Having Fun with MIDI Files In GarageBand

You can open standard MIDI files in GarageBand. You can then view the notes in each track, change them, and change the instrument being used to play that track. You can combine MIDI tracks with other Apple Loops to create interesting remixes of music.

Comments: 8 Responses to “Having Fun with MIDI Files In GarageBand”

    Law Thim Fook
    6 years ago

    Very interesting tips, Gary. Much thanks.

    6 years ago

    hi Gary
    I have two versions of Garage Band 6.0.5 and 10.0.3. Reason being that each version has different features available. I tried opening a midi file by double-clicking on it and Garage Band is not one of the applications associated with midi files, looks like I can't associate midi with it. So I had to open Garage Band, create a new project and insert the midi file. This may be an issue beyond the scope of your tip but thought I'd check to see if you had any suggestions. Thx

    6 years ago

    nick: You can always Control+click and choose Open With. Or, drag and drop a document to an app.

    Fernando GonƧalves
    6 years ago


    My system: macOS Sierra, 10,12
    I, too, have GarageBand 6.
    When I clicked on the .mid sample I downloaded, Quick Time open/played. When I tried to open it via GarageBand, the filename was greyed out.
    I did not do anything else. I'm sorry I missed the "Fun".

    6 years ago

    Fernando: I'm using GarageBand 10.x with macOS High Sierra in the tutorial.

    Terry Haddow
    6 years ago

    Can you open the midi files on the iPad ? It seems to want to open in iMovie .

    6 years ago

    Terry: Not sure. I've never tried it, but I'm not sure how you would be able to do it with just the iPad version. Perhaps there are other apps that can handle MIDI files in iOS.

    6 years ago

    Interesting information to know. In the meantime, I've simply been converting MIDI files to WAV.

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