Editing the INI file
MEAP will not work without the meapdefs.ini file. It is simply a text file with an .ini extension.
The ini file contains information about many of MEAP's settings and parameters. Most of these are adjusted and saved automatically from the MEAP application itself.
There are some parameters that can only be changed by manually editing the ini file.
To edit the ini file - The easiest way is to use the Start Menu Program Group option.
MEAP Start menu Program group - Edit INI File
This should only be done by advanced users or if you have been asked to do so by MEAP Support.
To edit the ini file: Open the file by selecting MEAP ini File from the Local Links area of MEAP's Start Menu program group. Or browse to the in i file and open it directly:
Windows 7/8/10: C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\ini\meapdefs.ini
Vista: C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\ini\meapdefs.ini
XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[yourusername]\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\ini\meapdefs.ini
Note: There is a backup with all the default settings:
Windows 7/8: C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\backups
Vista: C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\backups
XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[yourusername]\Application Data\Phil Pendlebury\MEAP\backups
You can adjust the MEAP starts the export by editing MEAP's ini file.
It is better to use the Key Command but the old style button recognition method will also work and is sometimes preferred if there are problems with the Key Command for this area.
Change the value to Button to us the old image recognition method. (Less reliable).
NOTE: KeyCommand is now the default option.
If def_export_slash is set to Keys then MEAP will use Key Command CTRL+SHIFT+K to trigger the export
If def_export_slash is set to Slash then MEAP will use Key Command \ to trigger the export
You can adjust the font and font size that MEAP's main dialog boxes use by editing MEAP's ini file.
This is useful if you are not using the default font sizes within Windows. Or if you just fancy a change.
Look for the lines:
Change the default values to anything you like. Obviously if you make the size too large or too small you will not be able to read any of the dialogs.
Stopping MEAP checking if your audio application is open.
You may find it useful to configure MEAP without having your audio application running. This option will stop MEAP checking for your audio application before the main dialog opens. MEAP will still check for your audio application after the main dialog is clicked through.
Look for the line:
To stop MEAP checking for your audio application, change this line to:
As you may know, MEAP needs to find certain graphics on your screen in order to move the mouse to certain areas. (To get track names and locator settings etc.) To do this it needs to match predefined graphics to the ones it sees on your screen.
As mentioned in the Graphic Not Found section, you can adjust the Colour Tolerance setting in MEAP's ini file. Depending on which kind of image recognition we are using these settings differ slightly.
The more you increase it the more tolerance MEAP will have and the less exact match your buttons will need to be. This may be useful if you have changed the default brightness, contrast etc. within Cubase itself.
By default MEAP is set to use the new Coefficient image finding technique:
The tolerance settings for this are between 0 and 1. 1 will force an exact match. Less than 1 will allow MEAP to find some graphics that are not an exact match. Setting this number too low will result in MEAP finding all sorts of things that it should not.
The first setting (def_coef_colour_tolerance=0.7) is for finding a lit (red) solo button on a selected track and therefore can be quite low as the red Solo button is quite distinctive we want to be able to find this button even if it appears slightly different on the user's screen.
The second setting (def_coef_freeze_tolerance=0.97) is for finding a Frozen Solo button on a selected track. If this value is set too low, MEAP may think an ordinary Solo button is a match export that track.
The second setting (def_coef_skip_tolerance=0.97) is for finding a the Mute button (or the folder open / close) on a selected track. If this value is set too low, MEAP may think an ordinary Mute button is a match and skip every track..
Note: If you are having trouble with this area (skipping muted tracks, folder tracks or odd behaviour when using frozen tracks) the best way to resolve it would be to get an exact capture of your setup's Mute Button, Folder Open / Closed and Frozen Solo on a selected track. Then set the values to 1 (exact match). The easiest way to do this is to use the MEAP SHOTS application. If you are unsure how to do this please contact support.
MEAP can be set to use the original style image recognition. This may be useful if you have already got your own MEAP graphics matched exactly to your system for example.
Note: def_matchtype must only be set to ORIG or COEF not both (the one not in use should be commented out //)
Try increasing this number a little (max is 255). If you increase this too much it you may get odd results obviously.
(for regular graphics etc.)
(for frozen tracks button )
Checking for the Solo button on a frozen track requires the tolerance to be much lower. This is because the button is so grey and can be easily mistaken for other grey areas of the screen.
If you use a left handed mouse and have the buttons reversed, normally MEAP will detect this and automatically compensate for any reversal of mouse buttons.
However, some mouse drivers can confuse MEAP into sending Right Clicks instead of Left Clicks. The symptoms of this will be pop up menus appearing within Cubase or sometimes just no reaction at all.
If you suspect that mouse button reversal may be an issue for you - You can reverse the Mouse Clicks that MEAP sends.
Look for the line:
The setting of "False" indicates that nothing is reversed and everything is normal. This is the default state and should not need changing unless you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above.
If you want to reverse the button presses, change this to:
You can adjust the number of times MEAP presses that TAB key to select the track name area the Export Audio Window. (Cubase 5 & Cubase 5 Essential only).
This should only ever be required after contacting support.
Look for the lines:
Change the default values to the number of TABs required from opening the Export Audio window to select the track name area.
You can make MEAP to create a very detailed log file.
This option should not be used unless requested by MEAP support as it may affect performance of MEAP.
Look for the line:
Changing the default value to 1 will create a log file in the same folder as MEAP is run from. This log file will also be included in the Support Zip file.
Changing the default value to 2 will create a much more detailed log file in the same folder as MEAP is run from. This log file will also be included in the Support Zip file. This option will create a very large file as it will record each micro cycle of the dialog evaluation. It may significantly decrease performance of MEAP and it is unlikely that it will ever be required.
There were some reports that in complex filenames an extra dot was need to be sent on entry of first filename.
This option will enable that. It is OFF by default.
Look for the line:
"0" disables the extra dot and "1" will enable it.