Key commands

This document contains a compiled list of all the keyboard short-cuts and modifier keys available in Reason 4. Keyboard short-cuts are keys or combinations of keys that can be pressed to execute various functions. Modifier keys are keys that can be used in combination with the mouse, to execute additional functions.

| Key(s)

| Function

[Command]/[Ctrl]+[1] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[2] [L] [F] [F8] [Insert] [Command]-[H] [Command]-[M]

Select rack when rack and sequencer are separated. Select sequencer when rack and sequencer are separated. Show/Hide cables Follow Song on/off Show/hide Tool window Insert Instrument (Windows only) Hide Reason (Mac OS only) Minimize Reason (Mac OS only) Open Preferences (Mac OS only) Cut Track & Device (device or track selected), Cut Clip or Event (depending on current selection). Copy Track & Device (device or track selected), Copy Clip or Event (dependng on current selection). Paste Track & Device, Paste Clip or Event.


In most cases, which key to use is different from Mac to Windows. The keys to use are listed in the left column of the tables below with the Mac key(s) to the left, and the Windows key(s) to the right (e.g. [Mac]/[Windows]).

General keyboard short-cuts
| Key(s) | Function

[Command]-[,] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[X] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[C]

[Tab] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[1] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[2] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[N] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[O] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[S] [Shift]-[Command]/[Shift][Ctrl]+[S] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[W] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[Q] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[Z] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[Y] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[Del] or [Command]/[Ctrl]+[Backspace] [Del] / [Backspace] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[A] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[I] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[F] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[B]

Toggle Rack front/rear Maximize/restore Rack Maximize/restore Sequencer Create new Song Open Song Save Song Save Song As Close Song Quit Undo Redo Delete Devices and Tracks (without warning).


General modifier keys
| Key/Action | Function

[Shift]+Create device [Option]/[Alt]+Fold/unfold device [Option]/[Alt]+Fold/unfold track [Shift]+Select

Disable autorouting of device. Fold/unfold all devices. Fold/unfold all tracks. Select multiple devices/events/clips/tracks.

Delete Devices and Tracks Select All Create Instrument Create Effect Browse Patches for selected device.

[Shift]+Move fader/knob Increase precision when making settings. [Command]/[Ctrl]+Click fader/knob Reset parameter to default value.

[Option]/[Alt]+Create de- Prevent creation of Sequencer-track for devices that vice normally will get a track. Create Sequencer-track for devices that normally will not get a track.


Sequencer keyboard short-cuts
| Key(s) | Function

Sequencer modifier keys
| Key/Action | Function

[Shift]+[Tab] or [Command]/[Ctrl]+[E] [Command]/[Alt] [Q] [W] [E] [R] [T] [Y] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[K] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[D] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[J] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[R] [M] [S] [Option]/[Ctrl] Numberpad [6] or [.] Numberpad [3] or [,]

Toggle Arrange/Edit view. Toggle Arrow/Pencil tool, Eraser/Pencil tool. Toggle Magnifying Glass/Hand tool. Select Arrow tool. Select Pencil tool. Select Eraser tool. Select Razor tool. Select Magnifying Glass tool. Select Hand tool. Quantize notes. Duplicate Track & Device (device or track selected). Join Clips. Merge Note Lanes om Tracks. Mute/Unmute Clips. Snap on/off. Toggle Pencil/Line tool (velocity edit lane only). New Alt New Dub

[Option]/[Alt]+Click knob/fader/button

Create automation lane for parameter. If device has no track, a track will also be created.

[Shift]+Move events/clips Restrict movement direction to either horizontal or vertical. [Option]/[Ctrl]+Move data Copy data instead of moving it. [Option]/[Ctrl]+Click [Command]/[Alt]+Click [Shift]+Click [Option]/[Ctrl]+Click Set Left Locator in ruler. Set Right Locator in ruler. Set End Marker in ruler. Switch to zoom out with the Magnifying Glass tool instead of zoom in (with either the Magnifying Glassor the Hand tool selected). Limits movement to one direction only. Horizontal or vertical. Disables vertical zooming. Horizontal zoom only.

