Remote

What is Remote?

Remote is a protocol for handling communication between control surfaces (MIDI keyboards, remote control devices, etc.) and software applications (e.g. Reason). It handles everything from delivering MIDI note data from a keyboard to the application to using knobs, faders and buttons on a control surface for tweaking synth parameters in the application, controlling transport, etc. Remote also supports two-way communication, in order to make use of motor faders, dynamic displays and LED indicators.

The Remote protocol was introduced with Reason 3.0, which provides Remote support for a large number of control surfaces. Support for new control surfaces can be added at any time, in many cases by the control surface manufacturers or even by users.

What can Remote do?

Tighter integration between software and hardware

While software audio applications can be immensely powerful, there’s no doubt that physical hands-on control of parameters, transport and other functions is superior to clicking and dragging with a mouse. One of the goals of Remote is to provide a very tight integration between the control surface and the application — the control surface should feel like a natural part of the application rather than a separate, external device.

Ease of use

Historically, control surfaces have required quite complicated setup procedures — the user needed to program the control surface so that the knobs and faders sent the correct MIDI messages, switch between different templates on a control surface or set up manually which parameters should be controlled in the application.

If you use a Remote-supported control surface with Reason, all you need to do is connect the control surface and set it up once and for all, typically by selecting a single factory preset — no programming or understanding of MIDI messages is required. In many cases, the Remote system can even identify the control surface and set things up automatically.

After that, the control surface is ready for use. All knobs and sliders will automatically and dynamically be mapped to sensible parameters in Reason; the user never needs to switch presets or re-program controls on the surface.

Full freedom

As described above, all control surface items will automatically be mapped to control sensible parameters in the application. However, you can also choose to override these mappings for individual parameters, to tailor your setup for the project or situation. For example, you could have one slider always control the master level of the main mixer, assign some keys to transport control, have the foot pedal step through patch changes, and so on.

Use several control surfaces

With Remote, you can have any number of control surfaces connected. You can choose whether they should control the same device or different devices.

Make use of advanced control surface features

Remote supports two-way communication, for motor faders, dynamic displays, indicators, etc. For example, a control surface with dynamic displays can show which devices and parameters are controlled at the moment, along with the parameter values. This makes the integration between the hardware and the software even tighter — with the right control surface you can play a live gig with Reason without needing to look at the computer screen at all!

Auto-detect

If there’s a Remote map for your control surface installed (either by you or built into Reason), you can use the “Auto-Detect” feature in Reason’s preference to automatically set up your control surface. See the matrix below for the full list of control surfaces.

Please note that even if your control surface isn’t listed here, or if it doesn’t have a Remote map, you can still set it up with Reason. Simply add it as a generic control surface in the Reason preferences by clicking Add and selecting <Other> as the manufacturer.

Remote support

The following control surfaces are supported by Remote in Reason. If a control surface is not listed here, we recommend contacting the manufacturer asking about Reason Remote support.

Please note that if your control surface is not listed here, you can still set it up as a generic controller or keyboard in Reason’s preferences.

Manufacturer Model Note Auto-detect Display/LED feedback Motor fader support
Akai LPD8 x
MPD32 x
MPD24 x
MPD18 x
MPK49 x
MPK225 x
MPK249 x
MPK269 x
MPK Mini x
Alesis Photon X25
Arturia AE25 x
AE49 x
AE61 x
Keylab25 x
Keylab49 x
Keylab61 x
minilab x
Spark x
Behringer BCF2000 x x x
BCR2000 x x
Cakewalk/Roland A-PRO Series
CME UF-series
Doepfer Drehbank
Pocket Control
Pocket Dial
Pocket Fader
Regelwerk
Edirol PCR-1 x
PCR-300/500/800 x
PCR-A30 x
PCR-M 30/50/80 x
PCR-M1 x
PCR 30/50/80 x
UR-80 x
Evolution MK-249C
MK-425C x
MK-449C x
MK461C x
UC-33
UC-33E x
X-Session x
Frontier Alphatrack x x x
Tranzport x x
Keith McMillen QuNeo x
QuNexus x x
Kenton Control Freak Live
Control Freadk SE
Control Freak
Spin Doctor
Keyfax Phatboy
Korg Kontrol49 x x
microKONTROL x x
microKEY series x
nanoKEY / nanoKEY 2 x
nanoKONTROL / nanoKONTROL 2 x
nanoPAD / nanoPAD 2 x
padKONTROL x
taktile 25/49 x
TRITON taktile 25/49 x
Line 6 KB37
FBV Express MkII x
FBV Shortboard MkII x
Mobile Keys 25/49 x
Livid Instruments block x x
BaseII x x
Code x x
GuitarWing x x
Ohm64 x x
OhmRGB x x
Alias8 x x
Base x x
DS1 x x
Mackie Control Universal x x x
C4 x x
Extender x x x
M-Audio Axiom 25/49/61 x
Axiom Pro 25/49/61 x x
Keystation Pro-88 x
O2 x
Oxygen 8
Oxygen 8v2
Oxygen 25 x x
Oxygen 49/61
Oxygen 49/61 3rd Generation x x
Oxygen 88 x x
Ozone
Ozonic x
ProjectMix IO x x x
Radium 49/61
Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1
Nektar Panorama series Remote support files included with hardware x x  x
Impact series Remote support files included with hardware x  x
Novation Launchkey Series x x
Remote 25
Remote LE
X-Station
XioSynth
Novation Automap Control Supports all Novation Automap control surfaces x if applicable
Novation Automap Keyboard Supports all Novation Automap keyboards x if applicable
Peavey PC1600x
Teenage Engineering OP-1 x
Wave Idea Bitstream 3X Download the Remote files here x

All product names are registered trademarks, owned respectively by the manufacturing companies.

If you are a control surface manufacturer and would like to add your Remote-compatible control surface or keyboard to the list above, please contact us.

Becoming a Remote Developer

Propellerhead Software will issue licenses to companies in the audio or music industry or individuals interested in creating codecs for controllers.

There are no costs involved. Propellerhead Software will administer the authorization, copyrights, logos and trademarks. The company will also provide the licensee with technical support, free of charge, if you are a company.

Simply visit the Propellerhead developer pages, where you will find detailed information and forms for applying for licenses.