M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro - Ableton Live 9 & 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 Ableton Live 9, 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 02: Live & 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 Ableton Live 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 Ableton Live we will be using the Mackie setting. When the Live & 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 (Ableton Live), or your desired setting. 

Ableton Preferences Setup

  1. Open Ableton Live.

  2. Open Preferences.

  3. Mac: From the top menu click Live > Preferences...

  4. Windows: From the the top menu click Options > Preferences...

  5. Select the MIDI, Sync section.

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  6. Click the first drop down box under Control Surface, and select MackieControl.

  7. In the Input, and Output box select Trigger Finger Pro (Mackie).

  8. Ensure that Track, and Remote are both On in the MIDI Ports section. If you wish to sync the clock or tempo between Ableton and the Trigger Finger Pro you will also want to ensue that Sync is On for both Trigger Finger Pro (MIDI), and MackieControl Input (Trigger Finger Pro)

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

  9. Close Preferences.

  10. If you wish to use Ableton's tempo or clock as the master no additional setup is required, however if you would like to use the the Trigger Finger Pro's tempo or clock as the master you will need to click EXT in the top left corner of the Ableton software. You can change the clock setting on the Trigger Finger Pro by pressing the menu button below PREFS and then set the Clock to External or Internal depending on your setup.

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Loading Arsenal as a Plug-In

  1. From the Categories list on the left side select Plug-ins.

  2. From the the Plug-ins list extend the VST tree. 

  3. Find Arsenal in the list. Click and drag Arsenal onto any empty MIDI Track or into an empty area in either view. You can also double click the word Arsenal, and it will add a new MIDI Track, and load Arsenal. 

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