No MIDI ports available after upgrading the Mac OS

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  • Operating System: OS X

A corrupt or incompatible MIDI driver is the most common reason if your MIDI hardware doesn't work anymore and its MIDI ports are not listed in the Live preferences. This can happen in particular after upgrading the Mac operating system or after using Apple's Migration Assistant.

This is how you solve this issue:

  1. Make sure Live isn't running.
  2. Open the Audio MIDI Setup utility. It can be found under /Applications/Utilities/.
  3. In the Audio MIDI Setup show the MIDI Window.
  4. Click into the configuration chooser and select “New Configuration…”.
  5. Close the Audio MIDI Setup.
  6. Start Live again.


If this doesn't help or if the MIDI window does not open in the Audio MIDI utility, it might be necessary to remove all MIDI drivers from the system, for example when the error message "The MIDI Server can't be opened" appears

  • To do this, navigate to Macintosh HD/Library/Audio/MIDI Drivers and delete all midi drivers contained there
  • You can also find another method of how to complete this task on this external web site.
  • MIDI drivers can be re-installed afterwards.

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