FL Studio allows you to turn patterns from the piano roll into MIDI files. Here’s how you do it in just 3 easy steps. To export MIDI files in FL Studio do the following.
- Make a melody or chord pattern in the piano roll
- Go into the Piano roll options by clicking on the little triangle in the top left.
- Go to, File –> Export as MIDI File
Done! Your MIDI file will be exported.
The Advanced Way
If you want to export a midi file containing many instruments playing at once. You can do so by following the following technique. This technique is also outlined in FL Studios manual but is not described so well there.
1. Put together any number of melodies and chords using the piano roll. You can arrange it all either in the playlist or the channel rack, whatever fits you. Then go ahead and save your project.
2. Head to the Menu on the top left corner in FL Studio. Go to Tools –> Macros –> Prepare for MIDI export. You will get a prompt with a warning, click Okay. All of the instruments and audio clips will be converted to MIDI Out channels.
3. Open up the Mixer and throw a Fruity LSD plugin on any slot. It doesn’t matter what mixer channel.
4. Route the MIDI Out channels to Fruity LSD. The Port in MIDI Out has to be the same as in Fruity LSD. You might need to change the port to something else than 0. Otherwise, it will make no sound.
The Channel from the MIDI Out window controls which instrument you wanna play with your Pattern. You can change instruments in Fruity LSD by clicking on the instrument’s name.
5. When you’re done with the routing, go to FL Studios Menu. Click, FILE –> Export –> MIDI file, and save your creation.
What is MIDI?
MIDI stands for Musical Instruments Digital Interface. It is a protocol that allows electronic musical instruments and computers to communicate with each other. It’s used to create sequences of notes that can be played back on synthesizers or sequencers. MIDI is also used to control other parameters of musical performances, such as tempo, pitch, and volume.