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Markus Krause

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Icarus 2.0.9 Mac M1 ARM native - beta
« on: March 24, 2022, 03:43:23 PM »
This is a beta for testing that still can contain bugs. If you experience problems please send us a bug report to support@tone2.com.

This a vst plugin for Mac. It is an Universial Binary that contains Intel x64 as well as native ARM M1 code.

Steinberg advertises that you need VST3 plugins to be able to run vst plugins as native ARM M1 code. We have proven that this not true from the techical side. Steinberg's decision to drop VST2 support in Cubase on M1 Macs is a pure marketing decision.

Unlike what Apple claims it is not easy at all to port complex software to native M1. As a result, a massive number of older software-products will never get ported to M1.
Apple has been continously breaking downward compatibility for software (PowerPC, Intel 32bit, Intel 64 Bit, ARM) and we expect that they will continue to do this also in the future.  If Apple should decide to drop support for OpenGL or Rosetta2 in an upcoming macOS release a massive number of plugins will stop to work. You can't say that you haven't been warned ;-)
The good news for you is that our plugins do not rely on OpenGL and we are able to port all our synthesizers to M1 native.


Requirements to run Icarus in M1 native mode:

- The CPU in your Mac must be a M1 chipset
- The DAW must support Vst plugins with native M1 (Reaper, Blue Cat's PatchWork, Bitwig, DP11, ...)

Installation:

1) Download and Install Icarus2 from here: https://www.tone2.com/download.html

2) Go to Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/VST and replace Icarus.vst with the one from this zip file:
https://www.tone2.com/update/Tone2_Icarus2_Mac_2.0.9_M1_beta.zip
« Last Edit: March 24, 2022, 04:05:13 PM by Markus Krause »

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Re: Icarus 2.0.9 Mac M1 ARM native - beta
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2022, 10:36:54 AM »
These DAWs support VST2 plugins and native M1 plugins:

Bitwig 4.2
Ableton 11.1.1
Carla
Blue Cat's PatchWork
Reaper 6.5.2
DP11
Renoise 3.4
« Last Edit: April 17, 2022, 07:40:33 PM by Markus Krause »

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Re: Icarus 2.0.9 Mac M1 ARM native - beta
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2022, 09:08:40 AM »
Markus, thanks a lot for your efforts. I totally agree with your statement, though the m1 chip is amazingly fast and low demanding...

FYI Renoise 3.4 also runs natively on ARM, and supports VST2 + 3.