Apple to Release Soundtrack as Stand-Alone

Jul 22, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Apple announced that Soundtrack, the royalty-free music production tool previously available only with Final Cut Pro 4, will be available in August as a stand-alone product for $299 (U.S.).

Soundtrack includes more than 4,000 royalty-free, professionally recorded audio loops and sound effects. Soundtrack scales to meet the needs of audio producers, DJs and remix artists who start their projects in Soundtrack and then migrate to a digital audio workstation, such as Logic or Pro Tools, for the rest of their work.

“Soundtrack is a huge hit with Final Cut Pro 4 users and has enabled video editors without music backgrounds to save time and money by producing their own high-quality, royalty-free music scores,” said Sina Tamaddon, Apple’s senior VP of applications. “Customers tell us the need for producing original, royalty-free music is everywhere, and we think that other creative professionals such as Web developers and DVD authors are going to find Soundtrack the easiest and most affordable tool for musicians and nonmusicians alike.”

“Soundtrack is so intuitive and powerful that within minutes of sitting down on a plane, I created temp tracks for some upcoming projects that would have otherwise taken hours to do in a studio,” said recording artist and producer, BT (aka Brian Transeau). “Soundtrack is already one of my most important audio production tools and is set to become a staple for serious composers and hobbyists.”

“I’m totally blown away by the extreme music-creation abilities of Soundtrack,” said Charlie Clouser, producer, keyboardist and remixer for artists such as Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, The Deftones and Rob Zombie. “From the way it automatically blends musical elements on-the-fly to its super-intelligent loop searching, Soundtrack is more powerful than any other loop-based audio software out there.”

Within Soundtrack, each loop is treated as an audio building block that users simply drag and drop into a composition. Regardless of the musical key or tempo in which the loop was originally recorded, Soundtrack will match the audio loops and sound effects within a composition in real time. Soundtrack’s search engine gives users the means to quickly locate desired sounds by instrument, genre or mood. This advanced search engine works with a new open audio format called “Apple Loops” or any .AIFF, .WAV and Acid format audio files.

Soundtrack also ships with over 30 professional, high-quality audio plug-ins from Apple and Emagic. Plug-ins like Platinum Verb, SpectralGate, Multiband Compressor and AutoFilter allow users to combine effects with individual tracks. Also, Soundtrack’s support for Mac OS X’s Audio Units plug-in architecture allows users to further expand their capabilities with additional third-party audio effects developed through Apple’s open-standard plug-in format.

Full system requirements and more information on Soundtrack can be found at

Note: Photo courtesy of Apple.

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