Installation involves two steps:
- Download and installation of MaxScore/LiveScore
- Authorization of MaxScore/LiveScore
Caveat: You need to ABSOLUTELY make sure you that you have matching versions when using MaxScore/LiveScore with Ableton Live. If you have installed MaxScore into the Max 6 folder, Max 6 will also need to be selected as Max application in the File/Folder pane of the Ableton Live preferences. The same applies to Max 5. Otherwise your installation may not work (unless you have installations for both versions of Max).
1. Download and installation of MaxScore/LiveScore
Get the installers for:
Version 0.4.9 (posted on January 8, 2013)
- Mac OS X 10.5 or higher; Java 1.5; Max 5.1.9 or higher
- Windows XP or higher; Java 1.5; Max 5.1.9 or higher
- LiveScore users will need Ableton Live 8.2.2 or higher in addition (LiveScore has not been tested in Live 9 yet; running it in 64-bit mode will most certainly NOT work)
Please follow these instructions on how to install 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 the Max folder you wish to install MaxScore to:
Make sure this folder contains a valid Max application. Otherwise you may run into problems later on. Possible targets are: Max 5, Max 5 Runtime, Max 6 and Max 6 Runtime.
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 algomusic.com.
If you choose Full, the installer will lead you to yet another page that will let you specify the location of the Ableton Live Library folder. This is a crucial step! Refer to http://www.computermusicnotation.com/?page_id=659 to determine the location of this folder.
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 algomusic.com.
2. 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 www.algomusic.com (the Mac OS X installer will take you there at the end of the installation). Once you’ve received your license, locate the JMSL License Installer and drag the .lic file onto the License Installer.
There is no need to install additional software such as the current JMSL release!!
Once you’re done either open Max and choose maxscore or maxscore.combo from the Max File->New From Template menu or open the set LiveScore Demo.als in Ableton Live.
The MaxScore/LiveScore Fluidsynth and Sampler components require sounds to be downloaded for playback. This page will help you to get you started.