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    How to change an instrument in an imported MIDI file in Garageband iOS
    I figured out how to import some of my old MIDI files into Garageband but the instrument allocation seems to be a little random. I ended up with my drum track being assigned to a Grand Piano and while I could change to another keyboard I couldn't select a drum kit. There's a good tutorial on how to do this in MacOS but not in iOS where the controls are different. Has anyone else found this problem?
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  • Joe A
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    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: How to change an instrument in an imported MIDI file in Garageband iOS
    If an imported MIDI file has an embedded (General MIDI) program change message at the beginning of a track (or each track, in the case of a multi-channel file) it should automatically select the correct instrument, but if not you'll have to re-select the appropriate instrument(s) by hand—this is normal. That should be easy enough, though I've not used the iOS version so if there are differences or limitations there I can't say.. To switch the piano instrument that came up when I imported a MIDI drum file, I selected the track, went to Library > DrumKit, and selected a kit. Keep in mind you can't use a Drummer track for a MIDI drum file—that's a different type of track.
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  • Student448800
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    Joined: Oct 28th, 2019
    Re: How to change an instrument in an imported MIDI file in Garageband iOS
    Hi Joe, Thanks for the reply. And, sadly yes, there dos seem to be an omission in the iOS version that allows you to select the library. It only allows you select another keyboard in place of the Grand Piano. Obscurely if you select the category 'Other' from the group list it allow you to select a Bass Guitar and some other instruments but no drum kits.
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  • Joe A
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    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: How to change an instrument in an imported MIDI file in Garageband iOS
    Ok, I don't have GB iOS here to test with, but here's a couple of things to try.. - Drag a [green] drum loop in [from the loop browser] to a blank area below the last track; AFAIK this should create a new track with a suitable MIDI drum instrument; then you should be able to just delete the loop region and copy/drag the already-imported MIDI drum region to that track. [Maybe once you've got a MIDI drum instrument in there accessing the Library with that track selected will point you to other drumkits?] - Create a new drum track via the Instrument Navigator[?] button [see video]; again, drag the already-imported MIDI drum region to that track. Hopefully one of those methods will work..
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