M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro - Digital Performer 8 & Arsenal Setup

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The M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro is a very versatile hardware sequencer that works with any music recording or DJ software that supports MIDI. The following guide will cover the basic setup with Digital Performer 8, as well as take a brief look at some the more advanced Mackie/HUI control assignments.





Table of Contents:

Trigger Finger Pro Hardware Setup

  1. Plug in the USB, and Power on the Trigger Finger Pro.

  2. Turn the top encoder to PRESET 07: DP & Arsenal.

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  3. Press the menu button below LOAD to load the selected preset.

  4. Press the menu button below EXIT to exit the Preferences.

    If you wish to use the standard preset feel free to skip the Advanced section below, and go directly to software setup & preferences.

Advanced Mixer Assignments

The Trigger Finger Pro gives you the ability to completely customize the assignments, and functions of the Transport controls, Cursors (DAW Control), and Mixer section (Control Bank). Lets take a look at a few of those settings.

  1. Press the CTRL button to open Mapping Assignments.

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  2. Turn the Top Encoder (2) to cycle between KnobsFadersButtons, and Advanced

  3. Press the menu button (1) below MAPPING:Arsenal/Mackie. This will allow you to assign the KnobsFaders, and Buttons of Banks A, B, C, & D to control Arsenal, HUI, Mackie, MIDI depending on your desired setup. For Digital Performer control you will want to select Mackie.

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Mapping Assignment Controls

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    • The Menu Button (1) below TOGGLE: ALL will change all Banks A, B, C, D to the same setting (Arsenal, HUI, Mackie, MIDI).

    • The Encoder Knob (2) will switch between Knobs, Faders, Buttons, and Advanced

    • The Mixer knob (3) will change the individual assignment of its corresponding Bank (A,B,C,D). 

Assigning Transport Controls

The Transport buttons can be assigned to control various functions including NoneMIDI R/TMMCMIDI + MMCMIDI CCMackie, and HUI. For Digital Performer we will be using the Mackie setting. When the DP & Arsenal preset is loaded the Transport, and Cursors are automatically configured to Mackie. If you wish to change this see the steps below. 

  1. Press the CTRL button.

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  2. Turn the CTRL TYPE Encoder Knob until it reads ADVANCED in the top left corner.

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  3. Press the menu button below TRNSPRT: until it reads Mackie (Digital Performer), or your desired setting.

Digital Performer Setup

  1. Open Digital Performer.

  2. From the top menu click Setup > Control Surface Setup...

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  3. Select the Mackie Control from the Driver and Unit drop down list.

  4. Set Trigger Finger Pro Mackie as your Input, and Output Port.

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    Note:The Trigger Finger Pro Arsenal port should only be used when running Arsenal as a standalone sound module, and not inside your DAW. 

Loading Arsenal as a Plug-In

  1. From the top menu click Project then select Add Track > Instrument Track > M-Audo > Arsenal. You can also do this by right clicking in the session window. 

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  2. Next add a MIDI track to control the Instrument Track. Click Project > Add Track > MDI Track

  3. Set the OUTPUT of the MIDI Track to Arsenal

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