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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.



Max 7 Compatibility

MaxScore does run on Max 7, but there are a few caveats, particularly on Mac OS X.

  1. Graphically, certain items will look a bit different since Max’s GUI has been altered considerably. This shouldn’t affect MaxScore’s functionality but calls for some changes on our side as well.
  2. Since the Max is an application bundle now without an enclosing folder, all resources will have to be moved to another location (e.g. /Users/Shared/Max 7/Packages). This breaks the MaxScore/LiveScore Editors’ reliance on files being in a certain fixed location. We have already found a solution which will be included in MaxScore 0.7, to be released within just a few weeks from now. Plain vanilla MaxScore will work in any cases, but as stated before, the files (and the Java jars in particular) will have to be moved to a new location. On Windows, things should continue to work as expected, though.

If you can’t wait for the new release, please contact me via email at for instructions as to where to move MaxScore files in Max 7.