Kinect + Max / MSP Demo

I put together a quick demo today of using the Kinect sensor with Max / MSP 5. Thanks to the great software by Ryan Challinor (Synapse) I was able to get the Kinect sensor working with Max / MSP within an hour without ever having worked with the Kinect sensor before.

After retrieving the left and right hand position data from the Synapse software in Max / MSP, I have the left and right hand y-positions drive the frequencies of two separate oscillators. Then I just add them together and send them to the audio card. While simple, the effect is pretty interesting. I plan on using this for a number of my Crushed Ice’s live performances to control various synth parameters.

Here is a screen shot of the basic Max / MSP patch…

Synapse software: