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Can MEAP export folder tracks?

Exporting Folder Tracks

MEAP can export folder tracks for you.

To do this simply close all folders you wish to export and select the first folder track that you want to export.

For example, if you want to export 3 folder tracks:

  • Make sure the tracks within the folder are routed to your master bus (optional)
  • Close the 3 folder tracks.
  • Move them so that they are underneath each other
  • Set the number of exports to 3 (or use the last folder track name as the Stop Track)
  • Proceed as normal.

Note: You may have to adjust the colour of your folder tracks so that MEAP recognises the Solo Button.

Exporting Folder Tracks
Exporting Folder Tracks

See here for more info: https://www.meap.biz/why-does-meap-fail-when-exporting-a-folder-track/

For more information on folder tracks please refer to the MEAP manual.

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Making Your Own MEAP Graphics

Cropped a little more

The most common problem that stops MEAP working is the Graphic Not Found Error.

This happens when MEAP is looking for a particular graphic (for example the Solo button) and because the button may not appear the same on all systems, MEAP may not be able to find it.

This is easy to fix. And as you probably know, if you send a message and Support Zip File to MEAP Support, you will usually receive a custom graphic specifically for your system within a few hours.

However, if you are in a hurry or even just a little interested, you can do it yourself.

So here’s the steps:

Finding What Went Wrong

MEAP has already tried to give us a clue which graphic it could not find, in the error message.

Graphic Not Found - Argggh!
Graphic Not Found – Argggh!

In this case it was the Solo button. It was lit up within Cubase but for some subtle (or sometimes obvious) reason, MEAP didn’t recognise it.

You can access the ZIP file that MEAP has created directly from this message by clicking the ZIP button.

The ZIP button
The ZIP button

Or if you have already closed the message, you can go to the place that the ZIP file is stored:

ZIP File located
ZIP File located

Usually this file can be found in the following location:

Windows Vista: Windows 7: C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\zip\
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\zip\

Open the Zip file and you will see a group of files. One of them should be named final.bmp (Note: If the final.bmp does not exist, simply use any screen shot that contains the graphic areas you need).

ZIP File open
ZIP File open

If you look at this screen shot you should see the button or area that MEAP was looking for. To your eyes it may look OK but sometimes computers can be very picky.

MEAP's final screen shot
MEAP’s final screen shot

Making Your Own

So now we are going to make our own version of the graphic – So it is exactly matched to your system and MEAP will always see it.

First, make some copies of the final.bmp so that you can rename them correctly before editing. The new graphic must be a Bitmap and stay in the same format that MEAP used.

Locate the MEAP graphic folder. In this case Cubase 6 graphics:

Windows Vista: Windows 7 – C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\c6gfx\
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\c6gfx\

Decide which graphic you are going to make and rename one of your final.bmp copies to the same name as that graphic. In this case the name would be c6solo.bmp

MEAP's original graphics
MEAP’s original graphics

Open your favourite photo editing software and load in the final.bmp

We now need to look at the original graphic (c6solo.bmp) and roughly crop a similar graphic from the newly created c6solo.bmp that came from you final.bmp

Zoom in so that you can see how the original graphic was cropped. It is important that the graphic is cropped in the same way, especially for the Path graphics.

Roughly cropped button
Roughly cropped button

Then we can start to crop down the new graphic and zoom in until they look similar.

Cropped a little more
Cropped a little more

Finally you should end up with a graphic that looks almost identical to the original. But remember this has been made from your own screen shot so it will match your setup exactly.

The Final Cropdown
The Final Cropdown

Now – Save the file. Do not change the file type or make any adjustments to colour or contrast, brightness etc. This is why we renamed the final.bmp to the button name before we started editing. So you can simply save the new file.

When you have saved the file and repeated this procedure with any other graphics that may have caused errors you can now copy your new graphics over the original. (Don’t worry the originals are all backed up should you ever need to restore them). Copy the new graphics here:

Windows Vista: Windows 7 – C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\YOUR AUDIO APP\
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USER NAME\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\YOUR AUDIO APP\

In this case YOUR AUDIO APP would be c6gfx

You now have a set of graphics that are totally matched to your current system. Keep them safe! If you ever re-install MEAP or install an update, you will need to copy these graphics over the originals again.

Good luck and happy exporting.

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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.

 

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How do I search this site?

If you want to search the entire site you can use the Site Search in right side of the site.

This will search the entire site, including FAQs and News Articles.

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What do I do with the new graphic files I received?

If you get a GNF Error due to different graphic characteristics and you have sent off the MEAP Support Zip file; You will receive set of custom graphics in return.

First, Please download and install the latest version of MEAP. When you have finished the install please follow the instructions below:

Navigate to MEAP’s Main Graphics Folder and replace the existing graphics that are there with the ones you received.

Go to:

Windows 7/8/10: C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\[AUDIO APPLICATION]\

Vista: C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\[AUDIO APPLICATION]\

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[yourusername]\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\graphics\[AUDIO APPLICATION]\

Replace the existing files with the ones you received. These have been made specifically for your system.

Try a small dummy export with 2 very short tracks to test the graphics.

Also keep these customised graphics somewhere safe as they will be needed if you ever update or reinstall MEAP.

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How to avoid MEAP entering “s” in your track name

In Cubase 4, If you have just edited the name of a track and you open the Export Dialog then close it again, the track name will be selected for editing again.

MEAP adds an extra press of ESC to deselect this when MEAP selects the track name.

Therefore, if you have just edited your track name manually please open the export dialog, close it again and press enter or esc to reset the process before exporting.

(This is not a problem with MEAP it is an anomaly of C4 itself).

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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.

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How to export VSTi Instrument channels

If you want to export multiple VST Instrument channels that have their MIDI information on the same track:

  • Drag each OUTPUT of the VST instrument track up to the top of the screen.
  • Select the top VSTi channel (this will export first).
  • As the export progresses it will then solo each VSTi channel AND the appropriate MIDI channel, moving downwards as usual.

Just be sure that each track you want to export is next DOWN.