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Frequently asked questions about upgrading to Max 8 from a previous version of Max.
How much does the Max 8 upgrade cost?
The retail price is $149. Visit our Shop to learn more about purchase options, including information on Student/Teacher discounts.
Can I use my Max 6 serial number to authorize Max 8?
No. Starting with Max 7, we stopped using serial numbers. Instead, the authorization system is account-based. Learn more about our account-based system here.
Where do I find my Max 5 or 6 serial numbers, if I want to upgrade to Max 8?
Your serial number was emailed to you if you purchased Max 5 or 6 directly from Cycling '74. If you cannot find it, e-mail your full name and any alternate email address you may have used for your purchase to email@example.com.
You can find out more about continuing to use Max 5 or 6 here. Please be sure to review our system requirements page to make sure older versions of Max support your system.
If I own Max 7, how do I upgrade to Max 8 without a serial number?
From cycling74.com: Sign in to the website, then visit our Shop. Under your email address, you will see a list of licenses eligible for an upgrade to Max 8. After you purchase the Max 8 upgrade, launch Max 8, go to Help > User Account and Licenses, sign in, then select the license you want to authorize. (Some users have more than one license).
Inside the Max 8 application: Launch Max 8, go to Help > User Account and Licenses, and sign in with your Cycling '74 account. Under your email address, you will see a list of licenses eligible for an upgrade to Max 8. After you purchase the Max 8 upgrade, you will return to this page where you can choose the license you want to use for authorization. (Some users have more than one license).
Do you offer packaged software?
No. As of the Max 6 release, we have stopped offering Max in a box. You're welcome to download the software as often as you'd like from our site.
Will installing Max 8 cause problems with older versions of Max on the same computer?
No. All are independent applications and can be installed on one machine without trouble. If you do have more than one version of Max installed on your machine, please remember to rename the different versions of the application.
Will my old patches work in Max 8?
Yes, as long as there are no 32-bit externals in use. Max 8 is only 64-bit.
Will my third party externals need to be updated?
Because Max 8 is only 64-bit, 32-bit externals will not work in Max 8. However, other objects that are compatible with Max 7 are compatible with Max 8.
Does the Max for Live Editor work with Max 8?
Yes, however, the Max for Live Editor is different from a full version of Max 8. If you are a Max for Live user, we invite you to try the Max 8 demo for 30 days. There is a Max 8 Crossgrade for owners of Max for Live available if you choose to purchase a full version of Max.
Will Gen also work within Max for Live?
Yes. However, to edit Gen patchers in Max for Live, you must own Max 8. Learn more about the Crossgrade to Max 8 for owners of Max for Live.