What do the different MEAP locator options mean?

Start to Last Part

Probably the most powerful part of MEAP is its ability to set locators differently for each file that is exported.

Here is some more information on what the different locator export options actually do.

Main Locator Options:

All Project

All Project
All Project

The locators will be automatically set to encompass all of your project before export begins.


Parts on Tracks

Parts on Tracks
Parts on Tracks

The locators will be automatically set to encompass all of the parts on each track individually.


Start to Last Part

Start to Last Part
Start to Last Part

The locators will be automatically set so that the left locator is always at the beginning of the first part in the project but the right locator is at the end of the last part on each track.


Zero to Last Part

Zero to Last Part
Zero to Last Part

The locators will be automatically set so that the left locator is always at the beginning (zero) of the project in the project but the right locator is at the end of the last part on each track.


First Part to End

First Part to End
First Part to End

The locators will be automatically set so that the left locator is always at the beginning of the first part on each track but the right locator is at the end of the last part of the project.


Separate Parts

Separate Parts
Separate Parts

Each part will be separately exported one at a time. MEAP does this by reading the left locator position of each part and then exporting it. After export MEAP moves the locators to the next part and exports it. When MEAP reaches the first part again it will move to the next track.


Manually Set

MEAP will not change your locators. They will remain as they were before you started your MEAP export. So you can set your locators anywhere.

Don’t forget, any nose or tail you have set up will always be added to any of the locator settings.


Marker Exports:

Export Cycle Markers

Export Cycle Markers
Export Cycle Markers

Each cycle marker range will be separately exported one at a time. MEAP does this by reading the left locator position of each range (according to your Transport Time Display) and then exporting it. The export will be named after your default file name with _pt01, _pt02 etc. appended to the name. After export MEAP moves the locators to the next cycle range and exports it. When MEAP reaches the first part again it will finish.


Export between Single Markers

Export Single Markers
Export Single Markers

Each marker range will be separately exported one at a time. MEAP does this by reading the left and right locator position of each marker range (according to your Transport Time Display) and then exporting it. The export will be named after your default file name with _pt01, _pt02 etc. appended to the name. After export MEAP moves the locators to the next cycle range and exports it. When MEAP reaches the first marker again again it will finish.


Setting Transport Time Display:

You must set your Transport Time Display option correctly in order for some locator options to work

You must have the left locator displayed in your audio application transport bar.

If you have Bars+Beats visible in your Transport you should choose Transport Time Display = Bars+Beats

If you have Seconds visible in your Transport you should choose Transport Time Display = Seconds

If you have Timecode visible in your Transport you should choose Transport Time Display = Timecode

If you have Samples visible in your Transport you should choose Transport Time Display = Samples

How do I use the MEAP Shots application?

The MEAP Shots application (included with MEAP), is used to assist making custom MEAP graphics.

The resulting files can then be sent to MEAP Support or edited yourself.

This will avoid any Graphic Not Found errors happening when running MEAP.

 

Path Not Found – Help!

MEAP can name your exported files with the name of each track that is exported.

Sometimes MEAP cannot send key commands because it does not have administrative permission. You will have to make sure you are running MEAP as an Administrator.

On some Windows systems you will have to make sure you are running MEAP as an Administrator. An ordinary process (a process run as a standard user) can not interact with or exchange information with an admin process. So if your audio application is running with elevated privileges, MEAP cannot interact with it.

As of version 7.67.050 you can now simply start MEAP by selecting the shortcut “MEAP (Run as Admin)“.

Or make sure you set MEAP to Run as Administrator. You can do this by Right Clicking on the MEAP short-cut and selecting “Run as administrator”.

Run as administrator

MEAP needs to find areas of your screen in order to take certain action.

In Cubase 5 and 6 – this applies to the Export Button and the Path area in the Export Audio Dailog. For example you may see that the “path” cannot be found. This is because MEAP needs to find the text “path” on your screen and match it to a previously captured image of that text.

Many displays are different. Colour of buttons may be subtly changed. Some folks use Clear Type, some do not. Also Clear Type itself is different on nearly every machine.

