AUTOMATION & RECORDING

Import MIDI Data Dialog (*.mid)

The Import MIDI data dialog appears when you import MIDI files that contain note and/or automation data.

NOTES: 1. FL Studio only imports .mid format not .midi. 2. MIDI is not audio, it is note and automation data. It needs to be read by an instrument before you can hear it. The reason you can play many .mid files on your computer is that the operating system assigns the MIDI data to the inbuilt synthesizer/samples in your audio interface (see the section on playing General MIDI files below).

How to import MIDI data

The options on the MIDI import dialog will change depending on how the MIDI file is loaded into FL Studio. Options are:

  1. Import a MIDI file from the Main File menu.
  2. Import a MIDI file from the Piano roll menu.
  3. Drag a MIDI file from the Browser and drop on:

    3.1 Channel Rack.

    3.2 Piano roll.

    3.3 FL Studio desktop.

Importing CC Automation (sustain pedal, controller movements or similar): Some MIDI files may include sustain pedal or similar automation CC (Continuous Control) data. This must be loaded separately into the pattern containing the MIDI note information as follows:

  1. Select the Pattern in FL Studio that contains the MIDI note data (as imported above).
  2. Go to the Plugin Menu > Browse Parameters
  3. Locate specific CC target associated with the CC automation data you want, e.g. CC64 (sustain). Right-click the CC target in the Browser and select 'Edit events'.
  4. From the Event Editor Menu > Options > Edit > Import MIDI File.
  5. Choose and import the MIDI file containing the CC automation data.

NOTE: Make sure to use the same import options as for the MIDI note data. Specifically 'Realign events' should not be used as the MIDI note and CC automation will probably end up out of sync.

Options

Playing General MIDI Files

For this trick you will need MIDI Out instrument/s, a Fruity LSD effect and a General MIDI file. Each track in the MIDI file will be imported into a separate Instrument channel (holding a MIDI Out plugin), with unique Piano roll 'color group'/MIDI channel data. These will use 'General MIDI' instruments from your audio interfaces inbuilt Synth/Sampler:

  1. Import the MIDI data using the 'Create one channel per track' option (see above). NOTE: the import method will determine if you see the 'Create one channel per track' option, use 1 or 3.3 (above).
  2. A MIDI Out plugin will automatically load on each Instrument channel. The MIDI Channel selectors on each MIDI Out plugin will be set accordingly.
  3. Load a Fruity LSD plugin on the Mixer track Effect slot of your choice.
  4. Set the Fruity LSD to Port 0 (Omni mode) so that it responds to all the MIDI Out Instrument channels.
  5. Press play and enjoy the cheesy world of 'General MIDI'. We recommend replacing the Fruity Outs with regular Plugin instruments before someone catches you!