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Apple Silicon M1 & M2 Compatibility Info

UA Compatibility with Apple Silicon Macs

  • The extra steps below are required to install UAD software on Apple silicon based systems.
  • UA products are compatible with Apple silicon systems when using the latest UAD and LUNA software.
  • UAD Software and plug-ins for Apollo and UAD-2 hardware include native support for Apple silicon.
  • UA FireWire devices are incompatible with Apple silicon systems. All Apollo FireWire models can be upgraded to Thunderbolt.


UAD installation on Apple Silicon Macs

With Apple silicon, the additional steps below are required to enable installation of UAD and Apollo software (in addition to steps required during installation).

Start the computer in macOS Recovery

  1. Shut down the computer.
  2. Press and hold the power button on your Mac until you see “Loading startup options.”
  3. Click Options, then click Continue.
  4. If requested, enter your account password.

Set the security policy

Note: You need to keep the security policy settings below (even after UAD installation)  for UAD software to function.

  1. In the Recovery app, choose Utilities > Startup Security Utility from the Menu Bar at upper left of screen..
  2. Click on the system drive you want to use to set the security policy.
  3. Click Security Policy, select the Reduced Security option, and enter your password if requested.
  4. Check the “Allow user management of kernel extensions from identified developers” option.
  5. Click OK, then restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.

Follow the UAD installation instructions for Big Sur or Monterey on Intel Macs

  1. After the security policy is set with above instructions, UAD software can be installed.
  2. Follow the “UAD installation on Big Sur” procedure in this article
    Follow the "UAD installation on Monterey" procedure in this article.


Using UA software on Apple Silicon Macs

All UA Software

  • The current version of UAD software provides native Apple silicon support for UAD-2 DSP plug-ins and Apollo Console.
  • UAD Spark (UADx) plug-ins automatically run in native Apple silicon mode in DAWs that support native mode.
  • All other UA software currently runs under Apple’s Rosetta translation layer for Intel software.
  • If Rosetta is not yet installed (if you’ve never run Intel-based software on your Apple silicon Mac), make sure the computer is connected to the internet before running UA software to trigger the Rosetta download from Apple.



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