[fingerpinger] with [matrixctrl] runs slowly on Max 6.1?

Mar 25, 2013 at 7:13pm

[fingerpinger] with [matrixctrl] runs slowly on Max 6.1?


I just downloaded the Max 6.1 demo and it seems that there's a little glitch when using [fingerpinger] (http://www.anyma.ch/2009/research/multitouch-external-for-maxmsp/) in combination with [matrixctrl] and custom images.

The exact same patcher runs perfectly smoothly on Max 5.1.8, but when run on Max 6.1 [fingerpinger] is about 100ms slower in responding (and the whole patcher runs very very slowly..)

Here's the patcher I'm using (and I've attached the custom images I'm using for [matrixctrl])

– Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. –

(If you don't have [fingerpinger] you can download it from the site above, or, well, you can skip this post :P )

Is anyone experiencing something similar or is it just me? I'd like to get in touch with the folks who wrote [fingerpinger] but I want to make sure it is indeed something between [fingerpinger] and Max 6.1, and not just my computer/set-up/whatever.


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Oct 24, 2013 at 7:06am

Yes! Did you figure out a way to resolve it?

Oct 24, 2013 at 9:15am

i had a lot of crash with *fingerpinger and* max 6.(0.8 or 1.something, can’t remember). I ended making a standalone with max5 that includes fingerpinger and udp communication with max6 !..

Oct 24, 2013 at 10:01am

Oh dear :/

Oct 28, 2013 at 2:38pm

I’m going to try your udp idea now. Is it straightforward and did you get speedy enough performance?

Oct 29, 2013 at 8:29am

had no performance speed problem afair. A standalone with only fingerpinger and udpsend is quite lightweight. udpreceive is ok. The process is quite straightforward. If you have multicore processor, several max instances will probably be repartited over several cores, so that might be a plus too.

Though, i must say i am not sure that solution is ideal… Specifically, i’m not sure it will help the latency problem. Maybe also fingerpinger works best since Max 6.1. It’s also a bit unclean !…

Oct 29, 2013 at 8:37am

fwiw, here’s the patch that i compiled :


– Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. –


Oct 30, 2013 at 5:01am

Thanks a lot but it seems to mess up the order of messages. See here;

Oct 30, 2013 at 5:43am

No matter. I got it working with mxj.net.multisend and the performance was still horrible – slow glitchy. A Fingerpinger developer told me that the project is now dead.

Oct 31, 2013 at 5:08am

i’m not sure what you mean by ‘mess up the order of messages’. the order of messages coming from fingerpinger is naturally messed up, since you have first a bang coming out right oulet, then messages coming from the left, bang from right outlet before each frame, and finally right after last frame another bang. But it’s not related to the use of udpsend/receive, rather to fingerpinger… or did you mean that it first comes out from both fingerpinger outlets, then only it is sent through udp ?

anyway sad to hear the project is now dead. not very surprising considering changes of os and hardware and considering that this is a hack.


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