Reason 4.0 Key Command Chart

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008 | 12:07 am and filed in Reason, Tutorials.


I’ve been brushing up on my illustration skills and have put together a little chart of the Key Commands for Reason 4.0. The Key Command documentation goes into pretty extensive detail about the various shortcuts, but doesn’t provide a visual overview, so hopefully this little visual aid will help you familiarize yourself with many of the available functions. I didn’t incorporate all of the key and mouse modifiers, so by no means does this graphic replace the documentation and users manual.

This is a work in progress, and I only made a chart that reflects my working environment: a mac with a full sized aluminum keyboard. The command set is slightly different for PC users, and I’m not too familiar with the windows key commands. Most of the primary keys are the same, but instead of the [command] key modifier, you use the CTRL key, and the [option] key is the same as the [alt] modifier key for most cases. I will eventually get around to making the PC keyboard layout version as well. Thanks for your patience.

Download the Reason 4.0 Key Commands Mac PDF

I recommend that you print it out on a decent 600dpi or better laser printer and have it handy. It might even be suitable for framing :)

I think some of the most powerful new commands are the arrow keys for navigating through the sequencer lanes and clips, and the ability to nudge clips and note events. Be sure to read up on these in the manual and give them a try if you aren’t already doing so.

3 Responses to “Reason 4.0 Key Command Chart”

  1. ANDEE Says:

    Hello Peff,

    Reason teaching in a school in Brazil.

    My students always ask a key command chart.
    For lack of time and patience have not yet done.

    We await the Key Command for PC.


    Sorry for the bad English

  2. meowsqueak Says:

    Although not very different, a PC version of this would be handy. If you don’t have the time, perhaps I could assist somehow?

  3. Peff Says:

    Yes, having the time is the tricky part. The apple version was pretty easy because I found a perfectly flat image online which was easy to trace. If you can suggest a universally acceptable PC keyboard layout, I could probably do the same.

    I found some older illustrator files online. I suppose these would be adequate, but a more contemporary keyboard might be better suited.