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Monday, February 22, 2016

New Music Gear Monday: DNA Music Labs Hotkey Matrix

DNA Music Labs Hotkey Matrix imageIf you're a Pro Tools user, you know that it's an incredibly flexible piece of software, but its massive feature set can sometimes be daunting. Even if you're an experienced user, there are the times when you know what feature you want, but just can't find it in the menu or don't know the command. Now Pro Tools operation just got a little easier with DNA Music Labs Hotkey Matrix, a dedicated command key control surface.

Hotkey Matrix features 144 color-coded keys designed, arranged and mapped to a comprehensive set of Pro Tools commands. What's cool is that all of PT's commands are accessed from just a single dedicated key, so you don't have to use the mouse to search through menus or use modifier keys for keyboard commands.

It's pretty much plug and play, as it works directly with the native features of PT and the operating system, so you don't need to install any new software to make it run. It's also commercial-grade hardware where the keys are rated for over 50 million presses, so it can stand up to everyday use.

The shortcuts are laid out in groups that cover editing, selecting, nudging, windows and layout, zooming, file menu functions, track and playlist, and MIDI.

The DNA Music Labs Hotkey Matrix works on Mac OS and Windows 7 and is priced at $280. There's a version for Pro Tools Native and Pro Tools HD. The unit only works on PT 10 and above however.

Here's a video that explains it in more detail.

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