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Error Importing MIDI files from BIAB

Postby dmerkel » Thu May 12, 2016 3:43 pm

Hi all,
I've run into a problem I've not encountered before: whenever I try importing a MIDI file, exported from Band in a Box, I'm getting this error in a popup window:

Digital Performer has encountered an error.
OS error:
Internal Program Error (null pointer) (-108)

I'm able to import MIDI from just about any source but BIAB. Tech support at both MOTU and PGMusic seem to be stumped - neither has seen it. Ironically (maybe), I can play the BIAB MIDI files in multiple Windows machines with just a media player, though that won't solve this.

Stats:
Windows 8.1 i5, 8G memory, 1 TB hard driver
DP 9.02
VEPro 5 running in server mode on a second machine for samples
BIAB 2016
MOTU 4-Pre interface
NI KK S88
Novation Launchkey 61

EDIT: I'm running DP and BIAB on the same machine.

I am hoping to import a couple riffs that I like, to run with samples from my library. Any suggestions or thoughts? I've been searching and reading but not finding anything to point me in the right direction.

Thanks gang!
Dave
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Re: Error Importing MIDI files from BIAB

Postby mikehalloran » Thu May 12, 2016 6:27 pm

Digital Performer has encountered an error.
OS error:
Internal Program Error (null pointer) (-108)
As you can see, it's a generic OS error. It is saying that your PC cannot write from or to whatever directory that has been specified.

This often means a bad sector on your drive.
July 2010 iMac 2.93G i7 Quad, OWC eSATA mod, 32G RAM, OS 10.13.1
828mkII FW; MOTU MTP/AV USB with Firmware 2.0.1; DP 9.5.1; IK-NI-Izotope-PSP-Garritan Antares, 32Lives, MachFive 3.2.1
LogicPro X 10.3.2, Finale 25.4.1, 2014.5, Encore 5.0.7, Notion 6, Overture 5, TwistedWave 1.18, DSP-Q 4.4, QuickTime Pro 7.6.6, SmartScore Pro X2 10.5.5, Toast 15.1
Test machine: G4-1K Dual Processor: OS 10.4.11 / OS 9.2.2; DP 5.13; Encore 5.05 & 4.5.5; Toast 9.07b, legacy apps
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Re: Error Importing MIDI files from BIAB

Postby dmerkel » Fri May 13, 2016 7:33 am

Thanks, Mike. Not the best news in the world, but nothing that can't be remedied with a little effort.
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Re: Error Importing MIDI files from BIAB

Postby dmerkel » Fri May 13, 2016 2:15 pm

I ended up running multiple system tests; none returned any errors. I downloaded & installed a freeware MIDI editor. I opened a MIDI file exported from BIAB, resaved it as a different file name, and eureka, I successfully imported it into DP9 without any problems.

Since this only happens with MIDI files exported from BIAB, I've been on the phone with Kent from PGMusic - he's going to research it further. For now I can handle this extra workaround step, but hope some remedy can be found.
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Re: Error Importing MIDI files from BIAB

Postby mr175 » Mon May 30, 2016 10:04 am

Total noob here, and I'm having the exact same issue. I followed your advice, downloaded and installed "free MIDI Editor", and opened a MIDI file saved from my Roland Fantom. The file opened fine. I resaved it with a new name, opened DP, and it did not give me the error message. Unfortunately, it didn't give the file either. I looked in the Tracks, Sequence, and MIDI windows. There's nothing there?! So once I can get a file without the error, how do I access it? I thought "Import MIDI file as Sequence" would be the ticket to accessing all my songs imported from the Fantom. That way, I don't have to re-play them all - a LOT of work. Thx.
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Re: Error Importing MIDI files from BIAB

Postby dmerkel » Mon May 30, 2016 2:13 pm

When resaving it in a generic MIDI editor, I "Save As" and give it a shorter filename than what BIAB assigns, something that better applies to the project/track. Then ...

In DP: Under File > Import MIDI File as a Sequence.
You'll find the file in the Chunks window. Drag and drop it from there to your sequence.

Hope that helps,
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Re: Error Importing MIDI files from BIAB

Postby mr175 » Tue May 31, 2016 3:42 pm

I found the "Chunks" menu, and see the MIDI file. Can't wait to really try this out. Thanks!
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