How to open Live using Rosetta on macOS

As of Live 11.1, Ableton Live offers native support for Apple Silicon computers. This means if you use VST2 or VST3 plug-in devices that haven't been updated for Silicon, you'll no longer have access to these in Live.

To use VST2/VST3 plug-ins not yet updated/compiled for Silicon on an Apple Silicon Mac, you can force Live 11.1 and later versions to run as an Intel application via Rosetta 2, as explained below.

Important: These steps are not needed if all plug-ins are already updated for Apple Silicon. When in doubt, check the latest Apple Silicon and macOS compatibility information provided by each plug-in's developer.

  1. Find and select Live (version 11.1 or later) in your Applications folder.
  2. Press CMD + I, or right-click on the file, and select "Get Info." 
  3. In the Info window that opens, check the box for “Open using Rosetta."
  4. Close the Info window and re-launch Live.


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