spectroscope~ is definitely broken under certain circumstances in beta 9. i have a new patch where loading it once works fine, but no other spectroscope~ will work again until you quit max (or live, depending on which you are using). even closing the patch and reopening it (or simply clicking live's 'edit' button so it loads in max) means the spectroscope~ object that worked is now dead until the app is quit.
it is happening with perfect regularity for me so i will narrow down the circumstances that lead to this issue and post a real bug report today. if other people are noticing issues, please dig in as well.
posted it in the max for live section as it has more immediate implications in that environment (and that is where i have been working lately). the issue, however, is a max problem. perhaps someone can at least verify if they see the same behavior. thanks.