Understanding MIDI: Create A Composition With Only A Few Notes And MIDI FX

Marc "Selec" Zimmermann, DJ/Radio Host/Teacher for DJing & Music Production

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22 Videos (1h 8m)
    • Hi!

    • Walkthrough Video For My Example Project

    • What Is Midi?

    • Midi In A DAW

    • Midi vs. Audio

    • Pitch

    • Note Length

    • Velocity

    • Scales

    • Chords

    • Arpeggios

    • Putting Theory Into Practice

    • Basic Notes And Midi Routing In Ableton Live

    • Pitching

    • Adding Chords

    • Using Scales

    • Using Arpeggio and Scales for Rhythmical Patterns

    • Using Arpeggios For Melodic Sequences

    • Combining Multiple FX

    • A Short Musical Section

    • Mixdown

    • Bye & Project


About This Class

This class is all about understanding the power of midi and midi fx.

Audio fx change the sound of you composition, but MIDI FX are able to change the notes. With the help of MIDI FX, you will learn how to create a rich piece of music by changing pitches, note length and velocities and give it a moving and changing feeling through chords, arpeggios and scales.

Your goal is to learn how to modify MIDI notes and create a short composition by using MIDI FX.





Marc "Selec" Zimmermann

DJ/Radio Host/Teacher for DJing & Music Production

I'm a DJ, producer, remixer, radio host and music lover from Dortmund (Germany). I'm also a teacher and trainer for DJing and Music Production at the VibrA School of DJing, the largest association of DJ schools in Europe. 

Teaching to me is more than just knowing technical facts and details about my field of expertise. It's about giving the student a feeling of "I can understand this!" or "I can do this too!" and talk to him in a way so he can really achieve the knowledge without being an expert before the training. 

I took a long way: In 1995, I bought my first turntables and started my first steps as a DJ and amateur producer. I played countless club gigs all over Germany and I still host a weekly fm live radio show named “Schwarzmarkt" (german for “black market"), which is on air live since 2002, every Friday night on Dortmund's fm college radio “eldoradio*". Besides, I was engaged in producing, working with lots of artists and musicians and doing remixes for contests. Since 2006 I additionally work as teacher and trainer at Europe's biggest association of DJ-Schools, the “VibrA – School of Djing" in Dortmund (and Münster for the time it existed) to coach DJs and producers coming from all styles of music in the arts of mixing, scratching and producing. 

Some things I did and achieved in the last years: 

  • 1995 - today: Club-DJ in various locations
  • 2002 - today: Host and Radio-DJ at fm radio station eldoradio* in Dortmund with my own weekly live show
  • 2006 - today: Teacher for DJing at the VibrA School of DJing in Dortmund
  • 2012 - today: Teacher for Music Production at the VibrA School of DJing in Dortmund
  • 2008 - 2010: Teacher for DJing at the VibrA School of DJing in Münster

I passed the test for the Teacher Certificate at the VibrA with "Sehr Gut" (best grade possible). 

I planned and executed workshop, seminars and lectures, f.e. at the "Ruhrpuls Festival" in Bochum (2012), for the LfM (Landesanstalt für Medien, 2013) and as an expert for Music Production, DJing and Remixing I lectured at a academic high school (Q1 and Q2 am Gymnasium, 2014). 

Being a producer and remixer, my work got (and will be) released on several labels since 2011, i.e. Renegade Media (Toronto, Canada), Dubstep Division (Berlin, Germany), Redlight Media Germany (Krefeld, Germany), UK Breakbeat (London, England), DivisionBass (Bristol, England) and Deep In The Jungle Records (also England). 

Additionally I am producer of the current mixtape series "Rootsstep To The World" for Rootstep Division Recordings (Berlin, Germany) with more than 20 issues within the last year.