Just plug your Kinect into your USB port (make sure it’s plugged into the wall,too), run the Synapse app, and you’re good to go!
Requirements: Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion
Installing on Windows is a bit more of a pain. Instructions here. Because all of this driver installation is such a pain, I can’t support you if you have trouble getting the Windows version to run, sorry.
Includes all Max for Live patches for connecting with Synapse/Kinect.
To run the example project, open “dubkinect.als” in Ableton Live. To start the bass note playing, bind a skeleton and hit both hands outward, like a conductor silencing an orchestra.
Requirements: Ableton Live 8.2.2 or higher
Quartz Composer example project + plugins (Mac only)
This is for if you want to create visuals in Quartz Composer.
To install: put SynapseKinect.plugin and qcOSC.plugin in <username>/Library/Graphics/Quartz Composer Plug-Ins/. If that directory does not exist, create it. Do not put them in “Quartz Composer Patches”.
To run the example project: While Synapse is running, run “quartz_passthrough_plus”, then open “kinect test” in Quartz Composer.
Jitter plugin (Mac only, sorry)
This is for if you want to create visuals in Max/MSP/Jitter. Check the readme for info.
Source code can be found here.