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

Apple has announced macOS® Big Sur (version 11.x) and a new line of M1-powered Macs.

Some of the MOTU products listed below are qualified for use with the new M1-powered Macs. Please check back here for future announcements regarding further 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 April 7, 2021

UltraLite-mk5

The new UltraLite-mk5 is fully compatible with M1-powered Macs and macOS Big Sur. It is USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation with no driver installation needed. However, a new Gen5 installer is available that provides ultra low latency driver performance under macOS Big Sur, plus the all-new CueMix 5 app. Use CueMix 5 to quickly access basic device settings or to monitor live inputs directly on any analog output pair with the unit's on-board DSP-driven mixing. Create a separate, unique monitor mix for each output (monitor outs, phones, etc.) Apply on-board effects, including reverb, 4-channel parametric EQ and dynamics processing to inputs and mix busses. 

PLEASE NOTE: Before installing the Gen5 driver on your macOS Big Sur system (Intel or M1 Mac), 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 Gen5 driver has already been installed in your macOS Big Sur system and you are merely updating it.

M2 and M4

M2 and M4 bus-powered USB audio interfaces are now compatible with M1-powered Macs and macOS Big Sur. They are USB audio class compliant for plug-and-play operation with no driver installation needed. However, a driver is available that provides lower latency performance and loopback channels under macOS Big Sur. Be sure to download and install the very latest M series driver. You must install the latest driver before you can use your M2 or M4 with macOS Big Sur.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are installing the M series driver on your macOS Big Sur system (Intel or M1 Mac) 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.

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 compatible with M1-powered Macs and macOS Big Sur. 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 M1-powered Macs or macOS Big Sur (running on Intel or Apple silicon-based Macs).

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.

  • 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 on Intel Macs. 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 (Intel or M1 Mac) 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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