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Import MIDI files into GarageBand Apps
Dent du Midi is a freeware utilty to convert standard MIDI files for use in GarageBand.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, but I've received a few emails asking this question, so here's (apparently) at least one answer...]

Update: This hint is not necessary if you have iLife05 -- GarageBand2 includes native MIDI support.]
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Import MIDI files into GarageBand
Authored by: barryjaylevine on Feb 03, '04 11:27:09AM

Yep; works.

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Import MIDI files into GarageBand
Authored by: john7jr on Feb 03, '04 11:42:57AM

Works great. It breaks down each MIDI instrument into a GarageBand specific AIFF file (you can't just play them, they are only good for importing into GarageBand) Then you can import them into GarageBand!



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Import MIDI files into GarageBand
Authored by: scottp on Feb 03, '04 12:16:53PM

I haven't used this yet, but it sounds good, especially if it allows you to use sound fonts.

Even better in my particular case was to use MidiPipe and Mighty MIDI to pipe the MIDI directly into GB while recording. This way the notes are easily editable in GB. Very handy if you want to change tempo, instruments, note velocities, etc.

This is a piece of cake to set up, and works like a charm, at least for one instrument/track at a time. The instructions are at http://gbxchange.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=769#769



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Import MIDI files into GarageBand
Authored by: beryrinaldo on Feb 03, '04 09:17:08PM

I think you'll find this even easier to use than the MIDIpipe/Mighty MIDI solution. It gives you editable notes just like that method but it takes a fraction of the time and does not require any "by hand" alignment of the tracks after you import them...try it, I think you'll like it!



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I don't think those are AIFF files
Authored by: jecwobble on Feb 03, '04 02:15:58PM

I haven't tried this app yet, but based on what I've read about it, I doesn't produce AIFF files, it simply breaks out the multiple parts of a MIDI file so that individual instruments have thier own MIDI files.



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have you noticed that some of Apple's own loops...
Authored by: JazzDude on Feb 03, '04 03:03:53PM

...have an .aif extension yet show up in GB as MIDI loops?



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I want MIDI Info
Authored by: schneb on Feb 03, '04 04:14:44PM

I was a little disappointed. I wanted to convert a MIDI Quicktime file so that I could import the MIDI data into GarageBand, not an AIFF. sigh...



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I want MIDI Info
Authored by: jeffbyrnes on Feb 03, '04 05:47:55PM

Schneb, it's not actually an AIFF, it merely appears to be one. When you import it into GB, it treats it like MIDI. Hope this helps :)

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Import MIDI files into GarageBand
Authored by: beryrinaldo on Feb 03, '04 06:30:02PM

Let my try to clear up the confusion here. Dent du Midi never converts the MIDI data into an audio waveform. The MIDI data from the original MIDI file is separated into tracks and encapsulated in such a way that GarageBand can import the MIDI data. The reason the files appear as AIFF (.aif) is because that is the only format that GB allows to be dragged and dropped on it. This method has some distinct advantages over the other methods mentioned. I hope this clears things up a bit. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or issues.



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Import MIDI files into GarageBand
Authored by: Spig on Mar 01, '04 07:59:23PM

Now the trick needed is how to export from GarageBand as a MIDI.



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