You figured out a way to get tracknames from Cubase? How did you do that?

Basically the process runs like this:

There is a small image of the RED [S] SOLO button in your Export Script folder.

  • [S] is activated (and turned red) on a track.
  • A screen-shot of your whole screen is taken.
  • MEAP then searches through the screen-shot and looks for the red [S] button (with light grey background). If the image is not found to match then you will receive the Graphic Missing or Not Found error.
  • When it finds it, the mouse will be moved there and then moved over by 40 pixels. (this is why the screen must be set up so that the solo button is adjacent to the track name).
  • Then the mouse double clicks and CTRL+C is pressed to copy the track name to a buffer.
  • Eventually the buffer is pasted into the Track Name area of the Export Dialog.

There you have it in a nutshell. There is much more to it than that but that is the basics.

Why does MEAP fail when exporting a folder track?

Grey Folder Colour

This applies to Cubase 5.x, Nuendo 5.x, Cubase 6.x onwards

Due to the default track colouring methods, folders can bay many different colours.

If you have folder tracks in your project, MEAP needs to know that they are the same colour that MEAP is expecting. If they are not, your MEAP export may stop with an error.

This can be easily solved by setting folder tracks to the default colour Grey.

Grey Folder Colour
Grey Folder Colour

So if you are using folders in your MEAP export – It is always best practise to make sure folders are coloured Grey.

Why does MEAP try to export my Automation Tracks?

At present there is no reliable way for MEAP to recognise an Automation Track or any other “different style” of track.
MEAP can skip Muted tracks because it can recognise the Mute Button graphic (if the setting is activated).
MEAP can skip Folder Tracks (open or closed) because it can recognise the Folder graphic (if the setting is activated).

*Therefore you must always remember the way MEAP works:
  • Start from the first track you have selected
  • Export that track
  • Move DOWN to the next available track or any kind (you can test this by hitting the DOWN ARROW on your keyboard)
  • Export that track
  • So on until ending

If the option to skip muted tracks is enabled then Muted tracks are skipped.

Note that if you have a folder track open – The folder track itself will be exported AND THEN each individual track inside that folder. However, MEAP can be told to skip open or closed folder tracks using the options in the Project Options Tab.


Despite all this – The simplest way to achieve the export you want is to expect MEAP to move DOWN one track at a time… Set up your project accordingly before you begin.

Move unwanted tracks to the bottom of your project, out of the way. Take parts out of folders. Close automation . etc.

This takes a few moments and will definitely help a safe and clean export to happen.

*This does not apply to any of the Marker Track modes.

 

 

What’s the best way to set up a complicated export?

At present there is no reliable way for MEAP to recognise “different styles” of track.
MEAP can skip Muted tracks because it can recognise the Mute Button graphic (if the setting is activated).
MEAP can skip Folder Tracks (open or closed) because it can recognise the Folder graphic (if the setting is activated).
*Therefore you must always remember the way MEAP works:
  • Start from the first track you have selected
  • Export that track
  • Move DOWN to the next available track or any kind (you can test this by hitting the DOWN ARROW on your keyboard)
  • Export that track
  • So on – Until ending

If the option to skip muted tracks is enabled then Muted tracks are skipped.

Note that if you have a folder track open – The folder track itself will be exported AND THEN each individual track inside that folder. However, MEAP can be told to skip open or closed folder tracks using the options in the Project Options Tab.

Despite all this – The simplest way to achieve the export you want is to expect MEAP to move DOWN one track at a time… Set up your project accordingly before you begin.

Move unwanted tracks to the bottom of your project, out of the way. Take parts out of folders. Close automation . etc.

This takes a few moments and will definitely help a safe and clean export to happen.

*This does not apply to any of the Marker Track modes.

 

 

Is there a MAC version of MEAP?

Sorry but not at the moment.

It is being worked on but is slow going at the moment.

The software I use to write MEAP does not support MAC at the moment. (Also I do not have access to a MAC for testing and I don’t want to use any emulation software at this time).

If you are interested in assisting with the MEAP for MAC Project – Get in touch!

I’m in a hurry! How do it get MEAP going quick?

Ideally you would read the manual from cover to cover but if you are in a real rush, here’s a few essential tips:

  • Select the MEAP Key Commands in your audio application (MEAP will not work without this). Remember to SAVE your own Key Commands first.
  • Set your audio application’s display to the default brightness and contrast (your actual monitor display is irrelevant).
  • Make sure the Export Audio dialog is set up correctly. (Set to close after export etc.)
  • When you have started MEAP, select the correct audio application in MEAP’s drop down list (MEAP will not work without this).
  • Preferences > Solo Selected Tracks = OFF!
  • Be sure that the main Cubase / Nuendo window is on your main monitor (if you are using more than 1 display).

Do a small dummy export. Make a tiny project with a few 4 bar parts. Get MEAP set up using that.

If MEAP is getting track names it needs to see a SOLO button. Make sure they are visible.
MEAP needs to step down one track at a time. Make sure you don’t have dividers or rulers in the way.

  • 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

 

 

Should I run MEAP as an administrator? If so – How?

If MEAP does not have administrative privileges it may sometimes be unable to send messages and key commands to Cubase or Nuendo and MEAP may therefore seem to be doing nothing.

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

You can also make this permanent by Right Clicking on the shortcut and selecting Properties > Compatibility > Run this program as an administrator.

Which software does MEAP work with?

Product Information

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. 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.