Type 1 MIDI files supported in Live 9

Hi everybody!

As one focus of Live 9 is better MIDI editing - can anybody tell if type 1 MIDI files will be supported in Live 9? I really find it annoying that I can't import simple multi track MIDI files into Live... We have 2012 now, not 1980 or something and every other DAW supports MIDI, even almost every freeware on Linux can do that... ;)

Thanks in advance!

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abtrapp 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • abtrapp
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    MIDI type 1 means, that every instrument is in its own track, when you load such a MIDI file into live it puts all instruments (including drums) into one MIDI track in live - does not sound very great, believe me ;)

    Would be great if the MIDI 1 would be split on insert in 9.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • FillClarke
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    I haven't seen this on LIVE 9's feature list so far, so don't get your hopes up.

    What you can do is exporting the separate MIDI tracks from your type 1 files with a program such as Finale and then drag the individual tracks into live.

    http://www.finalemusic.com/UserManuals/Finale2012Mac/Content/Finale/MFTYPDLG.htm

    This is of course an extra step, but does prevent you from having to manually cut and paste midi blocks from 1 midi track to another (it's definately faster...)

     

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • hotel17
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    You can import smf 1 (standard midi file type 1) in the session view.  If you import them into a midi track in the arrangement view Live will import all the midi data into 1 track.

    https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/midi-file-format/

    It would be great to be able to export a whole project from the arrangement view (cfr. Logic, Pro Tools,...) and also have the option to choose between type 0 and type 1.  As for now, the only way to export a whole song to a midi file in Live, is exporting every clip separately. Then import every midi clip into another DAW (Pro Tools, Logic) or music notation software (Sibelius, Finale, MuseScore??,..) and export it as an midi type 1 file.

     

     

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • hmj
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    Yeah this doesn't work. It's extremely lame on Abletons part.

    2 months ago | 0 comments
  • FillClarke
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    I know I've loaded regular MIDI files in live before without a problem, like the ones available on freemididb.com etc.

    Just drag the midi file to a midi track in live.

    Both midi notes and automation like e.g. from the pitch bend wheel worked fine and I was able to select any synth to play back the midi notes by just dragging the synth to the track.

    I don't know whether these "type 1" midi files are somthing special, but my guess is this should work.

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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