So if the buttons on your display are different to the original versions, MEAP may fail. There is a large amount of “tolerance” involved which attempts to compensate for these differences but sometimes the difference is just too much. If that is the case you will see this message.

Graphic Not Found
Graphic Not Found

Unfortunately, if you see this dialog, MEAP will have to stop. We have done everything we can to try and make people aware of this potential problem.

A great deal of time has been spent making an easy way to fix this problem if it occurs. It takes a matter of minutes.

The dialog will give you a good idea what may have caused the problem. You will see in the dialog the exact image(s) that MEAP was looking for.

MEAP also makes a zip file that contains:

  • MEAP screen shots
  • MEAP ini file
  • MEAP settings and location

You then have some options:

  • If you click ZIP – You will be taken to the folder where MEAP stores the current zip file. There you will be able to open and examine the zip file. You will also see a message reminding you to post the zip file along with a support request.
  • If you click SCREEN – the folder that contains the screen shot that MEAP was looking at will be opened so you can examine it.

It is then simply a matter of submitting a support request, attaching the ZIP file, along with a short message about what happened. As this ZIP file contains shots of your actual screen, it is very quick and easy task to edit this into a matching set of graphics for you.

So – You will receive (very quickly) a set of custom graphics that exactly match your set up. Once this issue is fixed it will stay fixed permanently.

Please make sure you post a support request as soon as possible, with details of your problem and include the zip file as an attachment. So that your support request can be followed up as quickly as possible.

Of course if you are in a real hurry you can edit your own buttons.

There is also some more detailed information about this in the MEAP manual or online manual.

 

MEAP Stops after entering track name

Symptoms:

  • Everything is running fine but then MEAP seems to hang after entering your track name.
  • The EXPORT Button does not get pressed.
  • You are using Cubase 6 or 7 or Nuendo 5 or 6.

First double check that you have in fact set up the MEAP Key Commands. Then look in the Key Commands and make sure that Key Command for Audio Export – Perform Audio Export
does exist. If the Ley Commands are setup and that Key Command exists and still the export gets stuck you need to change the way MEAP presses the Export Button:

Open the meapdefs.ini file

Look for:

[other_options]

Look for the line:

press_67_button=KeyCommand

Change the value to “Button” to us the old image recognition method.

So it becomes:

press_67_button=Button

Test with a small dummy project.

Does MEAP do OMF?

MEAP will export stems to audio in many ways.

It does not offer OMF export.

Your stem files will be audio, with various file naming options, locator options and logging options.

You can (for example), insert the part position as part of the file name.

Why use MEAP when new Cubase / Nuendo do batch export?

Why use MEAP when some Cubase 6 and 7 now have batch export?

Cubase’s batch export is a great new addition to the Cubase family. And it is very convenient to have it built into the audio application. However, as it is at the moment, you have the option to export your individual tracks but:

  • The batch export option is only available in the full version of Cubase.
  • There are no options for locator settings. So all your files will be the same size from Left to Right locator, no matter what is on the track.
  • There is no option to export the individual parts from each track.
  • There are no advanced or custom file name settings.
  • There is no way to export marker sections. (Even Nuendo does not allow exporting between single markers).
  • There is no way to make a log file containing your export info.
  • There is no way to automatically save your project and shut down your DAW and send you an email when the export is finished.
  • When exporting stems from Cubase via the built in method – exported stems are direct from the selected channel. Often this may be preferred but if you have any effects on the Master Output this will be ignored when using Cubase’s built in batch export.

The above are just some of the reasons to continue using MEAP.


Product Information

Latest MEAP Version: 8.10.704 born on July 15 2019

MEAP is Compatible with the following Steinberg Windows Audio Applications:
  • Cubase 10.xx Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 64 bit)
  • Cubase 9.5 Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 64 bit)
  • Cubase 9 Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 64 bit)
  • Cubase 8.5 Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 8 Inc. Artist / Elements (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 7.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 7.5 (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 7.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 6.5 (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 6.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 6.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 6.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 5.x Inc. Studio (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 5.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase 4.x Inc. StudioEssentialAILE (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Nuendo 4.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
  • Cubase SX3 Inc SLSE (Windows)
  • Nuendo 3 (Windows)
  • Cubase SX2 (Windows)
MEAP is a Windows only application. MEAP will run on all known current versions of Windows 32 bit and 64 bit.

