How to install Max for Live devices


The best way to install Max for Live devices would be to save those into your User Library. Per default downloaded Max for Live devices will be saved in your “downloads” folder of your operating system. First open the download folder of your OS and locate the .amxd file. (This is the file format of Max for Live devices.) Then just drag and drop the .amxd file (=file format of M4L devices) from your download folder into your “File Browser” in Ableton Live.

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Import Max for Live devices into your User Library in to Ableton Live

Open Max for Live devices

Select the M4L devices from your User Library when you want to use them in an Ableton Live set.

Important: When you use a M4L device in an Ableton Live set it will be ‘grabbed’ from where it’s stored. It is not included per default in your Ableton Live set. This is the same for external samples, presets and so on. As soon as you move those files, the file-path on your computer changes. The file won’t be found by Ableton Live per default anymore.

This is why I advice you to install Max fo Live devices in your User Library directly. Of course back-ups of your files and OS should be happening on a regular basis. Make sure you could re-install everything e.g. if you migrate on a new computer.

It would make sense to create one (or more) custom folders to keep things clean and structured. You can create new folders in your User Library via right-click and select “New Folder”.

How to get (free) Max for Live devices.

You can download Max for Live devices from various places as there are many people sharing their devices. I have released over 60 Max for Live devices – some of them are free and available on a pay-what-you-want basis. You can check them out HERE!

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Max for Live devices are not opening – why?

Not all versions of Ableton Live allow the full use of Max for Live. Only the Ableton Live Suite version includes Max for Live. You can as well buy it as an add on for the Ableton Live Standard version.

Standard + Intro Version

From Ableton Live 11 onwards you have only some Max for Live devices included in Ableton Live Intro + Standard. However you can just access this selection of the included Max for Live devices. You can’t use third party devices or create your own. You could say you have a very limited ‘Intro’ version of Max for Live only.

Get Max for Live as an add-on

If you own Ableton Live Standard you can buy Max for Live as an add on for Standard here. After you bought Max for Live as an add-on you will need to follow the installation process.

Which version of Ableton Live do I have?

Check version to know how to install Max for Live

When you start Ableton Live a box is showing up stating which version you have installed. In Ableton Live’s preferences you can select the “License and Maintenance” tab to see which version you have installed.

Check version of Ableton Live to know how to install Max for Live