Using TriplePlay with Pro Tools (Windows)

While the latest version 1.2 release of the TriplePlay software is AAX-compatible and can therefore be hosted within Pro Tools, this new feature is technically Mac-only as of right now. There is an issue within Pro Tools on Windows machines where the ports are not allowed to be shared once they are opened by Pro Tools, which prevents the TriplePlay controller from pairing with the receiver. Hopefully, Avid will be able to address this soon and release an update. In the meantime, if you want to host TriplePlay within Pro Tools on a Windows machine, there is a workaround.

Pro Tools 11 AAX

  1. Launch the TriplePlay standalone app. This will open the port for TriplePlay.
  2. Now launch Pro Tools. It will not be able to open the TriplePlay control port because it is already open.
  3. Close the TriplePlay standalone app. Now the TriplePlay plugin will be able to attach to the TP control port and everything should work

Plugging In the Receiver: A Brief Tutorial

I noticed that an online publication recently stated that the physical design of the TriplePlay’s receiver will not allow another cable to be plugged into the USB port next to it. And this is absolutely true, if (as on my MacBook Pro) you plug the TriplePlay receiver into the left USB port:

Bad!

 

Plug it into the rightmost USB port, however, and you will be just fine:

Good!

TriplePlay Tele Installation Pt. 2

Check out this pretty simple modification to an old school 3-saddle bridge that a TriplePlay owner performed himself. He used a file to cut slots in the bridge plate, making sure to cut them both simultaneously to ensure that they were straight across from each other. Then he cut a small piece of a cork coaster to go under the edge of the hexaphonic pickup where the  wire connects. One slight modification he realized after the fact was that he could have trimmed the screw for the middle saddle a bit in order to fit the pickup slightly closer, but he said it still tracks great. The best part of this mod is that genuine Fender replacement bridge plates retail for around $11, so you don’t have to sweat it too much if you make a mistake while filing the slots.  Better yet, on a vintage guitar, modify the replacement bridge plate, and save the original in case you want to return the guitar to vintage condition at a later point!

We’d suggest replacing the cork coaster in this picture to the installation tip in Tele I, as using a bit of a different height pickup bracket, instead of cork, allows the user to continue to use the height adjustment screw for the pickup.

It’s great to see cutting-edge wireless technology existing happily side by side with what is basically a 60 year-old design!

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