Trigger Finger Pro Tutorial

Trigger Finger Pro Explained®

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    The Trigger Finger Pro is a unique pad controller that houses a stand-alone step sequencer. This video is a quick intro to registering the hardware and obtaining the software.

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    Hardware Overview

    Understanding the hardware layout is crucial to navigating through the different modes on the TFP. This section also helps you understand how to customize your preferences.

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    Sequence Mode

    This is the heart and soul of the TFP. With the step sequencer, you can quickly create rhythmic patterns using any software plugin on your computer or outboard MIDI module.

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    Control Mode

    In Control Mode, you can configure the control section to control plugins or DAW parameters. This also supports HUI and Mackie for using the faders and transport with any HUI/MACKIE supported DAW.

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    Pad Mode

    The TFP consists of 16 pressure-sensitive drum pads across four banks. This enables you to assign pads to different MIDI channels to trigger various instruments. Its fully customizable even down to the pad colors.

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    Advance Sequence

    Because the step sequencer is the heart of the TFP, knowing how to copy and paste parts across the sequence becomes useful when creating new patterns. This also explains how the roll feature can be used to record repeated drum parts.

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    Arsenal is the interface between the TFP and your VST instruments. This automatically maps the controller section of the TFP to your plug-ins.

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    AIR Drums

    As a drum pad controller, the TFP bundles AIR Drums, a sample player instrument. Included with AIR Drums, you get some amazing drum sounds from Anomaly, Toolroom Records, and Prime Loops.

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    Ableton Setup

    With the versatility of the TFP, setting up DAW control can be a great solution for live performances. Utilizing the step sequencer and your favorite plugins, you can easily customize the TFP to work the way you want.

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    Pro Tools Setup

    Since the TFP supports HUI Control, you can use the faders and transport to control Pro Tools. This type of customization turns the TFP into more than just a pad controller.

Product Overview

M-Audio's Trigger Finger Pro is a feature packed hardware pad controller with an integrated step sequencer and M-Audio master Alex Solano shows you how to take control of this powerhouse hardware and software monster combination and make tracks!

Alex starts by introducing you to the Trigger Finger Pro, walking you through Installation and giving you a Complete Overview of the Hardware. Next, Alex explores the Sequence mode, one of the most powerful sections of the Trigger Finger Pro. Two other critical modes, Control Mode and Pad Mode are then examined in detail, as well as hardware videos showing Advanced Sequence Techniques.

The remaining tutorials focus on the software side of the Trigger Finger Pro. Alex begins with Arsenal, the software interface between the hardware and your VST instruments. Next, Alex dives into the AIR drums. Finally, Alex ends with videos on How to Set Up the Trigger Finger Pro with Ableton Live and Pro Tools.

Whether you're a DJ or studio musician looking for a killer pad controller, or you already own the Trigger Finger Pro and want to know more about it, watch "Trigger Finger Pro Explained" today!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

The earliest I remember was at 12 years old. My older brother brought home an electric guitar and I was mesmerized to actually put my hands on one for the first time. From there its history. I basically spend all my teen years learning songs, playing in bands, figuring out how to sequence on workstations and eventually pursued an education in Music Technology.

2. What training have you had?

I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Technology from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, as well as numerous certifications from Avid Pro Tools and Media Composer while at Avid (2005-2012)

3. When did you get into recording?

When I was around 15, I was playing guitar in my older brother’s band the bass player, June, went back to Japan. June left his Yamaha SY-77 workstation in my care and I figured out how to multitrack and sequence as well as sound design and program all without a manual. What’s funny is that I had no idea what Quantization was, so I created these very long 96 bar sequences laying down one instrument at a time. Hey at least my timing improved ;-)

4. People you have worked with/for?

All through college I was recording and producing for various hip hop rappers and singers, as well as my own Reggaeton project called “Gran Impacto” back in 2003. But my career in mixing really took on a whole other dimension when I started making YouTube videos and had artists send me sessions from all over the world. Amongst the artists I’ve worked with include Gilligan Gadsby, Reggae Foundation, Skiptooth, Skeletones, Debonaires, Chica Ize, to name a few.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Honestly, I’ve been shy all my life. But taking the courage to increase my confidence one step at a time, I’m able to teach people what I’m passionate about. With Digidesign I was a Pro Tools Product Specialist, and Digi had a very high standard on delivering world-class presentations. I knew I had some big shoes to fill, but through my personal journey I was able to hone in on presenting and teaching, especially to an online audience. And even though I’d say I have 10 years under my belt, I’m always looking to reinvent my self and not be stagnant or complacent.

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