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When importing a MIDI file, all data appear in one track

  • Live Versions: 4 - 9
  • Operating System: ALL

Symptom

  • When importing certain MIDI files (*.mid or *.smf) into Live, all MIDI data appear in one track.
  • With other MIDI files, the MIDI data is spread among several MIDI tracks.

Reason

MIDI files saved in SMF0 format store all MIDI data in one track only - so Live will also import them into one track.

Solution

The MIDI file needs to be changed to SMF1 format which stores the MIDI data in different tracks:

  • Save or export the file as SMF1 from the device or software it originally was created with. Refer to this device or software's manual for further information.
  • If that is not possible, MIDI file converter applications might help. An SMF1 with all original information can't be restored from a file once it is saved as SMF0, but splitting the tracks should work.

Additional Information

More information on the different MIDI file formats can be found in this tutorial: MIDI files

Related tags: file handling MIDI