was built for Intel? Here’s what works, what doesn’t, and how to retain compatibility.

Roland’s plug-ins are now Apple Silicon native, from 808 to JUPITER-8

Roland’s full stable of Roland Cloud plug-ins now has Apple Silicon support – a big breakthrough for rounding out your new Mac studio and recreating vintage gear in the box.

Peter Kirn - July 22, 2021

16″ MacBook Pro, a better MBP at 15″ prices, as Apple responds to user feedback

Apple has a 16″ MacBook Pro that improves performance, adds a bigger, better display, and makes promising changes to the keyboard – without increasing price. Next question: should you upgrade? Apple’s flagship laptops still command a price premium: standard configurations are US$2,399 and $2,799, which can be punishing for cash-strapped musicians (especially in other countries […]

Peter Kirn - November 14, 2019

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