How can we get chords that deadmau5 actually made into our own MIDI data project files within an Ableton Live set?
Downloading and Installing Deadmau5 Chimaera MIDI from Splice into Ableton Live 10!
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It has got 73 samples and what is the highlight of it is there are 58 MIDI melodies. There are MIDI melodies plus ARP.
Joel actually was, as he put it, messing around with these samples in the studio and he has given them for use royalty-free.
That means I can put it in my track in Ableton Live and I can use it without having to pay him any money.
Now, that doesn’t mean according to his “Readme” that I can add him as a collaborator on my project. It does mean I have a great starting point for working with the sounds that Joel made.
Joel is deadmau5’s real name by the way, or government name, birth name, whatever. I think this is a lot of fun.
So, how do you install this first?
You need a Splice membership. I’ve got the thousand credits a month because I love just downloading, getting more samples. This was 500 credits, which is like $15 or so. It’s got some demos too that are on Instagram. You can hear how it sounds on Splice without having to buy it.
For example, you don’t have to buy it until you hear this.
These are sweet melodies that I want to use as my foundation to just make some of my own songs off of and I figure working with these melodies, hearing the sounds to help me get in practice essentially to make my own.
I love deadmau5.
I love the music and I’m making some that is similar to it except enhancing and building them my own way.
Joel said he straight-up just stole.
He said, “Don’t bother copying, steal,” in the masterclass.
I don’t recommend stealing, it’s against the law. It’s creative idea stealing.
Joel lets you use these samples 100% royalty-free. How do we install this? You use the five hundred credits. I think Splice is well worth it for the cost.
Then, you just hit “Download.”
It comes into a file that you open, and then I will bring this up into Ableton Live, so you can see what this looks like.
So, we get a zip file and obviously you just extract the zip file.
Now, one way you can install it, once it is extracted, you just click on the Chimaera.alp project. That will open this up directly in Ableton. What I like on it, I did that first, and then I went around and rearranged where the actual location of the files were because how that was set up, I couldn’t even find it.
So, what I’ve done is I’ve just stuck this in the “User Library” under MIDI, and then I’ve stuck it in its own folder, so all I need to do is go to “User Library” in Ableton, and then “Chimaera” under MIDI, and finally I drag these in.
The nice thing is then I can put any other MIDI files that I get from somewhere else, I can just drag these and stick those into a different folder based on wherever I download them, and then I can drag them.
I looked at a lot of others, but this is the only one worth getting because it sounds like what I already like and some of the other stuff just sounds so copy and paste. Why even bother buying something that I could probably make, even though I barely know what I’m doing?
These are fun.
So, how I’ve got this organized in the files, you just go to your “User” folder, then I go to “Documents” and I go into “Ableton,” I click on the “Ableton” folder, then “User Library,” and finally all of these folders appear right here in the “User Library.”
Now, the ideal way to set Ableton up generally is, if you have got a split hard drive like I do, you got a fast SSD one, then you have got a big but slower HDD one, you put all the samples and all the big stuff on the HDD one.
These MIDI files are really small, only 268 kilobytes.
So, they are good to just load immediately and fast, so I put them right in the “User Projects.” Those files are on my C Drive, and then I’ve got almost everything else on the D Drive.
Once I’ve got these files actually in here, all I need to do to use them now is just dragging them into my set somewhere.
What I will do is drag two of these files in the set.
There’s an ARP and MIDI data, and I will drag them in here. Then, you just play them on the same thing together and the idea is you just add an instrument.
Now, I recommend going in and modifying the chords. According to the license terms, you can use the exact same chords, you don’t have to modify it. But, what if someone else uses this, and doesn’t modify it? It just makes sense at least to play it for yourself, to change it a little bit.
So, here’s how this one sounds after I brought it in the project with the ARP.
Isn’t that beautiful?
I just put these on whatever two instruments I had and I can throw something else on. That sounds like a straight-up deadmau5 song right there. I want to throw a piano on this one.
What is on this one? I’ve got Sytrus on this one.
What is this? Synth texture there.
That’s nice. This piano is a little quiet. I just turn that piano up a little bit.
Then, you can just play around with the instruments and just throw different instruments on here and see what sounds good.
Obviously, you can do whatever you want at this point. That’s what’s cool. You can just play around with this. It’s a great starting point.
So, that’s how you get this done and you can even have some fun and just get crazy if you just want to hear how it sounds.
You stick the ones with stuff that doesn’t belong, you can put multiple ones in the same song.
Here is “Move On.”
I’m just happy to have a great starting point here because I’m looking to essentially make some more just like this.
So, what better way for me to learn than to use the exact same setup here?
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These are awesome sounding MIDI data. These are things that Joel was just messing around with. These are straight out of his library and the more I look at these, the more I think that I can make something like this.
I am sure I will know how to play with mine better after I play with his more.
On that note, I’m just going to end this tutorial before it gets worse.
Edits from video transcript by Michel Gerard at www.michelgerardonline.com.