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Apple Interactive Music Toolkit

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Music has long been one of the most dynamic areas of interactive media, often driving the exploration of new forms of creative expression. With the introduction of the new enhanced CD format and the explosion of music-related World Wide Web sites, interactive music is hotter than ever. In light of this rapid growth, the Apple Media Program (AMP) has introduced a new addition, the Apple Interactive Music Toolkit (AIMT). This toolkit is designed to meet the needs of musicians, record labels, interactive music developers, and anyone involved in the music industry who would like to learn more about the intersection of music and technology.

The Apple Interactive Music Toolkit is a simple, yet powerful tool to create enhanced music cds. You can download the 'AIMT Installer', which will install all required components to author your enhanced cd, or select just the components you want by clicking on the individual items below.

The parts:

There are three components that comprise the Apple Interactive Music Toolkit:

  • Apple Interactive Music Tool (an application)
  • Apple Media Tool with Music Engine (a custom engine for use with Apple Media Tool 2.0)
  • Lyric Synchronizer (a lyric and movie synchronization tool)

Using these tools you are able to generate enhanced CDs (ECD). Here is a very brief summary of how to use these tools to create an enhanced CD.

  1. Design and plan your finished product.
  2. Use the AMT Music Engine to create the interactive segment of your ECD.
  3. Use Lyric Synchronizer to synchronize any lyrics you need with their respective movies (or sound track).
  4. Fill out the desired fields in the Apple Interactive Music Tool (AIMT).
  5. Import the files generated in steps 2 and 3 into AIMT.
  6. Make a QuickTime Album Container (QuAC)* file using the AIMT menu item "Make QuAC File."
  7. Press your QuAC file, along with Red Book audio tracks onto a CD using a CD-ROM mastering program.
  8. To play your newly pressed ECD on either a Macintosh or Windows machine, use the appropriate AppleCD Player application.

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