M-Audio introduced their new Trigger Finger Pro at the NAMM 2014 Show, and it’s all everyone is talking about. Trigger Finger Pro is a portable, 16-pad (4×4 configured) instrument with on-board sequencing, which can be used as a controller for your DAW or as a standalone.
For those of you who don’t know, the Trigger Finger was a very simple MIDI pad controller which you could use for pretty much anything you wanted – it had minimal controls and worked well with almost every piece of drum software available. But in today’s modern age – with guys on YouTube playing entire tracks with just a Launchpad – we wanted more than a basic MIDI pad, and M-Audio has really provided with the new Trigger Finger Pro.
The new model is a completely different machine than its bare-basics predecessor. It has the familiar pads and faders, but pretty much everything else has changed – but when you’ve got a name as respected as Trigger Finger, you don’t just throw that away.
The USB controller still works with pretty much every bit of software out there, but the real story is what you get bundled with it – Arsenal, a virtual drum machine app to use within your desktop or standalone; AIR Drums and Hybrid-3 plugins, as well as 8GB of ready-to-play sounds, loops and one-shots to ensure you can start playing with your new toy straight out of the box. But you don’t use the Trigger Finger to control AIR Drums – instead, you use it to control Arsenal. It sounds a little weird at first, but when you see the controller in action it all starts to make sense.
Arsenal is effectively a virtual representation of the Trigger Finger, and you can load AIR Drums as a kind of VST inside of it to get access to sounds and map them to the pads. What’s especially cool is that you can do this with any VST – so you can effectively map any sound you want to the controller, giving the Trigger Finger Pro this compatible-with-all label we love to try and disprove. But honestly, you really will struggle to find something this controller doesn’t agree with!
At the top of the controller is a screen very reminiscent of the MPC Studio, giving you instant feedback of whatever mode you’re in, underneath the faders and pads you expect to see from the original Trigger Finger – but with the bonus of customisable RGB feedback on the pads (because who doesn’t like disco lights?), and at the bottom a step sequencer which you can use with Arsenal to create your beats right on the controller! There are 16 RGB pads in four available banks, 48 assignable controls between 4 faders, 4 knobs and 4 buttons across 4 banks, and also includes the Hybrid 3 synth that hasn’t even been released yet.
If you don’t feel like reading all of that (go back and read it!) here are the main features:
· USB-MIDI connection to a Mac or PC
· 16 ultra-responsive pads with illuminated RGB feedback
· Customizable, backlit controls with instant automapping
· High-resolution display lets you focus on the music, not the computer
· Detachable, 3-position rugged metal stand for angled use
· Extensive expression controls; pitch bend, modulation & more
· 16 custom drum kits from Black Anomaly (Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown)
· Arsenal also includes 10 Prime Loops Expansion Packs
· Includes 5 ToolRoom Records artist sound packs
· Over 2000 combined artist patches and presets for Hybrid 3 and Prime Loops content
Overall a pretty cool piece of kit which I personally can’t wait to get my hands on. Trigger Finger Pro will be available Spring 2014 with a price of around £300 you can’t really go wrong for what you get with it!
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