Installation involves two steps:

  1. Download and installation of MaxScore/LiveScore
  2. Authorization of MaxScore/LiveScore

1. Download and installation of MaxScore/LiveScore

Get the installers for:

Version 0.8.4 (posted on March 08, 2017)

On Windows, make sure you have the matching version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed. If in doubt, install both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the JRE. Although not immediately obvious, will let you choose other installations than the default (32-bit) one. Also consult this page which contains useful information on choosing the right JRE for the 64-bit Windows operating system when running 32-bit or 64-bit browsers.  These statements can also be applied to the 32-bit or 64-bit Max and/or Live versions.

Please follow these instructions on how to install MaxScore. IMPORTANT! Uninstall any previous version of MaxScore you may have already installed. The uninstaller resides in [your_Max_folder]/Uninstallers/MaxScore.
After downloading the installer, open the file. You will first see a splash screen with a blue scorpion and a text window informing you about the steps you’re about to take:
Click OK and click the Next button in the installer window underneath;
Accept the license agreement and click on Next:
Now, navigate to the location of Max folder you decide to install MaxScore into. Max 7, for instance, offers two different locations. Refer to the Max documentation for more information.
Make sure this folder contains a valid Packages folder. Otherwise you may run into problems later. After clicking Next, decide on the type of installation (Minimal = MaxScore for Max only; Full = MaxScore and LiveScore for Ableton Live).
If you choose Minimal, the installer show the Ready to Install page and will start copying its files to the Max folder as well as open a browser window allowing you to apply for a free 30-day JMSL license. Don’t apply for a license if you already have a one, expired or not. If your license has already expired, you can either purchase a permanent license or request an extension of your trial license from If you choose Full, the installer will lead you to yet another page that will let you specify the location of the Ableton User Library folder. The default locations are /Users/[your_user_name]/Music/Ableton/User Library or C:\Users\[your_user_name]\Documents\Ableton\User Library
The installer is now ready to begin to install MaxScore on your computer:
Once you’re done copying the files to the Max folder, a browser window will open allowing you to apply for a free 30-day license for JMSL. Don’t apply for a license if you already have a one, expired or not. If your license has already expired, you can either purchase a permanent license or request an extension of your trial license from

2. Location of installed files

The installer puts
– Max resources into a folder called MaxScore inside [your_Max_folder]/Packages.
– Ableton Live files into a folder called LiveScore with the path (path to Ableton)>User Library (see above).

3. Authorization of MaxScore

You’ll need to authorize MaxScore once you’re done with the installation process. For this, use your old JMSL license or request a new license from (the Mac OS X installer will take you there at the end of the installation). Once you’ve received your license file (a short text file with the .lic extension), locate the JMSL License Installer and drag the .lic file onto the License Installer. Alternatively open MaxScore Combo from MaxScore Overview (which you’ll find in the Max Extras menu) or the Max>New From Template menu, click on Open Editor and open the  JMSL License Installer by choosing Authorize MaxScore from the editor’s File menu.

There is no need to install additional software such as the current JMSL release!! Once you’re done either open Max and choose MaxScore Template or MaxScore Combo from the Max File>New From Template menu or open the set LiveScore Demo.als in Ableton Live.

4. Sounds

The MaxScore/LiveScore Fluidsynth and Sampler components come with default sounds, but may require more sounds for playback. This page will help you to get you started.

5. Additional Downloads

If you want to use the DJster Autobus-Scorepion, a generative plugin capable generating musical structures according to rules that Clarence Barlow implemented in his AUTOBUSK software, you will need to download additional resources from The download also contains DJster versions for Ableton Live and