The M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro is a MIDI controller with 16 RGB pads, four assignable faders and knobs, a backlit display and a flexible sequencer. The unit is almost identical in size and weight to the NI Maschine MK1 but also boasts a removable steel stand. Round the back it’s simple: one MIDI port, one USB port and a DC power supply input.
M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro Review Introduction
Trigger Finger Pro (TFP) is a hardware/ software hybrid that uses a square, silver and black control surface to act as a trigger and control front-end to a range of software titles to which its purchase provides access. At the heart of TFP is a sequencer to which lanes of sounds can be added that, in turn, can be triggered from the control surface’s pads and manipulated from its onboard sliders and dials. The sequencer has 16 backlit, and it can be used to launch 64 step tracks, with the possibility to send through the MIDI out to any sort of hardware in your studio. The four rotary controls, sliders and buttons also work on a bank-based system which is independent from the pad banks. The Arsenal software allows you to pick a parameter for each physical control from a comprehensive list, or to Learn an assignment over MIDI, which is great if you’re using TFP with your own plug-ins.
M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro – Specs
- 16 RGB backlit pads (meaning that, via software, you can assign any color to them).
- 12 programmable controllers (4 sliders, 4 encoders, 4 switches).
- A huge backlit display.
- 64 steps programmable sequencer.
- MIDI connettivity and independent USB.
- Compatibility with the Mackie HUI layout.
- USB alimentation and class compliant conception.
- Hardware configuration that allows three different inclinations.
- Programs bundle that includes M-Audio Arsenal (automapping, preset, template, etc), AIR Drum (electronic drums), Hybrid 3 synthesizer, Tool Room and the Prime Loops sound library.
- Compatibility with both Mac and Windows, with at least 2 Gb of Ram.
M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro Review Conclusion
What makes the TFP so flexible is that each bank can send different types of MIDI information to different destinations. Also, with its slimline design and removable 3-position stand, Trigger Finger Pro adapts to any production or performance environment. Multiple MIDI connections, a USB- MIDI and a 5-pin MIDI output, interface directly with music software/hardware and meet the demands of today’s hybrid software-and-hardware setups. Plus, Trigger Finger Pro is class-compliant and USB-powered for seamless integration with your Mac or PC.