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:
The locators will be automatically set to encompass all of your project before export begins.
Parts on Tracks
The locators will be automatically set to encompass all of the parts on each track individually.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 the line:
Change the value to “Button” to us the old image recognition method.
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”.
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
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.
Whenever MEAP finishes running, (including when your export has been successful) there will be a zip file created that contains some relevant information.
If you have a problem with MEAP simply upload this zip file (meapinfo.zip) as an attachment, along with your message, using the Support Ticket System. (Don’t forget to enter your MEAP Order Number and User Name).
It’s as simple as that.
If MEAP fails there will usually be an option (the left hand button) to open the folder where the zip file is located.
If you need to manually access the file – The default location for the meapinfo.zip file are as follows:
Windows 10 / 8 7 / Vista:C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\zipmeapinfo.zip
XP:C:\Documents and Settings\YOURUSERNAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\zipmeapinfo.zip
The MEAP technical support is already renowned for acting quickly and efficiently. Now it can be even more efficient. Response time is usually under 3 hours.
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.
Latest MEAP Version: 8.11.124 born on Mar 04 2020
MEAP is Compatible with the following Steinberg Windows Audio Applications:
Cubase / Nuendo 10.x 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. Studio, Essential, AI, LE (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
Nuendo 4.x (Windows: 32 & 64 bit)
Cubase SX3 Inc SL, SE (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.
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: