MIDI File Transfer From DAW

Sometimes you want to import a midi file into Synfire that you created yourself for your specific studio setup, for example one that you just exported from a DAW and want to further refine with Synfire. In this situation, it is important for you to keep the devices and channels exactly as in the file. This ensures the imported file plays back correctly in Synfire after the import.

When the import dialog pops up (see picture), Synfire first assumes the file uses GM Standard and estimates the sound of each track by the GM program numbers it finds in the file.

Exporting and re-importing MIDI files

If you want to export your Synfire arrangement as a MIDI file (for example to edit it at the DAW) and re-import it afterwards into Synfire you should use the option File >> Import >> Standard MIDI File (Using My Private Sounds) to get back the previously used sound assignment.

This video (made with an older version of Synfire, but still true) shows how this feature works:


Import & Reuse Phrases For a New Composition

Be warned: This is an outdated video showing a very old version of Synfire. While the examples may possibly inspire you, there is a new and easier workflow explained in the current Import Tutorial.

The orchestral music example may not appeal to everyone, however, you should keep in mind this can be done the same way with R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Dubstep, Trance and any other style.

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