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Need some help with the Kinect via Synapse

Sep 18 2013 | 3:55 am

Hi all,

I just bought a Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor as to use with Max for my composition project, but after I opened the Synapse it will run for a bit and suddenly the screen will freeze and Synapse turn itself off.

I’m on the Mac OSX 10.7.5 with 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 4 GB Memory

Achittapol Tinnarat

Sep 18 2013 | 2:56 pm

there are two series of kinect sensors , should check the serialnumber at the bottom
the newer version does not work well


1414 is good ,1473 is bad try to switch it in the store

Sep 18 2013 | 3:01 pm

Thanks, mine is 1473. Will try to switch at the store, but I don’t think they will allow me to do that.

Sep 19 2013 | 6:01 am

you may try using jit.openni instead of Synapse
it’s a Max external which allows you to access the Kinect directly inside Max.

The learning curve may be a bit steeper, but it’s a really great external.

Sep 20 2013 | 1:31 am

for software /driver part i recommend ni-mate

i used synapse and jit.freenectgrab before but ni-mate works best for me

Dec 14 2013 | 7:46 pm

MJ, could you explain a bit more about ni-mate drivers for max/msp usage?
I`m not sure if I am in the right website:

I have just get a 1473 kinect and I`m trying to make it work.

for software /driver part i recommend ni-mate

What other parts shoulb be necessary to get kinect working inside max/msp? thanks

Aug 21 2014 | 6:27 am

I’m not sure if you have already figured this out?
Once NI-Mate is running, under the MIDI controller tab, you just need to select "to MAXMSP 1" or 2 to get the MIDI data into Max.
For the OSC data you would set the IP address and UDP port to something and use this in the udpreceive object in Max.

I hope this helps.

Dec 08 2016 | 4:32 pm

Hi did you find any solution to this? I am having the same problem too.

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