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Importing MIDI files into a Pro Tools session is pretty straightforward, much like importing audio. In this video I'm going to show you two ways to import MIDI files. First, you can try File > Import > MIDI. Now we need to navigate to the files that we want to import. The .mid indicates that it's a MIDI file that we can import. I'll choose Open and Pro Tools will ask us where do we want to put it and do we want to bring in any other information with it? Do we want to put it onto a new track? Or shall we drop it into the Regions List? I'm going to choose New Track and I'm going to choose so that it starts at the beginning of the session.
But you can also choose a different Selection or Spot it to a different area in the session. In this case I'm going to add Import tempo map from the MIDI File as well as Import Key Signature. And if we had other instrument tracks or MIDI tracks in the session or even MIDI regions, we could tell Pro Tools to remove them. But since we don't have any on this new session, those are grayed out. Click OK. Now we can see that MIDI file was automatically put onto a MIDI track and added to our session.
Another way to import MIDI files to our session is to choose Window > Workspace and find the file that we want in the Workspace window. I'm going to search for it, so I'm going to choose the magnifying glass and type in All Together and look for a Folder, because I know that the MIDI file that I want is within this folder. Click Search, and the file that I want is inside of this folder, so I'll double-click it.
You see all the MIDI files that you want to import within that folder. I'm going to choose the Vacuum one and I'm just going to click on it and then drag it into the session. Again, we see the MIDI Import Options dialog box, and we can choose to put it onto a new track or drop it into the Regions List, and where we want it to start. We can import the tempo map or the key signature, but since we did that on the last MIDI track that we imported. I'm not going to choose those here.
And now we have the option to Remove existing MIDI tracks and MIDI regions, but I'm not going to do that either. Choose OK. And now we have two MIDI tracks. So when we import using the File > Import > MIDI technique, the MIDI file goes automatically onto a MIDI track in our session. And the same, when we drag-and-drop from the Workspace browser, it goes onto a MIDI track. However, since I created these tracks with virtual instruments, I would really like to bring them in on instrument tracks. So how do we do that? Let me show you.
I am going to make two new tracks. So 2, Stereo, Instrument Tracks, Create. So I'm going to click this one track and then I'm going to use the Command key on a Mac or you can use a Ctrl key on a Windows machine, to select a second track. Now I have got both of these and I'm going to click and drag them onto the instrument tracks.
And now you see that they are on the instrument tracks ready to go. All I need to do now is add the instrument to these tracks and we'll be able to hear them. So as you can see there are few ways to import MIDI files into a Pro Tools session. Use the technique that suits you best.
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