Importing MIDI

You can import MIDI files into existing Dorico Pro projects as separate flows, for example, to work on a different version of a section of a piece.


  1. Choose File > Import > MIDI to open the File Explorer/macOS Finder.
  2. Locate and select the MIDI files you want to import.
  3. Click Open to open the MIDI Import Options dialog for the first selected MIDI file.
  4. Change the settings as required.
  5. Optional: If you want to customize the quantization settings, click Quantize Options and change the settings in the MIDI Quantize Options dialog.
  6. Optional: Click OK to save your quantization settings and return to the MIDI Import Options dialog.
  7. Click OK to close the MIDI Import Options dialog, which automatically opens the Flow Import Options dialog for the first selected MIDI file.
  8. In the Flow Import Options dialog, choose one of the following options for Player handling:
    • Create All New Players

    • Merge with Existing Players Where Possible

  9. Click OK to import the selected flows and close the dialog.
  10. Optional: If you selected multiple MIDI files, repeat steps 4 to 9 for each file. The MIDI Import Options and Flow Import Options dialogs reopen automatically for each file.


The selected MIDI files are imported into the project as new flows. Dorico Pro uses an algorithm on imported MIDI notes to produce the correct enharmonic spelling for the imported notes.

  • If the MIDI files contained markers, they are also imported, and if they have SMPTE offset values defined, Dorico Pro uses them to set the timecode position for the start of the flow.

  • If you chose Create All New Players, new players are added as required for each MIDI file.

  • If you chose Merge with Existing Players Where Possible, any players that the imported MIDI files and existing project have in common are merged, for example, if you imported a MIDI file containing a solo piano into a project containing a piano and viola, the imported MIDI file is added to the existing piano player.


You can also open MIDI files directly if you want them to be separate projects rather than new flows in existing projects.