Here you will find the 'Midi Melodies' FAQ answering all the questions you might have on 'Midi Melodies' Progressions:
What the FAQ are 'Midi Melodies'?
For years, we have had a secret weapon. A set of tools so next level they allowed us to Jam Different each time! We have never shared any of it till now.. WHY? Because it was our magic bullet, our secret sauce.. It's not going to instantly give you chart success, but BOY is it quick, useful, and is addictively awesome in getting towards that goal of next gen music.. Lets see how quickly you can get an amazing track going! So now we are Officially sharing these with you! 'Midi Melodies'.. so go on check em out.. Listen to the demos, watch some videos, and even submit your tracks to win an MPC and join the Noise Ratio Team.. Jam Different!
"Midi Melodies is the official home of the Instant hooks, riffs and grooves"
'Midi Melodies' are Akai Pro MPC formatted and Midi formatted 16 Pad Chord Progressions. These are 16 Chords which are laid out in a musical progression. Each pad is a single chord and forms part of a harmonious musical piece. Essentially, it's a song with just the chords, giving you the chance to craft your own music easily from a solid starting point, enabling you to focus on rhythm, groove, and vibes rather than worrying about theory and making chords yourself. These progressions are mostly complex and interesting chords with character and emotion, rather than just basic triads. Downloadable and immediately ready to use, based on chord combos which dial into a rich style, and genre specific, 16 Pads per Progression.. each unlocks a potential hit making vibe from the get go!
Any Further Questions?
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Here you will find tutorial videos on how to use the 'Midi Melodies' Progressions:
Midi Melodies - MPC Live Progressions Tutorial - "The Basics"
A tutorial covering the basics of the 'Midi Melodies' progressions showing where to find them on your MPC to use them with plug in tracks and arpeggiators.
Midi Melodies - Midi Keyboard Mapping
A tutorial showing you how to use any midi keyboard and map it to the FREE Akai software called MPC Beats Software so you can trigger the pads using a midi keyboard.
It's just that easy! Immediate Music Making!
Midi Melodies are available to anyone, whether you own an MPC or not! So even if you just own any midi keyboard, pad controller or even just your computer keyboard, you are able to Jam out using 'Midi Melodies' and get creating. You don't even need to own a DAW or purchase any software, so even if you just want to get into music making or get your kids into music production, 'Midi Melodies' is the immediate music making tool for both the beginner and the professional, inspiring anyone and everyone to get hands-on with the music that they're making so we can all.. Jam Different!
Here is a table showing the compatibility for Midi Melodies Progressions:
Here you will find information on the compatibility of the 'Midi Melodies' Progressions for the Akai MPC hardware and also for the Akai MPC software. There is a FREE Akai software called MPC Beats Software, which anyone can download, and a version you can purchase called MPC Software 2. Both can be used as their own beat making software on MAC or PC if you do not own any hardware MPC, and they can be used within any current DAW as a plug in, so whether you're just beginning or if you want to bring 'Midi Melodies' into your current workflow, 'Midi Melodies' are available to everyone.. Jam Different!
Here you will find tutorial videos on how to install the Midi Melodies Progressions:
Nuts & Bolts Tutorial - MPC Live Progressions Install
In this video, we show you how to install progressions on your MPC Live. This is also applicable to the MPC X, MPC One, and MPC Studio.
Nuts & Bolts Tutorial - MPC Beats Progressions Install
In this video, we show you how you can set up Midi Melodies progressions on the COMPLETELY FREE software MPC Beats, making Midi Melodies progressions available to anyone.
You can download MPC Beats for FREE here: https://www.akaipro.com/mpc-beats
Install quickly and get Jamming Immediately!
All ‘Midi Melodies’ Progressions once dropped into the progressions folder, will appear in your Progressions menu on the MPC hardware and software. They will automatically create their own folder called ‘Midi Melodies’ which is where you will find all the ‘Midi Melodies’ Progressions you have purchased. This allows you to flick between the progressions and find the vibe you are looking for.. Jam Different!
Here you will find Tips & Tricks on how you can get creative with the Midi Melodies Progressions:
About the 16 pads:
'Midi Melodies' are Akai Pro MPC formatted and Midi formatted 16 Pad Chord Progressions. These are 16 Chords which are laid out in a musical progression. Each pad is a single chord and forms part of a harmonious musical piece. Essentially, it's a song with just the chords, giving you the chance to craft your own music easily from a solid starting point, enabling you to focus on rhythm, groove, and vibes rather than worrying about theory and making chords yourself. These progressions are mostly complex and interesting chords with character and emotion, rather than just basic triads.
All of the 'Midi Melodies' are Akai Pro MPC formatted, downloadable immediately ready to use, based on chord combos which dial into a rich style, and genre specific, 16 Pads per Progression.. each unlocks a potential hit making vibe from the get go!
