Trigger Finger patch for Ty Braxton

This patch is designed for use with an M-Audio Trigger Finger and has several features that make it perfect for my performances with Tyondai Braxton.

I can load audio files into a grid of samplers that corresponds to the pads on the trigger finger. Each sampler gives me control of volume, FX mix, looping, speed of playback relative to master BPM, and of course to play or not to play. I can use the trigger finger to adjust the volume or FX mix of individual samplers by playing a sample and adjusting the sliders on the left side of my trigger finger.

The knobs at the top of the patch correspond to the knobs at the top of a trigger finger and can be mapped to several variables throughout the patch by simply typing the name of the parameter below the knob.

The knobs near the top right corner of the patch control four routing schemes involving 2 audio inputs and 4 audio outputs. This was key to performing with Ty because there are several points at which he needs to create mic feedback, run his guitar through my patch’s FX chain, bus in feedback created in a mackie mixer, run my vocals through my patch’s FX chain and run his guitar and the mackie feedback through a couple of guitar pedals that I play.

The FX chain on the right of the patch is pretty self explanatory. It’s just a series of FX that run audio through from top to bottom. I can control any onscreen parameters with the knobs at the top of the screen. Audio has to have been mixed over to the FX chain and once it gets through the chain it comes back on an aux return whose volume is controllable from one of the faders on the left side of the trigger finger.

The small square in the top right corner of the patch is a simple timer that displays minutes and seconds.

There are several parts of the patch that can’t be seen in this image and they include: A 4-voice stereo audio player/looper, Midi Slave capability so I can slave to Ty’s echoplex, midi routing, and automated file management.

Almost every onscreen parameter and a few offscreen parameters are controllable by preset “scenes” that are named and highlighted on the menu at the top left corner of the patch. This allows me to quickly change a large number of parameters by simply pushing “+” or “-” on my computers keyboard. This was key to quickly switching between the extremely disparate setups between songs that also involved the changing of settings on guitar pedals and the moving of a microphone.

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