I decided to upgrade from Reason 2.5 to Reason 4. After hearing about improved soundbanks, file browsing and sequencing it was time to take the plunge, even though I’ve openly been down on Reason before.
While I wait for the box to arrive I figured I’d get more familiar with V4 and download the demo. Sounds like Reason, still feels like Reason (and feels like Logic Jr. – you and I both know where Reason’s Clips come from)…I better check out this awesome sequencer.
The sequencer tools are in the upper left hand corner of the sequencer section. They look like this:
- Razor, cutter thing – because it wouldn’t be alright to just use scissors like everyone else
- Hand moving thing
One might expect the pencil tool to be assigned to the P key, the Selector to A or S, the Razor to R, the magnifying glass to M or Z, and so on.
Instead they are assigned to QWERTY, respectively.
I understand that it’s not arbitrary. The tools are in the upper left, and for most users the QWERTY keys will be in the upper left of their keyboard.
But once you start dealing with alternate keyboard layouts the intended ease of use breaks, and disastrously. There’s no mnemonic device to aid in creating muscle memory. For those users, Q means Select because it works on every keyboard but their own.
At that point it becomes arbitrary.