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Apple Silicon M1, M2, and M3 Compatibility with Universal Audio Devices

How to install UAD Software on Apple Silicon Macs

*note, this applies to all generations and types of Apple Silicon Processors
Watch this video or continue reading below for step-by-step instructions.



Note: The information in this article applies only to Apollo Thunderbolt, UAD-2 Satellite, and UAD-2 PCIe. Other Universal Audio devices, such as Volt, do not require these configuration steps.

  • With Apple silicon, the additional steps below are required to enable the installation of UAD and Apollo software (in addition to steps required during installation).
  • UAD software must be installed on an internal system drive – external drives are not supported.

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

  1. In the Menu Bar, choose Utilities > Startup Security UtilityRecovery_3_Edit.png
  2. Click on the system drive you want to use to set the security policy.startup_security_utility_-_select_system.png
  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.reduced-security.png

Note: You need to keep the security policy settings above for UAD software to function properly, even after the installation is complete.

Next: follow the installation instructions for your macOS

After the security policy is set with the above instructions, UAD software can be installed. Follow the installation instructions listed below for your version of macOS:

Additional notes: 

  • To view our UA product compatibility grid for native Apple silicon please click here.
  • UA FireWire devices are incompatible with Apple silicon systems. All Apollo FireWire models can be upgraded to Thunderbolt.
  • All Universal Audio software for macOS (UAD, UADx, LUNA, UA Connect) runs natively on Apple silicon.

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