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MOTU, macOS Big Sur and the new M1-powered Macs

Apple has announced macOS® Big Sur (version 11.0) and a new line of M1-powered Macs.

MOTU products are not yet qualified for use with the new M1-powered Macs. Please check back here for future announcements regarding compatibility with M1-powered Macs.

Please carefully read the compatibility information below before you upgrade your Intel-based Mac to macOS Big Sur. If you have any questions, please contact MOTU customer service or technical support.

We appreciate your continued patience while we are working closely with Apple to ensure full compatibility with macOS Big Sur. 

 

Last updated January 27, 2021

M2 and M4

The M2 and M4 bus-powered USB audio interfaces are compatible with macOS Big Sur as USB audio class compliant devices, allowing plug-and-play operation with no driver installation needed. A driver will soon be available that provides lower latency performance, loopback channels and Core Audio volume control under macOS Big Sur. Please continue to check this web page for late-breaking information regarding the availability of this driver.

Digital Performer and Performer Lite

Digital Performer and Performer Lite (any version) are not yet compatible with macOS Big Sur. Please continue to check this web page for late-breaking information regarding versions of these two MOTU apps that will be compatible with macOS Big Sur.

MOTU virtual instruments (MachFive, etc.)

MachFive, Ethno Instrument, BPM, Electric Keys and Symphonic Instrument (any version) are not yet compatible with macOS Big Sur. Please continue to check this web page for late-breaking information regarding versions of these MOTU apps that will be compatible with macOS Big Sur.

MOTU Pro Audio interfaces

The Pro Audio models listed below are not yet compatible with macOS Big Sur. Please continue to check this web page for late-breaking information regarding compatibility with macOS Big Sur.

  • 1248
  • 8M
  • 16A
  • 24Ai
  • 24Ao
  • Monitor 8
  • 112D
  • Stage-B16
  • 624
  • 8A
  • M64
  • 8D
  • LP32
  • UltraLite-mk4
  • UltraLite AVB
  • 828es
  • 8pre-es

MIDI interfaces

The MIDI interface models listed below are not yet compatible with macOS Big Sur. Please continue to check this web page for late-breaking information regarding compatibility with macOS Big Sur.

  • MIDI Express XT
  • MIDI Express 128
  • micro express
  • micro lite
  • FastLane

USB and "Hybrid" audio interfaces

The USB and "Hybrid" interface models listed below appear to be compatible with macOS Big Sur. Testing is on-going. Be sure to download and install the very latest shipping drivers. You must install these latest drivers before you can use your MOTU product listed below with macOS Big Sur.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are installing MOTU hardware drivers on your macOS Big Sur system for the first time, please read this tech note for important information about enabling the driver in your system's security settings. This procedure is not necessary if the driver has already been installed in your macOS Big Sur system and you are merely updating it.

  • 828x
  • Track 16
  • MicroBook II
  • MicroBook IIc
  • 8pre USB
  • 4pre
  • Audio Express
  • UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid
  • 896mk3 Hybrid
  • 828mk3 Hybrid

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