Free MIDI Files Collection: Ultimate List of Samples, Loops, & Chord Progressions

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MIDI was invented way back in the 1980s, it’s become extremely useful for producers of all music ranging from electronic music to rock, metal and even classical!

MIDI doesn’t actually refer to audio in itself, it’s actually a file or protocol which sends instructions to MIDI devices.

Most of us are familiar with MIDI as a series of blocks or notes on a piano roll within your DAW. MIDI also contains information about pitch bends and mod wheel parameters.

It’s essentially a code which can be freely transferred between different synths and patches.

For example, a MIDI part played on a normal piano synth can be transferred to another synth like Native Instrument’s Massive or Serum.

This makes MIDI extremely flexible, transferable and saveable to memory devices and cloud storage.

MIDI is perfect for songwriting – you can write melodies, chord progressions, single hits, drum beats – even entire complex compositions – and can then transfer them freely between software instruments.

Thanks to MIDI’s flexibility as a musical format, there are tons of free MIDI files available online for download. These can be imported directly into your DAW, placed on any MIDI-enabled software synthesizer and edited to your heart’s content!

You can download MIDI files ranging from full-blown compositions of your favorite songs to basic chord progressions, simple melodies, arpeggios, drum beats or almost anything else you can think of.

Here, we’ve compiled an enormous list of downloadable MIDI files.

Cymatics Royalty Free MIDI FIles

These MIDI files by Cymatics are completely royalty free. They’re mostly centered around chord progressions which can be placed on an instrument track in your DAW, synced to tempo and edited with any effects you like.

Cymatics – MIDI Chord Progressions Vol 1

Cymatics – MIDI Chord Progressions Vol 2

Cymatics – MIDI Chord Progressions Vol 3

Cymatics – MIDI Chord Progressions Vol 4

Cymatics – MIDI Chord Progressions Vol 5

Cymatics – Future Bass MIDI Files And Loops

EDM MIDI Files and Compositions

EDM has moved quickly in recent years. From Deadmau5 to Garrix, there are now hundreds EDM classics covering everything from dancefloor bangers to progressive evolving symphonies.

The true meaning of ‘EDM’ as a genre has been hotly debated. As you know, EDM stands for electronic dance music, which would technically cover any electronically produced music designed for dancefloors and music events!

Whilst producers like Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris and Marshmello have created EDM as its own genre, we’ve included loops here from other EDM producers like Pendulum, who typically produce drum n’ bass.

These EDM MIDI files enable you to quickly study melodies from within your DAW. It goes without saying that using any of these melodies directly is copyright infringement!

Instead, use them to guide your own composition, songwriting, and structure.

Alan Walker – Faded

Alan Walker – Alone

Alan Walker – Sing Me To Sleep

Calvin Harris – My Way

Calvin Harris – Blame

Deadmau5 – So There I Was

Deadmau5 – 2448

Deadmau5 – Deus Ex Machina

Deadmau5 – No Problem

Deadmau5 – Hyperlandia

Deadmau5 – Let Go

Galantis & Hook N Sling – Love On Me

Galantis – No Money

Galimatias – Noelle’s Eloquence

Madeon – Icarus

Marshmello – Alone

Marshmello – Ritual

Marshmello – Summer

Martin Garrix – In The Name Of Love

Martin Garrix – Scared To Be Lonely

Martin Garrix – Hold On & Believe

Nero – The Thrill (Porter Robinson Remix)

Pegboard Nerds – Emoji

Pegboard Nerds – Melodymania

Pendulum – Witchcraft

Pendulum – Salt In The Wounds

Porter Robinson – Sad Machine

Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter

Vanic – Make Me Fade

Wax Motif & Vindata – Crazy

Zedd & Grey – Starving

Electronica MIDI Files and Compositions

Electronica is a bit more abstract than EDM and it often encompasses more complex melodies, drum patterns, and FX.

MIDI patterns from electronica producers like Mura Masa, ODESZA and San Holo are interesting to study from a compositional perspective.

Cashmere Cat – With me

Cashmere Cat – Rice Rain

Dawn Golden – All I Want (Manila Killa Remix)

Flume – Insane

Mura Masa – What If I Go

Mura Masa – Suicide Blades

ODESZA – Sun Models

Oh Wonder – All We Do

RUFUS – You Were Right

San Holo – Light

Pop Music MIDI Files

Pop covers several eras of music from as far back as the 50s. Pop music is extremely diverse and takes inspiration from every other genre, from jazz and soul to newer forms of electronic music.

Pop music never declines, wanes or drifts from the mainstream – it is defined by it. It’s no secret that pop music doesn’t try hard to experiment and innovate, it instead provides catchy melodies, memorable lyrics and a general upbeat sense of positivity.

Studying pop MIDI files can greatly heighten your knowledge of what goes into creating a catchy melody.

