How to import .midi file with correct instruments?

• Feb 12, 2018 - 17:20

As you can see in the screenshot at the bottom Musescore correctly sees all the separate instrument tracks in a .midi file I exported from Reaper.

But at the top it tries to combine them or leaves them out or something. I can't get it to just open the tracks as specified in the file.

(It opens all tracks correctly if I drop it into a DAW)

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What exactly are you wanting to see? When I open your MIDI file it looks like the picture as far as I can tell. Are you saying you want it to look different somehow, or is there some difference that isn't obvious at first glance?

In reply to by Richard Cooke

Ah, I see, I thought you were saying the screenshot shows exactly what you want - it shows what you are actually getting, which is not what you want.

MuseScore makes conventional assumptions about MIDI files. Two relevant here:

1) anything on channel 10 is drums, anything on any other channel is not
2) consecutive tracks both set to piano sound should be represented as a single instrument

It appears your MIDI file deviates this, showing three consecutive tracks set to piano sound, and two tracks that appear from the names like they are intended for drums but are not set to channel 10, so there is no way for MuseScore to know that's what you really want.

In order to get the result you want, you should correct the MIDI file to use channels in the conventional way.

In reply to by tholmusic

That depends on the sequencer software you are using to create your MIDI file. You would have to consult the documentation and/or support forum for that program. But once you manage to get your MIDI software to place the percussion on channel 10, all will be well within MuseScore autoamtically.

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