FW1884EX Control Surface

Important Note: This is a 64-bit component, so only install it if you’re using a 64-bit DAW.


To install, right-click on ‘Install.bat’ and click ‘Run as administrator’. This will register the Control Surface component.
If you’d like to remove it, right-click on ‘Uninstall.bat’ and click ‘Run as administrator’.

FW1884EX.dll DOES NOT have to be placed in a particular directory. You can put it anywhere on your drive(s). Just don’t move it after it’s registered. If you want to relocate it after installation, run ‘Uninstall.bat’ first, copy the FW1884EX folder to the new location and run ‘Install.bat’ from there.


Most functions should be intuitive. The basics work the same as the original Control Surface plugin.

The 8 buttons on the right side of the FW1884 (F. KEYS and AUTOMATION) are used to change modes and emulate keystrokes.

Mode Buttons

ACT MODE” switches the 8 strip rotaries and 8 strip faders to ACT controls. The labels indicate their current function.
ACT LEARN” is the same as enabling ACT LEARN via the buttons in Cakewalk.
EQPC” toggles the EQ section (3 Rotaries and 4 Buttons) between controlling the current track’s ProChannel EQ or ACT. The labels for the controls will change appropriately.
TRK/BUS” toggles the 8 Strips between controlling the Tracks or the Busses.

ENTER” emulates the Enter/Return key on your keyboard.
Cancel” cancels the current dialog.
TAB” emulates the Tab key on your keyboard.
GUI” toggles the Control Surface UI.

Right clicking a Command Button (the 24 buttons on the left side) brings up the Command Selector. Pick a command to assign or click “Cancel” to abort.
Note: The “ALT/CMD“, “SHIFT“, and “CTRL” buttons cannot be assigned a command.

These are the currently supported functions…

+SHIFT = Faster change
+CTRL = Slower change

Bank Buttons (Left and Right):
+/-8 Tracks
+SHIFT = +/-1 Track

Navigation Buttons:
Emulate the Up, Down, Left, Right cursor keys
+SHIFT = Zoom Horizontal(Left and Right) / Zoom Vertical(Up and Down)

Record Button (Transport):
Starts recording
+SHIFT = Unarm All Tracks

Fast Forward/Rewind:
+SHIFT = Go to Start/End of Project
+CTRL = Go to From/Thru of Selection

Next/Previous Marker

Nudge Left/Right
+SHIFT = Nudge2
+CTRL = Nudge3

Insert Auto-Named Marker
A marker will be inserted at the cursor position named “Marker_” + A-Z. Change the name or just press the “Enter” key to accept it. Press the “Cancel” key to… cancel.

Punch In/Out:
Go to Selection From/To
+SHIFT = Set Selection From/To
+CTRL = Set Punch In/Out


Jog Wheel:
Move Cursor (w/Acceleration)
+SHIFT = Fast movement
+SHTL or CTRL = Align to 120 Ticks

Command Buttons:
Right Click in the GUI to assign a command

Selects the Track

  • EQ REC Button = Arm/Unarm Track for Record
  • SHIFT = Arm/Unarm Parameter Write for Track

EQ Buttons:
EQPC Mode (Illuminated) = Select Band
ACT Mode = ACT

EQ Rotaries:
EQPC Mode (Illuminated) = As Labelled
ACT Mode = ACT

ACT Mode

If you find any bugs (User Error!) or you have suggestions or requests for enhancements, you can discuss the plugin on this forum or on the Cakewalk forum.