Free Midi Chords and progressions / Spring 2024 edition

Published: Fri 09 October 2020
Updated: Thu 14 March 2024 by Ludo In Music
tags: chord progressions chords ableton live Translations: fr

Lost your musical inspiration? Don't fret! Start composing your next masterpiece with captivating chord progressions. And guess what? You don't have to pay a dime for these chords! Introducing the Free SHLD MIDI Chords Pack—a collaborative project that offers over 8800 chords and 140 progressions in all keys.

Whether you're using Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, Reaper, or even mobile apps like FL Studio Mobile, these MIDI files are compatible with your favorite DAW. Plus, they're perfect for producers across various genres, from Dubstep to Trap and Pop to Dark Ambient. With this chord pack, you can instantly find inspiration, experiment with complex chords, and create unique melodies. So why wait? Download the Free MIDI Chords Pack now and let your creativity soar!

TL;DR -> MIDI Chord Pack Free Download

free midi chords pack

I'm sure you have seen lots of ADs for MIDI chords packs, chords progressions, but wait... paying for chords, is it a joke??? This is why I started this collaborative project: to create a collection of all chords and useful chord progressions in all keys, as MIDI files, usable with your favorite DAW, even on mobile apps like FL Studio Mobile.

The Spring 2024 edition has more than 9500 chords and 155 progressions!

This collection is 100% FREE and you can contribute to it on Github if you find incorrect chords or you wish to share a nice chord progression.

Download on Patreon

On Github

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

If you want to support the project and show your gratitude, you can also subscribe on Patreon 😉🙏

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What is a MIDI chord progressions pack?

MIDI packs are a set of files that DAWs like Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, Reaper, MPCs or Grooveboxes can read. They contain only note data, no sounds, so you DAWs or MPC can turn these notes data into sound with virtual instruments like synths and sample players. They can be used for many different genres and types of sound, from Dubstep to Trap or from Pop to Dark Ambient.

These chords packs make it easy for producers to drag and drop chords progressions, into their tracks in just a few seconds. This is why chord packs are so popular because they take away the need to program chord progressions from scratch, without knowing a lot about music theory, and how chords are built. A MIDI pack will allow you to try out new chords and progressions in seconds, progressions that you would have never thought of on your own.

MIDI data is very light and easy to manipulate, so a chord pack containing thousands of chords and progressions can be produced quite effortlessly for free. Not only the SHLD chord pack is free, but it is also a collaborative project, to which you can contribute easily.

Why using this chords pack?

  • Get instant inspiration listening to 100s of chords progressions
  • Use complex chords that nobody else uses, without having to learn music theory
  • You can also start with a classic chord progression like I-V-IV-VI and drag over it a few complex chords to stand out
  • Use advanced chords to write on top, an unusual melody
  • Use our MIDI chords pack with your favorite DAW, MPC and instruments, no need for another plugin!
  • To stand out, and not sound like your neighbor, it is up to you, not to use a progression directly without modifications, and to work on the rhythm of the chord progression, or modify some notes to make it sound better.
  • It's royalty free, do what you want with it.
  • I sincerely think this is the best midi chord pack, and if you are not satisfied, it won't cost you anything, and you can send me your suggestions to improve it on Github.

Contents of the MIDI pack

The chords collection is organized using 3 levels of directories:

  • 1st level: All 12 Major and Minor keys
  • 2nd level:
    • 1/ Triads (simple chords)
    • 2/ 7ths and 9ths chords
    • 3/ All other chords
    • 4/ Full Midi chords progressions
      • 3rd level: Major, Minor and Modal progressions
        • 4th level: progressions with different rhythmic patterns

How to use the Free Midi Chord pack?

The Free Midi chords

Just download and unzip one of the release files.

  • Select one of the 12 music keys
  • Choose if you want simple chords (Triads), more advanced ones, or full progressions
  • Choose Minor (serious/sad) or Major scales (happier)
  • Drag and drop the MIDI file in your DAW
  • Listen. Repeat. Improve. Record.

Midi chords drag drop ableton

More information

If you need to know a little more about the theory which is behind this:

Youtube videos:

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