With the release of macOS Mojave today, in this article we are sharing up to date information, as we get it from brands and the community, about what pro audio applications and plug-ins that do and don't work with macOS Mojave 10.14 as well as other related issues which affect pro audio users. This article will be constantly updated as the information and compatibility status changes.
There is more information beneath the searchable database regarding Apple hardware compatibility.
If you want to learn more about the new features in macOS Mojave then check out our detailed article Apple Announce New Operating System At WWDC 2018 Called Mojave.
Is It Too Early To Upgrade To macOS Mojave?
As of late May 2019 now that Avid has finally support macOS Mojave with Pro Tools, the answer is that it is probably OK to upgrade as long as you check that all the tools and plug-ins that you use are also approved for macOS 10.14.
We recommend that you search the database to see whether the software, and in some cases hardware that you use is compatible with macOS Mojave yet. The key issue for Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Studio One users is to wait until Avid, Apple and PreSonus have announced they have a version of their DAW software that is macOS Mojave compatible, and then to wait until all the plug-in brands that you use as well as peripheral manufacturers are also supporting macOS Mojave 10.14 BEFORE you upgrade. That said Logic Pro X is a special case as it is expected that all of Apple's software will be compatible with Mojave from day one, but previous releases have had issues so Logic Pro X users should still check before upgrading.
Before You Upgrade Follow The Advice From Apple
In their article Get ready for macOS Mojave Apple provide a lot of advice and what to check before upgrading to macOS Mojave.
Not Here = Not Supported
Absence on this list should be taken as not compatible, initially, information will be scarce. As soon as brands let us know about their macOS Mojave compatibility then we will update this article and database as we did with our MacOS 10.13 High Sierra Pro Audio Compatibility Guide With Regular Updates and our macOS Sierra Pro Audio Compatibility articles.
Don't Update In The Middle Of A Job
We always recommend that you leave any upgrade until you have some downtime. Experience has told us that upgrades rarely are straightforward, especially OS upgrades as they often have knock-on effects, so wait until you have time to fix the unforeseen problems.
Which Apple Computers Are Compatible With macOS Mojave
From the information we have, because of the need for graphics cards that support Metal with Mojave, the list of apple Mac computers that are compatible with macOS Mojave is even shorter than it was with macOS High Sierra and rules out the Late 2009 MacBook, the Mid-2010 MacBook Pro, Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 Mac mini, and Late 2009 iMac. These are the machines we understand will support macOS Mojave…
MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
MacBook Air (Mid-2012 or later)
MacBook Pro (Mid-2012 or later)
Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
iMac (Late 2012 or later)
iMac Pro (all models)
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Mac Pro (2010 or later with Metal-compatible GPU)
What Graphics Cards Are Metal Compatible For the Mac Pro 2010 or 2012?
We covered this in detail in our article How Do You Find Mojave Compatible Graphics Cards For Cheese-grater Apple Mac Pro 5,1 Computers? as neither of the stock graphics cards used in the cheese-graters, the Radeon 5770 or the Nvidia GeForce GT120 graphics cards are metal compatible. If you wish to use a Mid 2010 or Mid 2012 Mac Pro with macOS Mojave then you will need to upgrade your graphics card if you wish to run Mojave on your cheese-grater and you can learn about what graphic cards we understand are compatible in our detailed article.
Security Feature In macOS Mojave
Apple's new OS Mojave 10.14, like macOS High Sierra now includes a system that will automatically prevent users from running driver software unless the user manually allows each driver individually from System Preferences. Once the user has allowed the driver manually in this window, all other driver software from that developer should be allowed to run automatically without having to repeat the steps to unblock.
You may see this error message after installing software that requires a driver like an interface and then restarting the computer. If you do nothing at this stage then your new device is unlikely to work correctly. To fix this, as the error message suggests, click on the Open Security Preferences button which will take you directly to the Security and Privacy pane of the System Preference and click the 'Allow' button in the lower right corner.
After clicking the "Allow" button you will see a list of software/drivers that have been blocked. Tick the checkbox next to anything the appropriate items for the software and/or device you have just installed and then click OK and restart the computer.
Be aware that newly installed software and/or drivers will only appear in the list for 30 minutes after the driver/software in question has been installed. If the Allow button doesn’t show or the driver you wish to load isn't showing up on the following screen, you will need to reinstall the software again and restart the computer. Once your computer has restarted go straight to System Preferences > Security and Privacy and the option to "Allow" the driver/software to load should appear.
If you are still unable to see the "Allow" prompt to appear, try creating a new Administrator account then follow these instructions.
32 Bit Applications In macOS Mojave
Apple has already announced that the company would start to phase out support for 32-bit software in macOS. In January 2018 all new apps submitted by developers to the App Store had to be 64-bit apps and all apps and app updates had to be 64-bit by June 2018. As to when, there has been confusion about when 32 bit apps would be no longer supported with some reports quoting the release of Mojave as the cut off and others quoting that the OS after Mojave would be the cut off.
The latest version of Clean My Mac has an uninstaller module that can be filtered to show only 32-bit apps. I’ve not tried it yet but it appears to be the first app that can not only identify 32-bit apps, but also bulk delete them along with their associated files.
However as you can see above it says “With the release of macOS Mojave, 32-bit apps become officially unusable and will no longer be supported by Mac”. But it isn’t the case and we suspect they will fix this in an update to Clean My Mac.
All of that said what does appear to be the case is there will be more and more issues with 32 bit applications so its not something you should ignore.
If you have old software you like to use and never update, it’s possible they are 32-bit apps and they won’t work in a future version of macOS. We recommend that need to find replacements for these apps and get used to them BEFORE you upgrade to macOS Mojave.
if you are not sure if an app running on your Apple Mac computer is 32 bit you can check in the About This Mac System Report...
Go to Apple Menu
About This Mac
Software > Applications
In the last column, you can see whether it’s a 64-bit application or not.
There are some of the 32-bit applications that we are aware of:
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Abobe InDesign CS5
Microsoft Excel 2011
Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
Microsoft Outlook 2011
Microsoft Word 2011
QuickTime Pro 7
All the apps from Sounds In Sync like EdiLoad, EdiPrompt etc.
For a much more comprehensive list of applications outside of the pro audio sector that do and don’t work with macOS Mojave you can check out the MacOS Mojave - App Compatibility thread in the MacRumors site.