M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro - Cakewalk Sonar X3 & 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 Cakewalk Sonar, 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 06: Cakewalk Sonar & 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, and Transport 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 Knobs, Faders, Buttons, and Advanced

  3. Press the menu button (1) below MAPPING:Arsenal/Mackie. This will allow you to assign the Knobs, Faders, and Buttons of Banks A, B, C, & D to control Arsenal, HUI, Mackie, MIDI depending on your desired setup. For Sonar X3 controls 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 None, MIDI R/T, MMC, MIDI + MMC, MIDI CC, Mackie, and HUI. For Sonar X3 we will be using the Mackie setting. When the Cakewalk Sonar & 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 (Sonar X3), or your desired setting.


Sonar X3 Preferences

  1. Open Sonar.

  2. Click File > Preferences from the top menu. You can also use the keyboard shortcut to open the preferences which is the letter "P".

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  3. On the left side of the Preferences window choose MIDI > Devices.

  4. Check the box MIDIIN2 (Trigger Finger Pro) for Inputs, and MIDIOUT2 (Trigger Finger Pro) for Outputs.

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  5. On the left side of the Preferences window now choose MIDI > Control Surfaces.

  6. In the top right corner of the window choose the yellow star symbol to Add a new controller/surface. 

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  7. Select VS-700 from the Controller/Surface drop down list. 

  8. Select MIDIIN2 (Trigger Finger Pro) for Input Port, and MIDIOUT2 (Trigger Finger Pro) for the Output Port.

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  9. Click Ok to close the Control Surface Settings window.

  10. Ensure your settings match below, then press Apply, and Close.

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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. First ensure that Sonar is scanning the correct VST folder path for Arsenal. You will only have to do this once.

  2. Open Preferences by pressing "P" on your keyboard. 

  3. Click VST Settings on the left side of the Preferences window. 

  4. Click Add... and find the folder c:\program files\vstplugins

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  5. Once you have selected the correct VST Plugin folder click Scan to find the Arsenal Plugin. 

  6. Click Apply, and close the Preferences window.

  7. Next lets add an Instrument Track. Click Insert > Soft Synth > VST2 > Arsenal.

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  8. Select your desired Synth Options and click OK

  9. To show the Arsenal interface double click the piano icon. 

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