1. Download of MaxScore/LiveScore

Get the installers for:

Version 1.0b10 for Max 8 and Ableton Live 10 (posted on November 22, 2018)

Version 0.8.41 for Max 6.1 and 7 and Ableton Live 9 (posted on October 23, 2018)

Having issues with the Mac OS X DiskImageMounter? Try the zipped installer instead.

Java Installation

MaxScore / LiveScore requires Java. For Max 8 / Ableton Live 10 as well as the 64-bit versions of Max 7 and Ableton 9 we recommend the installation of the Java SE Development Kit.

For the 32-bit versions of Max 7 and Ableton 9 get the following JRE 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.

IMPORTANT info for Max 8 users: If your old MaxScore package was automatically copied to the Max 8 packages folder, please remove it before installing MaxScore 1.0 and higher.

After downloading the installer, open the file. You will first see a splash screen with the MaxScore logo 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:
On the next window, click on the folder icon and navigate to the location of Max folder you want to install MaxScore into.
Max 7 and Live 9 :
The best choice for your MaxScore installation is /Users/[your_home_folder]/Documents/Max 7/ (macOS) or C:\Users\[your_user_name]\Documents\Max 7\ (Windows).
Max 8 and Live 10 :
The best choice for your MaxScore installation is   /Users/[your_home_folder]/Documents/Max 8/ (macOS) or C:\Users\[your_user_name]\Documents\Max 8\ (Windows).
Refer to the Max documentation if you choose to install MaxScore into another Max 7 or Max 8 folder besides the one indicated above. DO NOT create your own Max 7 or Max 8 folders as Max or Live may not be able to find the files if those folders have not been created by the applications themselves when they were first opened.
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 shows the Ready to Install page and will copy its files to the Max folder.  Finally,   a browser window will open prompting 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 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 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 in [path_to_Max_folder]>Packages.
– Ableton Live files into a folder called LiveScore in [path_to Ableton_folder]>User Library.

3. Authorization of MaxScore

IMPORTANT: As of Sep 1, 2018 MaxScore and LiveScore no longer need a license!!! Thanks to the Innovative Hochschule grant from the federal ministry of education and research (BMBF), administered by Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.

We will post new versions annually that time-out on Sept 1 of each year. We will provide new builds in advance of that so that you can continue to use MaxScore by reinstalling these new builds. But you do NOT need to purchase a license.

Why do we still offer a LiveScore license? Because you may not want to deal with installing a new build every year. Or you might have a piece that is mission critical enough that you want to commit it to a “version freeze.” Or you may want to ensure that MaxScore continues to work independently of our reliance on an annual grant renewal. You may have other reasons. However, you no long have to purchase license to use MaxScore and/or LiveScore!

If you choose to get a permanent license anyway, follow these instructions: Authorize MaxScore once you're done with the installation process. For this, use your old JMSL license or request a new license from (the macOS 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 file named JMSL_License_installer.jar in the following location inside your Max directory: Packages/MaxScore/License_installer/. Double click that file and a window will open showing a gray rectangle and instructions to drag your JMSL.lic file into it. This will install your JMSL license. 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

6. Checking your Installation

We have created a Live device which is capable of checking the three most common reasons why the installation of MaxScore might have failed. Refer to this page for further instructions as to how to use this device.