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Learn how to make a trap track with Ableton Live and Amadeus Code

Make a quick trap track with Ableton Live and the Amadeus Code app

Amadeus Code is an artificial intelligence powered songwriting assistant.  Create inspiration, song, and melodies instantly and infinitely.  In today’s demo, we import MIDI files exported from the iOS app to create a quick trap track in Ableton Live.

With Amadeus Code, the creation process starts within the app (until we release our VST/AU plugin) but can easily continue in Ableton Live by exporting MIDI files from the app.

Let’s get from this:

to this:

in just a few steps!

First, Open Exported MIDI Files

Here’s what you’ll see in the exported folder.

  1.  Harmony MIDI
  2.  Melody MIDI
  3.  .m4a Audio

To import the MIDI files to Ableton Live, create a new song and drag and drop the 2 MIDI files onto the song.

💡Tip: To import the tempo setting, just check the tempo in the file name.

Import MIDI to Ableton Live

Looking good so far!

Next, Assign Instruments

MIDI files from the Amadeus Code app contain program change information.  If this conflicts with your synth, we recommend you delete it.

How to delete program change data

Fire up your favorite synth or keyboard and assign it to the melody and chord tracks.  We chose a lead synth from Massive and an electric piano for the chords.

Electric piano for chords

Editing Harmony MIDI

Since you have the chord MIDI file, you can easily edit notes to create a pattern.  In our case, we edited the chord into an arpeggio and tuned it an octave higher.

Next, add some bass

Your bass track also can be made with the harmony MIDI file just by creating a new track from the lowest note of the chord.

Since the bass notes are rather long (sustained) in this track, we chose a sound with some character.

💡Tip: You’ll find these types of bass sounds in categories named, sequence, rhythmic, arpeggiator, gate depending on the synth you use.

Lastly, add a drum loop.

We selected a hip-hop beat and repeated it for the length of the song.

Add a drum loop

And that’s it!

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