Installing third-party remote scripts

  • Live Versions: 10.1.13 and above
  • Operating System: All

Live includes a number of remote scripts (also called control surfaces) for natively-supported MIDI controllers.

A remote script is not always included in Live for every controller and may be provided directly by the manufacturer instead, such as the remote script for Native Instrument's Maschine. Third-party remote scripts need to be installed manually.

We do not provide technical support or assistance for third-party remote scripts. If you run into any problems with them please get in touch with the developer directly.

As of Live 10.1.13, it is possible to create a “Remote Scripts” folder in the User Library where you can add your third-party remote scripts. These scripts will then appear in Live's Preferences under Link/MIDI.

Any remote scripts placed in this folder will be loaded in all future Live versions as well.

How to install a third-party remote script

  1. Download the remote script from the manufacturer's website.
  2. Manually create a folder called “Remote Scripts” within your User Library
    The default User Library location:
    Windows: \Users\[username]\Documents\Ableton\User Library
    Mac: Macintosh HD/Users/[username]/Music/Ableton/User Library
  3. Place the unzipped remote script into the "Remote Scripts" folder you just created.

  4. Launch Live.
  5. Open Live's Preferences → MIDI tab.
  6. Browse for the name of the remote script in the Control Surface chooser dropdown.
  7. Assign the correct input and output ports.


Further Reading

How to install and set up Maschine as controller for Ableton Live, article from Native Instrument's Knowledge Base.