Create a Chord Progression in your DAW – Quickly
Hey Friends and Music Makers! Mike here, and I will teach you a special method I have developed to Compose Music, much faster. Specifically getting your chord progression recorded and arranged in perfect sync and timing in YOUR next music production. 😃
Alright, so what is this special technique? It is to use a MIDI Chord Bank to help you arrange your chord progressions. I often sit by my piano, or MIDI keyboard to come up with interesting chord progressions. But when you have come up with a cool chord progression that you want to add to your track, how do you get it into your DAW sequencer as fast and accurate as possible? I have decent playing skills on the piano, but getting a recording to have all notes of your chord progressions in perfect sync to your grid, as well as exact note length is very tricky. Basically it often means you have to do multiple takes when you record, as well spend time adjusting notes in the midi editor.
Well, what if you could get the chord progression laid out perfect? All notes starting and ending with exact, and correct timing. This is why I developed something I call: a MIDI Chord Bank, which I often use to write down the chord progression into my DAW, from the idea I got when playing on my Piano or Keyboard first.
I actually spent almost a full work day to create my MIDI Chordbank. I created one chord at a time, adjusted the note length to exactly 1 bar. Set the chord in root position. Adjusted the velocity value of each note to a medium velocity of 80. Then finally exported the chord as a MIDI File, named it properly, and saved it in a folder structure I that I also made sure was categorised and named. I spent so many hours doing this, going through all kinds of chords: major, minor, diminished, augmented, 7th chords and so on. I don’t have every chord imaginable in my MIDI Chord Bank, but I do have all the chords I personally use often in my compositions. In total there are several 100s of chords in MIDI file format that you can use to create your chord progressions with.
Now, creating your own MIDI Chord Bank is easy, but it will take a lot of time to go through every single chords one by one, and make sure you follow an exact structure for all chords you save. You simply make a MIDI Clip in your DAW Sequencer, and write in the notes of the chord. Make sure all of them have equal velocity level, and note length. And you need to decide those things first, because you will need to follow the same structure to make your MIDI Chordbank consistent. Then you export the MIDI Clip as a MIDI File. Choose your destination on your computer, and a file name. Then you do this for every chord you want to save in your MIDI Chordbank.
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Nice, so now you have learned my great time saving method of how to use the MIDI Chord Bank method to arrange your chord progressions much faster and with total accuracy. Now have fun creating your own chord progressions.