Midi Maker is a free tool that helps you create new music quickly and easily.
There are many ways to start a new composition; you can start with the melody, a harmonic progression, a specific rhythm, etc. To help in that aspect, Midi Maker is a free tool that helps you create new music quickly and easily.
The way you start, in certain ways, influences, if not dictates, how everything that comes after will go. For example, harmony and structure will guide melody, rhythm can guide phrasing, and vice versa.
Some musicians swear that a specific approach is best, and ultimately (and obviously), whatever works for you is best. I’ve always tried to avoid thinking of a particular approach and let the chips fall where they may, even as far as not being too strict on the genre of personal projects.
The upside is more creative freedom, but the downside is that too much freedom often leads to creative block (like when I spend more time browsing movies on Netflix than watching Movies on Netflix) or reduced productivity compared to a more structured method.
In some cases, complete freedom isn’t an option anyway because we already have guidelines to follow, and a tool like Midi Maker could be a huge help.
Midi Maker randomly generates new music using polysynths, drum machines, and chord patterns according to user-defined characteristics. The generator allows you to select the core elements of your song, like genre, structure, tempo, and key, before setting some more advanced parameters.
Once you have the fundamentals, you can choose how many chords, melodies, etc. you want. If you have multiple chords, you can define harmonic development as Static, Sectional, or Progressive. You can also adjust the number of variations per section.
Once you’re ready to generate some music, Midi Maker takes you to the next page, where you can preview the creation and adjust the polysynths (melodies, bass, and chords), drum machine, and chord patterns.
Each element offers various features and parameters to tweak, such as Envelopes, Density, Timing, and Velocities. You can make changes on the fly and hear the new results in playback within seconds.
Despite having so many settings to play with, generation is entirely based on randomness (in the context of your settings) rather than AI and machine learning. The benefit of randomness is that you’ll always get something unique and less generic.
When you’re happy with your results, you can download the MIDI file and drop it into your DAW/software for further development.
Midi Maker has two versions: Free (one download per month, 4/4 time) and Premium (£19.50 per month with unlimited downloads, any time signature, and Motif Creation).
If you sign up now, you can get 50% off your first three months. Anything that helps get an idea in motion is great, especially for people who consistently need to produce a lot of material.
I had fun with Midi Maker, and honestly, it did more than I expected. It’s an interesting way to kickstart the creative process, and I imagine it will get bigger and better over time.
If I had one concern, with prices generally being too high across the board, the Premium version will face stiff competition in convincing users to allocate funds its way rather than elsewhere, but time will tell.
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