Importing MIDI files into a Pro Tools session is pretty straightforward, much like importing audio. In this video, I am going to show you two ways to import MIDI files. The first way is go to File > Import > MIDI. Now you can choose a MIDI file contained on any hard drive connected to your computer. In this case, I am going to choose the Mini Grand.mid--mid represents a MIDI file--and I'll choose Open. The MIDI Import Options dialog opens up, and you can choose where you want it to go, so whether you want to put it on a new track or just right into the Region List.
You can choose the location, whether you want it to start at the session starting, or spot or use of specific selection, and we can import the tempo map from the MIDI file, which I want to do, and I am going to Import the key signature. Because the cursor is at the very beginning of the session and we've chosen location selection, it's going to go right to the very beginning. So you see this MIDI region starts right at the very beginning of the session. You will also note that the tempo changed from 120, which was the default, to 100, which is the tempo that is associated with this MIDI file.
Let's check out another way to import MIDI. Let's go to Window > Workspace, and I'm actually going to do a search. "All In" is the name of the file that I'm looking for, and here's the folder that I want to find it in. I am going to pull in this vacuum.mid file, and what I want to do is actually just drag and drop it into the session, and I am going to keep all of this the same. I am going to put them on a new track.
It's going to go with the same selection area, which is the very beginning of the session. And because it's actually from the same session that the other track was from, I don't need to import the tempo map with the key signature, and I don't want to remove the existing MIDI regions or tracks. So closing these windows, we can see that we have a second MIDI track in the session. However, since I created these tracks with virtual instruments, I'd really like to bring them in on instrument tracks. So how do we do that? Let me show you.
I am going to go up to Track > New and create two stereo instrument tracks. Because we have these regions over here in the Regions list of these two MIDI tracks, I am going to Shift+Click, get both of them highlighted, and then click and drag them into the session. Now, all I have to do is insert an instrument plug-in on both of these tracks, and we'll hear sound. So as you can see, there are a few ways to import MIDI files into a Pro Tools session. Use the technique that suits you best.
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