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  • Ability to import MIDI files into sequences

    I personally capitalise a lot in a personal MIDI sequences library in my production workflow as this gives me the freedom to choose the appropriate synth and tone when actually using my pre-composed/recorded sequences.

    I think it would be helpful for those who have this type of workflow to have at least the ability too import single-track midi clips of the max length of a sequence (128 steps) from a .mid file into the BlackBox.

    Obviously I would see that inside SEQS, when selecting a sequence + INFO, there should be an import button or menu item opening a .MID file browser then once the file is chosen, populating the .MID file's notes in a pre-selected status so that we can immediately move them around vertically or horizontally in order to adjust with the ongoing track.

    For when one attempts to import a multi-track .MID file (say a full song in MIDI), the BlackBox could prompt the user to choose which of the tracks he wants to import.

    If the limit of 128 steps per sequence was to be taken to 256 or 512 in the future, then it would also apply to the MIDI file importing capabilities.

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    Any chance we have at least a minimal implementation of this in a firmware update ? Maybe just for MIDI clip files, we don't need to import full songs, just snippets.

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    • #3
      I would love to import midi files. Fingers x

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      • #4
        The BB is becoming more and more the central point of my setup in terms of sample library and sequence library so, though it’s quite easy to record a midi clip on it, importing a massive amount of project or utility sequences would definitely easier with a drop into a folder of the sd card and ability to import when needed. Let’s see if the idea makes its way into 1010s list !
        Last edited by jayneural; 01-07-2020, 12:19 PM.

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        • #5
          I agree, since 1010music has not shown interest in developing the on-board sequencer functionality/usability, this would be a great work around for those of use who seek a bit greater control

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          • #6
            Revitalising this request as Roland has just added SMF import to their MC-101 sample-based groove box.

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            • #7
              Good idea. May it is not necessary to do it in the Blackbox Firmware but also a PC-app could convert standard MIDI-files into the XML-format used in the Blackbox.

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              • #8
                Hey, maybe as a workaround it is possible to record midi sequences played by the DAW into the blackbox, as means of "importing"?
                This is how it's done by a user in the toolbox (though you can import midi files there directly -> maybe this gets implemented in the black box, too, we will see!!)

                reference: https://forum.1010music.com/forum/pr...=2469#post2469

                hope this helps

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                • #9
                  Yes indeed, that's actually what I'm doing for the moment, but if you have constituted a SMF library from your projects, you'll have to play them all one by one in order to import them rather than just copying your SMFs into the sdcard.

                  I also use a chord progression library in order to quicken my workflow. Right now I either have to record or create PSETs that I use as base of the project but it's not very convenient.

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                  • #10
                    have you seen: https://forum.1010music.com/forum/pr...tractor-parser
                    ??
                    I tried to get it to work but it fails me with the resolution.. the sequence is imported correctly, also to the right pad, but it the note values are too fast.. maybe you have better luck? dare to tell me about your experience if you get it working? I currently record my midi sequences from ableton to the black box, same as you, which works ok but I just cannot believe it is so hard to implement a proper import function by the 1010 music team.. cmon guys

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                    • #11
                      Def one of the most common requests. Even something simple would rock

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jayneural View Post
                        The BB is becoming more and more the central point of my setup in terms of sample library and sequence library so, though it’s quite easy to record a midi clip on it, importing a massive amount of project or utility sequences would definitely easier with a drop into a folder of the sd card and ability to import when needed. Let’s see if the idea makes its way into 1010s list !
                        You mentioned, "it's quite easy to record a midi clip on it"
                        Does that mean you are able to record in midi data from a keyboard?
                        I was under the impression that the BB could not do that.

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                        • #13
                          Ofc it can do that. It is a USB Host device, so literally any keyboard (I use Arturia Keystation) can put in midi data via USB or midi in. make sure you put a dummy placeholder sample in the pad slot and also but that sample to gate mode, so it records correct note length. I hope this helps.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Painting Silence View Post
                            Ofc it can do that. It is a USB Host device, so literally any keyboard (I use Arturia Keystation) can put in midi data via USB or midi in. make sure you put a dummy placeholder sample in the pad slot and also but that sample to gate mode, so it records correct note length. I hope this helps.
                            Okay, that is interesting. I'll take a look tonight. Thanks for the reply!

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                            • #15
                              You can import MIDI files!
                              When in the Sequence editor, under Edit there is the option to import .mid files. I was able to do this successfully after loading some .mid files onto my micro SD. You will need to enter the resolution and length manually. Of course, you will also need to select which pad is being sequenced before importing the midi. Not sure when this was added but wanted to add onto this thread so that the info is out there.

                              Thanks for adding this feature, Aaron and team!

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