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 device (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:
- Import a MIDI file from the Main File menu.
- Import a MIDI file from the Piano roll menu.
- 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:
- Select the Pattern in FL Studio that contains the MIDI note data (as imported above).
- Go to the Plugin Menu > Browse Parameters
- 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'.
- From the Event Editor Menu > Options > Edit > Import MIDI File.
- 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.
- Which Tracks to Import - Click the drop-down menu to select which MIDI tracks to import. A track is usually associated with a MIDI Channel and contains a particular instrument's data ('Piano', 'Melody', 'Drums', etc.),
there can be up to 16 MIDI tracks, what you will see depends on the data file to be imported.
- Which Channels to Import - Select the MIDI Channels to import. Left-click a Channel number (selected channels are marked in red) to include it in the import, Right-Click to exclude a
Channel from the import.
- Blend with existing data - The MIDI data will be blended with any data already in the pattern/s.
- Start new project - Opens the MIDI file in a new project. If this option is deselected, any data in the Instrument channels for the selected pattern will be overwritten.
- Create one channel per track - Imports each MIDI channel (1 to 16 possible) in the MIDI file as a separate Instrument channel and loads a MIDI Out plugin set to
the tracks Channel number, on each.
- Realign events - Removes any empty-space at the start of the file.
- Import time signatures - Add time signatures from the MIDI file to the Pattern / Piano roll.
- Import zero velocity notes - Treat notes with a velocity of zero as 'Note ON', instead of, the default, 'Note Off' messages.
- Accept - Accept changes and close the tool. Note, these changes can be subsequently undone using the Current project History or Ctrl+Z.
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 devices
- 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).
- A MIDI Out plugin will automatically load on each Instrument channel. The MIDI Channel selectors on each MIDI Out plugin
will be set accordingly.
- Load a Fruity LSD plugin on the Mixer track Effect slot of your choice.
- Set the Fruity LSD to Port 0 (Omni mode) so that it responds to all the MIDI Out Instrument channels.
- Press play and enjoy the cheesy world of 'General MIDI'. We recommend replacing the Fruity Outs with regular Plugin instruments before someone catches you!