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MEAP fails to get track names in Cubase

Having trouble with MEAP getting track names in Cubase 8 (or later versions)? Especially if it has been working fine in earlier Cubase versions?

The symptoms of this could be that you notice the mouse move to the Inspector instead of to the track that is active. Or that you notice MEAP entering odd things instead of the track name.

This is most likely because you have your Inspector open and the Solo button and background in the inspector looks very similar to the Solo button and background on a selected track.

Simple solution – CLOSE THE INSPECTOR when exporting with MEAP using Cubase 8.x (and onwards).

Solo Buttons in Inspector
Solo Button looks similar in Inspector & track list

More info:

MEAP gets track names by finding the active Solo button on the selected track and moving the mouse over to get the actual track name.

If MEAP sees something that looks like an active solo button on a selected track it will move to the first image is sees. In Cubase 8 the background in the Inspector has become very similar to the background colour of a selected track.

You can also – Read more about this in the manual.

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MEAP does odd things when I use Skip Muted Tracks

Symptoms:

  • You have Skip Muted Tracks selected in MEAP’s Project Options area
  • All tracks get skipped
  • No tracks get exported but MEAP finishes without any error
  • Mouse pointer jumps around screen

You can adjust the tolerance in the ini file or use your own graphics and set the tolerance value to 1.

In the ini file:

def_coef_colour_tolerance=0.7
def_coef_freeze_tolerance=0.97
def_coef_skip_tolerance=0.97

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.

More Info:

The reason it is happening is that a little while ago a new way of recognising the buttons was introduced which is really clever as it allows for a large amount of tolerance. the number 1 trouble users have had over the years with MEAP was that Graphics Not Found error because their screen was not set up exactly the same way as when the MEAP buttons were captured.
Unfortunately, one of the side effects of this is:
MEAP has to scan the entire left side of the screen – on the first export only – to find that first selected Solo track. After that MEAP will only look around the previous track that was exported. But the problem is on the first export, it may find a Mute button even if not selected. This will only happen if the Skip Muted Tracks or Folder Tracks option is selected.
In the latest version of MEAP the tolerance for the Skip Selected area is much higher so it will only find an almost exact match for a selected Mute Button.
Of course the problem may now arise that your Selected Mute/Folder Button looks different from the original and will not be recognised at all. In which case we will nee to make custom graphics as mentioned above.
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MEAP does odd things when I use Skip Folder Tracks

Symptoms:

  • You have Skip Open Folders or Skip Closed Folders selected in MEAP’s Project Options area
  • All tracks get skipped
  • No tracks get exported but MEAP finishes without any error
  • Mouse pointer jumps around screen

You can adjust the tolerance in the ini file or use your own graphics and set the tolerance value to 1.

In the ini file:

def_coef_colour_tolerance=0.7
def_coef_freeze_tolerance=0.97
def_coef_skip_tolerance=0.97

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.

More Info:

The reason it is happening is that a little while ago a new way of recognising the buttons was introduced which is really clever as it allows for a large amount of tolerance. the number 1 trouble users have had over the years with MEAP was that Graphics Not Found error because their screen was not set up exactly the same way as when the MEAP buttons were captured.
Unfortunately, one of the side effects of this is:
MEAP has to scan the entire left side of the screen – on the first export only – to find that first selected Solo track. After that MEAP will only look around the previous track that was exported. But the problem is on the first export, it may find a Mute button even if not selected. This will only happen if the Skip Muted Tracks or Folder Tracks option is selected.
In the latest version of MEAP the tolerance for the Skip Selected area is much higher so it will only find an almost exact match for a selected Mute Button.
Of course the problem may now arise that your Selected Mute/Folder Button looks different from the original and will not be recognised at all. In which case we will nee to make custom graphics as mentioned above.
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What are the new Key Commands in MEAP Version 7 for?

Many Cubase 6 and 7 users may not be aware that since Version 7.67.141 of MEAP – The Export Button is actually pressed by a Key Command. This was done in order to make sure MEAP does not have to scan your screen for the Export Button on every export, hence saving time.

Some users miss how important setting up the Key Commands is. Everything MEAP does is controlled by a specific set of Key Commands that must be installed into your audio application.

Make sure you save your existing Key Commands (and Macros) by going to Cubase Key Commands dialog and saving them.

It is absolutely vital that you then select the MEAPKeysVx (where x is your audio application version) set of key Commands in the same area.

Obviously if you have any MACRO keys set up – these may interfere with MEAP’s key commands so they should be removed temporarily (this is why we saved everything above).

Once you have set up the MEAP Key Commands, do a small dummy export and see if it works.

The new Key Command for Export Audio is Ctrl+SHIFT+K and it is included in the new MEAPKeys files.

If for some reason it is still failing or you wish to revert to the old method, you can change the way MEAP presses that button:

Go to the meapdefs.ini file and look for the line:

[other_options]
press_67_button=KeyCommand

Change this to

[other_options]
press_67_button=Button

This will force MEAP to use your button graphic instead of the Key Command.

 

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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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Does MEAP Work With Cubase 7?

As of version 7.67.049 released on February 06 2013 – MEAP now supports Cubase 7.

This version also adds a new image finding algorithm to drastically reduce (if not completely eliminate) Graphic Not Found Errors.


Current Product Information

Latest MEAP Version: 7.90.989 born on March 21 2018

English, Italian, German, French, Spanish

MEAP is a Windows only application.

MEAP will run on all known current versions of Windows 32 bit and 64 bit.

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Which languages does MEAP work with?

Languages

Product Information

Latest MEAP Version: 7.90.989 born on March 21 2018

MEAP is Compatible with the following Steinberg Windows Audio Applications:
  • 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.

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What do the different MEAP locator options mean?

Start to Last Part

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:

All Project

All Project
All Project

The locators will be automatically set to encompass all of your project before export begins.


Parts on Tracks

Parts on Tracks
Parts on Tracks

The locators will be automatically set to encompass all of the parts on each track individually.


Start to Last Part

Start to Last Part
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

Zero to Last Part
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

First Part to End
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.


Separate Parts

Separate Parts
Separate Parts

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.


Manually Set

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.


Marker Exports:

Export Cycle Markers

Export Cycle Markers
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

Export Single Markers
Export 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

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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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MEAP Stops after entering track name

Symptoms:

  • 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:

[other_options]

Look for the line:

press_67_button=KeyCommand

Change the value to “Button” to us the old image recognition method.

So it becomes:

press_67_button=Button

Test with a small dummy project.