The Apple M1 processor, with its ARM64 architecture, was released two years ago and, since then, most Apple computers have transitioned to this processor (or one of its successors). At home, I own an Apple Mac mini with an M1, 16Gb of RAM and 256Gb of storage which I use for everything, especially for music production.
I have many software instruments and effects plugins which I have been purchasing for years now (thanks Christina!) and, fortunately, most of them now have native M1 variants. For the others, I can use them using the Rosetta 2 technology which Apple provides and which runs really well (it’s a x86_64 to ARM64 code translator). Rosetta 2 is, in fact, allowing me to use all my plugins.
But, to be honest, I would love having a 100% ARM64 music production system. At this moment, I do have about 50 plugins which are still not M1 native but here are the few ones I would really love to have in M1 format, either because I use them a lot or I have paid a substantial amount of money for them:
- ADPTR Audio Metric AB
- ADPTR Audio Streamliner
- Elysia Phil’s Cascade
- Lindell Audio Lindell 50 Channel
- Lindell Audio Lindell 80 Channel
- SSL Native Bus Compressor 2
- SSL Native Channel Strip 2
- SSL Native Vocalstrip 2
- SSL Native X-Saturator
Let me know when they are M1 ready!