Waves Plug-ins, Logic Pro and Apple's M1 processors

scheduleApril 29, 2021

According to Waves support site:

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:

❌ 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.

This doesn’t mean we need to return our M1 back for an Intel Mac…

My setup is as follows:

We can right-click Logic Pro.app -> Get Info (or select and ⌘ + i) and select the “Open using Rosetta” checkbox.

This will run Logic Pro under the Intel emulation (this should only be needed if you run plug-ins that aren’t yet M1 native).

I’ve now setup an empty project with a single software instrument track using Alchemy and have successfully applied the CLA-2A compressor to the track!

This is my first test, but I imagine that any non-M1 plug-ins will work when using Logic Pro under Rosetta 2.