144 color-coded keys professionally arranged, designed, and mapped to a comprehensive set of Pro Tools commands. Be more efficient, more comfortable, and work faster than ever before.


HOTKEY MATRIX - Control Surface for Pro Tools®

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  • The fastest and easiest way to use Pro Tools!
  • All commands accessed with a single, dedicated key. No modifier keys, modes, pages, swiping, or complicated programming!
  • Real controls with tactile response create the most comfortable and intuitive work flow.
  • Features a comprehensive set of the most powerful Pro Tools commands. Access the deeper functionality of Pro Tools and learn new ways work.
  • Reduces repetitive keyboard and mouse activity. Save thousands of clicks and keystrokes in a single project!
  • Uses only native features of Pro Tools and the operating system. No extra software to run!
  • Works great with any existing input devices, from mouse and keyboard, to dedicated hardware controllers, to touch screen controllers.
  • Fast and simple installation.



  • 144 keys mapped to specific Pro Tools commands and functions
  • Commercial grade hardware; keys rated at over 50 million presses
  • USB bus powered
  • Works with Mac OS and Windows 7
  • Compatible with Pro Tools 8, 9, 10, and 11
  • Shortcuts cover major areas of Pro Tools functionality, including:
    • editing
    • selecting
    • nudging
    • windows and layout
    • zooming
    • file menu functions
    • track and playlist
    • MIDI composition
  • Dimensions: 14.17 × 7.79 × 1.49 inches
  • One year warranty


  • Hotkey Matrix Documentation-Manual

    You can download the Hotkey Matrix manual here. It has detailed descriptions of the shortcuts and how to use them.

  • Download alternate language setup files for the Hotkey Matrix

    These are coming soon...if you need help with language localizaton contact us at dnahotkeymatrix@gmail.com

  • A Philosophical Overview

    Virtual controls on your computer screen come with several fundamental problems: they can be hidden, their location changes, and they have different sizes or resolutions. This requires a rigid focus with your eyes on the screen to make an action — we don't get to take advantage of our memory. The Hotkey Matrix addresses these problems unlike any other control surface.

    The main concept of the Hotkey Matrix is to have a permanently located, one-key shortcut for a given function in Pro Tools. This simplicity boosts efficiency, as actions that normally require multiple key presses or mouse clicks only take a single button push. This concept also takes advantage of our memory, because we will always know exactly where and how to execute a command.

Good question!

The Hotkey Matrix offers dedicated, real controls with tactile response.  Touch screens lack such response, and are therefor less comfortable for the kind of rapid key presses that are a normal part of an audio workflow. 

There are never any layers, modes, or extra menus to navigate in order to execute a command with the Hotkey Matrix. Touch screen apps by definition do not offer such dedicated control! The screen is a multi use device. Also such apps require some kind of swiping, button press,  or menu command to provide access to all of the available shortcuts. As soon as you have an additional step to perform, you have lost a major advantage of using a shortcut!

The Hotkey Matrix requires absolutely no extra software to operate with Pro Tools. It uses only standard features of Pro Tools and the operating system. A touch screen requres an extra software layer to communicate with Pro Tools. This is not an Avid application! It's basically a hack to get around the closed nature of Pro Tools. This extra software adds strain to your computer, makes your whole system less reliable, and makes maintanance and upgrading more complicated.

There are some iPad apps for controlling Pro Tools. These require a network link between your computer and the iPad, which can be very unreliable. In addition, extra software must be running on your computer to connect the app and Pro Tools. 

In addition, an iPad (or other tablet app) ties up your tablet, which has all sorts of other fun uses:)

The Hotkey Matrix is a dedicated hardware device solely focussed on enabling the most efficient workflow possible in Pro Tools. It doesn't try to be a replacement for the standard Pro Tools interface. It simply gives you the fastest access to the most powerful shortcuts and menu commands in Pro Tools. It makes a great compliment to any other method of operating Pro Tools, from using just the mouse and standard keyboard, to a hardware control surface, and even to a touch based control surface!

Generally, commands that are redundant with the standard single key shortcuts on the regular keyboard are not included on the Hotkey Matrix. The idea is to give access to as many single key shortcuts as possible, and the default ones on the regular keyboard are good! The Hotkey Matrix is designed to sit next to the regular keyboard, and complement the default shortcuts. T

hese are the commands that are often conveniently color coded and labeled on the widely available "Pro Tools" editing keyboards or stickers.

Such commands include:

Single key shortcuts that are active when "Keyboard Command Focus" is selected on the Pro Tools main window (the little yellow square with a-z in it at top right of edit window). It is highly recommended to learn and use these commands. These include R and T for zoom in out, B for separate clip, Z X C V for undo, cut, copy, paste etc...

Commands that are usually mapped to the number keypad. This includes transport, loop playback and record, turn metronome on and off etc.

The function keys that are used to switch between grid modes, and to switch tools (F1-F10)

Yes. One of the strengths of the Hotkey Matrix is that it uses only the native keyboard shorcuts capabilities of Pro Tools and the operating system. This makes it relatively "future proof" as these functions are long standing part of the Pro Tools application and are very unlikely to be changed. 

We have continued to support the very first version of the Hotkey Matrix, which was released for Pro Tools 9, with an update that gave it functionality for Pro Tools 11. 

Updating for compatiblity with new versions of Pro Tools generally only requires a new configuration file to upgrade the ROM in the keyboard itself, and these will be provided for no charge.

We have also updated the Hotkey Matrix version from V1 to V2. This was a complete layout change, and required new labels to be installed. For users that were interested in upgrading, we have provided upgrade paths at nominal charges. 

If you are a current Hotkey Matrix owner in need of updating suport, please contact us at dnahotkeymatrix@gmail.com. If you provide your current system details and desired configuration we will provide you the needed files and instructions for the update.

If you purchase from this site we ship to the US, Canada, Australia, and South Korea. If you are in the Eurozone, you can order from ES Pro Audio in Germany at this link http://shop.es-proaudio.de/de/DNA-Music-Labs-Hotkey-Matrix.html

We are considering Apple Logic.

The Hotkey Matrix supports all versions of Pro Tools 10 and 11 on Mac OS X  Windows OS.

For tech support of other questions please contact us at dnahotkeymatrix@gmail.com.

Price: $279.99

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