Max for Live learning resources

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Max for Live is a visual programming environment that allows users to build instruments and effects for use within Ableton Live. It comes bundled with Live Suite and is available as an optional add-on for Live Standard. Here we've gathered some tutorials and learning resources for Max for Live.

Knowledge Base articles

Built in lessons

Access the Max for Live built-in lessons by clicking on the Help menu > Help View.

Cycling '74 Video Tutorials

Watch this set of video tutorials by Cycling '74.

Episode #1: Max for Live decoding

Episode #2:  Degrade

Episode #3: Simple Delay

Episode #4: SVF

The complete playlist for the Max for Live programming lessons can be found on the Cycling '74 Youtube channel.

Further tutorials

  • Check out all the featured videos about Max for Live at
  • These guidelines explain what needs to be considered when sharing Max for Live devices
  • Cycling '74 offers a Tutorial on Best Practices for Max for Live users who are interested in creating their own devices.
  • Learn how to implement Side Chain with any Ableton Device with the help of Max for Live, powered by Dubspot.
  • Another video tutorial from Dubspot describes an interesting device created by David Linnebank: Spectral Shaper.
  • Find out how to extend the automation possibilities with Max for Live, powered by
  • Another article from containing lots of video tutorials regarding how to get started with Max for Live in order to create your own devices.
  • Learn the basics of Max for Live watching this tutorial on how to build a MIDI arpeggiator.

Third party Max for Live devices

Max for Live Forum

Share your knowledge and discuss ideas on the dedicated Max for Live forum.

Ableton offers these in-depth help and learning resources: