One of the big advantages of the new Macs with Apple Silicon M1 and M2 chips is that you can finally run iPad and iPhone apps on your Mac without the need for any emulation software.
This possibility is especially interesting for iOS music and audio processing apps that can work as an Audio unit (AUv3) and are adapted for use with macOS.
Many (but not yet all) DAWs and audio unit hosts on Mac already support the new format of audio plugins - AUv3 (do not confuse with regular AU plugins). Among them - Ableton Live (from version 11.2), Logic Pro, GarageBand, MainStage, Cockos Reaper, Plogue Bidule, Hosting AU, etc. With these hosts, iOS apps can work just as well as regular plugins.
But once again, the iOS audio apps must comply with the AUv3 standard and be adapted to work with macOS. In the App Store, the descriptions for each app have labels to tell you what platform the app was designed for. Many apps will also have a label that says, “Not verified for macOS,” which means you may encounter performance or interface issues while using it.
From these articles you can learn how to run iOS apps on Mac. Note that you do not need any third-party soft to run iOS apps adapted and verified for macOS on Macs M1 (and later).
>>> How to run your favorite iPhone and iPad apps on an M1 Mac
>>> How to Run iOS Apps on Mac [Guide]
>>> How To Run iOS Apps On Mac (inc. M1/M2 Macs, Monterey, Big Sur & Catalina)
Please note that on your Mac should be enabled System Integrity Protection (SIP) to open iOS apps.
>>> If you disable SIP, all you iOS apps will stop working on your M1
There is also an interesting article for fans of Ableton Live - "Why iPad Music App Support in Ableton Live is so Awesome". Here you can replace Ableton on any other DAW that supports AUv3 plugins. For example GarageBand or Logic Pro.
>>> Why iPad Music App Support in Ableton Live is so Awesome
Another interesting option to use iOS audio apps on Mac standalone, even without AUv3, is routing audio between them. For this, you will need a third-party software on Mac that provides audio routing. There are several free and paid virtual audio routing apps for macOS.
This article lists popular options and gives an example of using such apps with Ableton Live.
>>> How to route audio between applications
My apps that working on Macs with Apple Silicon M1 and M2
GlitchScaper - Rhythm & Glitch machine
Rhythm machine with six sound generators, each controlled by a two-layer cycle sequencer, designed to easily create glitchy patterns and scapes.
VintageRack - Easy LoFi Vintage Vibe Effects
Minimalistic and convenient multi-effect application that contains modules realistically simulating notable retro gear from the early digital age with their natural lo-fi and warm aesthetics.
SpaceFields - Space Ambient Machine
Mangler effect for creating slowly changing rhythmic sound structures in a deep reverb space from any external signal. Great for experimenting and designing ambient and noise backgrounds with rhythmic elements.
AltiSpace 2 - Advanced Convolution Reverb
Convolution reverb app with advanced controls that provides realistic sounding natural acoustic space or vintage reverb devices for any track or mix.
SoundSaw - The Art of Sound Destruction
Complex sound processing app with easy-to-use controls designed to distort the sound of musical instruments or voice, and give the sound the aesthetics and atmosphere of noise, lo-fi, chiptune and experimental music scene.
BeatCutter - Rhythm slicing & recombining
Experimental multi-channel app for slicing and recombining sound based on rhythm. In the center of the app is a matrix of sample cells with smoothly reconfigurable recording, playback and control busses.
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