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New style editors and features

Staff Styles

MaxScore now comes with a set of editors for the creation of staff styles:

  1. Tablature editor for non-standard instruments or scordatura
  2. Clef Designer for non-standard and rare clefs as well as OpenMusic-style multi-stave systems
  3. Editor for the Bohlen-Pierce chromatic scale and its triple and quintuple subdivisions  in Müller-Hajdu notation


Microtonal playback via Thomas Hummel’s conTimbre orchestral sound bank is now supported.
A new playback module is capable of reading conTimbre’s cePlayerOrc files and communicating with the  ePlayer via udp messages on its default port.

Improved Scala browser (entry tool)

The Scala archive has now been included in a searchable SQLite data base. The database consists of 4600+ items and can be searched according to number of steps, pitch value and comment.

Other goodies

Auto beaming: Beam groups can now be defined for any time signature.

Removal of left margin: The left margin of a measure can now be removed for accurate space notation.

Improved pdf generation for standard and graphical notation

The generation of pdf has been improved with the current version (0.8.22) of MaxScore.

The new print panel will give you the option to keep the proportions of the original score  instead of rearranging the staff systems for the chosen paper size. This feature is useful for graphical scores  where Picster elements are carefully positioned, and rearrangement is not desired. My student Luong, Hue Trinh has created a remarkable graphical score with her own svg objects taking full advantage of  the new printing features:


Click on link to download the entire pdf  BTM2FINAL-Maxscore.XML.

Note also the non-standard clef which has been created with the new clef designer:

bach.score compatibility

We have just completed the maxscore.bachscoretomaxscore abstraction which will let you convert bach scores to MaxScore on the fly. We have paid attention to high degree of compatibility and have implemented slots and breakpoints for display and playback among many other things.
This will enable bach users to:

  • Use their scores in Jitter as videos and textures for 3D objects
  • Send their scores over the network to Mira and MiraWeb clients
  • Use graphical notation

Some examples:


Colored note heads:

Grace notes:


Breakpoint functions:

A bach score displayed on an iPhone via the Maxscore bridge and the MaxScore2Mira abstraction:

New $9.95 License: LIVE LITE now offers a LIVE LITE license for $9.99. This license type permits the use of LiveScore devices inside Ableton Live, but will not allow further editing or development in Max.

The following table gives an overview of the existing license types for individual users:

LIVE_LITE $9.95 x o o
LIVE $50 x x o
JMSL $120/$55 (student) x x x

LiveScore Viewer provides deep integration into Live

The LiveScore Viewer was greatly improved with this release. It provides the most integrated way to manipulate LiveScore clips via a notation editor even while the clip is playing. Mouse and keyboard actions make it possible to add, delete and transpose notes, to apply tuplets or change their durations. A cursor now runs across the canvas perfectly in sync with Live. Tempo can be set continuously, as well as loop length and meter, all while Live is playing.


The Viewer now also features a new percussion staff which maps MIDI notes to percussion notation:

Here is also a short YouTube video demonstrating how the cursor advances in sync with Live:


MaxScore 0.8 released

MaxScore 0.8 was released today. It contains, besides many bug fixes on various levels, a new notation canvas providing better looking scores. We are looking forward to finally publishing tutorial videos over the next months for basic MaxScore programming and the MaxScore Editor and LiveScore devices for Ableton Live.

MaxScore 0.8 in the works

We are working on a new version of MaxScore which we will begin to beta test shortly. This version will draw to a new canvas implementing the MGraphics drawing language, thereby kissing goodbye to the old canvas which was based on a 30-year old technology called QuickDraw. Users will appreciate the ability to display svg files, use Bezier curves as well as to transform (rotation and distortion) any graphics element, greatly enhancing the appearance of scores generated with MaxScore/LiveScore.
The Picster editor was also improved in the meantime, now working in tandem with the MGraphics-based canvas. We are looking forward to great scores, be it purely graphical or hybrid.