Max for Live serial number not working in Max standalone

  • Live Versions: 8-9
  • Operating System: All

Symptom 

When opening Max, clicking on "authorize" and entering a Max for Live serial number, Max gives an error message that it does not recognize the number.

Reason


In case you try to authorize the stand-alone version of Max with your Max for Live serial, you will receive an error message as these are two different products.


Max for Live gets automatically authorized when you authorize Ableton Live over Lives preferences -> Licenses / Maintenance. 

Max for Live uses Max as an editor, but it is not the same as having a license for the standalone version of Max. 

In any case, Live and Max communicate internally and you will never need to launch the Max application manually when using Max for Live.

For more information on Max for Live, please have a look on the following article.