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Old 06-15-2020, 07:06 PM
gg5000 gg5000 is offline
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Default Pro Tools Trial errors

Hello guys,

I had major issues with Pro Tools 12.5, and finally (thanks to Darryl Ramm here) I was able to find that the issue was the version. His advise was to install the trial version of PT 2020 and that did work perfectly, ONLY FOR A FEW DAYS

Out of nowhere I'm getting this error when trying to launch the application:

Could not complete your request because Assertion in "d:\ code\ scm\ protools\ release\ 2020\ r1\ protools\ aae\ source\ aax\ cficaaxwidget.cpp", line 994.

Any ideas guys? I am going to buy the software, but if the trial is behaving like this, I don't know what to do.

Any advise? Thanks so much!
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Old 06-15-2020, 07:31 PM
Darryl Ramm Darryl Ramm is online now
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Default Re: Pro Tools Trial errors

Ah your invoice is in the mail.

First: what is your playback engine set to.. don't assume check. Pro Tools can change it on you.

Remember any time you get an ASSERT error to Google for the error: that would take you here:


Run through all the above, your problem may be different but a very common cause of this is accidentally say using say 'Build in Input' or 'Build In Mic' as the playback engine... which have no output devices and then Pro Tools blows up. Now you would hope a company interested in making good software would actually just check if the playback engine device had an output or not and print a nice user friendly error message instead of this amateur hour nonsense. I've been suggesting to Avid they do this for years. They don't seem to care.
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Old 06-17-2020, 04:44 PM
gg5000 gg5000 is offline
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Default Re: Pro Tools Trial errors

Darryl, you rock. That got it taken care of right away. Pro Tools selected the integrated Windows audio driver instead of my Focusrite. That was the issue.

I can't thank you enough for all your help. I'll be buying the full version in a couple of weeks. I do wish Avid cared more; wouldn't Pro Tools be awesome if they did? Oh well, I guess the company can't waste a dime on things like looking into customer feedback and such.

But here we are, loyal customers. I guess we get what we allow them to give us... I'm just thankful we have this community and all the awesome moderators!
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