A collection of free MIDI chords and progressions ready to be used in your DAW, Akai MPC, or Roland MC-707/101

Overview

Free MIDI Chords

This is a collaborative project to create a collection of all chords and useful chord progressions in all keys, as MIDI files, usable with your favorite DAW.

This collection is FREE and you can contribute to it using the issue tracker above. Please use the bug tracker if you find incorrect chords!

All the MIDI files are licensed under the MIT license, and you can them use in any musical project freely.

Installation

Just download and unzip one of the release file. Then drag and drop the MIDI files from your DAW to your tracks.

Drag drop chords ableton

Contents

The chords collection is organized using 3 levels of directories:

  • 1st level: All 12 Major and Minor keys
  • 2nd level:
    • 1/ Triads
    • 2/ 7ths and 9ths chords
    • 3/ All other chords
    • 4/ Chord progressions
  • 3rd level: Major and Minor scales

Below the progressions directory, you'll find 3 more directories. They contain the same MIDI chord progressions files but with different timings: basic4 style, alt4 style and hiphop style.

How to contribute

To suggest new chords for the next chord pack:

Related

The script uses chords2midi from Rich Jones, and Python Mingus.

  • chords2midi - Create MIDI files from numerical chord progressions.

The following software is also bundled with this chords pack:

Ludovic Drolez.

Issues
  • Manque les fichiers .mid !

    Manque les fichiers .mid !

    Hello ! Juste pour info, il manque l'export des fichiers .mid dans la toute dernière release ! ;) Merci pour ce taf en tout cas, très utile merci !! @barbomusic

    opened by philippebarbosa 2
  • Help with chords names

    Help with chords names

    Hi,

    First, this is great! Well done!

    I am a complete beginner in music production. I just had my first piano class, because I want to learn a bit of music to be able to make my EDM tracks. I have two questions:

    1. I know is out of the scoop, but I am quite confused (because of my lack of knowledge) with some files names and their meaning. For example, what all those letters mean at C - bIIIM ii bIIM I.mid file? If you could just explain a bit the meaning of those letters would be fantastic and very appreciated.

    2. Because I'm just starting, I don't want (and don't have money) to spend money on Ableton right now. So, I'm using free software (Qtractor). I've so far only worked with audio samples, so I'm new to MIDI. After I imported the MIDI file to my DAW, do I need to "add" an instrument to it or something? And my instrument, do you mean a vst plugin or something else?

    Sorry for these sillies questions, but I hope you can help me kick off here.

    Thank you a lot, Castle

    documentation 
    opened by oldcastlehq 2
  • Generate guitar chord midi

    Generate guitar chord midi

    What I mean by guitar chord is to have guitar chord represented as midi. Like if it was Em chord. It will be E2 B2 E3 G3 B3 E4. You get the idea. It will be easy to use midi instead finding what to play for a chord manually. Atleast for me or anyone who don't play guitar. And emulate guitar using instrument plugins.

    opened by yashash99 0
  • My fork of Dan Hamer's free chord pack

    My fork of Dan Hamer's free chord pack

    Hello, ldrolez! This is not really an issue, just a heads-up. Have you heard of the chord pack Dan Hamer posted on the WATMM subreddit? Well, I made an even better version of it, with additional help by Hamer himself! I fixed A LOT of filenames and folder structures. You can get it here. Hope it's useful enough for your archive!

    new chords 
    opened by fotisandstuff 5
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