From Studio to Stage-Backstage Pass

EVERYTHING I know about Optimizing Ableton Live on an Apple Silicon Mac!

Published 10 months ago • 1 min read


Ableton on Apple Silicon

I've been using M1 Mac minis since they were released, and I LOVE these machines. But, I have realized, you have to get them optimized JUST right to have the best experience with Ableton Live.

Here's two things I've learned about optimizing Ableton on Apple Silicon.

I'm closing down LifeTime Access tonight at midnight. This is your last chance to pay once and get access for life. PLUS: Now Lifetime members get early access to new content and products before anyone else!

Don't miss out !

Count down to 2023-08-26T05:00:00.000Z

Setting the Buffer Size

One of the most crucial optimizations for using Ableton Live on Apple Silicon Macs is setting the buffer size to 256 samples or lower. This is contrary to the conventional wisdom of raising the buffer size to avoid dropouts on non-Apple silicon machines.

The reason behind this is the unique architecture of Apple Silicon Macs, which consists of performance and efficiency cores. When Ableton Live is idle or requires less power, the machine switches to the efficiency core, resulting in dropouts.

By setting the buffer size to 256 or lower, you can avoid these issues and ensure a seamless performance.

Use Ableton Live 11.2 or Open and Re-save your files in Live 11.3

The Ableton Live 11.3 update introduces a new warping algorithm and a rescan of ASD files, which can result in longer load times. However, by opening your files in 11.3 and resaving them, you can mitigate these issues.

Alternatively, you can downgrade (or stay on Live 11.2 and wait till this is cleaned up)

Side note... It looks like Live 11.3.10 is hoping to improve this. We'll see how well the update does to mitigate this.

It is important to note that this optimization is not exclusive to Apple Silicon Macs but can significantly improve performance on these machines.

Want the rest of my optimization tips? Check out the full tutorial below

Everything I Know About Optimizing Ableton Live For Apple Silicon

From Studio to Stage-Backstage Pass

Will Doggett

Run Tracks Like a Pro with Ableton Live From Studio to Stage Backstage Pass is delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.

Read more from From Studio to Stage-Backstage Pass

You've got big dreams and vision for your live show. You can picture the perfect lighting, video, and flawless sound mixing together to create an unforgettable experience for your audience. But your budget doesn't match the scale of your dreams. Hiring additional musicians, techs, and equipment to pull it all off seems out of reach. You're left feeling stuck performing a basic show, wishing you could bring your real vision to life. What if I told you there was a way to create the perfect...

2 months ago • 3 min read

Hey Friend, Just a month ago, Ableton released Live 12. It was a major overhaul with a slew of new features aimed at enhancing user accessibility and making it easier to create music. Having tested it through both the private and public betas, I’m here to share some personal insights—some of which I haven’t discussed publicly until now. One on One Coaching You can purchase and book a session for the next 60 days, but registration is only available for a week! Book a Session--> Students can...

2 months ago • 3 min read

Hey Friend, If you're looking for personalized coaching or help improving your performance, I have three special offers for you that are only available till April 19th. One on One Coaching I'm re-opening one on one coaching sessions for a week only. You can purchase and book a session for the next 60 days, but registration is only available for a week! Students have used these to review their rigs, fix those pesky issues they keep having, or get personalized training via Zoom. Book a One on...

2 months ago • 1 min read
Share this post