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Setting up MIDI / Remote in Reason 4

In Reason 4.0, MIDI input from control surfaces (keyboards, remote control units etc.) is handled by a system called Remote.

Adding a control surface

1. Open Preferences and go to the Keyboards and Control Surfaces tab. This is where you add your control surfaces - including the master keyboard.

2. The first time you run Reason, a setup wizard will help you set up audio input and select a master keyboard. If you only have a single master keyboard and no other control surfaces, you should be good to go. However, to add other control surfaces, change which surface is the master keyboard or edit the settings, you need to use the Keyboards and Control Surfaces page.

3. If your control surface is connected via USB (or if you have made a
two-way MIDI connection), try clicking the Auto-detect Surfaces button.
Reason scans all MIDI ports and tries to identify the connected control surfaces. Note that not all control surfaces support auto-detection.

4. To add a control surface manually, click the Add button. This brings up a new dialog.

5. Select the manufacturer of your control surface from the Manufacturer
pop-up menu. If it isn't listed, see below.

6. Select the model of your control surface from the Model pop-up
menu. If the model isn't listed, see below.

An image of the selected control surface model is shown, often
along with some information text that helps you set up your control surface. Read this carefully.
For some control surfaces, you need to select a specific preset to use the
surface with Reason - this is noted here.

7. Use the MIDI Input pop-up to select the input port to which you
have connected the surface. If in doubt, you can click the Find button and then tweak a control or play a key on the control surface to have Reason find the correct input port for you.

Some control surfaces may have more than one MIDI Input pop-up
menu. You need to select ports on all MIDI Input pop-up menus.

Some control surfaces will have a MIDI Output pop-up menu.
In some cases this is labeled "Optional" - then you don't have to make a selection. In other cases, a MIDI Output is required. This is the case if the control surface uses MIDI feedback - motor fader, displays, etc.

8. If you like, you can rename your control surface in the Name field.

9. Click OK to add the surface.

Depending on the surface model, alerts may appear, reminding you
to select a specific preset etc.
In some cases, Reason can restore a preset in the control surface to factory
settings for you - you are then informed of this.

Finally you return to the Keyboards and Control Surfaces Preferences page,
where your added surface is now listed.

Supported Control Surfaces

If your Control Surface model is not listed

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