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Ableton MIDI Chord Plugin

Posted on | June 2, 2007 | 2 Comments

ableton_midi_chords.pngHere’s another MIDI plugin in Ableton Live, the chord plugin. If you feed in one MIDI stream, it will make another MIDI notes based on the original one, and shift them based on the original one.

The obvious use is to build chords, but you could also use this one to fatten up the MIDI playback by shifting the tones up 12/24 steps, or down -12/-24 and so on. One usage case is if you want to get that fat electro house bass sound which sometimes is the only melody in electro house productions. What you do then is to create the original MIDI clip, and then multiply it up and down and let the original plugin play it back. Depending on the synth setup, and CPU power used, it’s a quick way to get the same effect as when doing layering of the MIDI clip with multiple synths.

In the case above, I wanted to hear how an incoming MIDI stream sounded like if if added six additional tones, three that were octaves above, and three below. Sounded, hmm, fat and muddy, but it depends on the synth sound used.

As with the other plugins, you could also do automation so that the shifts could change across the track, in case that’s the musical idea that will make the track what it is.

Anyway, I think anyone could try out all the other plugins, random et rest, so I will move on to other usage scenarios with MIDI clips in Ableton Live.


2 Responses to “Ableton MIDI Chord Plugin”

  1. robert
    April 21st, 2011 @ 6:59 AM

    How can i activate the chord plug-in?

  2. Kent Sandvik
    April 25th, 2011 @ 11:19 AM

    Hmm, it should be one of the MIDI plug-ins in Aperture, all you need to do is to drag-and-drop it into the instrument/MIDI track.

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