Import Options for MIDI Files

The Import Options for MIDI files allow you to specify what data is included in imported MIDI files.

Extract First Patch

Converts the first Program Change and Bank Select events for each track to Inspector settings for the track.

Extract First Volume/Pan

Converts the first MIDI Volume and Pan events for each track to Inspector settings for the track.

Import Controller as Automation Tracks

Converts MIDI Controller events in the MIDI file to automation data for the MIDI tracks.

Import to Left Locator

Aligns the imported MIDI file at the position of the left locator.

Import Markers

Imports any markers that have been added.

Import Dropped File as Single Part

Places the file on one track if you drag a MIDI file into the project.

Ignore Master Track Events on Merge

Ignores tempo track data if you import a MIDI file into the current project. The imported MIDI file will play according to the current tempo track in the project.

Auto Dissolve Format 0

Automatically dissolves imported MIDI files of type 0. Each embedded MIDI channel in the file is placed on a separate track in the Project window.


Allows you to specify what happens when you drag a MIDI file into the project.

  • MIDI Tracks creates MIDI tracks for the imported file.

  • Instrument Tracks creates instrument tracks for each MIDI channel in the MIDI file and lets the program automatically load appropriate presets.

  • HALion Sonic SE multi-timbral creates several MIDI tracks, each routed to a separate instance of HALion Sonic SE in the VST Instruments window, and loads the appropriate presets.


In Cubase LE, this is automatically set to MIDI Tracks.

Import Karaoke Lyrics as Text

Converts karaoke lyrics in the MIDI file to text that can be displayed in the Score Editor. If this option is deactivated, lyrics are only shown in the List Editor.