A couple weeks back I was trying to find free MIDI files simply to try out a couple different plugins and see how they worked.
Needless to say, it took me a lot longer than expected since many of the sites I found either wanted me to register, pay, or jump through loads of other hoops in order to download just a single MIDI file.
This is why I took some time to research the best websites that allowed me to download MIDI files completely for free.
Now, so that you don’t have to go through the same ordeal as me, here’s a list of the best websites where you can download free MIDI files and loops.
BitMidi is probably the best-known website to download Free MIDI files.
They have loads of songs in a wide range of genres; From electronic all the way to classic.
If you’re looking for the themes of any Nintendo game like Mario, or for songs like bohemian rhapsody, Africa by Toto, the themes of almost any movie or TV Show, BitMidi has got you covered.
In fact, they provide over 110.000 MIDI files which were curated by volunteers around the world.
You can play the file right there on the website to check if it’s really the one you’re looking for and then simply download it with one click… It’s that easy.
No registration- or jumping through any sort of hoops required.
Additionally, there’s no limit on the number of files you can download each day.
Check out BitMidi.com here.
MidiWorld is very similar to BitMidi in the sense that you don’t need to register in order to download the files and they don’t put a limit on the number of files you can download.
The Website looks a bit old, but it works just fine.
The only downside is that you can’t play the files before you download them.
Now, MidiWorld has mostly classical and Jazz MIDI files available which are all from the public domain, meaning that none of those files have copyright.
However, this means that these files tend to be pretty old.
Still, it’s a fantastic resource which you should definitely check out.
Check out MidiWorld.com here.
This website offers over 25.000 MIDI files…
And since most of them were created for commercial material (Video games, commercials, etc.), this means that you won’t be able to find the files available on this website almost anywhere else.
You can download both the MIDI and the MP3 file, which is converted directly from the MIDI, as well as play it directly from their website to find out how it sounds.
It even has a “Request MIDI File” rection where you can request a file that’s not already on the website.
Check out FreeMidi.org here.
Carlos is the man behind this website and he creates all the MIDI files himself.
He even goes as far as to let you request files and he will try to make it for you.
You will be surprised by the huge number of free MIDI files on his website, especially considering that it’s just a single person creating them.
Just like BitMidi and FreeMidi.org, you can play the file directly on the website to see how you like it.
The downloads are completely free and you don’t need to register or anything.
Check out Carlo’s Midi Website here.
Partners in Rhyme
Partners in Rhyme offers a huge collection of royalty free MIDI files and also music loops.
These are some of the highest quality files -that are free- that you can find.
You will be able to download loads of files of almost any genre like; classical, reggae, techno, folk, rock, pop, film soundtracks, TV Show themes, and more.
They also offer some premium downloads which actually do cost quite a bit, but the free stuff is pretty damn good.
Note: They retain all the copyright to the files; so, don’t resell them and don’t post them anywhere else for download.
Check out Partners in Rhyme here.
Instant Drum Patterns
This website offers a total of 460 different drum patterns which you can download for absolutely free.
They all come in a single download file.
This is a good solution to electronic drumming for people who don’t know too much about percussion.
Check out Instant Drum Patterns here.
GrooveMonkee offers a couple free loops from professional MIDI packs which include a wide range of genres.
There’s also a selection of free MIDI bass loops by Alex Evans that also have matching drums, which you can also download for completely free!
The only downside here is that you need to register in order to be able to download the files…
Other than that, great website!
Check out GrooveMonkee here.
Nonstop2k.com focuses primarily on electronic dance music MIDI files.
It offers over 11.000 free downloadable files as well as loads of premium ones.
If you’re looking specifically for electric dance music related files like House, Trance, Electro, Dubstep, and other similar genres, then you might want to give this website a try.
Now, while the files are free and you don’t need to register in order to download them, there’s a limit on how many you can download per day.
- No registration: 2 files per day.
- Registered: 5 Files per day.
- Premium account: Unlimited.
They also offer other premium MIDI files, and in order to get those you need to purchase credits.
Note: If you have a premium account you can download premium ones 50 per month.
Check out Nonstop2k here.
If you’re looking for purely heavy-metal style MIDI files, then this is definitely the website for you.
It offers loads of free songs from artists such as Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, and more.
The look of the website is also pretty cool, just saying…
Check out Metal MIDI here.
Here you will find loads of free MIDI drum loops that sound pretty damn good.
You can even download the MP3 version to have a listen before downloading the actual MIDI file, and there’s a section where people showcase the music they created using these loops.
You can also buy the premium Blues & Rock-n-roll library they sell which contains about 52.000 loops, at the price of $25.
I personally haven’t tried the premium version, but the free stuff is definitely worth checking out!
Check out Prosonic-Studios here.
Yes, this website is completely in Russian, but you can use chrome’s built-in translation tool and you should be able to use the website just fine.
It doesn’t require you to create an account or anything, just download the files and that’s it!
Check out MidiMelody.ru here.
You’ll need a MIDI Controller
In order to be able to use these plugins properly, you will need some sort of MIDI Controller.
While you can use your mouse to map the MIDI in your DAW, it’s a lot faster and easier to do it with a keyboard/controller.
My recommendation here is for you to get something like the M-Audio Oxygen 25 MK IV MIDI Controller which you can find at Amazon at a very affordable price, plus it comes with some extra software like Pro Tools First.
Listed by Genre
Now I’ll list a couple of the most famous songs of each genre and their links to the websites where you can download the MIDI files for free.
- Aerosmith – Dream On
- Aerosmith – Come Together
- Cars – Let the Good Times Roll
- Cat Stevens – Father and Son
- 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
- Bruno Mars – Grenade
- Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song
- Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
- 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
- One Direction – Best Song Ever
- Selena Gomez – Love You Like A Love Song
- The Chainsmokers – Paris
- The Chainsmokers – Setting Fires
R&B, Hip-Hop and Trap
- Kaytranada – You
- Mr. Carmack – Crash (Charms)
- Mr. Carmack – Pay For What
- RL Grime – Aurora
- RL Grime – Neat
- Sam Gellaitry – Shake
- Sam Gellaitry – Dreamscapes
- Zeds Dead & NGHTMRE – Frontlines
- Alan Walker – Faded
- Alan Walker – Sing Me To Sleep
- Calvin Harris – My Way
- Deadmau5 – So There I Was
- Deadmau5 – 2448
- Deadmau5 – No Problem
- Deadmau5 – Hyperlandia
- Deadmau5 – Let Go
- Galantis & Hook N Sling – Love On Me
- Galimatias – Noelle’s Eloquence
- Madeon – Icarus
- Marshmello – Alone
However, every single one of the websites I listed is pretty damn good and all/most of the files are available for free.
I hope this information was useful.
Have a great day!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are MIDI files used for?
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is a protocol which allows electronic instruments and other digital musical tools to communicate with each other.
MIDI itself does not make sound, it is just a series of messages that are interpreted by a MIDI instrument which then makes the sound.
Do I need a midi keyboard to produce music?
Even though you don’t need a MIDI keyboard to produce music, it is highly recommended due to how useful and productive they are.
However, you can use your PC’s keyboard instead, but this is far from ideal.