Audacity performance on M1 Macbook Air

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Audacity performance on M1 Macbook Air

Post by smile208 » Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:16 pm

Hello (my first post so go easy)
I use audacity a tonne on my 2019 Macbook Pro.
Im considering buying the m1 Macbook Air but I can't find anything online where someone has given a review of how it performs on it.
Can anyone give any insight?
Thanks so much!

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Re: Audacity performance on M1 Macbook Air

Post by steve » Tue Jun 15, 2021 5:43 pm

I don't have an M1 Mac, but from what I hear, the performance is pretty similar to the older Macbook Air.
Note that to run Audacity on an M1 Mac you will need to have Rosetta2 installed.

Note also that if you use many peripherals, the Air M1 only has two thunderbolt / USB-C ports
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Re: Audacity performance on M1 Macbook Air

Post by smile208 » Tue Jun 15, 2021 8:07 pm

Thanks for replying! Does audacity not have a native M1 version of the app? Or is that coming?
Good shout on peripherals!

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Re: Audacity performance on M1 Macbook Air

Post by steve » Tue Jun 15, 2021 8:51 pm

Our developers and testers only have Intel Macs, so we are not likely to be releasing a separate M1 version yet. Also, we don't want to drop support for Intel Macs as that's what the vast majority of our Mac users use, and we really don't want to have to duplicate all testing for macOS.
It's a lot easier for Apple to switch to M1 versions as they have enormous wealth and don't care about users on older machines.
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Re: Audacity performance on M1 Macbook Air

Post by smile208 » Tue Jun 15, 2021 9:39 pm

Thats fair enough, and makes total sense. I've been using Audacity on an intel chip so appreciate the support!
But as I look to get a new Mac its probably going to be an M1 chip.
So from what you're saying, it sounds like eventually there will be an M1 version of audacity?

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Re: Audacity performance on M1 Macbook Air

Post by steve » Tue Jun 15, 2021 9:55 pm

smile208 wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 9:39 pm
So from what you're saying, it sounds like eventually there will be an M1 version of audacity?
Don't quote me, but my guess is that Apple will gradually migrate all of their Macs to M1 and drop all support for Intel based Macs, so I'd expect that it's likely that Audacity will follow suit eventually. Then again, I have no interest in ever buying another Mac, so I'll not be doing any testing for an M1 version.
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Re: Audacity performance on M1 Macbook Air

Post by smile208 » Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:04 pm

They do have an illustrious history of dropping support for older products, which is a shame given, as you say, that most people own intel based Macs.
That being said, I do see the reason for everything to migrate to M1 eventually. It's clearly an impressive leap in computing power.

Thanks for the help though, I assumed there was already an M1 version of Audacity, but its good to know it can still run (presumably securely by all accounts) through Rosetta.

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