Apple M1 – Best computer for music production 2021??

Apple M1 – Best computer for music production 2021??

Should you buy the new Apple M1 computer for music production?
I’ll go over the up and downsides of Apple M1 as a music production computer.

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You have a bit of a dilemma when you to buy a new Mac.

Apple’s typical lifecycle of a product is 3 years.
After 3 years, they stop with software updates, including important security updates
But Apple announced that they will shorten the support cycle from 3 to 2 years for Intel based Macs.
But Apple silicon means that also 3rd party developers will only develop for the new plat-form.
You are basically buying an old computer when you buy an intel mac.

When you buy an apple sillicon Mac, software compatibility will be an issue.
As far as I know, there are no DAWs yet that run flawlessly on the new ARM based Macs, except Apples Logic itself.
FL Studio says it’s working on an update, so does Steinberg, Native Instruments, Reason and a couple of others.

The compatibility layer Rosetta is a “quick and dirty” attempt to make most programs work on a ARM based mac.
But hardware intensive programs (like DAWs) that rely heavily on real-time processing, things don’t always work properly, because rosetta was never meant for that in the first place.

Even IF DAW software makers would be up-to-date, we still have a whole ecosystem of plugin makers who are not.
This can take a while.

The M1-chip is a so-called SOC (System On a Chip).
This has advantages
-enegery effectiency
-faster (because eveything is integrated)

But there are long-term downsides, especially for music producers:
-no memory expansion after the fact
-no storage expansion after the fact
-Also repairing a computer has become more difficult, because there is less to repair.
I hope that Apple sees that that is a huge turn-off for professional users.

My advice
This is a first generation product
Apple has a tendency to not their first generation of products for very long, look at the first Apple watch and the first iPad.

So when you are buying a first generation product, you are basically a beta tester
Let others do the beta testing for you.
Apple has the room to make even more optimizations that you can benefit from.

In the meantime, DAW software and plugin makers had the time to play catchup.
These startup problems will eventually be a non-issue in 2 or 3 generations.

I think this step is a good step for the industry as a whole, because it leads to innovation, since everyone is slavishly copying apple.
And Apple did some really interesting innovation.


  1. Abby Di Giovanni on March 3, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Okay, so I really need some advice here. I need a new MacBook, I can’t produce anything on my air (duh). So do I go with the m1 chip or do i "upgrade" to the i5 or i7?

  2. Ar Py on March 3, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    "Apple doesn’t WANT YOU to TOUCH their computer" in a tone as if he said (Apple doesn’t WANT YOU to TOUCH their mother xDDD)
    "…downside…Apple made that abundantly clear in that whole right to repair thing. (Period)
    Apple LIKES YOU TO BUY a new computer EVERY SINGLE TIME ! "
    xDD HAHAHA So true. I feel that bra lmfao !!

  3. coldproject on March 3, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    I honestly didn’t have a choice 🙁 Mine was a replacement from my insurance. Waiting for the rest of my equipment that was stolen so ill only start testing this in the coming weeks.

  4. الراقي أبو راكان on March 3, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Please, does Studio one5 support screen reader : (VoiceOver ) on Mac?

  5. Patrick Emmanuvel A on March 3, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    If music production is my only concern moveing to Hackintosh is great idea right! if im building one now with mojove or catalina i can update to new logic pro for nxt 5 years right? what do u say ?

  6. Ronny B on March 3, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    my advice, dont buy apple products, im very happy with my AMD ryzen 7 PC, and it costs a lot less than the overpriced apple computer wich you dont have control over as a musician (e.g. upgrading), my AMD works great with FL studio and Studio One, and all my plugins work normally without crashes

  7. Antony Stannard on March 3, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I don’t get it why producers even bother with apple, its sounds like complete nightmare. A pc is easy. Just buy the best spec u can afford, tototally upgradable when you’ve got spare $$.

  8. Alex on March 3, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Wat een onzin…

  9. Alican Solen on March 3, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    This guy is speaking garbage. Doesn’t even know how the m1 works or any other detail regarding it’s performance. Im not a windows hater but this guy sure is a apple hater . How is an apple device only supported for 3 years ? Are you kidding me ! 2014 Macs are still supporting the latest os and when it comes to the iphones, the iphone 6s still supports the latest os ! Do your homework and inform people correctly !

  10. Thom Calhoun on March 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Great review, Dexter! Thanks, for the heads up! 😊

  11. Ajay Ganesh J on March 3, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I agree with compatibility issues but need not worry about this being 1st gen. It was long coming. A12z was 1st gen.

  12. Trife Records on March 3, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Not all heroes wear capes

  13. Sheriff vlogs on March 3, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    I’m a Windows guy but a lot of people use windows more when it comes to industry standard like hospitals manufacturing companies i live in the UK all the hospitals I’ve been to never used a mac book or most school apart from music

  14. Stephen D'Amato on March 3, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    I am waiting for Apple to work our their kinks with the new development. I think it is a game changer in many ways and they are innovators. I agree there are ways that they’ll hook you in, by not allowing you to upgrade parts, etc. I do like the way they engineer their products overall. This could be argued, but there is a lot of attention paid to detail and efficiency. Their products are expensive though. I have been a PC user for years now, but I am waiting to see what the M1 computer will be like. Many Apple users will tell me that they have had very little problems and the products last for years…

  15. ZiGi on March 3, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Once Cubase officially gets support on ARM, I’m pulling the trigger. I have never been impressed by Apple, but this time around it’s different.

    This move by Apple might revolutionize the entire tech industry, I can’t even fathom whats going to happen the next two years in technology.

  16. Morrell Music on March 3, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    I am really stuck. I’ve been watching videos for two days and find contradictions. Is the MacBook Air 8gb or 16gb enough for professional recording and mixing with a lot of plugins with an even mix of midi and real instruments? I don’t know whether to get the pro or air. Some say you need the pro for heavier sessions but some say this is basically the same. Also it seems with the new m1 chip the 8gb and 16gb don’t make much difference.

    So simply I need to know. For professional recording and mixing with a lot of midi and real instruments. Is the Mac air able to deal with it? Also over the years the fans on MacBooks drive me insane so I am really hoping I can use the air … thanks for anyone who has been using the air for recording and can let me know

  17. Marc OSx on March 3, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    no entiendo

  18. Der Goat Highscore on March 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Man i really like you Videos Great work but what MacBook do you recommend if it has to be an 13 inch MacBook? (For Musik Produktion) i don’t wanna be beta

  19. Dexxter Clark Music on March 4, 2021 at 12:01 am

    UPDATE: Apple is reportedly working on a processor with 32CORES!!! AGAIN, DON’T BUY 1st GEN, WAIT A YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. Richard Bowen on March 4, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Apple products equal more time taken away from doing the actual work. Why I’ve never used them. Never understood from an engineer’s perspective why people use their products.

  21. Ferhan A on March 4, 2021 at 12:06 am

    So, by the time M1 is tuned for all software, my 2 year will be over with it. Mmm nope.

  22. sK3LeTvM on March 4, 2021 at 12:09 am


  23. robearth on March 4, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I’ve been browsing the web to get some sense of this Mac M1 problem for some time, and when I finally landed on this page I was like; oh yeah, I recognize this dude from before, he’s super competent! Thanks for existing <3

  24. esac limbo on March 4, 2021 at 12:12 am

    I just bought a 2020 i7 MacBook Pro with 32 gb ram 1 terabyte did I make a mistake?

  25. الراقي أبو راكان on March 4, 2021 at 12:12 am

    ‏If allowed, does the program Studio one 5 support voiceover in the Mac system؟؟