M-Audio Trigger Finger Drum Pad Control Surface
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- Trigger Finger allows musicians to harness the expressive potential of their software
- 8 assignable knobs, 4 assignable faders
- 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads
- Individual assignable pressure on each pad
- Powered from USB connection or optional DC power supply
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But, if used as it was a percussion, it suffers of unreliability: if you don't hit the pads perfectly at the center, they don't respond reliably to your gesture, since they are not too sensible, you have to hit them quite hard, if you are thinking at a drum, at least for me.
Anyway, I realized that the pads can be used for purposes other than drum-like playing. In fact they act as a key of a piano-like keyboard, i.e. they send note-on message when pressed and note-off when released (not immediately after the note-on like most other drum pads). Also each pad can be used as a different pressure controller, with independent tracking, by assigning a different controller to each pad. This is like having actual polyphonic aftertouch, a feature which is missing to most of keyboard controllers. This permits you a non-conventional gesture that allows unusual and powerful musical approaches.
The tracking quality of the four vertical sliders are very good, the best I have found in a control surface so far.
The quality of the eight knobs is also good even if not at the level of the sliders.
Summing up, it is a very good product, I recommend it.
Another guy says that this is a horrible device and gave it 1 star b/c he can't get it to work with Reason 3. The problem is that in the newest update of Reason 4 the trigger finger is already listed in the presets. But in older versions you have to set it up manually. When you set it up manually in an older version of Reason you have to list it as a "Keyboard Control Surface" not just "Control Surface". DO THAT AND IT WILL WORK. I GUARANTEE IT. This issue is not a trigger finger falut.
I give this product 4 stars. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is b/c enigma (included editing software) could be a bit easier to use. The whole self programming midi thing is a bit confusing for most people. If you are really good with Midi you shouldn't have a problem but I find Midi as a whole a bit confusing. Just stick with Enigma's presets and you should be good. Most of everything you would use it for is preset. (Reason, iDrum, ect.)
I recommend this product.
To get trigger finger working in reason set the global midi channel to 1. To do this press 'save & exit' and 'exit' at the same time to enter edit mode. Use the channel slider to select channel 1.
Press 'save & exit' and then hit a pad to save it. Then to assign the right notes to the pads enter edit mode again and hit pad 1 and use the 'note' knob to set it to C1. (not C.1 which is c#1). That sets it to your bass drum. Press 'save&exit' again and press pad 1 to save your setting.
Before you define the rest of the notes, get it working with reason. Go into Preferences->Control Surfaces and add the trigger finger as if it were a regular keyboard. Set it to be the master keyboard.
At this point DO NOT press anything on the TF because it may cause reason to freeze.
Instead close reason and restart it and make a redrum and set the midi keyboard to point to it and you should be able to make the kick play using pad 1. If it works, go through the rest of the pads and set them to the right notes (c1, c.1, d1, d.1, ...) and save your settings and you should be ready to go.
It is also possible to set it up not on channel 1 via the Reason midi bus at the top of the rack. That doesn't work very well because then it seems you can't record midi events into the sequencer.
Since I've only had this working a few hours I can't say how reliable it is but it does play pretty well and I suppose I'm glad I got it even though the setup was very nonintuitive and not very well documented.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
there were some scratches but its ok, i didnt like the fact that it was just dirty with some thingsPublished on July 30, 2013 by Lasha
If this is being sold by Streamline Audio, be aware that this in not the Trigger Finger at all! It is just the metal mounting bracket!!!Published on January 17, 2011 by 24 Track
One review gave it 1 star and said it wasn't XP compatible ha ha. A few others griped about it not working well with Reason 3, that's an oooooold version of Reason (5 just came... Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by J. Williams
using PC SP3,ableton 7,reason 4,komplete 6 with battery 3 etc.
enigma is a joke for programming assigning drums, its like EVERYTHING ELSE M-AUDIO does for software,half... Read more
NOT FOR XP, SONAR, AND DIFFICULT TO FIGURE OUT IF NEVER USED BEFORE. NEED BETTER INSTRUCTION MANUAL. DO NOT KNOW HOW TO OPERATE!SOFTWARE IS CHEESY AND NOT COMPATABLE/SOMETIMIE...Published on October 10, 2009 by W. Cooke III
I've had the trigger finger for about three weeks now. The first problem that I had was mapping controls. Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by Jerrod Floyd
my english is not as good as you might like, but i will give it a try.
the trigger finger has become my KEY midi hardware as a trigger, im a DJ and i've been working... Read more
The trigger finger is a great midi control for those who like beats. I just have one advice: if you use windows vista, be pacient...I lost hours configuring the software.Published on September 18, 2008 by Renato J. L. Castro
I bought this as my first ever drum midi and for the most part very pleased. My only gripe was that it did not come with any kind of manual. wtf? Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by I. Borgeson