Cakewalk SONAR Plug-In for TranzPort

Cakewalk SONAR Plug-In for TranzPort
Reason and TranzPort
This document assumes you have already installed the TranzPort Windows driver, and have the TranzPort
remote ready for operation. (If not, see the TranzPort Users Guide or Quick Start Guide for installation
details.) It is based on using TranzPort v1.0.0 drivers with Reason 3.0.3 or later, but may apply older
versions of Reason as well. Some notes about using TranzPort with earlier versions of Reason are also
included at the end of this document.
Reason Set-up
Before starting Reason, open the TranzPort Manager, or right-click on the TranzPort applet in your taskbar
and set the control mode to “Native.” For more information on Control Modes see the TranzPort Users
Open Reason and select Preferences. In the Preferences window select “Control Surfaces and Keyboards.”
Then click on “Auto-detect Surface.” After a short while, Reason will find the TranzPort, and will put up a
dialog asking you to make sure it is in “Native Mode.” Click “OK” and close that dialog and the
Preferences window.
The TranzPort has 18 function buttons, 2 local control buttons, a data wheel, and a backlit 2x20 character
LCD display. Silk screened labels clearly indicate the basic functions of the buttons. The SHIFT button
allows all other buttons to perform more then one function, expanding the range of control that TranzPort
has over Reason. Shift is a momentary button that is only active while it is being held.
When you open a Reason project, the LCD display on the TranzPort displays the name of the first track in
your project on the top line, and shows the sequencer location on the bottom line to the right. You may also
have one or more status LED’s lit indicating the track’s solo and mute status, as well as loop mode status
for the project. Pressing play will cause the project to begin playback just as if you had clicked the play
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button on the screen, and track metering will appear below the track’s name on the display. Many of the
buttons function just like their on-screen equivalents.
Below is a chart that describes the default mappings of the normal and shifted functions of each button.
You will also find “Reason 3 Layout.pdf” on the TranzPort CD-ROM which serves as a quick visual guide
for the default TranzPort mappings in Reason 3. You may want to print that document for quick reference.
TranzPort Default Button and Data Wheel Functions
Normal Function
Fast forward
Shifted Function
Fast forward
MIDI record mode (overdub/replace)
Decrement tempo
Quantize on/off
Increment tempo
Go to Left indicator
Go to Right indicator
Reset automation
Loop on/off
Go to Left indicator
Go to Right indicator
Click on/off
Loop on/off
Previous track (left/up)
Next track (right/down)
Next patch
Previous patch
Toggle track’s mute on/off
Toggle track’s solo on/off
Clear all mutes
Clear all solos
Scroll time by quarter notes
Scroll time by 16th notes
There are a few things worth noting about these default mappings. In v3.0.3 the next/previous patch mappings are
probably the opposite of what you would expect. (SHIFT+ Prev TRACK goes to the next patch, for example.) Also, the
PREV and NEXT MARKER buttons, unshifted, are unmapped, as is the REC button and the FOOTSWITCH. But as
you will see in the next section, adding and changing mappings is easy.
Mapping Buttons to Other Functions
The default mappings may be just what you want, but you can remap any of the buttons to essentially any other onscreen button on any module. To do this, select “Options/Remote Override Edit Mode.” Your rack will become grayedout. Click on a module that you want to control (possibly Reason's transport module at the bottom) and then double-click
an on-screen button that you want to map. The mappable buttons will show a blue arrow on them. Double-click the
button you wish to control and a small lightning bolt starts to rotate on it. Then press a TranzPort button map it to the onscreen button. Unselect “Options/Remote Override Edit Mode” when you are done mapping buttons. In Reason 3.0.3,
this mapping is not aware of “shifted” button versions, so mapping to the “<TRACK” button also eliminates the “SHIFT
+ <TRACK” combination.
Besides the on-screen buttons, there are another set of actions that can be mapped to TranzPort buttons. Select
Options/Additional Remote Overrides which brings up a window of functions that you can double-click to edit. When
you push the SHIFT button down, it shows another set of default mappings. Select "Learn From Control Surface Input"
and click on a TranzPort button to map it. (Again, “shifted” non-default mappings are not supported.)
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Reason 2 and TranzPort
TranzPort can be used to toggle Reason 2 on-screen buttons, but it is a very limited form of support. There is no LCD
screen or LED light feedback. It is easy to map TranzPort's buttons to Reason buttons. Put TranzPort in "Native" control
mode, and enable "Option/Edit MIDI Remote Mapping" in Reason. The main 5 transport buttons, loop on/off, and
automation reset can easily be mapped to a TranzPort button, along with any other "random" rack button. You just click
on the on-screen button, enable "Learn from MIDI," and click a TranzPort button.
Reason 3.0.0 and TranzPort
There are two different ways to use TranzPort with Reason 3.0.0. One is to set the TranzPort to "Cubase (Mackie
Control)" mode. Then in Reason, go to Preferences/Control Surfaces and Keyboards. Then press the Add button, and
select Manufacturer "Mackie" and Model "Control". You can change the device "Name" to TranzPort, and manually map
the MIDI In Port and MIDI Out Port to TranzPort. Now TranzPort acts as a subset of the Mackie Control. The basic
transport buttons work, and the data wheel will let you scroll through time, but the display is somewhat confused.
A preferred option with Reason 3.0.0 is to manually add it as a generic device, and then map the buttons as you wish. To
do this, first set the TranzPort to its Native control mode. Then go to Preferences/Control Surfaces and Keyboards, and
press Add. Then select Manufacturer <Other> and Model "MIDI Keyboard w Controls". Change the Name to TranzPort
and set the MIDI Input to TranzPort. Note that this is a one-way solution. The LCD display and LED's will not be used.
To map the on-screen buttons to TranzPort buttons, select Options/Remote Override Edit Mode. The modules are then
grayed-out. Then click on a module (possibly Reason's transport module at the bottom) and then double-click an onscreen button that you want to map. The mappable ones have a blue arrow on them. A small lightning bolt starts to scroll
on the on-screen button. Then press a TranzPort button, and voila, it is mapped! You can use this method for the
transports, loop control, click on/off, tempo up/down, and automation override reset. You can also use it to control
particular buttons in realtime on sound and mixer modules.
Besides the on-screen buttons, there are another set of actions that can be mapped to TranzPort buttons. Unselect
Options/Remote Override Edit Mode, and then select Options/Additional Remote Overrides. This brings up a window of
functions that you can double-click to edit. Then select "Learn From Control Surface Input", click on a TranzPort button,
and voila again! This section has some great mappable functions, like prev/next track, prev/next patch, undo/redo, and
goto left/right indicator.
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