M-Audio has released Trigger Finger, a mobile/desktop device for triggering and programming drum sounds. The unit can also be used to trigger Clips and Scenes in Ableton Live, video clips in VJ software and sounds in popular DJ programs.
At Trigger Finger’s heart are 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads designed to trigger computer- or hardware-based drum sounds with full expression. Trigger Finger also delivers eight knobs and four faders that, like the pads, are freely assignable to MIDI parameters such as volume, pan, pitch and effects.
Trigger Finger incorporates pre-programmed maps for Live, Reason, GM Drum, XG Drum and iDrum, among others. Settings are easy to store via 16 memory presets or M-Audio’s free Enigma librarian software for PC and Mac.
The unit connects to a computer via USB. It can also derive its power from the USB bus or a DC adapter. A MIDI Out jack allows it to trigger external MIDI devices as well.
Trigger Finger is class-compliant with Windows XP and Mac OS X, allowing use without drivers. PC minimum system requirements are Windows XP with available USB port, and MME and DirectX are supported. On the Mac, minimum requirements are OS X 10.2.8 with available USB port, and Core MIDI is supported.
The unit is scheduled to ship this month. MSRP: $249.95 USD.
Visit www.m-audio.com for more information.