Bruno Mars – Grenade

Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song

Bruno Mars – Runaway Baby

Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do

Enya – Memory of Trees

George Ezra – Budapest

Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

Imagine Dragons – Demons

James Blunt – You’re Beautiful

Major Lazer – Run Up

One Direction – Best Song Ever

Selena Gomez – Love You Like A Love Song

The Chainsmokers – Paris

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

The Chainsmokers – Setting Fires

The Chainsmokers – Closer

The Chainsmokers – All We Know

The Weeknd – Party Monster

The Weeknd – I Feel It Coming

The Weeknd – Reminder

Hip-hop, RnB and Trap MIDI Files and Compositions

Trap is relatively new but RnB and hip-hop have been about for decades. They all have something in common – slow grooves with either dark, melancholic or happy and soulful melodies.

Hip-hop is widely known for sampling, the art of readapting and recomposing other music into loops. MIDI files for hip-hop tracks are often simple repetitive loops with hooks.

RnB is known for its soulfulness and slow groove.

Trap is known for massive beats and slow dark melodies.

MIDI files provide insight into how all 3 of these genres are created.

Kaaris – Charge (Mr. Carmack Remix)

Kaytranada – You

Mr. Carmack – Crash (Charms)

Mr. Carmack – Pay For What

RUFUS – Innerbloom (What So Not Remix)

RL Grime – Aurora

RL Grime – Neat

Sam Gellaitry – Shake

Sam Gellaitry – Dreamscapes

Zeds Dead & NGHTMRE – Frontlines

Metal and Rock MIDI files and Compositions

Metal and rock songs are some of the most iconic of any genre. Anthemic, melodic, heavy, complex, powerful, soft – rock and metal has it all!

Many grew up listening to rock and metal. Bands like Metallica, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Guns n’ Roses, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple paved the way for more modern rock with the likes of Green Day, Blink 182, Sum 41 and The Offspring popping up throughout the 90s.

More and more metal and rock are being composed in MIDI, taking full advantage of its flexibility and editability.

Study these MIDI files and compositions to see how the greats wrote their famous classics.

Aerosmith – Dream On

Aerosmith – Come Together

Aerosmith – Janie’s Got A Gun

Cars – Let the Good Times Roll

Cat Stevens – Father and Son

Cat Stevens – Moonshadow

Def Leppard – Armageddon It

Def Leppard – Bringing On The Heartbreak

Doors – Break On Through

Doors – Love Me Two Times

Doors – The End

Eagles – Hotel California

Eagles – How Long

Eagles – Take it Easy

Eiffel 65 – Blue

Elton John – Circle Of Life

Elton John – Rocket Man

Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Elton John – Your Song

Fall Out Boy – Light Em’ Up

Fall Out Boy – Sugar We’re Going Down

Greenday – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Greenday – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Guns N Roses – Dust In The Wind

Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watch Tower

Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line

Kiss – Detroit Rock City

Linkin Park – In The End

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird

Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party

Oingo Boingo – Grey Matter

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

R.E.M. – Losing My Religion

R.E.M. – The One I Love

Rolling Stones – Paint it Black

Rolling Stones – Satisfaction

Tears for Fears – Head Over Heals

U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

U2 – With or Without You

MIDI Files Specifically for FL Studio

FL Studio was the pioneering DAW for MIDI control. Many of these folders contain entire loadable projects for FL Studio.

Some are simple editable melodies and others cover every component of famous dancefloor classics.

ALL MARTIN GARRIX MELODIES (FL STUDIO) [Almost] 2016 *FLP DL*

Best of Marshmello Melody Compilation in Fl Studio + FLP

Best Melodies of 2016 & 2017 in Fl Studio! [FREE FLP & MIDI] (The Chainsmokers, Dj Snake

Best of EDM Melodies 2016 in FL Studio (pt 3) (FREE FLP)

Best of Calvin Harris and David Guetta Melody in FL Studio (FREE FLP)

Best EDM Melodies 2015 – 2016 Part 1 By: Gerson Remakes – FL STUDIO

Best of R3HAB Melody In FL Studio (FREE FLP)

Best of KSHMR Melody In FL Studio (FREE FLP)

Best of Hardwell Melody In FL Studio (FREE FLP)

Fl Studio: Beautiful Piano Melody (Free FLP Download)

Other MIDI Files

Finally, here’s an assortment of other MIDI files and compositions from various genres.

Progressive House MIDI Pack Free Download

Ableton Live Royalty Free Progressive House MIDI Download – Alesso Manse Martin Garrix DVBBS STYLE

50 Royalty Free Midi Chords – FREE DOWNLOAD + Ableton Project File

Original EDM Melodies MIDI Pack Vol.1 (Progressive House)

Original EDM Melodies MIDI Pack Vol.2 (Progressive House)

TuenStudios: 60 Free MIDI Melodies

Conclusion

MIDI is extremely powerful and once you get your head around it, your productions will come on leaps and bounds!

This massive compilation should help you view exactly how MIDI can be arranged and composed within your DAW.

Simply load the files, load up a synth or instrument and listen to your favorite compositions. Use them to learn about songwriting and composition – don’t steal!

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