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Thanks to Sean Cummins and Herman Fermin for help with compiling this document. Feel free to E-mail me with any updates and I will add them to this document.

Top Panel on the left hand side of the FW1884

This panel contains 2 columns. From left to right then, on to the next row of buttons:


This panel contains 2 columns. From left to right then, on to the next row of buttons:

Channel Controls

From left to right:

Right side of board starting at top, going from let to right:

EQ's That Can Be Controled In Sonar

The Sonar plug-in now supports three types of EQ:

Note: remember that it's possible to achieve finer adjustmenst by pressing down the shuttle button. Even finer adjustments can be achieved by holding the shift key down whilst using one of the knobs such as the gain etc.

In order to swwitch control between these three EQ’s, do the following:

These buttons illuminate to show the current mode when the SET button is down. The Sonitus built-in EQ button is always active by default.

Sonitus Built-in EQ

Access is only available in the first four bands of the EQ E.G, bands 1-4 as that’s all that Sonar provides access to. Note: it is possible to alter the functions of the knobs in the EQ for Band 1 and 2. Usually, the 3 knobs control Gain, Freq and Q. However, if you press the band button for band 1 or, band 2 then, the knobs become: Freq, Q and filter. This only happens when the low or, Mid-low button is pressed. Pressing the low or, Mid-low button again, will change the knobs, back to there normal function of Gain, Freq and Q. Also, pressing the "High-MID" or, "High" buttons will toggle the knobs between an enabled or, disabled state. Meaning that, it's possible to press ether the "High-MID" or, High" knob then, attempt to control the "Gain" "Freq" or, "Q", for the above-mentioned bands however, because the buttons are disabled, nothing will happen in the "High-MID" or, "High" bands. It's also worth mentioning that the lights for bands 5 and 6 will iluminate on the FW1884 but not actually be engaged in Sonar.

Sonitus FX EQ plug-in

Controls all six bands, bands 5 & 6 are accessed by pressing LOW or LO-MID twice. Pressing HI-MID twice (upper band) controls output gain. Note: for some reason, this particular EQ doesn't seem to work in the Bus view in Sonar.

Cakewalk FX EQ plug-in

Controls all six bands, top four bands accessed by hitting a band twice, (inverted lights.)

Moving Focus For Controls Between The Track/Bus View

it's possible to use controls such as the faders, mute, solo EQ etc in both the track and bus view.

Changing Which Controls Are Controlled On a Track/Bus

When mixing, there could be some occasions when for example, you may wish to control tracks 2 through 9 or, bus 2 through 9. To do this, press Shift bank right. To restore the faders so that they are again controlling tracks or, buses 1 through 8, press Shift bank left. Note: changing assignments like this will depend on which view the FW-1884 has focus in at the time. In other words, if you’re in the track view then, the control assignment will change there. Tip: you can move the control assignment up or, down by using the above-mentioned procedure. For example, if you wanted to control the faders on tracks 2 through 10 then, you would press the key combination, Shift Bank Right, twice. Also, if you have used the key combination Shift Bank left several times then, you could be stuck on the control for tracks or, busses one to 8. That’s because you can’t go any further left. Similarly, if you have pressed the keystroke, Shift Bank right, such that the only controls in the track/bus view that have control are the controls for the first fader, solo, mute etc then, you can’t bank any further right as there are no more tracks/buses left to control.

enableing Automation Read/Write

the "AUTOMATION button" can be used to enable the automation read and write buttons on a track/bus. Note: pressing the AUTOMATION button for a given track/bus, acts as a toggle. For example: if you press the AUTOMATION button then, this will toggle it's state from read to write etc. The "AUTOMATION", button will stay in read or write mode, until the AUTOMATION button is pressed again.

Far right mid section

From left to right:

Transport controls

from left to right:


From left to right:


From left to right:

The FW1884 has 8 microphone inputs in 2 banks of 4. The Phantom power is selectable for inputs 1 to 4, and 5 to 8 respectively. The Phantom power switch for inputs 1 to 4, can be found, just to the left of input 1's XLR socket. The Phantom Power button for inputs 5 through 8, is located, between XLR 4 and 5's sockets. Input 8, also has a guitar/line switch. [MIC INPUTS: 1-4 PHANTOM 48V, 5-8 PHANTOM 48V, 8 IS GUITAR LINE.] Above the XLR sockets for each of the inputs, are the quarrter inch jack balanced line sockets. Next to each of the quarter inch jack sockets, are the stereo quarter inch jack sockets Insert [ring and tip], [LINE IN  INSERT 1-8.] Just to the right of input 8's XLR socket, are the FW1884's balanced jack outputs. These outputs can be used for surround sound mixing or in the case of versions of Sonar from 7 and beyond, for use with the External Insert plug-in or, for sending outputs out to other devices. From left to right: Outputs 1 through 8. Above outputs 7 and 8 or, the Monitor surround section are 2 jacks, "Foot Switch" and "Phones"

Section #1 Functions Of Buttons When In Computer Mode

Section 2

Section #3

Section 4, funtion of Function Keys In Computer Mode

Functions Of Function Keys In Monitor Mode

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