Happiness is a 4×4 grid of buttons. Why should Akai owners
have all the fun? Add Ableton Live, and life is good: tap away drum
beats with your fingers, trigger samples, and (perfect for Live)
trigger audio and MIDI patterns and loops.

M-Audio's new Trigger Finger should cost around US$199 and features: (see original story and extended info from Gearjunkies.com)

  • 16 pads (4×4, a la Akai)
  • 8 knobs
  • 4 faders
  • LCD
  • USB, class-compliant (no drivers needed)
  • Ableton Live Lite included (what, you're still not using Live?)
  • Totally programmable and pre-configured for Live, Reason, iDrum

Cost: US$199
Compatibility: Mac/Win
Available: Someday soon (we'll get back to you on that!)

Music Thing's Tom is still allergic to plastic, so he claims this is 10% as sexy as an Akai. I would like to observe it's also 10% as expensive, making it 100% sexier. To say nothing of significantly lighter.

Trigger Finger, color us 100% ready to use this with Live. I'll make
myself look like garish silver plastic to match if I have to.

Bonus: Akai Alert Watch! For the record, you can add this device to the new retro-style Akai MPC-1000 (see also original), Korg Kaptivator VJ device AND Kontrol 49 keyboard, raising CDM's official Akai Alert Level to ELEVATED – HIGH RISK OF 4×4 TRIGGERING – CODE PLAID. Better start building up calluses on your trigger finger!)

  • Guest

    Also, don't forget the Korg MicroKontrol — the 4×4 on mine even lights up in magical red and blue!

    I've wanted one of these pad controls for a while, but I'm not blowing $199 on one — I've got my 4×4 on the Korg and I'm happy with it.

  • Guest

    …. fantastic! I haven't tried the Faderfox yet, but this also looks very promising!


  • Guest

    Yo, I was in GuitarCenter yesterday and saw a dude buying one, it's available 😛

  • Guest

    I got one of these bad boys and its HOT!! I dropped some serious beats on this. i have used it in combination with ableton live and garageband for my mac and i got people payin me for beeats now!! MPC what!?

  • JimiFreak

    I wrote a trigger finger tutorial here: http://etechdocs.com/tutorials/triggerfinger/

    It cleared up a lot for people.

  • korg pad kontrol vs m-audio trigger finger which one will win?