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The selected Max application could not be loaded. A 32-bit version is probably required.

  • Live Versions: 8 - 9
  • Operating System: OS X

Symptom

When trying to install Max for Live on OS X, Live does not detect the installation, instead I get the above error message.

Max Application Error

Max App Error

Reason

When the Ableton Live Installer .dmg is still mounted, the preferences that bridge both Live and Max for Live are incorrectly set. 

Solution

  • First uninstall Max completely using this guide making sure to remove the local preference files, as described. 

  • Then, please make sure to eject the Ableton Live installer .dmg before installing Max again. This will ensure that the correct preference settings are installed. 
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