Languages supported are: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish.


Running MEAP in other languages may require changing your Windows keyboard language temporarily.

Does MEAP Work With Cubase 6?

As of 7.60.480 UPDATE:

MEAP now works with Cubase 6.

  • Added compatibility for Cubase 6
  • Added new mouse click routine to make mouse actions more stable
  • Added new key send delay to further help with some keys being missed
  • Improved text logging for marker exports
  • Improved email info for marker exports
  • Improved end dialog info info for marker exports
  • Removed Select All command when using Zero to Last Part Option to avoid all tracks being selected. This can cause trouble in Nuendo 4. Select All is still required for Start to last Part
  • Reorganised MEAP graphics folder
  • Updated MEAP Shots application to work with Cubase 6
  • Some more code optimisation
  • Updated and corrected manual in some areas
  • Removed non essential Free utilities to save file size – All utilities can be downloaded from web site: http://www.pendlebury.biz/applications/

Free update for all registered MEAP users.

Please note, as usual, if you are using any custom MEAP graphics you will need to replace them after installing the update.

All users are reminded to read the manual carefully.

Thank you.

The new Key Commands are VITAL for this to work correctly!


MEAP is a Windows only application.

MEAP will run on all known current versions of Windows 32 bit and 64 bit.

How does MEAP work?

MEAP (Multi Export Audio Pro)

MEAP is a tool for automating the process of exporting (to audio) all individual MIDI instrument and Audio tracks from your musical project.

If you wanted to deliver all your parts (stems) to another studio for example.

Without MEAP you would have to sit and manually export each of your tracks, one at a time. This can take hours, even days!

MEAP will enable the process to be done unattended. It does not speed up the process of exporting tracks but simply eliminates the need for human interaction, after spending a small amount of time setting up MEAP and getting it running correctly.

It does this by automating the use of certain key commands to set locators and pass track names to the audio export area. MEAP will then step through your track list and export them one by one, using the many optional settings for file naming and locator setting on a per track basis.

MEAP also adds some options that would be impossible to do without it. Track listing to a text file. Exporting Marker sets (single and cycle),  Screen Shots. Automatic naming of output files. Various useful locator setting options. To name but a few.

For more information on MEAP’s various locator options please read the locator FAQ here:

https://www.meap.biz/what-do-the-different-meap-locator-options-mean/

For more detailed information please see the on-line manual:

https://www.meap.biz/meap_manual/

To see MEAP in action:

https://www.meap.biz/video/

What exactly does MEAP do?

MEAP (Multi Export Audio Pro)

MEAP is a tool for automating the process of exporting (to audio) all individual MIDI instrument and Audio tracks from your musical project.

If you wanted to deliver all your parts (stems) to another studio for example.

Without MEAP you would have to sit and manually export each of your tracks, one at a time. This can take hours, even days!

MEAP will enable the process to be done unattended. It does not speed up the process of exporting tracks but simply eliminates the need for human interaction, after spending a small amount of time setting up MEAP and getting it running correctly.

It does this by automating the use of certain key commands to set locators and pass track names to the audio export area. MEAP will then step through your track list and export them one by one, using the many optional settings for file naming and locator setting on a per track basis.

MEAP also adds some options that would be impossible to do without it. Track listing to a text file. Exporting Marker sets (single and cycle),  Screen Shots. Automatic naming of output files. Various useful locator setting options. To name but a few.

For more information on MEAP’s various locator options please read the locator FAQ here:

https://www.meap.biz/what-do-the-different-meap-locator-options-mean/

For more detailed information please see the on-line manual:

https://www.meap.biz/meap_manual/

To see MEAP in action:

https://www.meap.biz/video/