Re: FL Studio - Midi Importing / Tempo Issue. Post by Analog-X64 » - 16:47 Tonka wrote: I'm sure there IS a proper way to change the original tempo or remove the midi data relating to the tempo, by my method is the lazy bastard way of getting around it. The options on the MIDI import dialog will change depending on how the MIDI file is loaded into FL Studio. Options are: Import a MIDI file from the Main File menu. Import a MIDI file from the Piano roll menu. Drag a MIDI file from the Browser and drop on: 3.1 Channel Rack. 3.3 FL Studio desktop. Importing CC Automation (sustain pedal, controller movements or similar): Some MIDI files.
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In this guide, I am going to show you how to import and export midi files in Fl Studio 12
Sometimes you will feel like using the MIDI data of one particular pattern for another project or the MIDI data you downloaded or perhaps, the ones your friend sent you.
The easiest way of doing this is to import the MIDI file into your production session if downloaded or shared to you by a friend or perhaps, to re-import the melody if you plan on using it in another project.
Why Are Midi Files Useful?
MIDI files are useful if you want to reuse, send to other daws and other software as well.
Let’s Take a Look On How To Import a New Midi File Into Fl Studio
You should know the directory of the new MIDI file you want to import. Mine is located on my desktop.
Open Fl Studio > Goto FILE > Select import and click MIDI file, find the location of the MIDI file and click OK.
You’ll get a message telling you to import All tracks, click accept and your new MIDI files will be loaded unto Fl Studio, select OK.
If done correctly, you should be up and be running with those images below
Exporting Midi Files
Let’s take a look on how to export a MIDI file in Fl Studio, as you can see below, I have gotten a nice Chord progression.
To export a MIDI file, We can then use the basic main menu options in the piano roll to export the MIDI, and then re-import it in the new project. To do this, I go over to the main menu, click on File and Export as MIDI File.
Give it a name. I will be calling mine MIDI Exclusive, find the location you want to export your MIDI file and press Enter.
Using this method is an excellent way for collaborating with other producers. MIDI is a much more efficient way of sharing melody information than exporting audio files, so taking full advantage of this feature in FL Studio 12 will help you massively streamline your workflow.
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So let’s talk about how to record midi in FL Studio.
I’m going to be using FL Studio for this demonstration, which should be obvious. I mean the site is FL Studio Tutorials .
I’m going to focus on a couple things:
- Why would you want to record midi
- Some variations on recording midi in FL Studio
- Application for recording midi with drum samples
- Application of recording midi with a VST Instrument
One of the things I assume up front is that you have a midi keyboard. I recommend a midi keyboard as a basic piece of gear for your home studio anyway.
If you don’t have one of those, this will not make as much sense.
Now that that is out of the way, let’s start talking about why and how to record midi in FL Studio.
WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO RECORD MIDI
So let’s talk about why it is beneficial to record midi. You can always create chords and drum patterns manually through the piano roll.
You can totally do that if that’s what you want to do. But I think the advantage of having a midi keyboard to record midi notes is that you give your music productions a much more human feel.
Humanizing your chords and melodies
When you record the midi, it is taking into account how hard you press each key and the exact time that you hit it. And because we are human, we don’t hit everything directly on time, or every key with the exact same strength.
When this happens, you build in some variety to what you play. So you record a chord progression. And you play the same chords twice on the midi keyboard, back to back. Chances are they will not sound exactly the same. Those small variations in how you play give them a unique feel.
Now you may have to correct timing through quantization if you have some serious timing issues. But having a little bit of variety for note hits, either behind or in front of the beat, give it character. This is a very desirable thing when you create your songs.
Give your drums more feel
And the same ideas apply to constructing a drum pattern or loop using the midi keyboard pads.
The other benefit of recording midi is just the speed with which you get ideas down. Instead of going into the piano roll and lay in each note to construct chords and melodies, you can simply press record and capture all those chords easily.
Those are some of the advantages of being able to record midi in FL Studio. Let’s talk about some of the different methods you can use.
PRE-GAME – HOW TO RECORD MIDI IN FL STUDIO
The first step in making sure you are able to record midi is to have the option checked in your recording settings.
You can find the recording settings by right clicking on the record button in the transport controls section of FL Studio.
When you right click a menu will pop up and show you what options are checked. Make sure to click/check the record notes option. I recommend that you make sure to click/check the option to record audio. That will be relevant in a later step.
So let’s talk about some of the options that you can use.
I know there are some occasions where the thing I want to play on the keyboard is a little more complicated than my skill level can handle. But that’s not a problem, because there is this beautiful feature in FL Studio that lets you set everything to half time to record.
What does setting everything to half time do?
I’m glad you ask. It keeps all of the pitches of the song you are working on the same, but it slows the time down. So when you record, you have double the amount of time you would normally have. This let’s you get fingers in position on the next chord, or to move between notes on the melody that you are recording.
Once you exit the half time setting, everything returns to the normal tempo. This gives you the advantage of less pressure to get it right when you are feeling rushed. And let’s you practice through a chord progression or melody until you feel comfortable.
You can find this setting by right clicking on the metronome section at the top of window near the transport controls. Let me tell you, for complicated chord progressions and difficult melodies, this can be a life saver.
Record both audio and midi at the same time
One of the other great features that is available in FL Studio is to be able to record both audio and midi at the same time. So what’s the big deal with that?
Let’s say you decide that you are going to try to capture something you are playing on the midi keyboard in real time. You are going for broke and capturing the audio performance to put into your song. The nice feature that is available to you is that you can also record the midi while you are recording the audio performance as well.
This can be great if you decide that you want to layer in some different sounds later, or you decide that you want to change the instrument you were working on initially.
