El Capitan Compatibility

Thank you so much for the sign of life here PG! It’s been complete radio silence so your voice is very much appreciated here. Have you actually used El Capitan? Is there any official word on if Wavelab is good to go or not? It’s frustrating as the official Steinberg information on this has just gone completely silent!

Thanks again - Drew


As already mentioned, I know some users working fine on El Capitan with WaveLab.

I just did a 10 minute test with WL 8.5.30 and OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan and didn’t find any issues. I obviously can’t test everything but nothing looked strange compared to 10.10 and I was able to render a DDP, and do some RX5 processing on an audio file.

I’m traveling now and don’t have ability to test on a professional sound card, so this is just a simple test with the MacBook Pro line out.

We have a knowledge base article online now:
https://www.steinberg.net/nc/en/support/knowledgebase_new/show_details/kb_show/mac-os-x-1011-el-capitan-product-compatibility-info.html

Thanks Ed. Can you tell us when the update will be available or give us any further information?


As soon as we have a date or time frame, it will be published there.

Thanks Ed.

PG, any timetable yet for an update?

Guys, with all due respect, PG says Wavelab is working fine for people he knows on El Capitan, but Ed and SB says it’s incompatible. Can you please let us know exactly whats up here? Need to add another machine to my rig and can’t make a move until I get a clear answer!

Thanks - Drew

The two statements are not mutually exclusive; both can be true. One is the official statement, the other is the experience of people who were lucky, apparently. And you can ofcourse add a machine that does not have El Capitan on it.

Absolutely! Ask around and you can probably find a coupla guys that might not be that happy with their PT after being told it would be “compatible”.

I can’t tell you today when an update will be released, but what I can tell is that WaveLab 8.5.30 will work fine with El Captain, unless you have a USB Audio device. IOW, the current technical problem to solve is playback on a USB Audio device. If you are not concerned with this, you can already use WaveLab 8.5.30 on El Captain.

Thank you PG, that’s really all I needed to know as I’m using Thunderbolt UA gear.

Cheers - Drew

Do you know whether this is true also for Cubase?

I’m running a test El Capitan partition and Wavelab seems to be functioning as it does with Yosemite. The new OSX features don’t appear to be changing my life so I’m in no rush to upgrade my business critical systems. I’m running a TB audio interface.

Working fine here on El Capitan with UA Apollo TB as well.

Thanks for sharing PG. That is so interesting!

Just been speaking with a guy that runs another (ie not WL) mastering program on El Capitan.

They found the following: Keep Spotlight disabled and all Energy Saver options set to "never“. Also deactivate Time Machine when doing anything mission critical.

These fixes seemed to dramatically improve stability. I pass them on in case they help anyone.

Good luck!

Have been running El Cap in various environments since the betas. The primary issue in my view - for all applications and in particular re. licensing - is that ElCap has dramatically changed its security features, including no permissions rebuild via Disk Utility, the introduction of SIP (System Integrity Protection) and the removal of the root account. Google that. The Steinberg stuff runs fine on the face of it, but all sorts of problems can arise with 3rd party apps, plugs, VIs, utilities etc depending on how the authorisation scheme works. Am working with a US developer on that problem right now. Otherwise, I find that El Cap does a much improved job of working with the VDUs & GPUs, and especially if the work includes say PhotoShop or various Video NLEs.

Hi All,

I am attempting to use:
Wavelab 8.5 with
El Capitan, Macbook Pro Retina and an Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt 2.

I am experiencing a problem getting my Wavelab to monitor through the Apogee interface. It chooses to playback through my internal speakers on the Macbook. It seems that it may not be compatible with the Thunderbolt 2 connection. Has anyone any clarity on this issue.

I doubt Wavelab cares about what connection an audio interface uses. As long as you assign the correct driver in the ‘VST Connections’ dialog you should be able to use the Apogee.