How to use a dedicated Max for Live installation

  • Live Versions: 9-10
  • Operating System: All

With Live 10, Max for Live is bundled with your Live installation. Once you've installed Live, Max for Live is ready to use. However if you want to use a dedicated Max installation instead this is also possible (10.0.6 and later).

Note: In Live 9 there's no option to use a bundled version, you have to install Max separately.

Step 1: Install Max for Live

  • Download the latest version of Max 8 directly from the Cycling 74 website.
  • Unzip the downloaded file, launch the Max installer and follow the instructions to install Max on your computer.

Note: If using Live 9, we recommend installing Max 7 instead. This can be downloaded from Cycling 74.

Step 2: Choose the standalone Max application in Live's Preferences

  • Open Live's Preferences → File Folder → Max Application.
  • By default it's set to use the bundled version.
  • Instead, click "Browse", locate the standalone version of Max and click "Open".
  • Then restart Live for the change to take effect.

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