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No sound after MIDI file import into Live

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

Symptom

Live makes no sound after importing a MIDI file. (SMF = Standard MIDI files or *.mid files)

Reason

MIDI files do not capture and store actual sounds.
Instead, MIDI files are just a list of events which describe the specific steps that a soundcard or other playback device must take to generate certain sounds.

Solution

MIDI files can be used on a Live MIDI track, but require an instrument to produce sound - the MIDI data of a MIDI file can play a internal Live instrument device, a virtual VST or AU instrument or external MIDI equipment.

Related tags: file handling MIDI