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M-Audio Trigger Finger Drum Pad Control Surface

by M-Audio

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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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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000800B6U
  • Item model number: 9900-40855-00
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,059 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 16, 2006

Product Description

Trigger Finger puts the power to program and perform expressive percussion and drum parts at your fingertips. Its 16 velocity-sensitive pads are perfect for playing the drum sounds in your favorite software, launching loops and samples, or even controlling video projections--and applying pressure to the pads can generate any MIDI controller you wish. Trigger Finger also gives you 8 knobs and 4 faders that are freely assignable to MIDI parameters such as volume, pan, pitch, and effects. Pre-programmed maps for Reason, Live, GM Drum, XG Drum, iDrum, and more make setup a snap--and full programmability lets you customize the unit to fit your needs. Settings are easy to store via 16 presets, and M-Audio's free Enigma editor/librarian software for PC and Mac lets you create a collection of even more. A simple USB cable is all it takes to connect and power Trigger Finger with your computer. It's time to take full control of your drum programming--and Trigger Finger is the right tool for the job.


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Customer Reviews

I still have trouble using it in Reason and Fl Studio 8.
Jerrod Floyd
I just got this today and it was really hard to figure out how to make it work in reason so I'm posting what worked for me here.
MJ
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.
easey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Cooper on March 20, 2006
Unlike the first reviewer my experience with Trigger Finer has been a good one. At first it took me awhile to figure out how to get the device to control the drums in Impulse (Ableton Live) once I realized that each pad had to be set in order to have each tone mapped it was a breeeze. I suspect that maybe the first reviewer as well as any midi newbie might have difficulty in that respects since it is not plug in play as M Audio states....it is program and play, however once you get it programmed correctly it is effortless. The htinkg is it is soo expandable and programmable it may be to its own detriment especaiily for peolle who are not fimiliar with mapping out midi controllers.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Simon Allardice on March 16, 2006
Tried this after using (and returning) an Akai MPD16, which looks pretty similar - but this feels better, responds better, has more features and is easier to use. And unlike the previous reviewer, I didn't have any problems whatsoever with hooking it up: I just plugged in the USB cable, it worked, no drivers needed, end of story. Great with Ableton Live, and just amazing when hooked up to percussion instruments like StormDrum. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Maldonado on August 13, 2007
I bought this product because I wanted to experiment a drum-playing gesture in computer-music making.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By easey on December 23, 2008
One guy gave this product a 2 star and mentioned that it should come with pre programmed sounds. ITS A MIDI CONTROLLER!!!!!! SOUNDS COME FROM YOUR COMPUTER NOT THE DEVICE.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MJ on September 30, 2007
I just got this today and it was really hard to figure out how to make it work in reason so I'm posting what worked for me here.

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.
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