The Cakewalk Plasma FXPad is an audio effects software package from Cakewalk. It used to be available as a standalone product for $19 or was available as a free download to registered SONAR 2 users. It provides mouse and joystick control over an X-Y pad on screen. It comes with audio effects that are programmed with parameters that respond to the X-Y pad's cursor movement, and its cursor movement may be recorded as automation. Registered SONAR 2 users can download it for free from Cakewalk's website after entering their SONAR 2 serial number.
The first-glance way to use FXPad is to insert it as an audio effect into a Project5 track's audio FX bin and then use its controls to automate effect parameters within FXPad. However, it can also be used as an automation source, which is the focus of this article.
After you have installed FXPad it should show up as a DX effect like any other effect does in Project5 V2.
If you would like to reassign the automation data to something instead of FXPad's audio effects, then just
The FXPad also has an autosweep feature that will cause it to loop through a preset X-Y elliptical pattern. This can be set to tempo as well for automated effects or automation recording without manually drawing on the X-Y pad. The pad can be drawn on manually even while that autosweep feature is active.
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