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Max 6 bug: mp3 won't load – "cannot open parser for this file"

May 20, 2013 | 2:46 pm


I try to load mp3 to buffer~ with "import" msg but I get this error "cannot open parser for this file". I have got same error when loading float64 files with "open" msg.

Any solutions?

May 20, 2013 | 2:47 pm

… MBP, OS X 10.7, MaxMSP 6.1.1 (32-bit)…

May 21, 2013 | 6:42 am

I don’t think Max supports mp3. You’ll have to convert it to a .wav or a .aif first.

May 21, 2013 | 8:31 am

Of course it does :) Check help files for buffer~ and find "import" message. In Max 5 it works smoothly but it stops with new release…

May 21, 2013 | 9:04 am

It’s working ok for me.

Please send examples of both types of file into support so we can check this out



May 22, 2013 | 3:12 pm

Thanks for that – yep I can repro some weirdness.

We’re doing some work on buffer~ right now, so we’ll throw these on the pile



May 23, 2013 | 5:44 am

keeping my fingers crossed :)

January 30, 2014 | 7:13 am

Hi everybody,
any updates on this?

It looks like the issue is still here.
At least on my Win7 64bit Max6.1.6

Thank you

April 6, 2014 | 7:39 pm

I also have this issue, simply using the importreplace command, Win7, Max 6.1.6 (64-bit).

September 23, 2014 | 7:33 am

Hi, I had the same issue: I think it can be solved quite easily:

Just install Quicktime (to be sure with ALL possible install options), then restart everything. Should be working now.

September 23, 2014 | 9:50 pm

I’m also wondering about updates on this. I have installed quicktime (looks like v7.75.80.95) but i still get this error. Running windows 8.1. (is there a windows 8 version of quicktime? The site mentioned windows 7 and less, but i didn’t see anything about win8…)

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