Another benefit is if you screwed up just some small things. Like playing one note too loud, or being just a little too far off in time for one chord. Just minor things that you can actually go back into the recorded midi and alter, then you can render it out as audio again, and everything is back to normal.
The place to set this up is the settings on the record button in the transport control section. Right click on it and make sure that both audio and midi are selected for recording. And when you are getting ready to record, make sure that you have a blank pattern selected. And that you are running your VST through a mixer channel so you can capture the audio.
Give a buffer of time before starting recording
This one may be a little controversial for people, but I do this on occasion.
I always have the count in option selected from the transport control section, but sometimes I just want a little bit more time before I have to start laying down notes and chords on the keyboard.
So sometimes I will back up another bar from where I need to start recording in order to give myself a little more time to get a feel for the pacing of the metronome. The only issue with this method of recording midi, is that your midi section will start 1 bar before anything starts to play. When recording stops it won’t be even with the sections.
If you are a little OCD like I can be about keeping everything neat in my projects, this can be a bit of a pain. One way around it is to go into the piano roll for the pattern after you are done recording and shift the notes to the left. That way they start at the beginning.
Then you will have to exit the piano roll and shift the whole pattern 1 bar to the right. It’s some extra work, but if you want things to look neat, you can do that.
So what is blend recording? The blend recording option is great for something like a drum kit. Let’s say you are using FPC to lay down some drums. If you record the snare first on its own, if you try to go back and record the kick after, you would overwrite what you already laid down.
With blend recording, it keeps whatever you already laid down, and will add notes to it.
So you could lay down the snare in the first pass, lay down the kick in the second pass, and then lay down hi hats the next, etc.
This is a really great feature when you want to be able to build up the notes on an instrument without losing what you already played and recorded before.
Recording onto the playlist vs pattern
You can also be selective about whether you want to just record on the pattern window or into the playlist. This is really going to be dictated by whether or not you want to hear what you have already recorded as a reference. Or whether you want to create something on it’s own, without listening to what you laid down already.
If you want to record something on its own, then switch to Pattern Mode with the transport controls. Set up a new pattern to work in.
If you need to hear what is already laid down, then move to Song Mode. Make sure you place the playhead in the playlist window where you want the recording to start. It will give you a count in if you have that option selected, and start recording.
So those are a couple of different options for how you can record midi in your projects. So let’s move on to talk about certain situations that I think recording midi can be very helpful.
MIDI – DRUMS AND SAMPLES
I mentioned it a little bit in an earlier section about how useful it is to record midi when you are doing drums. But let’s dive into that a little more.
In FL Studio, there are lots of ways that you can set up your drums. You could pull in individual samples into the channel rack, and then lay out each one in a pattern. Or you could record those samples into the pattern, which I think gives you a more human feel to what you record.
You could also do a blend. Lay down your kicks and snares lined up so they are more on the grid. And then just record midi for the hi hats and the percussion elements. This can give you a very clean feel for the underlying rhythm. But it allows you to have the swing and humanized feel to some of the other elements in the drum patterns.
I often gravitate to this. I set the kick on the grid the way I want it, and then record snare and other elements via midi. Then I adjustment elements as needed to keep the timing okay. You can do that by quantizing them, or you can manually shift certain hits to keep things more human. I know I’ve said that phrase about 50 times so far, but I think it’s important when you are producing to draw in things that feel more organic and less mechanical.
Once you mess around with bringing samples into the channel rack for a while, you may start to see that you gravitate to certain samples again and again. If you find this is true for you, then set up your own kit in the FPC instrument in FL Studio.
This will give you the chance to create a pretty custom setup for yourself. And it can save some time loading individual samples. And it gives you something to create with quickly.
Speed of being able to get ideas down is always important.
Let’s move on.
MIDI – VST INSTRUMENTS
FL Studio comes with some decent instruments to get you started. I think the most versatile instrument that they give you access to is Sytrus.
You can load in presets that are pad sounds , and you can load in bass sounds, arps, etc.
And the ability to be able to lay down chords and melodies by recording with a midi keyboard is a must.
I think as you get comfortable with recording midi in FL Studio, it frees you up to get more creative.
I see a lot of guys/gals that start with just a piano VST, like the sampled Grand Piano that is available in Direct Wave. It’s a pretty good sounding piano, and you can get chords and melodies down quickly.
REPURPOSE THE MIDI YOU RECORD
So I’ve showed you how to record midi in FL Studio.
If you record those ideas in midi, you can then take sections of that midi, copy it and then place then on other VST instruments.
You can create a bass line by just grabbing the root notes out of chords you create. Drop them down an octave on another instrument, like a bass, or a sub bass, and now you have multiple tracks and instruments.
It’s a great way to be able to create songs quickly.
I think that’s the real advantage to recording midi. Once you capture ideas, it gives you the flexibility to do a lot with it. So use that to your full advantage.
Import Midi Files Into Fl Studio
And get comfortable working with VST instruments. As you get more comfortable with creating songs, and you build your production chops, you will want to upgrade the sounds that are available to you.
You may want to get a package of instruments like Komplete from Native Instruments. Or a versatile synth instrument like Serum, Omnisphere or a package of sounds from Arturia, or Spectrasonics, etc.
So now you know of the benefits of recording midi. And I’ve showed you how to record midi in FL Studio.
Import Midi Fl Studio Mobile
There are many ways to accomplish it, both with instruments and samples for drums.
You are armed with the knowledge you need to start recording midi in your own projects. It doesn’t have to be complicated. But it can be a great way to add a more human touch to your songs and music production.
Fl Studio Midi Import Problem
I hope this helps you out.