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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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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 Featured in Sound on Sound Magazine

Jochem van der Saag

MEAP gets a mention from producer Jochem van der Saag in this edition of Sound on Sound magazine.

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Jochem talks about his procedure in the studio it’s a fascinating read.

When Seal decided to pay tribute to classic soul records, he turned to legendary producer David Foster — and his right-hand man, Jochem van der Saag, who was responsible for mixing and much more.

Jochem is an all round great guy and one of MEAP’s early adopters and supporters. We are very grateful for his kind words.

After I’ve done my thing, we focus on recording the vocals and the live instruments: guitars, bass, drums, horns, strings, and so on. As we record these in a commercial studio, I’ll export WAV stems from Cubase, using Phil Pendlebury’s MEAP program. I’ll include a MIDI file with tempo information and markers, plus a click, so they can set up their Pro Tools session exactly like I have it.

You can read the full article here.

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MEAP 7.6 Adds Cubase 6 Compatibility

Cubase 6

After many requests and a lot of hard work, we have added Cubase 6 compatibility to MEAP.

Cubase 6
Cubase 6

7.60.480 UPDATE:

  • Added compatibility for Cubase 6
  • Added new mouse click routine to make mouse actions more stable
  • Added new key send delay to further help with some keys being missed
  • Improved text logging for marker exports
  • Improved email info for marker exports
  • Improved end dialog info info for marker exports
  • Removed Select All command when using Zero to Last Part Option to avoid all tracks being selected. This can cause trouble in Nuendo 4. Select All is still required for Start to last Part.
  • Reorganised MEAP graphics folder
  • Updated MEAP Shots application to work with Cubase 6
  • Some more code optimisation
  • Updated and corrected manual in some areas
  • Removed non essential Free utilities to save file size – All utilities can be downloaded from web site: http://www.pendlebury.biz/applications/

This is a free update for all registered MEAP users.

Please note, as usual, if you are using any custom MEAP graphics you will need to replace them after installing the update.

The new Key Commands are VITAL for this to work correctly!

All users are reminded to read the manual carefully.

Thank you.

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MEAP Featured in German SOFTBEAT Magazine

MEAP Reviewed in SOFTBEAT Magazine

MEAP gets a review in the German SOFTBEAT Magazine

MEAP ist ein Hilfsprogramm für die jeweiligen Versionen
3 bis 5 von Steinbergs Vorzeigeapplikationen
Cubase und Nuendo, das den automatischen Audioexport
von individuellen MIDI-Instrumenten und Audiospuren
ermöglicht. Damit erspart sich der Benutzer
deren zeitaufwändigen manuellen Export in einem
Projekt. Dies ist zum Beispiel praktisch, um alle Audiospuren
für die Weiterverwendung in einem anderen
Studio, für Remixe oder für das Stem-Mastering vorzubereiten.
Dabei stehen clevere Exportfunktionen
bereit: So können die erzeugten Dateien automatisch
benannt sowie ein Screenshot des fertig gestellten
Exports erstellt werden. Des Weiteren lässt sich auch
eine Textdatei mit einer Historie aller Aktionen und
aller exportierten Dateien oder einer Spurenliste erzeugen.
An Funktionen zum automatischen Speichern
eines neuen Projekts vor dem Exportvorgang und zum
Herunterfahren des Betriebssysstems danach wurde
ebenfalls gedacht.
Wie die Update-Historie zeigt, entwickelt der Autor
Phil Pendlebury sein Programm MEAP konstant weiter:
So unterstützt das Werkzeug in der aktuellen Version
6 bereits die neue Cubase-Version 5. Obwohl diese
über eine eigene Batch-Export-Funktion verfügt, bietet
MEAP leistungsfähigere Möglichkeiten wie das Speichern
einzelner Parts einer Spur. Neben einer englischsprachigen
Dokumentation sind im Lieferumfang der
einfach bedienbaren Software auch vier kleine Hilfsprogramme
enthalten.
Fazit
Zu einem sehr günstigen Preis erhält der geneigte Käufer
ein nützliches und zuverlässiges Werkzeug. Dabei ist
die Anwendung nicht nur für Besitzer älterer Cubase-
Versionen, die noch keine eigene Multiexportfunktion
bieten, zu empfehlen. Auch Cubase-5-Benutzern profitieren
von den flexiblen Möglichkeiten von MEAP.

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MEAP 7.0 Released

MEAP Dialog

Application Release.

MEAP – Multi Export Audio Pro – has been released to the public today. It has had a huge redesign and lots of extra features added, including a new streamlined dialog and many internal code tweaks and enhancements.

What is MEAP?

MEAP is a tool for automating the process of exporting (to audio) all individual MIDI instrument and Audio tracks from your musical project. If you wanted to deliver all your parts (stems) to another studio for example:

Without MEAP you would have to sit and manually export each of your tracks, one at a time. This can take hours, even days! MEAP will enable the process to be done unattended. It does not speed up the process of exporting tracks but simply eliminates the need for human interaction.

MEAP also adds some options that would be impossible to do without it. Track listing to a text file. Screen Shots. Automatic naming of output files. Various useful locator setting options. And more.

MEAP is a Windows application for Steinberg Cubase & Nuendo


Some of the features new to MEAP version 7 are:

  • Added compatibility for Cubase 6
  • Added compatibility for Nuendo 5
  • Added extra options to toggle EQ/Inserts/Sends
  • Added new Main Menu system
  • Internally Streamlined export process
  • Updated MEAP Shots application
  • Added Frame Rate Calculator
  • Recompiled all free tools

MEAP Version 7.0 is a free update for all existing MEAP customers.

For more information and to purchase MEAP see the About MEAP official MEAP Website:

https://www.meap.biz/about

Here are some testimonials from MEAP users here:

MEAP Testimonials

Cheers!