Production Tips & Tricks:
Velocities: When using the chords, be aware that full velocities will sound sonically very different from half velocities. So a high velocity, hitting the pads hard, will often sound more aggressive, louder and brighter, whereas a lower velocity, hitting the pads softly, can create a less bright and warmer and quieter sound. Many hardware and software synths have velocity sensitive features that enable you to create expression and a more human feel of playing an instrument. 'Midi Melodies' are velocity sensitive so you can create the feel you want in whichever synth you want. There are also expressive features in synthesizers such as: filters, envelopes, shapers and so on, the options are endless. Get exploring!
Monophonic: Using a monophonic synth sound such as a lead or bass means that only one note out of the chord will play, this means you can jam out Leads, Basslines, Melodies and Riffs as well as Chords. We have also put the key in each name of the 'Midi Melodies' Progressions, so you can use the Notes function on the MPC software and hardware to keep anything you playing in key with the chord progression, so you can focus on the musical story your telling, rather than having to search for the right notes.
Mother Ducker Input: You can use this AKAI plug in on your beats, this will give your drums the space to be punchy and not distort your music, whilst allowing your musical progressions, bass-line, vocals and other elements to sit comfortably. At higher thresholds, this can give you a pumping, side chain effect that can sound awesome.
Kordbot: Add the notes from the PDF into your Kordbot for extra musical options, when you are in creative mode.
MPC Arp Mode: The MPC has a very awesome Arpeggiator, which has many special menus with cool features, presets and edit-ability. As soon as you have loaded up your Midi Melodies progression, you can enable arp mode. Press the Note Repeat button, click arp in the bottom right of the screen, which will put it into the Arp mode menu, then enable it, happy days. Then you can also easily cycle through all the Arp Actions from the classic Arps, to Note Repeat, Rhythm and Pattern for endless possibilities.
Midi Melodies Vol: 001 Philly Disco - Neo Soul Demo
A short walkthrough of a Neo Soul beat on the MPC Live using 'Midi Melodies: 001 Philly Disco'.
Submit your own music made using 'Midi Melodies' & WIN AN AKAI MPC STUDIO II
Finally it's here! - The most exciting Chord Progression Packs in history are finally available for anyone to get their hands on, followed by a competition giveaway which gives back to all the talented artists and upcoming producer's who are waiting for their shot! We have given our all into making Midi Melodies the most forward thinking tool in the modern producer's arsenal. Giving anyone the musical palette which can take their music into the next realm and evolving your sound! So now we are sharing it with you, 'Midi Melodies' is the go-to weapon for all music heads and producers alike, the secret sauce we've all been looking for! It's time to Jam Different, and move music forward!
WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY RUNNING A COMPETITION & YOU COULD WIN AN MPC STUDIO II !
Open to ANYONE who wants to submit music tracks that have been made with 'Midi Melodies' Progressions. During 2022!
How to WIN and keep WINNING.. Just download the FREE Midi Melodies Progression which includes a multi-formatted version, ready for:
- Akai MPC
- Logic Pro X - Chord Trigger
- Ableton Live - Midi Effect Rack
- Bitwig - Midi Chain
- Cubase - Chord Pads
- Xfer Records - Cthulhu
So get inspired and make some bangers! Submit your tracks & WIN! Get paid to make regular demos for our 'Midi Melodies' Packs..
Start by signing up HERE:
Then follow these simple steps;
- 1. Receive and download the FREE Demo Pack we send you.
- 2. Download the WeTransfer Zipped Folder
- 3. Install & Start Instantly Jamming - Any Genre & Any Style!
- 4. Create a track or two which is 2 min's or longer
- 5. Read the Submission PDF which explains what you need to send to us:
- Your tracks as 48Khz WAV.
- Your Name, and Contact info.
- Your Track's Title, Genre, Tempo, & Key.
- Write a bit about yourself if you would like to.
- Do you want to be part of our Demo Team ? Yes/No
- Sell your demo on the shop & get paid with each download.
- You will also be included in the Spotify Playlist.
Akai MPC Studio II
Adding to the MPC lineup, the new MPC Studio II delivers a serious music production and recording system for the modern music creator. The new MPC Studio II redefines tactile control with a hardware offering that intuitively delivers a modern and deep level of command over the music production process.
Together with the MPC2 Desktop Software DAW for both Mac and PC, MPC Studio offers a total creation package for the serious modern beat-maker and music producer.
MPC Studio II Features
- Complete MPC system with hardware and MPC2 Desktop Software DAW for Mac and PC.
- 16 velocity sensitive RGB MPC pads with aftertouch.
- Assignable Touch Strip for dynamic expression.
- Colour LCD Screen for vibrant feedback.
- Iconic MPC workflows including Quantize, Note Repeat, and 16 Levels.
- MPC 2 Software with Vocal Effects Suite, MPC Plugin Instruments, and 100+ plugins from AIR Music Tech.