In this Section, we will begin to start working with melodic ideas in MIDI clips using the Ableton Simpler instrument. We explore how to manually enter MIDI notes into a clip and how to add dynamics with velocity. We then move onto creating theme and variation with harmonies and changes in MIDI notes. We also begin to explore recording MIDI in real time.
Notes on MIDI
MIDI= Musical Instrument Digital Interface
Different than audio
MIDI is a command language that enables control of different devices and perimeters in hardware and software musical applications
Drag Ableton device from Library into empty MIDI track to play that instrument.
Draw MIDI notes into an empty MIDI clip with pencil tool or mouse click
Use velocity to “humanize” MIDI notes
To play MIDI notes on a controller keyboard, make sure the track is “armed”.
Once you have recorded a few MIDI clips, copy those clips onto other related instruments/ tracks to begin building an arrangement.