M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro - Cubase & Arsenal Setup
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 Steinberg Cubase, as well as take a brief look at some the more advanced Mackie/HUI control assignments.
Table of Contents:
- Trigger Finger Pro Hardware Setup
- Advanced Mixer, and Transport Assignments
- Cubase Device Setup
- Loading Arsenal as a Plug-in
- Additional Resources
- Further Product Support
- Plug in the USB, and Power on the Trigger Finger Pro.
- Turn the top encoder to PRESET 05: Steinberg Cubase & Arsenal.
- Press the menu button below LOAD to load the selected preset.
- 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.
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.
- Press the CTRL button to open Mapping Assignments.
- Turn the Top Encoder (2) to cycle between Knobs, Faders, Buttons, and Advanced.
- 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 Cubase controls you will want to select Mackie.
Mapping Assignment Controls
- 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 Cubase we will be using the Mackie setting. When the Steinberg Cubase & Arsenal preset is loaded the Transport, and Cursors are automatically configured to Mackie. If you wish to change this see the steps below.
- Press the CTRL button.
- Turn the CTRL TYPE Encoder Knob until it reads ADVANCED in the top left corner.
- Press the menu button below TRNSPRT: until it reads Mackie (Cubase), or your desired setting.
- Press the CTRL button.
- Open Cubase, and create a new project.
- From the top menu click Devices > Device Setup...
- Click the + in the top left corner and choose Mackie Control.
- Set the MIDI Input to MIDIIN2 (Trigger Finger Pro) and the MIDI Output to MIDIOUT2 (Trigger Finger Pro).
- Click OK to close the Device Setup window.
Note: The Trigger Finger Pro, Arsenal port should only be used when running Arsenal as a standalone sound module, and not inside your DAW.
- Add a new Instrument Track by clicking Project >Add Track > Instrument.
- Click the Instrument drop down list and select Arsenal.
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