Import a midi file which was recorded without metronome

• May 16, 2021 - 13:32

Dear musicians

I am brand new to musescore software and can't find a way to disable "quantization".
The Midi track that I have imported is recorded without a clicktrack/metronome so musescore plays it in an entirely different tempo because it tries to quantize it.

thanks in advance !


If there was no click, it's going to be virtually impossible to make any sort of notational sense out of it. Keep in mind MuseScore is a notation program first and foremost, not a sequencer, so it "thinks" in terms of notation, not raw MIDI events. The goal of MuseScore is to produce readable notation, not to play MIDI files, so it's feature are optimized accordingly.

If you attach the MIDI file in question was can try to advise better on settings you use or other things you could make that might help with the playback, but realistically, if the goal is to simply hear the MIDI file played back, best to turn to software actually intended for that purpose primarily, so it can deal with the raw MIDI information.

In reply to by Merlijnvm

A worthy goal! Usually the simplest / most effective way is to put the DAW aside and just enter the notes by hand. kind of like, if you record a conversation between several people with a casette tape, yes, you could try to find some AI to try to transcribe everything everyone is saying and turn it into a readable script. It will almost certainly be far simpler and more effect to just type it up yourself.

If you are able to post the midi file up here- or even a fragment of it - someone round here might be able to figure it out. It can be really hard to convert midi back to notation if the timing isn't right, but sometimes it works.

The tempo adjustment isn't the only issue to fix, as the system has to try to figure out where the bars are - so you'd need to give it some help.

If the tempo is regular - say in 4/4 and you still have access to the DAW you could try exporting a piece in 4/4 back as Midi to your DAW, and then line the notes up in that, and finally export the composite result back to MuseScore. Then delete the extra stave(s) from that process.

A lot depends on how that Midi file was created. If it was a "live" recording by a performer using a Midi interface - again you've almost no chance because of timing variations.

Might just work - but no promises. If the piece has been recorded with rubato, or flexible tempi, or multiple time signatures you've almost no chance, and rewriting is the best option.

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