How To: Include your Send FX in your Batch Export

Solo Defeat

You want to include your send effects in your batch export. In other words you have send effects channels that you want to hear on each exported stem.

MEAP handles this very simply. Using Cubase’s own Solo-Defeat Function.

The answer is that simple.

Before export – Solo-Defeat your effects channels (and any other channels you want to stay “open” during the MEAP export). This means that on every track exported the send effects that were being used on that track will also be exported in the stem.

Brilliant.

Solo Defeat
Solo Defeat

The screen shot shows Solo defeat active on a channel in Cubase 7. To activate Solo Defeat – Alt+Click on the Solo Button (or in Cubase 7 use a Long Click), You will see a D when Solo defeat is active.

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