[Shift]+Drag with Hand tool or Eraser tool [Shift]+Zoom with Magnifying Glass tool

Sequencer modifier keys with mousewheel
| Key/Action | Function

[Command]/ [Ctrl]+Mousewheel

Zoom in/out vertically.

[Shift]-[Command]/[Shift]- Vertical zoom in [Ctrl]+[+] [Shift]-[Command]/[Shift]- Vertical zoom out [Ctrl]+[–]

[Shift]-[Command]/[Shift]- Zoom in/out horizontally. [Ctrl]+Mousewheel


Arrow keys
| Key/Action | Function

Matrix keyboard short-cuts
| Key(s) | Function

Arrow up/down keys

Select next device up or down (rack selected), select next track up or down (track list selected), select clip on next/previous lane (Arrange view selected). Select next/previous clip on lane (Arrange view selected), select next/previous value field (Position displays).

[Command]/[Ctrl]+[X] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[C] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[V] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[J] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[K]

Cut Pattern. Copy Pattern. Paste Pattern. Shift Pattern Left. Shift Pattern Right.

Arrow left/right keys

[Command]/[Ctrl]+Arrow Nudge selection one Snap unit back/forward. left/right keys [Shift]-[Command]/[Shift]- Nudge selection one Beat back/forward. [Ctrl]+Arrow left/right keys [Option]-[Command]/ [Alt]-[Ctrl]+Arrow left/ right keys Nudge selection one Tick back/forward.

[Shift]-[Command]/[Shift]- Shift Pattern Up. [Ctrl]+[U] [Shift]-[Command]/[Shift]- Shift Pattern Down. [Ctrl]+[D] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[R] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[T] Randomize Pattern. Alter Pattern.

Transport keyboard short-cuts
| Key(s) | Function

Matrix modifier keys
| Key/Action | Function

Numberpad [0] Numberpad [Enter] Numberpad [*] Numberpad [4] Numberpad [5] Numberpad [1] Numberpad [2] Numberpad [8] Numberpad [7] Numberpad [+] Numberpad [-] [Spacebar] [C] or Numberpad [9] Numberpad [/]

Stop, Go to start position, Go to start of Song. Play Record Rewind Fast Forward Go to Loop Start Go to Loop End Go to Next Bar Go to Previous Bar Tempo Up Tempo Down Stop/Play Toggle Metronome click on/off Loop on/off

[Shift]+Draw Key/Curve values [Shift]+Draw Gate

Allows you to draw lines and ramps. Temporarily toggles Tie mode on/off.

Redrum keyboard short-cuts
| Key(s) | Function

[Command]/[Ctrl]+[X] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[C] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[V] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[J] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[K] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[R] [Command]/[Ctrl]+[T]

Cut Pattern. Copy Pattern. Paste pattern. Shift Pattern Left. Shift Pattern Right. Randomize Pattern. Alter Pattern.


Redrum modifier keys
| Key/Action | Function

Save dialog keyboard short-cuts
These keycommands can be used in the save dialog that appears if you close a song document that contains unsaved changes:
| MacOS

[Shift]+Click Pattern Step Enter Hard note when programming Pattern. button [Option]/[Alt]+Click Pattern Step button Enter Soft note when programming Pattern.


| Function

[Command]+[.] [Command]+[S] [Command]+[D]
| Windows

Cancel. Yes (save song). No (do not save song).
| Function

Dr. Rex modifier keys
| Key/Action | Function


[Option]/[Alt]+Click slice in overview

Audition slice.

[Esc] or [C] [Y] [N]

Cancel. Yes (save song). No (do not save song).

NN-19 modifier keys
| Key/Action | Function

[Option]/[Alt]+Click in keyboard display

Audition sample.

NN-XT keyboard short-cuts
| Key(s) | Function

[Delete] or [Backspace]

Remove zone(s) from key map.

NN-XT modifier keys
| Key/Action | Function

[Option]/[Alt]+Click in sample column or keyboard column

Audition sample. In sample column, at root pitch and unprocessed. In keyboard column, at corresponding pitch and with processing applied.

[Command]/[Ctrl]+Click in Set root note of sample with edit focus. keyboard column


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