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MOTU and macOS Monterey

Apple has announced macOS® Monterey (version 12.x).

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

Last updated October 13, 2021

UltraLite-mk5

The new UltraLite-mk5 is fully compatible with macOS Monterey. 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 Monterey, 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 Monterey system (Intel or Apple silicon 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 Monterey system and you are merely updating it.

M2 and M4

M2 and M4 bus-powered USB audio interfaces are fully compatible macOS Monterey. 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 Monterey. Be sure to download and install the very latest M series driver.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are installing the M series driver on your macOS Monterey system (Intel or Apple silicon 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 Monterey system and you are merely updating it.

Digital Performer

Digital Performer Version 11 is fully compatible with (and qualified for) macOS Monterey. For information about upgrading to DP 11, visit the MOTU web store

Performer Lite

Performer Lite (any version) is not yet compatible with macOS Monterey. Please continue to check this web page for late-breaking information regarding Performer Lite compatibility with macOS Monterey.

MOTU virtual instruments (MachFive, etc.)

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

PLEASE NOTE: as a workaround, the UVI Workstation instrument (free) can read the soundbank libraries from all of these products and can be installed on macOS Monterey. Please refer to this tech note for more information.

MOTU Pro Audio interfaces

The Pro Audio models listed below are fully compatible with macOS Monterey. 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 Monterey (running on Intel or Apple silicon Macs).

PLEASE NOTE: if you are installing MOTU hardware drivers on your macOS Monterey 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 Monterey 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 fully compatible with macOS Monterey. 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 Monterey  (running on Intel or Apple silicon Macs).

PLEASE NOTE: if you are installing MOTU hardware drivers on your macOS Monterey 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 Monterey system and you are merely updating it.

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

USB and "Hybrid" audio interfaces

The USB and "Hybrid" interface models listed below are fully compatible with macOS Monterey. 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 Monterey (running on Intel or Apple silicon Macs).

PLEASE NOTE: if you are installing MOTU hardware drivers on your macOS Monterey system (Intel or Apple silicon 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 Monterey 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